February 20, 2009

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc

Alberta Centre for Active Living

Contributing to physical activity and healthy eating for young Canadians
Report from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada 2007

Factors that Shape Our Children’s Participation in Physical Activity and Sport: Saskatchewan Parents’ Perspective
March 2008

Health promotion profile of youth sports clubs in Finland: club officials' and coaches' perceptions
Health Promotion International, Vol. 24 No. 1
The study shows that youth sports clubs in Finland are fairly health promoting in general, but only every fourth club has realized health promotion with a comprehensive ethos. Every third of the clubs expressed very little interest in health promotion. Thus, there is still a lot of potential for further development in the whole field of sports. (This journal offers free access).

Longitudinal Study of Physical Activity and Inactivity in Preschoolers: The FLAME Study
Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 2009, 41: 96–102
Two hundred and forty-four children were seen annually at 3, 4, and 5 yr. Physical activity and inactivity was measured by questionnaire and by Actical accelerometers for five consecutive days each year in children and once in each parent for 7 d. Conclusion: Levels of physical activity declined in boys and girls between the ages 3 and 4-5 yr, whether using objective measures or parental reports of activity.

Policy and action for cancer prevention
The report reviews the evidence on environmental, economic, social and personal determinants of food, nutrition, and physical activity patterns and the interventions and actions that may affect these.


3rd International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health
5-8 May 2010 Toronto

Be Active 09
14 - 17 October 2009 Brisbane Australia
The goal of be active '09 is to provide a scientific forum in which delegates from Australia and around the world can come together to discuss and debate the latest scientific research and evidence on all forms of physical activity - from elite sport to walking in local communities.

Walk 21
7-9 October 2009 New York

Six essential roles of health promotion research centres: the Atlantic Canada experience
Health Promotion International, Vol. 24 No. 1 (open access)
The conclusion raises questions regarding the value of university-based research
centres and challenges to their sustainability.

Poverty and health in Edmonton
On page 25: "From the Canadian Community Health Survey, the combined data (2003 and 2005) show that a higher percentage of children and youth (12-18 years) in the Average SES group were classified as physically inactive than the High or Low SES Groups"

A Million Messages for Seniors Falls Prevention
A package of resources that provide information about falls prevention for older adults. Using illustrated characters key messages about falls prevention are presented to seniors. Information sheets accompany the visual display to provide more detailed information about steps older adults can take to prevent falls.

Draw the line campaign
An innovative healthy weight campaign from the West Australian divisions of the Heart Foundation, Cancer Council and Diabetes WA. There are also physical activity tools, resources.

A Toolkit for the Design, Implementation & Evaluation of Exercise Referral Schemes DRAFT
The BHFNC has recently developed a toolkit for the design, implementation and evaluation of exercise referral schemes. A draft version is now available for consultation.

Find thirty every day
The campaign aims to increase the number of West Australian adults who are sufficiently active for good health. By visiting this site you’ve taken the first step to finding thirty minutes of physical activity every day and finding all kinds of rewards.

Exercise on prescription for women aged 40-74 recruited through primary care: two year randomised controlled trial
British Medical Journal 2008;337:a2509
This programme of exercise on prescription increased physical activity and quality of life over two years, although falls and injuries also increased. This finding supports the use of exercise on prescription programmes as part of population strategies to reduce physical inactivity.

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