April 25, 2007

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc, Resource Coordinator

1. MEDIA (Some interesting ideas and initiatives)

Ontario's schools getting active and healthy thanks to Ontario Trillium Fund (OTF) grant
Living School is a community-driven initiative that brings all partners in a school community together — from parents, educators and public health professionals to recreation organizations and local businesses — to support and enhance active, healthy living for all children and youth. There are currently 34 Living Schools across Ontario. (FYI — The Ontario Trillium Fund in Ontario is like the Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks & Wildlife Foundation here in Alberta.)

Sedentary life blamed for fatty liver disease

The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon) (Sat 24 Mar 2007 Byline: Katherine Dedyna) writes that high food intake and low exercise levels can be as bad for our livers or worse than booze, but most people don't know it. Fatty liver disease — fat accumulating in and around the body's detoxifier — is the biggest cause of liver disease in Canada, says Darren Soy, the Canadian Liver Foundation's regional director for B.C. and the Yukon.

Much like adult-onset diabetes, fatty liver disease is a byproduct of sedentary, over-fed lifestyles. Fatty liver disease isn't limited to life-long heaviness. A study published last October in Pediatrics found fatty liver disease in 13 per cent of the 742 youth under 19 autopsied in San Diego between 1993 and 2003. Four in five of those with fatty liver disease were overweight or obese.

Adjusting for age, gender, race and ethnicity, researchers estimate it affects nearly 10 per cent of children and adolescents living in San Diego County, with boys considerably more at risk than girls. Not only does it impair function, fatty liver disease can also lead to cirrhosis or scarring, liver cancer and the need for liver transplants. Prevention is the best cure. If you damage your liver enough and then drop 50 kilograms, it can be too late.


Long term athlete development plan
You'll find the definition of physical literacy and get a better grasp of their active for life vision too. (It's not all about sport/athletes.)

Obesity guidance for healthy schools coordinators and their partners (UK)

The guide helps healthy schools coordinators and their partners support to primary and secondary schools in addressing the prevention issues around obesity. The guide sets out approaches that work when tackling obesity and appropriate actions to consider.

Public health interventions to promote positive mental health and prevent mental health disorders among adults: Evidence review — 2007
Physical activity is mentioned 78 times in this document.

School health action planning and evaluation system
The School Health Action Planning and Evaluation System (SHAPES) generates health profiles of schools, using standard core items. SHAPES is being used for planning, evaluation, surveillance and research across Canada.

School health environment survey (SHES)
SHES will contribute to Healthy Eating and Active Living in Ontario by:
  • Assessing school environments (e.g., cafeterias, vending machines, opportunities for physical activity, fund-raising and special food days) for Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12.
  • Developing plans to create a healthy school environment based on local evidence.
  • Monitoring progress of local and provincial policy and program interventions.

Social marketing resources
Each link takes you to a description of the tool/resource on the OHPE website. From there, if you decide the topic is of interest to you, you'll have to navigate to the actual website.

Start! Walking at Work Day — April 25 in the U.S.
Start! Walking at Work Day is part of the American Heart Association's Start! movement. The movement is designed to get Americans up and moving. Start! challenges corporations and their workforce to promote physical fitness and break down the obstacles that keep Americans from being active. The movement focuses on walking as an activity because it's accessible, free and has the lowest dropout rate of any type of exercise

Stats Canada community profiles page
There is now 2006 data (although somewhat limited as of yet). The web page also lets you go to the 2001 profiles page, which is much more detailed. You can enter your city’s name into each and compare the data.

Bookmark this web-page and check it periodically — I'm sure the 2006 data set will be as detailed as the 2001 set once they have time to sift and sort the 2006 Census Data and post it.

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