December 10, 2010

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc

Alberta Centre for Active Living

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Preventive Medicine Article in Press, Accepted Manuscript
Adolescents’ exercise-related attitudes predict subsequent Moderate to Vigorous PA independent of baseline behavior suggesting that youth MVPA promotion efforts may provide long-term benefits by helping youth develop favorable exercise attitudes.

Preventive Medicine Article in Press, Accepted Manuscript
We found differences by sex in variables associated with objectively measured MVPA in preschoolers. A focus on extrinsic motivators such as parental PA for girls and intrinsic motivators for boys may be an important consideration when designing interventions and PA programs for this age group.

This handbook is a direct response to needs expressed by community workers who have noticed that advocacy is rapidly becoming an important aspect of their work. It provides an introduction, the basics of advocacy, a section on building and maintaining momentum, and tools and tips - such as sample media releases, letters to elected officials and to newspaper editors.

“What does all this mean for health-care finance? It means that addressing the underlying social problems that scientists now know cause so much ill health, can help to rein in health costs. Governments must therefore be holistic in their programming and budgeting, instead of obsessing on reducing one budget line without regard to how that may affect other expenses.”

The toolkit provides a range of easy-to-use resources to help your organization create sustainable physical activity programs for people experiencing or recovering from serious mental illness. Developed for use by community mental health agencies, consumer/survivor initiatives and any other organization working with individuals who have a mental illness, the toolkit can be adapted to your organization’s setting and needs.

A number of guidebooks and guidelines for a variety of settings.

Mental Health and Physical Activity Article in Press, Accepted Manuscript
Increases in physical activity and fitness were associated with significant enhancements in psychological well-being. Outcomes provide evidence for the psychological benefits of physical activity and highlight the importance of detailed cardiorespiratory fitness assessment to evaluate the complex relation between physical and mental health in future obesity interventions.

On May 12, 2009, the City of Vaughan officially launched the Active Together Physical Activity Strategy. The strategy is a component of Vaughan’s ten year Active Together Master Plan for the provision of Recreation, Culture, Parks, Facilities and Libraries. The plan has two main goals: to increase the physical activity of Vaughan residents by 10 per cent by 2020, and, to reduce the ‘screen time’ of Vaughan residents by 10 per cent.

Don’t hide from the winter weather — embrace it! You just need a few extra steps to keep yourself safe and warm during winter activities.

The paper highlights some of the areas where public health and recreation can work more effectively together to improve the communities where we live, learn, work and play.

Rheumatic Disease Clinics of North America Article in Press, Corrected Proof
Evidence was strongest for reduced disease symptoms (tender/swollen joints, pain) and disability and for improved self-efficacy and mental health. Interventions, research methods, and disease diagnoses were heterogeneous.

This presentation provides valuable insights for epidemiological approaches to health and environment, including exploring the relationship between the built environment and sedentary lifestyles and how manmade surroundings impact the overall health of our citizens.

Preventive Medicine Article in Press, Accepted Manuscript
Worksite programs can successfully initiate cardiovascular risk reduction among employees, but more intensive interventions are needed to make significant improvements in the health of higher risk obese employees.

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