Dr. Valerie Carson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta. Her research thus far has primarily focused on the relationship between physical activity, sedentary behaviour, obesity, and related cardiometabolic biomarkers as well as the determinants and measurement of physical activity and sedentary behaviour among young people. Her current focus is on children of the early years (<5 years old). She was part of an extensive team of researchers, knowledge users, and international collaborators that conducted systematic reviews to inform the first ever Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines and Canadian Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines for the early years (aged 0-4 years). In addition, she partnered with Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington Public Health to examine healthy living habits, in particular screen time, in a sample of 800 children aged 0-5 years in the Kingston, Ontario area. She is currently the Primary Investigator of three funded studies in the area of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in the early years (see current research projects).

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