Naylor, Patti-Jean

Associate Professor


Phone number: (250) 721-7844
Department: School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Ed

Research description:

- Socio-ecological and setting-based approaches to health promotion
- Obesity and chronic disease prevention
- Dissemination, knowledge translation and exchange
- Implementation and organizational capacity
- Modification of eating behaviours

Expertise Profile
Environments impact our health - more so in children and youth, who aren't always aware of the long-term lifestyle choices on their well-being, says community-based researcher P.J. Naylor.

Dr. Naylor is a researcher in the School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education, with a public health focus, conducting research on chronic disease and obesity in children. She looks at real-world environments where children live, learn and play.

In one internationally-recognized project, Dr. Naylor is part of a team of researchers from UVic and UBC who produced the evidence policy-makers needed to start a province-wide health promotion initiative called Actions Schools! BC, which promotes physical activity and healthy eating in children and youth.

That research team is evaluating the efficacy of the school-based program over time. For example, the team has documented how teachers who are trained in the Actions Schools! healthy eating program are six times more likely to provide a healthy eating lesson in the classroom.

One of Dr. Naylor's earlier projects, considered leading-edge in its time, looked at food and beverage sales in municipal recreation centres. She did an audit of the food items in vending machines and her findings have helped change the policies and practices around replacing them with healthier options. Since then, she has spread the word to other jurisdictions and is expanding this initiative to change recreation food environments within BC and across Canada.

She is passing the torch on to her students, who learn about and participate in setting-based research conducting community-based data collection and field work.

"We need to make it easy, exciting and enjoyable for people to choose healthy options," says Dr. Naylor.

Related Links
Dr. Naylor's Faces of UVic Research video:

Health related research:

All of Dr. Naylor's work is health related research. The emphasis is on health promotion and prevention, public health approaches to the determinants and antecedents for obesity and chronic disease.

Countries lived or worked in:

Dr. Naylor has lived/worked in Bristol, England.

Community projects

Action Schools! BC -8 schools on Vancouver Island are in a CIHR / Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada funded trial of the effectiveness of the dissemination of Action Schools! BC (AS! BC).

Municipal Recreation Food Environment Audit Tool - with internal SSHRC funding and through partnerships with the BC Ministry of Health, Canadian Cancer Society BC and Yukon Division, Vancouver Island Health Authority, British Columbia Recreationa and Parks Association and the University of British Columbia I have piloted an audit tool for municipal recreation facilities prior to implementing a province wide audit of food policies, services and programs.

School Fruit and Vegetable Snack Pilot - Two schools on Vancouver Island are piloting this initiative (10 schools in the province are piloting it) and I am contracted through BC Agriculture in the Classroom to conduct the evaluation.

Healthy Opportunities for Preschoolers (HOP) - in partnership with Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA)and through funding from VIHA, Ministry of Children and Family Development and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research researchers at the University of Victoria (Drs Temple, Wharf-Higgins, Rhodes, Wolski) of which I am one have developed and piloted a resource and training workshop for family childcare providers. The pilot has largely been implemented on Vancouver Island although the Train-the-Trainer provided training to 40 childcare professionals from around the province ( a minimum of 3 per region).

UVic Speakers bureau

Patti-Jean Naylor takes part in the UVic Speakers Bureau.
More information about the Speakers Bureau can be found here.

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