August 17, 2007

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


$22m plan aims to make one million healthier in B.C.

Right now in British Columbia, only about half the population is considered at a healthy body weight, 20 per cent are smokers, 40 per cent are physically inactive and most — 60 per cent — don't eat the recommended daily serving of fruits and vegetables.

That may soon be about to change — just in time for the 2010 Olympic Games.

On Tuesday, the provincial government, in conjunction with an alliance representing nine B.C. health professional groups, government organizations and non-governmental agencies, announced a new funding initiative worth $22 million aimed at promoting healthier lifestyles for British Columbians …


By your own two feet: Factors associated with active transportation in Canada [Editor’s note: You’ll have to scroll down the page a bit. It’s the 3rd heading under August 9.]

The purpose of this study is to examine socio-demographic, geographic and physical activity correlates of walking and cycling for non-leisure purposes, i.e., to work, school, or errands, in Canada.


Active travel publications

[Editor’s note: There are lots of active travel publications here — make sure you take a look!]

A range of active travel information sheets and publications are available to download, including those produced by Active Travel Cymru and Active Travel Scotland.

Also available are:

  • Active Travel News, a quarterly newsletter focusing on physical activity and public health from a transport viewpoint.
  • Healthy Travel Newsletter, produced by Active Travel for the Department of Health, to promote travel plans in the NHS.

Green Grants Program

Wal-Mart Canada and Evergreen, a non-profit environmental organization, recently announced the first 48 community recipients of the five-year, $2.5 million Wal-Mart Evergreen Green Grants program.

Funded by Wal-Mart Canada and led by Evergreen, the grants offer as much as $10,000 to public groups introducing or revitalizing green space in Canadian communities.

The grants are available nationwide and awarded by Evergreen on the basis of merit and an application review process. The next application deadline for the Green Grants Program is October 31, 2007.

International conference on physical activity and obesity in children

The conference proceedings from the International Conference on Physical Activity and Obesity in Children, held last June in Toronto are now available.

Major community facilities program

This program helps communities to plan, upgrade and develop large community-use facilities and places in order to enhance community life and citizen well-being.

Municipalities, not-for-profit organizations and Aboriginal communities can apply for funding for projects identified as a priority by the community.

Projects that meet the criteria for the program include sports, recreational, cultural or other related family and community wellness facilities.

Tackling obesity by creating healthy residential environments

The project identifies some ways to address the health effects of the residential environment by reviewing the relationship between the design and the quality of the residential neighbourhood and the opportunities for physical activity.

The project identified and disseminated best-practice examples of improved residential environments (walkability, sense of security, etc.), and their impact on physical activity and reducing obesity.

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