Friday

February 2, 2007


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

MEDIA

ParticipACTION—link to the web-site and news release for the re-launch
The target populations for the ParticipACTION communication strategy will include all Canadians of all ages and backgrounds. However, the priority areas of focus will be children and youth, especially parents and other influencers of children ages two to 12, Aboriginal peoples, Canadians with a disability and seniors.www.participaction.com

RESEARCH

Opportunities for student physical activity in elementary schools: A cross-sectional survey of frequency and correlates
Health Education & Behavior, Vol. 33, No. 2, 215-232 (2006)The objectives of this study were to describe opportunities for student physical activity (PA) in elementary schools and to identify factors in the school environment associated with higher PA opportunity. Self-report questionnaires were completed by school principals and physical education teachers in 277 schools (88% response) in metropolitan Montreal. Correlates of opportunity were identified using ordinal logistic regression. There was substantial variation in PA opportunities between schools. Higher opportunity was associated with role modeling of PA by school principals, their interest in increasing PA through links to the municipality, adequate financial and human resources, access to school sports facilities, adequate space for storing student sports equipment, and suburban location. There is both the need and the potential for intervention to increase PAopportunities in elementary schools. Addressing barriers related to resources and access to sports facilities may help reduce disparities between schools in opportunities for students to engage in PA.


RESOURCES

Australia's physical activity recommendations for children and young people
http://www.chdf.org.au/i-cms_file?page=5/ForumNewsletter.pdf


CAHPERD quality school health checklist
http://www.cahperd.ca/eng/health/qsh_checklist.cfm


Creating healthy futures—BC Healthy Schools Network assessment tool
BC Ministries of Education and Health, 2006/07 Pilot

http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/health/hsnetwork/assess_tool_toc.htm

Focus Edmonton
Please be advised about new updates on the Focus Edmonton: City Plan project. www.FocusEdmonton.ca


The Draft "Stage 1 Public Involvement Results" report and the "Draft Principles for Land Use Planning"
Please refer to the website for further project information and full contact details.http://www.focusedmonton.ca/stage1_1.html


Health promoting schools—Australia
http://www.chdf.org.au/i-cms_file?page=3/Hps_1.pdf

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