Laboratoire d’Investigations sur les Mécanismes et Prédicteurs de liens entre Activités physiques, autres Comportements et Trajectoires de Santé

Peer Reviewed

Journal Articles

(July 2023)

 Bélanger, M., Goguen Carpenter, J., Sabiston, C.M., Vanderloo, L.M., Trono, C., Gallant, F., Thibault, V., Doré, I., O’Loughlin, J. (2022). Identifying priorities for sport and physical activity research in Canada: An iterative priority-setting study. CMAJ-Open, vol. 10, no 1, p. E269-E277.

 Doggui, R., Ward, S., Johnson, C., Bélanger, M. (2022). Trajectories of beverage consumption during adolescence. Appetite, vol. 175, August 2022, article 106092, 9 p.

Doré, I., Thibault, V., Sylvestre, M.P., Sabiston, C.M., O’Loughlin, J., Abi Nader, P., Romain, A.J., Brunet J, Bélanger M. (2022). Physical activity motives have a direct effect on mental health. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, vol. 32, no 8, August 2022, p. 1249-1257.

Doré, I., Thibault, V., Sylvestre, M. P., Sabiston, C. M., O’Loughlin, J. L., Abi Nader, P., Romain, A. J., Brunet, J., Bélanger, M. (2022). Les motifs liés à la pratique de l’activité physique ont un effet direct sur la santé mentale des adolescents. Réseau de recherche en santé des populations du Québec, Abrégés de recherche en santé mentale des populations, Mai 2022, no 3, 2 p.

Gallant, F., Murray, R.M., Sabiston, C.M., Bélanger, M. (2022). Description of sport participation profiles and transitions across profiles during adolescence. Journal of Sports Sciences, vol. 40, no 16, p. 1824-1836.

Gallant, F., Sylvestre, M.P., O’Loughlin, J., Bélanger, M. (2022). Teenage sport trajectory is associated with physical activity, but not body composition or blood pressure in early adulthood. Journal of Adolescent Health.

Kastner, M., Makarski, J., Seaton, M.B., Sedig, K., Bélanger, M., Carpentier, A.C., Gaudreau, A., Lourido, G., Murray, M., Dainty, K.N. (2022). Training the Next Generation of Diabetes Researchers: Evaluation of the Diabetes Action Canada Training & Mentoring Program. Canadian Journal of Diabetes, vol. 46, no 8, December 2022, p. 776-788.

Larouche, R., Moore, S. A., Bélanger, M., Brussoni, M., Faulkner, G., Gunnell, K., Tremblay, M. S. (2022). Parent-Perceived Changes in Active Transportation and Independent Mobility among Canadian Children in Relation to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Results from Two National Surveys. Children, Youth and Environments, vol. 32, no 3, p. 25-52.

Leger, M. T., Mekari, S. (2022). Simulating the benefits of Nature-Exposure on cognitive performance in virtual reality: A window into possibilities for education and cognitive health. Brain Sciences, vol. 12, no 6, article 725, 8 p.

Mekari, S., Murphy, R. J. L., MacKinnon, A. R. S., Hollohan, Q., Macdougall, S. C., Courish, M. K., Kimmerly, D. S., Neyedli, H. F. (2022). The Impact of a Short-Period Head-Down tilt on Executive Function in Younger Adults. Scientific Reports, vol. 12, article 20888, 8 p.

O’Brien, M. W., Shivgulam, M. E., Petterson, J. L., Wu, Y., Frayne, R. J., Mekari, S., Kimmerly, D. S. (2022). Habitual Sedentary Time and Stationary Time are Inversely Related to Aerobic Fitness. Sports Medicine and Health Science, vol. 4, no 4, December 2022, p. 260-266.

O’Loughlin, E. K., Riglea, T., Sylvestre, M. P., Pelekanakis, A., Sabiston, C. M., Bélanger, M., O’Loughlin, J. (2022). Stable physical activity patterns predominate in a longitudinal study of physical activity among young adults in Canada from before to during the COVID-19 pandemic. Prev Med Reports, vol. 27, June 2022, article 101782, 8 p.

Petterson, J. L., Mekari, S., O’Brien, M. W. (2022). An open-source Stroop task program that incorporates a switching condition to determine executive function. Software Impacts, vol. 13, August 2022, article 100361, 4 p.

Petterson, J. L., O’Brien, M. W., Ramsay, D. J., Johnston, W., O’Neill, C. D., Dogra, S., Mekari, S., Floras, J. S., Kimmerly, D. (2022). Sympathetic neurohemodynamic transduction is attenuated in older males independent of aerobic fitness. Clinical Autonomic Research, vol. 32, no 1, February 2022, p. 73-76.

Robichaud, P. P., Allain, E. P., Belbraouet, S., Bhérer, C., Mamelona, J., Harquail, J., Crapoulet, S., Crapoulet, N., Bélanger, M., Ben Amor M. (2022). Pathogenic variants carrier screening in New Brunswick: Acadians reveal high carrier frequency for multiple genetic disorders. BMC Medical Genomics, vol. 15, 29 avril 2022, article 98, 8 p.

Sabiston, C. M., Doré, I., Lucibello, K. M., Pila, E., Brunet, J., Thibault, V., Bélanger, M. (2022). Body image self-conscious emotions get worse throughout adolescence and relate to physical activity behavior in girls and boys. Social Science & Medicine, vol. 315, December 2022, article 115543, 9 p.

Smith, K. L., Bélanger, M., Chittle, L., Dixon, J.C., Horton, S., Weir, P. L. (2022). Does relative age influence organized sport and unorganized physical activity participation during adolescence? Findings from a prospective cohort study. Sports, vol. 10, no 7, article 97, 13 p.

