Geese fly over a smoke-covered field. Wildfires have blanketed much of southern B.C. in smoke as air quality issues abound (Contributed Photo/Sarah McNeil).

UFV study zeroes in on impact wildfires are having on exercise and well being

When the air quality is poor people are advised to reduce physical activity but do they?

A timely UFV study is looking at the impact wildfires are having on people’s physical activity and mental health.

Participants are being sought by researchers from the University of the Fraser Valley kinesiology department to answer two online surveys.

“When air quality is poor, people are advised to reduce or reschedule physical activity, but do people do this?” according to the study description. “Does wildfire smoke deter people from physical activity? This led us to want to understand how wildfire smoke impacts physical activity and mental health.”

Leading the research study is Dr. Luisa Giles, an exercise and environmental health researcher at UFV, with a team of researchers including; Dr. Jason Brandenburg, Dr. Iris Lesser and Dr. Cynthia Thomson also from the University of the Fraser Valley.

They are recruiting survey respondents 19 years or older whose local air quality has been impacted by wildfire smoke. If individuals consent to participate, they will be asked to complete an online questionnaire inquiring about physical activity, mental well-being and demographic variables. It will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

To complete the online survey go to: https://www.surveymonkey.ca/r/WildfiresandPhysicalActivity

For more details contact Dr. Luisa Giles at luisa.giles@ufv.ca

READ MORE: Runners finding joy in virtual apps

READ MORE: UFV study on pandemic and physical activity


Do you have something to add to this story, or something else we should report on? Email:
jfeinberg@theprogress.com


@CHWKjourno
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Want to support local journalism during the pandemic? Make a donation here.

air qualityUniversities and Colleges

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

UPDATE: Police seek driver in hit-and-run crash that injured pedestrian

Woman, 59, is in hospital in critical, but stable, condition

Mike de Jong seeks another term as MLA for Abbotsford West

Incumbent Liberal candidate was first elected to the legislature in 1994

Police seek assistance locating missing Hope teen, last seen near Agassiz

RCMP say Jada Charlie-Carlson was last seen Monday in the 61000 block of Lougheed Highway

Action demanded over death of First Nations youth in Abbotsford group home

Family and Indigenous organizations push for thorough investigation

Abbotsford teacher has picture book published with message about kindness

It took Nikki Bergstresser six years to have Seasons of Stone published

B.C. counts 125 new COVID-19 cases, up to 1,284 active

No new deaths or health care facility outbreaks

Health Canada green-lights rapid COVID-19 test

Health Canada approved the BCube test from Hyris Ltd. in the United Kingdom Sept. 23

6 puppies rescued in mass seizure on Princeton farm die from illness: BC SPCA

Of the 97 distressed horses, cats and dogs seized, most of the puppies suffered from parvo

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

U.S. boater fined $1,000 for violation of Quarantine Act

49-year-old man entered Canada to visit girlfriend in Surrey

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

More sex abuse charges laid against B.C. man who went by ‘Doctor Ray Gaglardi’

Investigators now focussing efforts on alleged victims within the Glad Tidings Church community

B.C. VOTES 2020: Businesses now owe $6 billion in deferred tax payments

COVID-19 relief from remittance to province ends with September

Long-term care study credits fewer COVID deaths in B.C. than Ont. to funding, policy

The study was published Wednesday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal

Most Read