Behavioural Medicine Lab

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What is the Behavioural Medicine lab?

The Behavioural Medicine (BMED) lab is a research lab (director: Dr. Ryan Rhodes) within the School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education at the University of Victoria, Canada. Our mission is to produce and disseminate innovative and population-relevant physical activity and health research of the highest calibre within an environment that fosters collaboration, community, pride, and life balance.

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Throughout the pandemic, the BMed Lab has been hard at work studying various behaviours during COVID-19. Studies investigate everything from children and youth’s adherence to the 24-hour movement guidelines, outdoor play opportunities, perceived physical activity transitions among adults, individual differences in perceived stress, perceived threat, and efficacy to follow government recommendations to slow the spread of the virus.

Currently we are still collaborating to study how people are adapting their hygiene behaviours due to the Coronavirus pandemic through brief surveys which can be accessed here. We are also recruiting individuals whose physical activity levels have been impacted by COVID-19 social distancing restrictions for a 6-week program delivered via an online intervention to support an active lifestyle. Email us at bml@uvic.ca if you are interested in participating.

For more information about the studies mentioned above, see the publications listed below and be sure to check back as more findings become available.

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The grades are in! On June 17, ParticipACTION released the latest Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. A grade of D+ was assigned to kids on their overall physical activity as well as their sedentary behaviour. Be sure to check out the full report card to learn more.

Dr. Rhodes is a member of the Research Advisory Group for ParticipACTION. In creating the report, he also published a Consensus Statement on the role of the family in movement behaviours:

  • Rhodes, R.E., Guerrero, M.D., Vanderloo, L.M., Barbeau, K., Birken, C.S., Chaput, J., . . . Tremblay, M.S. (2020). Development of a consensus statement on the role of the family in the physical activity, sedentary, and sleep behaviours of children and youth. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 17(1), 1-31.

The takeaway: family is key to kids' healthy movement behaviours. Parents should make family physical activity a priority and facilitate it by encouraging, watching, role modelling, and co-participating.

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Affective Determinants of Health Behavior, edited by David M. Williams, Ryan E. Rhodes, and Mark T. Conner is now published! Check out the book that brings together this burgeoning area of research into a single volume, with contributions from leading experts from around the world.

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Dr. Rhodes interviewed by Victoria News on the results of the Canadian Physical Activity Report Card. Unfortunately, many Canadians are not getting 150 minutes per week of moderate to vigorous physical activity. Dr. Rhodes highlights enjoyment and focusing on achievable activity such as brief walking.

Check out The Psychology of Habit - Theory, Mechanisms, Change and Contexts edited by Bas Verplanken. Dr. Rhodes contributed two chapters to this book which presents the latest resesarch on habits.

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Dr. Rhodes recently published a paper on the Multi-Process Action Control model as an approach to understanding and increasing physical activity.

Rhodes, R.E. (2017). The evolving understanding of physical activity behavior: A multi-process action control approach. In A. J. Elliot (Eds.), Advances in Motivation Science (4th ed., pp. 171-205).

Check out the article here!

A must-read paper on theories of physical activity change! Four main approaches are examined and new applications of integrated theoretical approaches are highlighted:

Rhodes, R. E., McEwan, D., & Rebar, A. L. (2018). Theories of physical activity behaviour change: A history and synthesis of approaches. Psychology of Sport and Exercise (Ahead of Print).