Stearns, J., Bélanger, M., O’Loughlin, J., Brunet, J. (2022). Change in the social context of physical activity across adolescence and its association with moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, vol. 60, May 2022, article 102170, 8 p.

Sylvestre, M.P., Tchouange Dinkou, G.D., Naja, M., Riglea, T., Pelekanakis, A., Bélanger, M., Maximova, K., Mowat, D., Paradis, G., O’Loughlin, J. (2022). A longitudinal study of change in substance use from before to during the COVID-19 pandemic in young adults. The Lancet Regional Health – Americas, vol. 8, April 1, 2022, 13 p.

Sylvestre, M. P., Tchouangue Dinkou, G. D., Armasu, A., Pelekanakis, A., Plourde, V., Bélanger, M., Maximova, K., Thombs, B. D., O’Loughlin, J. (2022). Symptoms of depression and anxiety increased marginally from before to during the COVID-19 pandemic among young adults in Canada. Scientific Reports, vol. 12, article 16033, 9 p.

Gallant, F., Bélanger, M. (2021). Empirical support for the tenets of sport participation and activity-based models: A scoping review. Frontiers in Sports and Active Living, October 2021, vol. 3, article 741495.

Fortin, M., Stewart, M., Almirall, J., Berbiche, D., Bélanger, M., Katz, A., Ryan, B.L., Wong, S.T., Zwarenstein, M. (2021). One-year follow-up and exploratory analysis of a patient-centred interdisciplinary care intervention for multimorbidity. Journal of Multimorbidity and Comorbidity, vol. 11, issue January-December 21, 10 p.

Colpitts, B.H., Mayo, A., Bélanger, M., Bouchard, D.R., Boudreau, J., Rioux, B.V., Sénéchal, M. (2021). Exploring the Association of a Total Physical Activity Energy Expenditure and Diabetes Mellitus in Adults: A Cross-sectional Analysis of the Canadian Health Measures Survey. Metabolic Syndrome and Related Disorders. 2021 Dec;19(10):556-561.

Carbonneau E, Lamarche B, Provencher V, Desroches D, Robitaille J, Vohl MC, Bégin C, Bélanger M, Couillard C, Pelletier L, Bouchard L, Houle J, Langlois MF, Rabasa-Lhoret R, Corneau L, Lemieux S. (2021). Individuals with self-determined motivation for eating have better overall diet quality: Results from the PREDISE study. Appetite. 2021 Oct 1;165:105426.


Babin, L., Cormier, I. Champagne, S., MacIntosh, J., Thibault, V., Barrieau, A., Bélanger, M. (2021). Level of patients’ knowledge, confidence and acceptance regarding the role of residents in a family medicine teaching clinic. Canadian Medical Education Journal. DOI:


Abi Nader, P., Gaudet, J., Brunet, J., Gunnell, K., Dore, I., Sabiston, C.M., Boudreau, J., Bélanger, M. (2021). Associations between Physical Activity Motives and Trends in Moderate-to-Vigorous Physical Activity Among Adolescents Over Five Years. Journal of Sports Sciences. 2021 Jul 14;1-14.


Doggui, R., Ward, S., Johnson, C., Bélanger, M. (2021). Trajectories of eating behaviour changes during adolescence. Nutrients, Volume 13, Issue 4,


Murray, R., Sabiston, C.M., Doré, I., Bélanger, M., O’Loughlin, J. (2021). Association between pattern of team sport participation from adolescence to young adulthood and mental health. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports. 2021 Jul;31(7):1481-1488.DOI: 10.1111/sms.13957


Doggui, R., Gallant, F., Bélanger, M. (2021). Parental control and support for physical activity predict adolescents’ moderate to vigorous physical activity over five years. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 18, 43 (2021).


Bergeron, A., Labonté, M.E., Brassard, D., Laramée, C., Robitaille, J., Desroches, S., Provencher, V., Couillard, C., Vohl, M.C., Bélanger, M., Lamarche, B., Lemieux, S. (2021). Associations of intake of free and naturally occurring sugars from solid foods and drinks with cardiometabolic risk factors in a Québec adult population: the PREDISE study. The Journal of Nutrition 2021 Jun 1;151(6):1561-1571. doi: 10.1093/jn/nxab042


Murray, R., Sabiston, C.M., Doré, I., Bélanger, M., O’Loughlin, J. (2021). Longitudinal associations between team sport participation and substance use in adolescents and young adults. Addictive Behaviors 2021 May;116:106798. https://doi/org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2020.106798 


O’Brien, M. W., Ramsay, D. J., O’Neill, C. D. Petterson, J. L., Dogra, S., Mekari, S., Kimmerly, D. S., (2021). Aerobic fitness is inversely associated with neurohemodynamic transduction and blood pressure variability in older adults. GeroScience, vol. 43, no 6, p. 2737-2748. s11357-021-00389-z

 O’Brien, M. W., Johns, J. A., Petterson, J. L., Mekari, S., Kimmerly, D. S. (2021). The Impact of Age and Sex on Brachial and Popliteal Artery EndotheliaDependent Vasodilator and Vasoconstrictor Function. Experimental Gerontology, vol. 145, March 2021, article 111221. https://

O’Brien, M. W., Kimmerly, D. S., Mekari, S. (2021). Greater Habitual Moderate-to-Vigorous Physical Activity is Associated with Better Executive Function and Higher Prefrontal Oxygenation in Older Adults. Geroscience, vol. 43, no 6, p. 2707-271 00391-5

 O’Brien, M. W., Petterson, J. L., Johns, J. A., Mekari, S., Kimmerly, D. S. (2021). A Larger LowFlow Mediated Constrictor Response is Associated with Augmented FlowMediated Dilation in the Popliteal Artery. Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging, vol. 41, no 6, p.497-50


Jose, C., George-Zwicker, P., Bouma, A., Tardif, L., Pugsley, D., Bélanger, M., Robichaud, M., Gaudet, J. (2021). The association between clinical, social, financial, factors and unmet needs of autistic adults: Results from an observational study. Autism in Adulthood. 1 Mar 2021


Riglea, T., Dore, I., O’Loughlin, J., Bélanger, M., Sylvestre, M.P. (2021). Contemporaneous trajectories of physical activity and screen time in adolescents. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism. 2021 Jun;46(6):676-684.


