January 26, 2007

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc
Resource Coordinator
Alberta Centre for Active Living


Study: Sports activities as arena for socializing children
Lessons from sports: children's socialization to values through family interaction during sports activities. Tamar Kremer-Sadlik and Jeemin Lydia Kim Discourse Society. 2007; 18(1): p. 35-52

In the United States, children are encouraged to enroll in sports activities. Studies show that these activities are positively associated with reduced delinquent behavior and increased academic and social performance. Research using parents' reports in interviews and surveys shows that parents view extracurricular sports activities as an arena for socializing their children to important values and skills that go beyond the benefits of participation in athletic activities. Through analysis of parent–child interaction using video data of naturalistic family interaction during formal participation in organized sports (e.g. Little League), informal participation (e.g. backyard pick-up games), and passive participation in sports (e.g. watching televised athletic events), this article reveals that parents play an active role in this socialization process. This article underscores the important function that sports have in family daily life as a socializing tool for culturally cherished skills and values.


Public health attention for physical activity
I would like to thank Sarah Levin Martin and Tammy Vehige for bringing national attention to the need for professional capacity in physical activity public health programs in their letter, “Establishing Public Health Benchmarks for Physical Activity Programs,” in the July 2006 issue of Preventing Chronic Disease (1). Qualified physical activity and public health specialists provide critical technical assistance for state- and community-based interventions, and public health benchmarks for physical activity programs provide a sound framework for program development at the state health department level..... snip


Rollie Robin program for children
Rollie Robin is an obesity awareness and prevention program designed to encourage physical activities and healthy food choices among children in preschool to 3rd grade. Children help Rollie, a bird who cannot fly, by setting examples for him. They record their improved eating and enhanced physical activities in a journal and are rewarded with stickers and visual charting of their success.

We can! A parent handbook
Learn practical tips to help your family find the right balance of eating well and being physically active to maintain a healthy weight.

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We feel so welcome here: Whalley revitalization
Surrey, one of Canada’s fastest developing cities, is experiencing challenges that are often associated with more mature urban centres (aging infrastructure, drug use, crime, slowed business and residential development, poverty, Aboriginal and cultural diversity, negative community identity, and barriers to participation in recreation activities). This session from the 2006 National Parks Conference and Trade Show in Saskatoon, highlights the Whalley Revitalization Strategy, aimed at enhancing the area and creating a more inclusive community.

Your walking program: Four week walking program
A four-week walking program that includes goal setting and tracking your number of daily steps.

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