Paul Veugelers

I received training in human nutrition (MSc from the University of Wageningen, the Netherlands), epidemiology (PhD from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands) and biostatistical modeling (postdoctoral fellowship at the University of British Columbia).

In 1998, I immigrated to Canada to join the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at Dalhousie University, Halifax. In July of 2004, I took a position at the University of Alberta where I am currently a professor in the School of Public Health.

I received a Canada Institutes for Health Research New Investigator Award and currently hold a Canada Research Chair in Population Health, an Alberta Research Chair in Nutrition and Disease Prevention, and an Alberta Innovates Health Scholar Award in support of my academic research program. This program studies the importance of nutrition, healthy lifestyle, socio-economic factors, intervention programs and policies in relation to overweight and chronic diseases with the overarching objective to advise on and direct new health policies and population intervention programs to prevent chronic diseases and improve quality of life.

The overarching objective of the research is to advise on and direct new health policies and population intervention programs to prevent chronic diseases and improve quality of life.

I direct the Population Health Intervention Research Unit in the School of Public Health. Examples of initiatives within this unit include evaluations of the implementation of comprehensive school health programs:

  1. The ‘Raising healthy Eating and Active Living Kids in Alberta’: www.REALKidsAlberta.ca
  2. The ‘Alberta Project Promoting active Living and healthy Eating in Schools’: www.APPLESchools.ca
  3. The ‘Children’s Lifestyle And School performance Study’: www.NSCLASS.ca 

Degrees

PDF, University of British Columbia, 2007
PhD, University of Amsterdam, 1996
MSc, University of Wageningen, 1988

Awards

Canada Research Chair in Population Health, Canada Research Chairs, 2006-2016
Alberta Research Chair in Nutrition and Disease Prevention, 2013-2018
Alberta Innovates Health Scholarship Award
, 2007-2014
Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator Award, 2000-2005

Selected Publications

C. Fung, J.D. McIsaac, S, Kuhle, S.F.L. Kirk, P.J. Veugelers. The impact of a population-level school food and nutrition policy on dietary intake and body weights of Canadian children. Preventive Medicine 2013.07.016

H. Chahal, C. Fung, S. Kuhle, P.J. Veugelers.  Availability and night-time use of electronic entertainment and communication devices are associated with short sleep duration and obesity among Canadian children. Pediatric Obesity 2013; 8: 42-51

Y.L. Chu, A. Farmer, C. Fung, S. Kuhle, K. Storey, P.J. Veugelers. Involvement in home meal preparation is associated with food preference and, self-efficacy among Canadian children. Public Health Nutrition. 2013; 16:108-112

Y.S. Chao, L. Brunel, P. Faris, P.J. Veugelers. The importance of dose, frequency and duration of vitamin D supplementation for plasma 25-hydroxyvitamin D. Nutrients 2013: 11; 4067-4078

C. Fung, S. Kuhle, C. Lu, M. Purcell, K. Storey, M. Schwartz, P.J. Veugelers. From “best practice” to “next practice”: The effectiveness of school-based health promotion in improving healthy eating and physical activity, and preventing childhood obesity.  International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2012, 9:27

Current Projects

Assessing the impact of healthy eating and physical activity policies on school based practices and health and health behaviours of children in Nova Scotia
Principal Investigator
funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research

An evaluation of new provincial programs to promote healthy weights among children and youth in Alberta
Principal Investigator
funded by Alberta Health

Economic evaluation of a school-based program for the prevention of obesity
Principal Investigator
funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, Canadian Population Health Initiative

Alberta Project Promoting active Living and healthy Eating (APPLE Schools) - Making the healthy choice the easy choice
Principal Investigator
funded by a private donor

Health benefits of vitamin D
Principal Investigator
funded through the Alberta Research Chair in Nutrition and Disease prevention



Paul Veugelers
Professor

3-50 University Terrace
Phone: 780.492.9095
Fax: 780.492.5521
paul.veugelers@ualberta.ca

Supervision

Currently accepting graduate students.

Teaching

Not currently teaching.

Keywords

childhood obesity
epidemiology
health policy
nutrition
population based research
public health
school health

Links

REALKids Alberta

APPLE Schools

Population Health Research Intervention Unit

CLASS II

SNAP

Additional Publications

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