Ward, S., Bélanger, M., Leis, A. (2020). Comparison between the Healthy Start-Départ Santé online and in-person training of childcare educators to improve healthy eating and physical activity practices and knowledge of physical activity and fundamental movement skills: A controlled trial. Prev Med Reports. Nov 28 2020;20:101264.


Carbonneau E, Lamarche B, Provencher V, Desroches S, Robitaille J, Vohl MC, Bégin C, Bélanger M, Couillard C, Pelletier L, Houle J, Langlois MF, Rabasa-Lhoret R, Corneau L & Lemieux S. (2021). Liking for foods high in salt and fat is associated with a lower diet quality but liking for foods high in sugar is not – Results from the PREDISE study. Food Quality and Preference, vol. 88, March 2021, article 107073


Jose C, George-Zwicker P, Tardif L, Bouma A, Pugsley D, Pugsley L, Bélanger M, Gaudet J, Robichaud M. (2020). “We Are the Stakeholders With the Most at Stake”: Scientific and Autism Community Co-Researchers Reflect on Their Collaborative Experience in the CONNECT Project. Research Involvement and Engagement, vol. 6, 27 septembre 2020, Article 58, 15 p.


Bourcier, D., Bélanger, M., Côté, I., Brais, B., Synofzik, M., Brisson, J.-D., Rodrigue, X., Gagnon, M.-M., Mathieu, J., Gagnon, C. (2020). Documenting the psychometric properties of the scale for the assessment and rating of ataxia to advance trial readiness of Autosomal recessive spastic ataxia of Charlevoix-Saguenay. Journal of the Neurological Sciences. 417.


Fortin, M., Stewart, M., Ngangue, P., Almirall, J., Bélanger, M., Brown, J.B., Couture, M., Gallagher, F., Katz, A., Loignon, C., Ryan, B., Sampalli, T., Wong, S., Zwarenstein, M. (2021). Patient-centered interdisciplinary care for multi-morbidity: A pragmatic mixed-methods RCT in primary care. Annals of Family Medicine, 19 (2); 126-134.


Gallant, F., Thibault, V., Hebert, J., Gunnell, K., Bélanger, M. (2020). One size does not fit all: Identifying clusters of physical activity, screen time, and sleep behaviour co-development from childhood to adolescence ». International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, volume 17, article 58, 14 p.


Carbonneau E, Lamarche B, Provencher V, Desroches S, Robitaille J, Vohl MC, Begin C, Bélanger M, Couillard C, Pelletier L, Bouchard L, Houle J, Langlois MF, Corneau L, Lemieux S. (2020). Associations between nutrition knowledge and overall diet quality: the moderating role of sociodemographic characteristics – Results from the PREDISE study. American Journal of Health Promotion, 2020.


Tremblay, M., Albert, W. J., Lavallière, M., Bélanger, M., Gallant, F., Cloutier, F., Johnson, M.J. (2020). Occupational Health Profile of Canadian Maritime Truck Drivers. WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation. 2020;67(1):251-257.


Eltonsy, S., Dufour Doiron, M., Simard, P., Jose, C., Sénéchal, M., Bouchard, D.R., LeBlanc, R., Bélanger, M. (2020). Comparing the Effect of Combining Exercise with Rosuvastatin versus Atorvastatin on Lipid Profile and Functional Capacity: a Retrospective Cohort Study. BioMed Research International, vol. 2020, Article ID 7026530.


Brunet, J. Wurz, A., Abi Nader, P., Bélanger, M. (2020). A systematic review summarizing the effect of health care provider-delivered physical activity interventions on physical activity behaviour in cancer survivors. Patient Education and Counseling.


Doré I, Sylvester B, Sylvestre MP, Sabiston C, O’Loughlin J, Brunet J, Bélanger M. (2020). Mechanisms underpinning the association between group sport participation and mental health in adolescence: A 6-year study. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 17, 9 (2020).


Leis, A., Ward, S. Vatanparast, H., Humbert, L., Froehlich Chow, A., Muhajarine, N., Engler-Stringer, R., Bélanger, M. (2020). Effectiveness of the Healthy Start-Départ Santé approach on physical activity, healthy eating and fundamental movement skills of preschoolers attending childcare centres: A randomized controlled trial. BMC Public Health. 20, 523 (2020).


Carbonneau, E., Lamarche, B., Robitaille, J., Provencher, V., Desroches, S., Vohl, M.C., Bégin, C., Bélanger, M., Couillard, C., Pelletier, L.G., Bouchard, L., Houle, J., Langlois, M.F., Corneau, L., Lemieux, S., (2019). Social support, but not perceived food environment, is associated with diet quality in French-speaking Canadians from the PREDISE study. Nutrients; 11(12), 3030;


Bélanger, M., Landry, M.H. (2019). Implementation of a clinician and academic researcher-led funding program to stimulate research in a Regional Medical Campus. Journal of Regional Medical Campuses. 2019: 2; 5.


