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Nunavik Parks hopes to draw new visitors with packaged trips

Added on Feb 5, 2016

Nunavik Parks invites visitors to “Follow our ancestors’ footsteps to Qurlutuarjuq,” along the turquoise and winding Koroc River, just one of many pre-planned trips the organization has recently packaged and posted to its newly-launched website, where visitors can go to discover what Nunavik’s parks have to offer. Parks officials also hope its new website will help promote tourism in the region’s three parks, with a fourth park to be made official later this year.

“It’s been over a year that we’ve been working on this, a site that gives people more access to the actual experience they can have at our parks,” said Patrick Graillon, assistant director of park operations at the Kativik Regional Government.

Sarah Rogers, Nunatsiaq News

CPRA Launches Harry Boothman Bursary Program for Professional Development: Deadline Mar 31 each year

Added on Feb 4, 2016

The Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) has launched a bursary program to assist parks and recreation professionals financially in the pursuit of professional development in the sector.

The Harry Boothman Bursary was established to honour the contributions of Harry Boothman to the parks and recreation sector. Harry was a Parks Supervisor for the City of Calgary, CPRA Board Member and long-time supporter of the organization. Harry believed in the need for actions that support the continued development of the field. Establishing this bursary, in support of Professional Development within the sector, is a tribute to Harry’s vision and dedication.

Applications will be accepted from Parks and Recreation practitioners with a minimum of five (5) years’ experience and currently working full-time in the sector.

Up to two (2) bursaries, in the amount of $1,000, each can be awarded each year. Deadline for applications – March 31 of every year.

All applications should be submitted by mail to:

CPRA Harry Boothman Bursary
c/o the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association
#100 - 1445 Park Street
Regina, Saskatchewan S4N 4C5
Or, electronically to: [email protected]

For more information contact Karen Thompson, Consultant – Leadership and Evaluation, SPRA at 306-780-9389, or at [email protected]

Step training may reduce risk of falling for the elderly

Added on Feb 4, 2016

For fall prevention, elderly people may benefit from exercises designed to help maintain balance during everyday activities such as getting out of a chair or avoiding obstacles on a sidewalk, said Stephen Lord, senior study author that was an analysis of seven previous studies, with a combined total of 660 older adults.

“Strength and balance are both important for physical functioning,” Lord said by e-mail. “In terms of fall prevention, the best evidence is for balance and step training.”

Lisa Rapaport

Vancouver wildlife biodiversity strategy approved by park board

Added on Feb 3, 2016

The Vancouver Park Board has voted unanimously in favour of a biodiversity strategy that will see 25 hectares of "natural area"  in the city restored or enhanced by 2020. The board noted that there are 20 at-risk species in the city, and considers its new strategy a "legacy piece" that will ensure future generations can enjoy the biodiversity of Vancouver's forests, shorelines, and marshes.

CBC News

IMAGINE Community Grants: : Deadline Feb 29

Added on Feb 3, 2016

Projects must support community-based initiatives that focus on one or more of the following chronic disease prevention or health promotion priorities:

  • Healthy Eating and Food Security
  • Physical Activity/ Active Living
  • Injury Prevention
  • Tobacco-Free Communities
  • Positive Mental Health
  • Prevention of Substance Harms
  • Healthy Early Childhood Development
  • Healthy Aging

Alberta heart patients rehab at community recreation centres

Added on Feb 2, 2016

Turning hospital-based cardiac rehabilitation into a lifelong exercise habit at a community recreation centre is the goal of a new Alberta Health Services (AHS) pilot program that uses a  multi-disciplinary team to help heart patients transition from hospital therapy to lifelong exercise.  

Catherine Griwkowsky, Edmonton Journal. Video by Tom Braid.

Nature camps aim to draw kids from screens to the outdoors

Added on Feb 2, 2016

This article notes the many benefits of nature camps, citing works such as Richard Louv's book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, Audubon centres, and others.

Katherine Roth, The Associated Press (Brandon Sun)

Healthy Kids Challenge starts in Sudbury

Added on Feb 1, 2016

Sudbury recently launched the Healthy Kids Community Challenge, joining a number of other Ontario communities. Greater Sudbury will receive up to $1.125 million from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to fund various projects, while the Shkagamik-Kwe Health Centre is receiving another $525,000 to take part in the challenge.

The challenge is focused on three pillars: healthy start, including support for health during pregnancy and the start of a child's life; healthy food, initiatives to promote healthy eating and achieving healthy weights; and healthy, active communities, building healthy environments where children live and play.

Ben Leeson, Sudbury Star

2016 CPRA Awards Program - Nomination Deadline March 31, 2016

Added on Feb 1, 2016

CPRA is currently accepting nominations for the 2016 CPRA Awards Program. The Awards are presented to individuals/ organizations / corporations (including a municipality or government agency/department) who have demonstrated a high level of commitment, passion and leadership on a national level to the parks and recreation sector.

  • CPRA Award of Merit - recognizes an individual/organization/corporation for an outstanding contribution to achievements in each province and territory. The nominee will have contributed to a municipal, regional or provincial success which has national implications in the sector. This achievement will have contributed to the advancement of parks and recreation regionally and nationally.  (Nominations submitted throughout 2016)
  • CPRA President's Award of Distinction - recognizes the exceptional contributions or long term commitment, of an individuals who have worked towards the advancement the parks and recreation agenda on a national level.   This recipient will have shown excellent leadership and long lasting dedication to the parks and recreation sector on a national scale.  (Nominations submitted January 1 - March 31, 2016)
  • CPRA Partnership Award  - recognizes national / provincial sector partners whose collaboration, creativity, and innovation, enriches individual health and community well-being and enhances the parks and recreation community in Canada. (Nominations submitted January 1 - March 31, 2016)

International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health Call for Abstracts - deadline Feb 29, 2016

Added on Jan 28, 2016

The 6th ISPAH Organizing Committee invites authors to submit abstracts for presentation within a variety of the conference sub-themes. The overall theme of the conference is Active People, Active Place and Active Policy, and the conference will be in November in Thailand.