Monday

May 4, 2009

By Rosanne Prinsen MSc

Alberta Centre for Active Living

ABORIGINAL
Vancouver 2010 Aboriginal Education Resources
Developed in collaboration with the BC Ministry of Education and Aboriginal teachers from across the province, the lesson starters can be used in a number of curriculum areas, such as language arts, geography, science, social studies, health, career education and drama.

ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION
"How times have changed" - active transport literature review
There are many studies which report on how children get to and from school and negotiate their neighbourhoods, but very few explore in detail the cultural context in which children’s independent mobility has been curtailed. This paper will explore a number of key areas which relate to children’s independent mobility.

CHILDREN
A Kid’s Guide to Building Great Communities
This manual is designed to provide planners and educators with ideas, exercises and materials for use with children and youth – in a variety of settings. It is particularly useful for school settings as the topics fit easily into a number of areas of existing curriculum in subjects such as social studies, language arts, science and mathematics.

After-School Program Impact on Physical Activity and Fitness: A Meta-Analysis
American Journal of Preventive Medicine – article in press.
The limited evidence suggests that after-school programs can improve physical activity levels and other health-related aspects.

BHF: Active School Pack
The British Heart Foundation (BHF) has released a new version of the popular Active School resource pack for Primary Schools.

Guidelines for using external providers for physical activity in Out of School Hours (OOSH) centres
Guidelines to assist NSW OOSH centres which plan to engage an external provider to deliver formal physical activity programs. The guidelines are also meant to assist management committees/coordinators to inform their decisions about whether or not to select an external provider. There are four parts to the Guidelines: Background, choosing a provider, responsibilities of the OOSH centre and further information.

Guidelines for using contracted external providers for physical education and school sport
Guidelines to help school Principals (or relevant people) decide whether or not they want to hire an external provider to enhance physical education and sport provision within their school. If they choose to engage an external provider, the guidelines may also be used by Principals to make decisions about which provider to select. There are four parts to the Guidelines: Background, choosing a provider, responsibilities of the school and further information.

Vancouver 2010 Education Resources
Teachers can access and share resources related to the Olympic and Paralympic Games as well as the three Vancouver 2010 pillars of sport, culture and sustainability….. (*Also be sure to click on the “About/EDU” link – lots of good info/resources there.)

HEALTH GENERAL
Get Healthy Action Plan
From the new Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service from NSW Health - a free phone and web based service aimed at supporting adults to make lifestyle changes.

Get Healthy Goal Sheet
From the new Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service from NSW Health - a free phone and web based service aimed at supporting adults to make lifestyle changes. Incorporates SMART goal setting.

Healthy parks, healthy people - The health benefits of contact with nature in a park context: A review of relevant literature
The significance of the health and wellbeing benefits from interacting with nature, including in park settings, the implications for public health, and the need for collated up-to-date information on this topic cannot be over-estimated.

Teams in Action: Primary Health Care Teams for Canadians
The report found that teams look different across the country and that they could be made up of two or more health care professionals, usually from different disciplines, working together in a coordinated, integrated effort to provide a patient's basic health care.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
The International Prevalence Study on Physical Activity: results from 20 countries
International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2009, 6:21
This study demonstrated the feasibility of international PA surveillance, and showed that IPAQ is an acceptable surveillance instrument, at least within countries. If assessment methods are used consistently over time, trend data will inform countries about the success of their efforts to promote physical activity.

WORKPLACE
Listen to Professor Fiona Bull speak about Healthy Active Workplaces

http://www.nzwellatwork.co.nz/
This website makes it easy to develop and implement a wellness program for your workplace. Whether you're just starting out or have had a program in place for some time, this site can help. (The Getting Started section includes a workplace environment audit tool).

Workplace BUG Guide (Bicycle User Group)
This guide features practical information about what workplace Bicycle User Groups do and how to start one, with case studies of existing groups included for inspiration.

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