Bélanger, M., Gallant, F., Doré, I., O’Loughlin, J., Sylvestre, M.P., Abi Nader, P., Larouche, R., Gunnell, K., Sabiston, C. (2019). Physical activity mediates the relationship between outdoor time and mental health.  Preventive Medicine Reports.


Chamard Witkowski, L., Mallet, M., Bélanger, M., Marrero, A., Handrigan, G.A. (2019). Cognitive-postural interference in multiple sclerosis: a systematic review. Frontiers in Neurology, vol. 10, article 913, 13 p. doi:10.3389/fneur.2019.00913


Harrison, S., Couillard, C., Robitaille, J., Vohl, M.-C., Bélanger, M., Desroches, S., Provencher, V., Rabasa-Lhoret, R., Bouchard, L., Langlois, M.-F., Houle, J., Lemieux, S., Lamarche, B. (2019). Assessment of the American Heart Association’s « Life’s Simple 7 » Score in French-Speaking Adults from Québec. Nutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Diseases, vol. 29, no 7, p. 684-691. doi: 10.1016/j.numecd.2019.03.006


Abi Nader, P.,Majed, L., Al Sayegh, S., Borgi, C., Hadla, R., Hawa, Z., Fares, E.J., Habib-Mourad, C., Chamieh, M.C., Mattar, L., Bélanger, M. (2019). First Physical Activity Report Card for Children and Youth in Lebanon. J Phys Act Health, 16 (6), p. 385-396. doi: 10.1123/jpah.2018-0473


Landry, D., Eltonsy, S., Jalbert, L.P., Girouard, G., Couture, J., Bélanger, M. (2019). Continuous cefazolin infusion vs. cefazolin plus probenecid for the ambulatory treatment of uncomplicated cellulitis: a retrospective cohort study. Journal of the Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease, vol. 4, no 2, p.108-112.


Doré, I., Sabiston, C. M., Sylvestre, M.P., Brunet, J., O’Loughlin, J., Abi Nader, P., Gallant, F., Bélanger, M. (2019). Years participating in sports during childhood predicts mental health in adolescence: A 5-year longitudinal study. Journal of Adolescent Health, 64 (6). 790-796. DOI: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2018.11.024 


Eltonsy, S., Dufour Doiron, M. Simard, P. Jose, C. Sénéchal, M. Bouchard, D.R. LeBlanc, R. Bélanger, M. (2019). Effects of the combination of metformin and exercise on glycated hemoglobin functional capacity, lipid profile, quality of life, and bodyweight. Journal of International Medical Research, Vol. 74 (3), p. 1131-1145.


Larouche, R., Gunnell, K., Bélanger, M. (2019). Seasonal variations and changes in school travel mode from childhood to late adolescence: a prospective study in New Brunswick, Canada. Journal of Transport & Health. Volume 12;371-378. 10.1016/j.jth.2018.08.012


Brassard, D., Laramée, C., Corneau, L., Bégin, C., Bélanger, M., Bouchard, L., Couillard, C., Desroches, S., Houle, J., Langlois, M.F., Provencher, V., Rabasa-Lhoret, R., Vohl, M.C., Robitaille, J., Lemieux, S., Lamarche, B. (2018). Poor adherence to dietary guidelines among French-speaking adults in the Province of Quebec, Canada – the PREDISE Study. Canadian Journal of Cardiology. Volume 34, Issue 12, Pages 1665–1673


Mehdizadeh, A. Nematy, M., Khadem-Rezaiyan, M., Ghayour-Mobarhan, M., Sardar, M.A., Leis, A., Humbert, L., Bélanger, M., Vatanparast, H. (2018). A Customized Intervention Program Aiming at Improving Healthy Eating and Physical Activity among Preschool Children: Iran Healthy Start Study Protocol. JMIR Research Protocols. Dec 21;7(12):e11329. doi: 10.2196/11329.


Boileau, E., Talbot-Lemaire, M., Bélanger, M., St-Onge, C. (2018). “Playing in the big leagues now”: Exploring feedback receptivity during the transition to residency. Health Professions Education. 10.1016/j.hpe.2018.09.003


Abi Nader, P., Ward, S., Eltonsy, S., Bélanger, M. (2018). The Impact of Life Stresses on Physical Activity Participation during Adolescence: a 5-Years Longitudinal Study. Preventive Medicine. 116:6–12. doi:10.1016/J.YPMED.2018.08.030


Abi Nader, P.,Majed, L., Al Sayegh, S., Borgi, C., Hadla, R., Hawa, Z., Fares, E.J., Habib-Mourad, C., Chamieh, M.C., Mattar, L., Bélanger, M. (2018). Results from Lebanon’s 2018 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. J Phys Act Health. 2018;15(Suppl 2), S379-S381.


