March 2, 2007

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


15-minute spurts of activity can keep kids from becoming obese
Reuters (March 20, 2007) reports that according to British and U.S. researchers, just 15 minutes a day of kicking around a ball or swimming might be enough to keep children from becoming obese. A study of 5,500 children who agreed to wear a motion sensor device showed that those who exercised more were less likely to be obese and that short bursts of intense activity seemed to be the most helpful.

Children who did 15 minutes a day of moderate exercise (equivalent to a brisk walk) were 50 per cent less likely than inactive children to be obese, the researchers reported in the Public Library of Science journal PLoS Medicine. The team studied 5,500 children, with an average age of 12, who with their mothers have been taking part in a larger, long-term study of health. The children agreed to wear a device called an accelerometer, which measures total activity, and they had X-ray scans for body fat. The researchers rated the children with the top 10 per cent levels of fat mass as obese.

A bit of exercise seems to curb smoking desire
The Welland Tribune (ON) (Sat 17 Mar 2007 Source: AP) reports that a dozen studies have found as little as five minutes of exercise seems to help smokers curb their craving for a cigarette. The research showed that moderate exercise, such as walking, significantly reduced the intensity of smokers' nicotine withdrawal symptoms. According to their analysis, just five minutes of exercise was often enough to help smokers overcome their immediate need for a nicotine fix.


According to recent data released by the Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institutes (CFLRI), the issue of child and youth physical inactivity in Canada is perhaps an even larger public health concern than previously believed…The CFLRI Canadian Physical Activity Levels Among Youth (CANPLAY) study collected pedometer data on a sample of approximately 6,000 children and youth ages to 19, measuring the number of steps kids take in order to assess their activity levels…


ACHSC (Alberta coalition for healthy school communities)
This website is a tool for increasing knowledge exchange about school health promotion and enhancing network development. It includes information about the ACHSC and provides links to key organizations and publications. ACHSC aims to ensure that linked websites are useful and credible and intends to keep the website current with what's happening in school health in Alberta, across the country, and around the world.

Active living security in the Calgary health region: Focus on vulnerable population groups including low-income and/or immigrant families
This report investigates the active living/physical activity situation for low socioeconomic families, including those who are culturally diverse in the Calgary Health Region, in order to more effectively target health promotion and disease prevention delivery to this population.

BodySense is an education and outreach initiative dedicated to the promotion of positive body image in athletes. BodySense believes that an affirmative sport environment can facilitate in the development of positive character traits: perseverance, responsibility, a strong sense of self and body, and integrity as well as values like fairness, fitness, friendship, and fun. BodySense is a practical, innovative, accessible, and relevant information site dedicated to helping you and the members of your sport community continue to foster positive body image in athletes and active people!

Communities for health: Learning from the pilots


This report by the U.K. Department of Health tells the story of the Communities for Health pilots and how organizations in 22 areas worked with local communities to harness people’s inspiration, commitment and energy to improve health and reduce health inequalities. Physical Activity is a part of a number of the Pilot Programs*

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