January 14, 2011

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc

Alberta Centre for Active Living

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Having a new physical disability, such as an amputation or spinal cord injury, can affect your confidence. It takes time to recover and figure out how to adjust to a new lifestyle. Re-establishing physical activity as part of daily living is a vital part of that adjustment.

Each year the Ontario Health Promotion E-Bulletin invites organizations and individuals working in health promotion in Ontario and across the country to reflect on the past 12 months and muse about the coming year. This is the second part of the reflections piece.

These reports look at current national and international initiatives to define nutrient criteria for "healthy and unhealthy food" and the applications in which the criteria are used, e.g. on front-of-package labelling, marketing of food and beverages to children, and school food guidelines.

JAMA. 2011;305(1):50-58.
doi: 10.1001/jama.2010.1923
Why would gait speed predict survival? Walking requires energy, movement control, and support and places demands on multiple organ systems, including the heart, lungs, circulatory, nervous, and musculoskeletal systems. Slowing gait may reflect both damaged systems and a high-energy cost of walking.

Annals of Internal Medicine December 20, 2010 Vol. 153 No. 12 Pp.815-825

The authors conclude that Primary care–relevant interventions exist that can reduce falling among community-dwelling older adults.

Canadians won’t have to sweat as much to meet national physical-activity standards after experts determined that health benefits can be achieved with less effort than demanded by the existing targets that few of us are meeting.

The following is a summary of recommendations derived from three years of research analysis by CSEP, including summaries of Canada’s current physical activity guidelines for comparison.

Welcome to this 2010 newsletter from GAPA - the Advocacy Council of the International Society for Physical Activity and Health. This newssheet provides you with an update on recent developments and activities in the field of physical activity and health promotion around the world.

In the 10 months since the flame was extinguished at the Vancouver Olympics, the venues are still being used. While a few will host elite competitions in the future, others have been turned into community facilities and might never see another international event.

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