Ward, S., Froehlich Chow, A., Humbert, L., Bélanger, M., Muharjarine, N., Vatanparast, H., Leis, A. (2018). Promoting physical activity, healthy eating and gross motor skills development among preschoolers attending childcare centers: Process evaluation of the Healthy Start-Départ Santé intervention using the RE-AIM framework. Evaluation and Program Planning, vol. 68, p. 90-98. DOI : 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2018.02.005


Vasiliadis, H.M., Bélanger, M. (2018). The prospective and concurrent effect of exercise on health related quality of life in older adults over a 3 year period. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, vol. 16, article 15. DOI : 10.1186/s12955-018-0843-9


Gunnell, K. E., Brunet, J., Bélanger, M. (2018).  Out with the old, in with the new: Assessing change in screen time when measurement changes over time. Preventive Medicine Reports, vol. 9, p. 37‑41. DOI :


Bélanger, M., Katapally, T.R., Barnett, T.A., O’Loughlin, E., Sabiston, C.M., O’Loughlin, J. (2018). Link between type of physical activity in adolescence and body composition in adulthood. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, vol. 50, no 4, p. 709-714. DOI : 10.1249/MSS.0000000000001503


Bélanger, M., Wolfe Phillips, E., O’Rielly, C., Mallet, B., Aubé, S., Doucet, M., Couturier, J., Mallet, M., Martin, J., Gaudet, C., Murphy, N., Brunet, J. (2017). Longitudinal qualitative study describing family physicians’ experiences with attempting to integrate physical activity prescriptions in their practice: ‘It’s not easy to change habits’. BMJ Open. 2017, 7 (7) e017265. DOI : 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-017265


Gallant, F., O’Loughlin, J., Brunet, J., Sabiston, C., Bélanger, M. (2017). Childhood Sport Participation Profile Predicts Adolescent Sport Profile: A Five Year Study. Pediatrics. pii: e20171449. doi: 10.1542/peds.2017-1449


Robichaud, A., Bélanger, M., Poirier, M., Cloutier, F., Gaudet, J., Jose, C. (2017). Avoidance of the vaginal incision site for mesh placement in vaginal wall prolapse surgery: a prospective study. European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, vol. 217, p. 131-136. DOI : 10.1016/j.ejogrb.2017.08.039


Eltonsy, S., Blinn, A., Sonier, B., DeRoche, S., Mulaja, A., Hynes, W., Barrieau, A., Bélanger, M. (2017). Intrapartum intravenous fluids for caesarean delivery and newborn weight loss: a retrospective cohort study. BMJ Paediatrics Open 2017;1:e000070. doi: 10.1136/bmjpo-2017-000070.


Surette, V., Ward, S., Morin, P, Vatanparast, H., Bélanger, M. (2017). Food reluctance of preschool children attending daycare centers is associated with a lower body mass index. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 117(11):1749-1756. doi: 10.1016/j.jand.2017.07.007


Stewart, M., and M. Fortin for the PACE in MM team (Bélanger, M., team member and co-author) « Patient-Centred Innovations for Persons with Multimorbidity: funded evaluation protocol. » CMAJ open 5.2 (2017): E365-E372.


Gaudet. J., Gallant, F., Bélanger, M. (2017). A Bit of Fit: Minimalist Physical Activity Tracker-Based Intervention in Adolescents. Journal of Medical Internet Research mhealth and uhealth. 2017 Jul 6;5(7):e92. doi: 10.2196/mhealth.7647.


Ward, S., Bélanger, M., Carrier, N., Vatanparast, H., Engler-Stringer, R., Leis, A., Donovan, D. (2017). Lunch is ready… but not healthy: An analysis of lunches served in childcare centres in two Canadian provinces. Canadian Journal of Public Health. 108(4):e342-e347. doi: 10.17269/cjph.108.5688.


Brunet, J., Gaudet, J., Wing, E., Bélanger, M. (2017). Parents’ participation in physical activity predicts maintenance of some, but not all types of physical activity in offspring during early adolescence: A prospective longitudinal study. Journal of Sport and Health Science.


Ward, S., Bélanger, M., Donovan, D, Vatanparast, H, Muhajarine, N, Leis, A, Humbert, L, Carrier, N. (2017). Association between childcare educators’ practices and preschoolers’ physical activity and dietary intake: A cross-sectional analysis. BMJ Open;7:e013657. doi:10.1136


Brunet, J., Wurz, A., O’Rielly, C., Howell, D., Bélanger, M., Sussman, J. (2017). The effectiveness of health care provider physical activity recommendations in cancer survivors: A systematic review and meta-analysis protocol. Systematic Reviews; 6: 66.


Ward, S., Bélanger, M., Donovan, D, Boudreau, J, Vatanparast, H, Muhajarine, N, Leis, A, Humbert, L, Carrier, N. (2017). « Monkey see, monkey do »: Peers’ behaviors predict preschoolers’ physical activity and dietary intake in childcare centers. Preventive Medicine; 97, 33-39.


LeBlanc, E., Bélanger, M., Thibault, V., Babin, L., Greene, B., Halpine, S., Mancuso, M. (2017). Influence of a Pay-for-performance Program on the Glycemic Control of Patients Living with Diabetes by Family Physicians in a Canadian Province. Canadian Journal of Diabetes. 41; 190-196. doi: 10.1016/j.jcjd.2016.09.008.


Thibault, V., Bélanger, M., LeBlanc, E., Babin, L., Greene, B., Halpine, S., Mancuso, M. (2016). Factors that could explain the increasing prevalence of type 2 diabetes in a Canadian province: A critical review and analysis. Diabetology & Metabolic Syndrome; 8:71. DOI:  10.1186/s13098-016-0186-9.


Gunnell, K. E., Brunet, J., Sabiston, C. M., Bélanger, M. (2016). Linking psychological need satisfaction and physical activity to health-related quality of life during adolescence: A test of direct, reciprocal, and mediating effects. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 38, 367-380. doi:


Brunet J., Gunnell, K. E., Teixeira, P., Sabiston, C. M., Bélanger, M. (2016). Should we be looking at the forest or the trees? Overall psychological needs satisfaction and individual needs as predictors of physical activity.  Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 38, 317-330. doi :


Boisvert-Vigneault, K., Payette, H., Audet, M., Gaudreau, P., Bélanger, M., Dionne, I. (2016). Relationships Between Physical Activity Across Lifetime and Health Outcomes in Older Adults: Results from the NuAge Cohort. Preventive Medicine, 91, 37-42.


