March 23, 2007

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


Sport ministers want $15 billion for facilities
CBC News (Mon 26 Feb 2007) reports that provincial and territorial ministers responsible for sport met in Whitehorse last week in conjunction with the Canada games and agreed that updated sports facilities are essential to key to improved health, better performance and addressing the obesity epidemic. They said that the federal government needs to spend $15 billion on new rinks, pools and recreation facilities.

Video game for fitness.
A study released in the United Kingdom last month suggests that Video gamers using the Wii Sports game burn more than 1,800 calories over 12 hours of play (that's the average time gamers spend playing every week), which could translate into 12 kilograms of weight loss. The system seems to appeal to both males and females, and the International Sports Sciences Association endorses Wii as a way to motivate inactive people to be more active. Another game system called Dance Dance Revolution (played on a dance pad equipped with pressure-sensitive panels that ranks a player's foot placement against a song or beat) encourages players to get their full body active.


Increasing physical activity among church members: Community-based participatory research
Wilcox, Laken, Bopp, Gethers, Huang, McClorin, Parrott, Swinton, and Yancey (February 2007). Am. Journal of Preventive Medicine, 32 (2).
This study evaluated the effects of a volunteer-led statewide program to increase physical activity among members of African-American churches.....Although this intervention reached a large number of churches and created awareness of intervention components, no effects on physical activity behaviors were found. Potential reasons for the lack of significant effects are discussed.


Promoting healthy diets and physical activity
Eighty per cent of deaths attributable to chronic diseases—heart attacks, strokes, cancers and diabetes—happen in developing countries, where those affected are younger than in developed countries. At the same time, two out of three overweight and obese people now live in developing countries, the vast majority in emerging markets and transition economies. WHO is helping developing countries to accelerate the development of national action plans to promote behaviour that includes healthy diet and physical activity, and foster energy balance.
Download PDF: World report on chronic disease prevention (

Stats Canada releases A Portrait of Seniors
This release is based on the compendium A portrait of seniors in Canada, released today. The report uses a wide range of data sources to provide a statistical portrait of the well-being and wellness of people aged 65 and over.

Tools to help organizations create, share and use research
This free online database of resources for health services organizations that wish to use research better is managed by the CHSRF. Each resource is gathered and assessed by the CHSRF to help organizations find, assess, interpret and apply research evidence to inform health system policy and management decisions. The resources are classified per various phases—acquire, assess, adapt, and apply—to ensure relevant tools are easily available for the user.

Urban thinkers
Sustainable transportation solutions for the trip to and from school.

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