Physical Activity

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Physical Activity Guidelines 

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Physical Activity – What To Do & How To Measure It:

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Interesting Information and Resources on Physical Activity

General

A common vision for physical activity in Canada, which links existing efforts in recreation, sport, physical activity and health has been drafted and will be shared with Ministers for Physical Activity, Sport and Recreation (to seek approval) in July.

Ever wonder if the placement of outdoor exercise equipment is an effective strategy to address physical inactivity?  Read here to find out more about a related research project in Alberta.

As Canada Day approaches, don’t forget about the ParticipACTION 150 Play List campaign, which is encouraging Canadians to experience new physical activity opportunities.  Community resources are available here.

Read a summary on the evolution of sedentary behaviour in Canada here.

New physical activity data was released from the Canadian Community Health Survey in the Spring.  This new data allows assessment of self-reported physical activity against the national guidelines.  57%* of Nova Scotians (ages 18+) self-report at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week, which is the same as the national figure.  Self-reported physical activity declines with age.  Seventy-one per cent of Nova Scotians aged 18-34 report that they meet the guidelines in comparison with 33% of those aged 65+.  Nova Scotian seniors self-report significantly less activity than the national average.  Nova Scotian men trend toward being more active than women in adult age categories, except in the 50-64 age category where women trend towards more activity (Statistics Canada 2017).

*This data allows us to monitor trends over time at a provincial level. The Canadian Health Measures survey shows that 78% of Canadian adults do not meet the physical activity guidelines of 150 minutes per week, when measured by accelerometers.  Objectively measured data is not available at a provincial level (Statistics Canada 2015). 

Walking and Cycling

New fact sheet on the benefits of active transportation available from the Alberta Centre for Active Living.  The fact sheet highlights the relationship between AT and physical activity levels, chronic disease, economic benefits, social relations, sense of community, injury prevention and greenhouse gas emissions. 

Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change confirmed her support for a national active transportation strategy during Bike Week.  Canada Walks is working with Canada Bikes and the National Active and Safe Routes to School Working Group to facilitate the development of a national active transportation strategy.

Walk 21 Calgary: (re)Connecting Community Together will be held from September 19-22.  The conference will examine evidence and walkable community examples from different constituencies.  Intersections between walking and a variety of sectors and issues will be explored (e.g. the environment, art, health, culture, economy, inclusion etc.)  Early bird registration is open until the end of July. 

America Walks has summarized case studies on walking in four US communities.  This work was led by graduates of their Walking College. 

A Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy was released in the United Kingdom in April.  

America Walks 2017 Webinar series listed here.  If you missed one you wanted to see, they are recorded and accessible.  Recording of Walking and Walkability in Rural Communities and Small Towns found here. 

Children and Youth

The 2017 International Play Conference will be hosted in Calgary from September 13th to 16th.  This conference will celebrate play, increase understanding of the benefits of play and position attendees to provide children with meaningful play opportunities.

Looking for a resource for stakeholders to facilitate implementation of the Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines?  Check out Build Your Best Day from ParticipACTION.  This interactive website provides general, parent and educator resources to improve understanding of the guidelines. 

New resource from University of Toronto summarizes the impact of physical activity on school engagement for children and youth:  Research in Brief:  Physical Activity and School Engagement in Youth.

At the end of May the Province of Ontario passed the Safer School Zones Act.  This legislation includes multiple elements that are intended to address speeding and dangerous driving, creating safer environments for pedestrians. 

Policy

Take a look at this physical activity policy toolkit  from OPHEA’s Physical Activity Resource Centre.

Inclusion

Walkability is at the cornerstone of creating neighborhoods that are vital and vibrant, allowing all members of the community to enjoy social, health and economic benefits in a variety of forms.  At your leisure, watch this webinar on Advancing Neighborhood Change through Equity and Inclusion

Partnerships

What Successful Partnerships Do:  6 Key Activities resource is available from HC Link in Ontario.

Evaluation

Data, mapping tools and assessments can be useful in planning and monitoring.  At your leisure, watch this webinar:  Tracking the Walking Path:  Tools and Programs for Measuring Walking and Walkability

 

Physical Activity Challenge

Physical Activity Coordinators Vince Forrestall, Naturally Active Victoria County & Wally Bernard, Waycobah at North River Falls Trail (Sept. 2014) encourages you to reach the minimum daily requirements of physical activity: 60 minutes children & youth; 30 minutes adults & seniors.

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”NO EXCUSES: Believe in Yourself. Believe in the Possibilities. There are No Guarantees. Be the Best that You Can Be! Do Not Give Up” – Heather Moyse, 2 Time Gold Medalist (“Celebration” of Naturally Active Victoria County Oct 20 & 21, 2014:@HeatherMoyse)

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Influencing Population Physical Activity in Canada

Shifting population levels of physical activity requires a thoughtful approach.  See the attachment for a great infographic that provides a snapshot of factors that influence physical activity, evidence based approaches and innovative approaches:

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Physical Activity & Sedentary Behavior Canadian Guidelines

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We encourage our residents and visitors to adhere to the following guidelines leading to help achieve an active and healthy lifestyle
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Need a good reason to be active? ParticipAction Active Living Ambassador, Catherine Cameron, has put together 52 of them — that’s one for each week (From 2014)!
http://www.participaction.com/52-reasons-to-be-active-in-2014/

Are you and your family active enough? Find out!
http://www.participaction.com/how-much-physical-activity-do-i-need-for-health-benefits/

How Active Are You in the Winter?

http://www.participaction.com/its-the-most-wonderful-time-of-the-year-lets-make-it-active/

Immigrants and Physical Activity

Fitting it in :  How being new to Canada influences physical activity.

This Canadian research explores the experience of new Canadians and influences on their physical activity. Factors such as family, social relationships, cost and climate influence their activity levels. Recommendations to better meet the needs of immigrants are included.  Read more here

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