Landry, M., Veilleux, N., Arseneault J.E., Abboud, S., Barrieau, A., Bélanger, M. (2016). Qualitative Exploration of a Methadone Maintenance Program’s Impact on an Aboriginal Community. Canadian Medical Association Journal Open, 4 (3) E431-5. DOI:10.9778/cmajo.20150076


Ward, S., Bélanger, M., Donovan, D., Carrier, N. (2016). Relationship between eating behaviors and physical activity of preschoolers and their peers: A systematic review. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity; 13: 50.


Bélanger, M., Humbert, L., Vatanparast, H., Ward, S., Muhajarine, N., Froehlich Chow, A., Engler-Stringer, R., Donovan, D., Carrier, N., Leis, A. (2016). A multilevel intervention to increase physical activity and improve healthy eating and physical literacy among young children (ages 3-5) attending early childcare centres: the Healthy Start-Départ Santé cluster randomised controlled trial study protocol. BMC Public Health. 16: 313.


Sabiston, C. M., Jewett, R, Ashdown-Franks, G., Bélanger, M., Brunet, J., O’Loughlin, E., & O’Loughlin, J. (2016). Number of years of team and individual sport participation during adolescence and depressive symptoms in early adulthood. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology 38 (1): 105-110.


Wing, E.K., Bélanger, M., Brunet, J. (2016). Linking parental influences and youth participation in physical activity in- and out-of-school: The mediating role of self-efficacy and enjoyment. American Journal of Health Behavior; 40 (1):31-7.


Gaudet, J.,Mekari, S., Bélanger, M.,Johnson, M. (2016). Effect of an aerobic exercise program on driving performance in adults with cardiovascular disease. International Journal of Rehabilitation Research. PMID: 26756849.


Gunnell, K. E., Brunet, J., & Bélanger, M. (2016). A Tale of Two Models: Changes in Psychological Need Satisfaction and Physical Activity over 3 Years. Health Psychology, 35; 2, 167-177.


MacKenzie, J., Brunet, J., Boudreau, J., Iancu, H.D., Bélanger, M. (2015). Does Proximity to physical activity infrastructures predict maintenance of organized and unorganized physical activities in youth? Preventive Medicine Reports, 2: 777-782.


Ward, S., Bélanger, M., Donovan, D., Carrier, N. (2015). Systematic review of the relationship between childcare educators’ practices, and preschoolers’ physical activity and eating behaviours. Obesity Reviews, 16; 12, 1055-1070.


Goguen, J., Bélanger, M., Xhignesse, M., Ward, S., Sabiston, C., O’Loughlin, J. (2015). Association between physical activity motives and type of physical activity in children. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology.


Bélanger, M., Sabiston, C.M., Barnett, T.A., O’Loughlin, E., Ward, S., Contreras, G., O’Loughlin, J. (2015).  Number of years of participation in some, but not all, types of physical activity during adolescence predict level of physical activity in adulthood: Results from a 13-year cohort study. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 12:76. DOI 10.1186/s12966-015-0237-x


Bélanger, M., Couturier, E., Dion, N., Girouard, V., Philipps, J., Brunet, J. (2015). Qualitative study on family physicians’ perceptions towards writing physical activity prescriptions: I tell patients it’s like the super pill! Quality in Primary Healthcare, 23; 2, 113-121.


Ward, S., Bélanger, M., Donovan, D., Horsman, A., Carrier, N. (2015). Correlates, determinants, and effectiveness of childcare educators’ practices and behaviours on preschoolers’ physical activity and eating behaviours: A systematic review protocol. Systematic Reviews, 4:18.


Contreras, GA. Sabiston, CM. O’Loughlin, EK, Bélanger, M., O’Loughlin, J. (2015). Body image emotions, perceptions, and cognitions distinguish physically active and inactive smokers. Preventive Medicine Reports, 2: 141-145.


Ward, S., Bélanger, M., Goguen-Carpenter, J., Caissie, I., Vanasse, A., Donovan, D. Influence of school environment on types of physical activities practiced by youth. (2015). Journal of School Health, 85; 7, 423-432.


Gunnell, K.E., Brunet, J., Wing, E.K., Bélanger, M. Measuring perceived barriers to physical activity in adolescents. (2015). Pediatric Exercise Science. 27, 252-261.


O’Loughlin J, Dugas E, Brunet J, DiFranza J, Engert J, Gervais A, Gray-Donald K, Karp I, Low N, Sabiston C, Sylvestre MP, Tyndale R, Auger N, Barnett T, Belanger M, Chaiton M, Chenoweth M, Constantin E, Contreras G, Kakinami L, Labbe A, Maximova K, McMillan E, O’Loughlin E, Pabayo R, Roy-Gagnon MH, Tremblay M, Wellman R, van Hulst A, Paradis G. Cohort


Profile: The Nicotine Dependence in Teens (NDIT) Study. International Journal of Epidemiology (2014). Jul 13. pii: dyu135. [Epub ahead of print]


Bélanger, M., Poirier, M., Jbilou, J., Scarborough, P. Modeling the impact of compliance with dietary recommendations on cancer and cardiovascular disease mortality in Canada. (2014). Public Health, 128; 222-230.


