June 21, 2013

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc

Alberta Centre for Active Living

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It is the desire of the kids to bike to school every day.  This has happened as part of the coming together of several important factors – a community that is focused on activity and health, great parent role models who encourage active, healthy lifestyles for their kids, school infrastructure support in numerous, centralized bike racks, school personnel support in a principle and physical education teachers who praise and reward kids for being active, and a municipal government that has invested in a great connected trails system.

The Ontario Society for Health and Fitness is pleased to be offering two special professional development seminars on the role of physical activity in the prevention and management of Type II Diabetes…. The seminars present an excellent opportunity for exercise professionals, diabetes educators, and other health and wellness practitioners to learn, network, and enhance their clinical expertise.

Research in Developmental Disabilities Vol 34, Iss 9, Sept 2013, Pgs 2701–2707
·         Balance and motor tasks of children with ID can be improved by trampoline intervention program.
·         Trampoline is an effective training that provides deep proprioception as well as other sensory inputs.
·         Trampoline can facilitate the overall development of children with ID.
·         Students with ID require intervention programs that are fun and interesting in order to remain active.
From Statistics Canada – updated 19 June 2013.

The Lancet Vol 12, Iss 7, July 2013, Pgs 716–726
Exercises that incorporate goal-based training and aerobic activity have the potential to improve both cognitive and automatic components of motor control in individuals with mild to moderate disease through experience-dependent neuroplasticity.

Fourteen years ago, I was given a walking regimen that was absolutely fail-proof -- a mandatory, no questions asked, have to do it walking plan -- twice a day……

This (UK) practice briefing uses research evidence to provide practical strategies to effectively promote physical activity with older adults. The briefing particularly concentrates on people aged 65 and over who are already active or in transition towards becoming frailer. Looks like there are lots of practical tips/ideas – no matter what country or health system you work within.

On June 6, 2013, Strathcona County was recognized for its efforts to create an age-friendly community for residents. Age-friendly communities promote healthy and active aging. People in age-friendly communities are supported in maintaining their independence, and can access public buildings and amenities, participate in community events and initiatives, and acquire the supports and services they need.

From Statistics Canada – updated 19 June 2013.

This Urban Land Institute survey shows that broad and diverse groups of citizens prefer compact, mixed-use neighborhoods and over half of all adults would trade a big house for a shorter commute. These preferences, including those for walkable and transit-friendly neighborhoods, support the call for Complete Streets in communities across the country

The Make a Place for People project is based on the idea that community participation is key to the creation of vibrant and healthy public spaces.  With support from the Ontario Government, 8-80 Cities facilitated a community-led visioning processes to inject new life into currently underperforming public spaces…. The document includes useful engagement and public space assessment tools that can be used by any community.

A user-friendly tool for action and positive change in Red Deer. This document is the result of a partnership project between 8-80 Cities, Gehl Architects and The City of Red Deer to identify the strategies and actions needed to provide Red Deerians with more mobility choices, and as such a better quality of life. It takes its inspiration from a traditional sports playbook and sets out a series of “plays” or strategies that The City should take in order to create a more integrated and balanced mobility network.

This program is designed to assist employers in building successful workplace wellness programs by implementing science-based disease prevention and wellness strategies to help reduce chronic diseases.

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