Physical Activity and the Family

The BMED lab has focused on family physical activity promotion research, from early parenthood to support of child and youth health, for nearly two decades.  


We are currently recruiting participants for two studies related to habit formation and physical activity in families with either preschoolers (3 to 5 years) or children (6 to 12 years). Find out more about the studies and how to participate here.


Key Papers about Parental Support of Child Physical Activity


  1. 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.
  2. Rhodes, R.E., Perdew, M., & Malli, S. (2020). Correlates of parental support of child and youth physical activity: A systematic review. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine,27(6), 636-646.
  3. Rhodes, R.E., Blanchard, C., Quinlan, A., Naylor, P.J., & Warburton, D.E.R. (2019). Family physical activity planning and child physical activity outcomes: A randomized trial. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 57(2), 135-292.
  4. Rhodes, R.E., Berry, T., Faulkner, G., Latimer-Cheung, A.E., O’Reilly, N., Tremblay, M.S, Vanderloo, L., & Spence, J.C. (2019). Application of the Multi-Process Action Control framework to understand parental support of child and youth physical activity, sleep, and screen time behaviors. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, 11(2), 223-239.
  5. Rhodes, R.E., & Lim, C. (2018). Promoting parent and child physical activity together: Elicitation of potential intervention targets and preferences. Health Education & Behavior, 45(1), 112-123.


Key Papers about the Physical Activity of New Parents


  1. Rhodes, R.E., Blanchard, C.M., Quinlan, A., Symons Downs, D., Warburton, D.E.R., & Beauchamp, M.R. (2021). Couple-based physical activity planning for new parents: A randomized trial. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 61(4): 518-528.
  2. Rhodes, R.E., Quinlan, A., Naylor, P.J., Warburton, D.E.R., & Blanchard, C.M. (2020). Predicting personal physical activity of parents during participation in a family intervention targeting their children. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 43, 209-224.
  3. Rhodes, R.E., Beauchamp, M., Blanchard, C.M., Bredin, S.S.D., Warburton, D.E.R., & Maddison, R. (2018). Use of in-home stationary cycling equipment among parents in a family-based randomized trial intervention. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 21(10), 1050-1056.
  4. Rhodes, R. E., Blanchard, C. M., Benoit, C., Levy-Milne, R., Naylor, P. J., Symons Downs, D., & Warburton, D. E. R. (2014). Social cognitive correlates of physical activity across 12 months in cohort samples of couples without children, expecting their first child and expecting their second child. Health Psychology, 33, 792-802.
  5. Bellows-Riecken, K. H., & Rhodes, R. E. (2008). A birth of inactivity? A review of physical activity and parenthood. Preventive Medicine, 46, 99-110.
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