Bélanger, M., Caissie, I., Beauchamp, J., O’Loughlin, J., Sabiston, C., Mancuso, M. (2013). Monitoring Activities of Teenagers to Comprehend their Habits: study protocol for a mixed-methods study. BMC Public Health, 13:649. doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-649.


Barnett TA, Maximova K, Sabiston CM, Van Hulst A, Brunet J, Castonguay AL, Bélanger M, O’Loughlin J. (2013). Physical activity growth curves relate to adiposity in adolescents. Annals of Epidemiology, 23; 529-533.


Beauchamp, J., Bélanger, M., Schofield, A., Bordage, R., Donovan, D., Landry, M. (2013). Recruiting doctors from and for underserved groups: Does New Brunswick’s initiative to recruit doctors for its linguistic minority help rural communities? Canadian Journal of Public Health, 104; (6)(Suppl. 1): S44-S48.


Pakzad, S., Jbilou, J., Paulin, M.C., Fontaine, V., Donovan, D., Bélanger, M., Bourque, P.E. (2013). Accès au diagnostic précoce de démence au Nouveau-Brunswick : Perceptions d’usagers potentiels de services selon la langue et le milieu de vie. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 104; (6)(Suppl. 1): S16-S20.


Lauzière, T., Chevarie, N., Poirier, M., Utzschneider, A., Bélanger, M. (2013). Effects of an interdisciplinary education program on hypertension : A pilot study.  Canadian Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 23, (1) : 12-18.


Gaudet, J., Bélanger, M., Corriveau, H., Mekari, S., Hay, S., Weaver, B., Johnson, M. (2013). Investigating the autonomic nervous system and cognitive functions as potential mediators of an association between cardiovascular disease and driving performance. Can J Physiol Pharm, 91; 346-352.


Iancu, H., Bélanger, M., Babineau, C., Leblanc, R., Mekari, S. et Poulin-Nadeau, P. (2012). Évaluation des effets d’un cours d’éducation physique au quotidien sur le rendement académique et la condition physique des élèves du niveau primaire. Revue de l’Université de Moncton, 43, (1-2): 119-148.


Dumais, R., Benoit, C., Dumais, A., Babin, L., Bordage, R., de Arcos, C. Allard, J., Bélanger, M. (2012). Effect of regenerative injection therapy on function and pain in patients with knee osteoarthritis. Pain Medicine, 13, (8) : 990-999.


Pakzad, S., Paulin, M.C., Jbilou, J., Fontaine, V., Bourque, P.E., Bélanger, M., Routhier, N., Lavoie, A.M. (2012). Étude exploratoire : perceptions, croyances, connaissances et attitudes d’un groupe d’aînés francophones du Nouveau-Brunswick concernant la démence et son diagnostic. Reflets : revue d’intervention sociale et communautaire, 18, (2) : 101-121.


Bélanger, M., Waite, M. E., Harquail, T., Iancu, H. D., Johnson, M., Mancuso, M. (2012). Exploring the use of photo-choice to determine physical activity preferences of children. Physical and Health Education Journal, 78, (2): 18-24.


Bélanger, M., O’Loughlin, J., Karp, I., Barnett, T., Sabiston, C. (2012). Physical activity fluctuations and body fat during adolescence. Pediatric Obes, 7, (1): 73-81.


Bélanger, M., Casey, M., Cormier, M., Laflamme-Filion, A., Martin, G., Aubut, S., Chouinard, P., Savoie, S.P., Beauchamp, J. (2011). Maintenance and decline of physical activity during adolescence: Insights from a qualitative study. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 8, (117).


Landry, M., Schofield, A., Bordage, R., Bélanger, M. (2011). Improving the recruitment and retention of doctors by training medical students locally. Medical Education, 45, (11): 1121-9.


Bélanger, M., Foster, C. (2011). Worldwide prevalence of physical inactivity calls for worldwide actions. Preventive Medicine, 53, 29-30.


Bélanger, M., Townsend, N., Foster, C. (2011). Age-related differences in physical activity profiles of English adults. Preventive Medicine, 52, 247-249.


Bélanger, M., Bouchard, L., Gaboury, I., Sonier, B., Gagnon-Arpin, I., Schofield, A., Bourque, P. E. (2011). Perceived health status of Francophones and Anglophones in an officially bilingual Canadian province. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 102, (2): 122-126.


Barnett, T. A., O’Loughlin, J., Sabiston, C. M., Karp, I., Bélanger, M., Van Hulst, A., Lambert, M. (2010). Teens and screens: The influence of screen-time on adiposity in adolescents. American Journal of Epidemiology, 172, (3):255-262.


Bélanger, M., Gray-Donald, K., O’Loughlin, J., Paradis, G., Hanley, J. (2009). When adolescents drop the ball: Sustainability of physical activity in youth. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 37, (1):41-49.


Bélanger, M., Gray-Donald, K., O’Loughlin, J., Paradis, G., Hutcheon, J., Maximova, K., Hanley, J. (2009). Participation in sports does not slow declines in physical activity during adolescence. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 6, (22).


Bélanger, M, Gray-Donald, K., O’Loughlin, J., Paradis, G., Hanley, J. (2009). Influence of weather conditions and season on physical activity in adolescents. Ann Epidemiol, 19, (3):180-6.


Bélanger, M., O’Loughlin, J., Okoli, C. T.C., McGrath, J., Setia, M., Guyon, L., Gervais, A. (2008). Nicotine Dependence Symptoms among Young Never-Smokers Exposed to Secondhand Tobacco Smoke. Addictive Behaviors, 33, (12) 1557-1563.


Bélanger, M., Boulay, P. (2005). Effect of an aerobic exercise training program on resting metabolic rate in chronically ß-adrenergic blocked hypertensive patients. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation;25(6):354-60.


