Sara Kirk




Dr. Sara Kirk is a Canada Research Chair in Health Services and a Professor of health promotion with Dalhousie University's School of Health and Human Performance.

Originally from the UK, she moved to Canada in December 2006, and now heads the Applied Research Collaborations for Health (ARCH) research group. She also holds cross-appointments with Dalhousie's Department of Community Health and Epidemiology and the IWK Health Centre. The focus of her research is on how we can create supportive environments for chronic disease prevention. This includes understanding how obesity is managed within the health setting, as well as understanding the contribution of the “obesogenic” environment to the development of obesity.

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Apr 20th 2015

Obesity is a global epidemic and a major contributor to the growing burden of chronic diseases. Preventing and managing obesity is well recognized to be a complex and difficult undertaking in large part due to the multiple influences on weight management. The management of obesity has primarily focused on individual behaviour with little attention to social, cultural and environmental influences.

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