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Healthy Populations Institute

The group: The mission of the Healthy Populations Institute at Dalhousie University is to improve population health and promote health equity by understanding and influencing the complex conditions that impact the health of communities.

The idea: The team will develop a national surveillance system to provide timely and reliable data about people’s physical activity, sedentary activity and sleep behaviours. The system will enhance current public health monitoring activities by capturing data about physical activity and sleep behaviours from wearable sensors; by gaining insights into the quality, type and timing of behaviours using smartphone technology; and through the development of a real-time, geographically-resolved surveillance dashboard for public health professionals and clinicians.