Invited publications and online resources

Bélanger, M., Goguen Carpenter, J., Vanderloo, L.M. (2022). The Canadian sport and physical activity community identifies topics for researchers to prioritize. Sport Information Research Centre (SIRC) Blog.

Gallant, F., Bélanger, M. (2022). Is it time to rethink our long-term sport participation models? Sport Information Research Centre (SIRC) Blog.

Goguen Carpenter, J., Bélanger, M. (2019). MATCH: Spotlight on a Canadian Study on Sport Participation. Sport Information Research Centre (SIRC). SIRCuit.

Boudreau, J., Bélanger, M. (2015). SAS Code for Accelerometer Data Cleaning and Management

Version 1.3. Research Laboratory on Chronic Disease Prevention. Centre de formation médicale du Nouveau-Brunswick. En ligne :

Bélanger, M. (2008). Hey students, we need you! Canadian Public Health Association Health Digest, 32(3). En ligne :

Bélanger, M., Nadeau, M. (2004). Module éducatif sur l’activité physique pour les adolescents. Ados Santé. En ligne :

Book Chapters

Chapitre 5: Accès et utilisation des services de santé en langue minoritaire. Dans : La vie dans une langue minoritaire au Canada: Résultats de l’Enquête sur la vitalité des minorités de langue officielle au Canada. Octobre 2013. Presse de l’Université Laval.
Auteurs: Gagnon-Arpin I, Bouchard L, Leis A, Bélanger M.
ISBN : 9782763718965

Chapter 5: Access to and use of health care services in the minority language. In: Life Within an Official Language Minority: Results from the Survey on the Vitality of Official-Language Minorities of Canada. Canadian Institute for Research on Linguistic Minorities.
Authors: Gagnon-Arpin I, Bouchard L, Leis A, Bélanger M.

Consultation Reports

Ward, S., Bélanger, M, Hébert, R. (2019). Assessment of the online version of the Healthy Start-Départ Santé intervention. Réseau Santé en français de la Saskatchewan.

Abi Nader, P., Majed, L., Sayegh, S., Mattar, L., Hadla, R., Chamieh, M.C., Habib-Mourad, C., Fares, E.J., Borgi, C., Hawa, Z., Bélanger, M. (2018). The first Lebanon physical activity report card for children and youth: Improving context to facilitate behaviour change. Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance.

Bélanger, M. (2018). Evolution of New Brunswick students’ well-being and its association with School Wellness Grants. New Brunswick Health Council.

Poirier, M., Maya, C., Bélanger, M., Breau Martin, N. (2015). Évaluation de la performance: Clinique jeunesse Motivaction. Bureau d’appui à la recherche du Centre hospitalier universitaire Dr Georges-L.-Dumont. Réseau de santé Vitalité.

Mancuso, M., Donovan, D., Green, B., Arsenault, M., Halpine, S., Campbell, J., Bélanger, M., Jbilou, J. St-Amand, M.E., Wight, C., Cole, C., LeBlanc Gagnon, K., Collette-Lee, L. (2014). Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Diabetes Education Centres across the Province of New Brunswick. New Brunswick Health Council.

Mancuso, M., Donovan, D., Green, B., Arsenault, M., Halpine, S., Campbell, J., Bélanger, M., Jbilou, J. St-Amand, M.E., Wight, C., Cole, C., LeBlanc Gagnon, K., Collette-Lee, L. (2014). Évaluation de l’efficacité des Centres d’éducation sur le diabète dans la province du Nouveau-Brunswick. Conseil de la santé du Nouveau-Brunswick.

Iancu, H. D., Bélanger, M., Babineau, C., LeBlanc, R. G. (2011). Suivi de l’évaluation des effets d’un cours d’éducation physique quotidien pour l’année 2010-2011. Pour District scolaire 5 Étoile du Nord. Ministère de l’éducation du Nouveau-Brunswick.

LeBlanc, R. G., Babineau, C., Bélanger, M. (2010). Évaluation des effets d’un cours d’éducation physique quotidien. Pour District scolaire 5 Étoile du Nord. Ministère de l’éducation du Nouveau-Brunswick.

Poirier, M., Bélanger, M. (2010). État de la situation en soins neurologiques à la Régie régionale de la santé A du Nouveau-Brunswick. Pour Dr Neil Branch, Dre France Desrosiers, et Mme Linda LePage-LeClair, Régie régionale de la santé A.

Utzschneider, A., Bélanger, M., Poirier, M. (2010). Rapport de revue littéraire. Projet de clinique de gestion de l’obésité et des troubles alimentaires. Pour la Régie régionale de la santé A du Nouveau-Brunswick.

Utzschneider, A., Bélanger, M. (2009). Rapport de revue littéraire. Comparaison de lentilles ophtalmologiques. Pour la Régie régionale de la santé A du Nouveau-Brunswick.

Bélanger, M. (2008). Rapport d’analyses : Diagnostiques de cancer du sein à la Clinique de dépistage du cancer du sein de l’Hôpital régionale Dr.-George-L.-Dumont. Pour les Drs Joceline Hebert et Marcel Caissie.

Bélanger, M. (2007). Rapport de consultation : Projet de création de nouveaux cours à la

Faculté des sciences de la santé et des services communautaires. Pour la Faculté des sciences de la santé et des services communautaire de l’Université de Moncton.

Centre de formation médicale du Nouveau-Brunswick 
18 rue Antonine Maillet  
Pavillon J.-Raymond-Frenette 
Moncton, Nouveau-Brunswick, Canada 
E1A 3E9