Christopher I Ardern

Assistant Professor

Locations / Contact Info:

344 Norman Bethune College - BC
Keele Campus
Phone: 416 736 2100 Ext. 23045
Fax: 416-736-5774

Email address(es):

cardern@yorku.ca

Web site(s):

Ardern Lab

Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - School of Kinesiology & Health Science

Degrees

Ph.D. - 2006
Queen's University
Canada

Selected Publications


Kuk JL, Ardern CI. Influence of Age on the Association
Between Various Measures of Obesity and All-Cause Mortality.
J Am Geriatr Soc. 2009 Sep 15. Epub.

Kuk JL, Ardern CI. Are Metabolically Normal but Obese
Individuals at Lower Risk for All-Cause Mortality? Diabetes
Care. 2009 Sep 3. Epub.

Dogra S, Baker J, Ardern CI. The role of physical activity
and body mass index in the health care use of adults with
asthma. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2009 Jun;102(6):462-8.

Kuk JL, Ardern CI, Church TS, Hebert JR, Sui X, Blair SN.
Ideal weight and weight satisfaction: association with
health practices.Am J Epidemiol. 2009 Aug 15;170(4):456-63.

Ardern CI, Janssen I. Metabolic syndrome and its
association with morbidity and mortality. Appl Physiol
Nutr Metab. 2007 Feb;32(1):33-45.

Tremblay MS, Bryan SN, Pérez CE, Ardern CI, Katzmarzyk PT.
Physical activity and immigrant status: evidence from the
Canadian Community Health Survey. Can J Public Health.
2006 Jul-Aug;97(4):277-82.

Bryan SN, Tremblay MS, Pérez CE, Ardern CI, Katzmarzyk PT.
Physical activity and ethnicity: evidence from the Canadian
Community Health Survey. Can J Public Health. 2006
Jul-Aug;97(4):271-6.

Tremblay MS, Pérez CE, Ardern CI, Bryan SN, Katzmarzyk PT.
Obesity, overweight and ethnicity. Health Rep. 2005
Jun;16(4):23-34.

Ardern CI, Katzmarzyk PT, Janssen I, Church TS, Blair SN.
Revised Adult Treatment Panel III guidelines and
cardiovascular disease mortality in men attending a
preventive medical clinic. Circulation. 2005 Sep
6;112(10):1478-85.

Ardern CI, Katzmarzyk PT, Janssen I, Leon AS, Wilmore JH,
Skinner JS, Rao DC, Després JP, Rankinen T, Bouchard C.
Race and sex similarities in exercise-induced changes in
blood lipids and fatness. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2004
Sep;36(9):1610-5.

Ardern CI, Janssen I, Ross R, Katzmarzyk PT. Development
of health related waist circumference thresholds within
BMI categories. Obes Res. 2004 Jul;12(7):1094-103.

Katzmarzyk PT, Ardern CI. Overweight and obesity mortality
trends in Canada, 1985-2000. Can J Public Health. 2004
Jan-Feb;95(1):16-20.

Katzmarzyk PT, Janssen I, Ardern CI. Physical inactivity,
excess adiposity and premature mortality. Obes Rev. 2003
Nov;4(4):257-90.

Ardern CI, Katzmarzyk PT. National Cholesterol Education
Program Adult Treatment Panel III guidelines and obesity:
implications for Canada. Can J Cardiol. 2003
Sep;19(10):1171-7.

Ardern CI, Katzmarzyk PT, Janssen I, Ross R. Discrimination
of health risk by combined body mass index and waist
circumference. Obes Res. 2003 Jan;11(1):135-42.

Affiliations

American College of Sports Medicine
Member

Canadian Society for Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Member

Canadian Obesity Network
Faculty Advisor, York University CON-SNP Chapter

The Obesity Society
Member

Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology
Member

International Society for Physical Activity and Health
Member

Service/Community Activities

Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario
Advisory Committee, Member (Minding Our Bodies: Physical Activity for Mental Health)

CSEP 2010 Annual General Meeting
Local Organizing Committee, Member (Toronto, 2010)

International Congress on Physical Activity & Public Health
Local Organizing Committee, Member (Toronto, 2010)

Jane Finch Caring Village
Steering Committee, Member (Jane-Finch Caring Village Promoting Excellence mentoring program)

Supervision

Currently available to supervise graduate students: Yes

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: Not Indicated

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: No

Current Research

Current research activities include i) the surveillance of physical inactivity, obesity, and chronic disease risk factor clustering in Canada; ii) assessment of the impact of lifestyle modification on population and public health; iii) refinement of anthropometric tools for the identification of obesity-related health risk, and; iii) the role of lifestyle factors in prediction of cardiometabolic risk. The focus of this research is to address high-risk subgroups of the population by envisioning both clinically relevant, and population-specific research related to the screening and primary prevention of chronic disease. Emerging areas of interest include the use of spatial analysis for the enhancement of cardiovascular disease surveillance, ethnic differences in cardiometabolic risk, and the contribution of the built and social environment to physical activity behaviour. Funding is currently held for projects related to the geospatial analysis of cardiovascular disease (Public Health Agency of Canada), knowledge translation workshops (Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario), and collaborative research related to pre-diabetes screening and intervention (PRE-PAID; Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion), community-based Tai Chi interventions (SSHRC), and a social-eccological assessment of the relationship between the built environment and physical activity (Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion).

Research Projects

Associations between obesity-related chronic disease and access to physical activity facilities at work
Public-private partnership funding.
Role: Principal Investigator
Amount funded: $15,000
Year Funded: 2010
Duration: 0.5
Funded by: Other...
Other funding: MITACS ACCELERATE

Development of a Spatial Framework to Enhance Chronic Disease Surveillance
Role: Principal Investigator
Amount funded: $102,936
Year Funded: 2009
Duration: 1
Funded by: Other...
Other funding: Public Health Agency of Canada

Physical Activity and Public Health: Knowledge Translation to Ontario Communities
Role: Principal Investigator
Amount funded: $73,000
Year Funded: 2009
Duration: 1
Funded by: Other...
Other funding: Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario

Pre-Diabetes Detection and Physical Activity Intervention Program - Phase Two
Role: CoInvestigator
Amount funded: $500,000
Year Funded: 2009
Duration: 1
Funded by: Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion
Other funding: Ontario Trillium Foundation

Tai Chi (TC) for Older Adults: Improving Physical and Psychological Health and Identifying and Overcoming Cultural/Ethnic Barriers to Participation
Role: CoInvestigator
Amount funded: $111,386
Year Funded: 2008
Duration: 3
Funded by: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
Other funding: Sport Canada Research Initiative