April 26, 2013

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc

Alberta Centre for Active Living

Where possible, we provide the DOI link to research papers in the Info Round-Up.  To use it, cut and paste the DOI into the text box on this webpage:  Access to research articles will be dependent on your institutional rights.

Note: This week’s Round Up contains links to many resources highlighted at the recent 2013 International Physical Literacy Conference.

This report contains fifteen successful and inspirational physical activity initiatives from each Canadian province and territory as well as two international case studies. This diverse collection offer insight into consistent promising practices and recurring challenges that may be emulated or pre-empted for the benefit of successful programs in communities.

The report was commissioned by the FPT Physical Activity and Recreation Committee (PARC), and was produced by Johnston Research Inc.

Healthy Schools is Manitoba's provincial school health initiative designed to promote the physical, emotional, and social health of schools communities….. A Healthy School in motion values the benefits of physical activity and ensures that it is a visible priority in the daily life of the school.

American Journal of Preventive Medicine Vol 44, Iss 5, May 2013, Pgs 439–444
The findings provide further support that meeting the national (USA) physical activity guidelines produces health benefits for youth.

The tools are meant to improve our population’s level of physical literacy. Directed at individuals aged seven and up, the PLAY Tools determine gaps in physical literacy development, and provide calls-to-action to help improve these areas.

What is Physical Literacy Injury Prevention? Integrating the development of physical literacy and injury risk reduction strategies into schools, recreation, and club sport programs to improve the resilience of children and reduce their risk of injury.

Passport for Life is an online platform which helps teachers broaden their understanding of physical literacy and implement its assessment.  Teachers collect student data related to their level of physical literacy and use this data to provide individualized attention to help students set goals and work towards continued improvement as well as guide lesson planning to meet the needs of the class.

May 19 – 22, 2014 Toronto, Canada

The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is one of the largest investigations ever conducted to assess associations between childhood maltreatment and later-life health and well-being. A retrospective study - Each study participant completed a confidential survey that contained questions about childhood maltreatment and family dysfunction, as well as items detailing their current health status and behaviors. This information was combined with the results of their physical examination to form the baseline data for the study.

CPHA is pleased to launch a new platform to facilitate the exchange of real-life experiences, tools and resources about initiatives implemented by communities and their health and social service organizations to improve health and address health equity through the social determinants of health (SDH).

As part of the recent federal budget, the Federal government has announced that it will wind down its funding support of the Health Council of Canada. According to the Federal government, with the end of the Accord in 2014, the Health Council will have completed its primary mandate. The Health Council will operate as usual and continue to report on the progress of health care renewal with a focus on health innovation up until March 31, 2014.

A video adapted from Sudbury District Health Unit that explains the most important things influencing health.

Wellness Alberta is a new campaign that brings together thousands of individuals including business, health and recreational leaders and non-governmental organizations who support a meaningful investment in the prevention of disease and injuries.

Ontario Health Promotion E-Bulletin, 19 April 2013 - OHPE Bulletin 794, Vol 2013, No. 794
This article highlights the history and the work of the Minding Our Bodies multi-year project.

Top 10 Barriers to physical activity.

“Sports skills are life skills” is the focus of the campaign. Instead of only highlighting the positive impact sport has on one’s physical health, humorous scenarios depict the interpersonal and social skills taught via sport and utilized in everyday life. (There are two more in the right hand column as well).

This website has been set up to enable all those interested in the concept of Physical Literacy to share papers and references…… Papers by Margaret Whitehead show the development of the concept over the past few years…

For the very first time you will be able to track injuries sustained in sport and physical activity, track symptoms to report to your healthcare team, share "near misses" and learn about preventing injury in your activities and community.

The Play Safe Initiative (PSI) is a collaborative approach to reducing injury risk in sport and physical activity through research, education and innovation.

Sheldon Kennedy gave a great presentation about this at the past International Physical Literacy conference.  It’s Canada's only interactive, online certification program to protect our youth and enhance an organization's mandate for safe, fun and respectful environments for all. 

The funding, which comes from Sport Canada, is part of ongoing support for not-for-profit endeavours to encourage parents, children, and young people to stay active.

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