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Our Big Backyard nature program encourages children under 12 to explore the great outdoors - Australia

Added on Oct 28, 2014

The Our Big Backyard initiative is encouraging children to get back to nature and is a collaboration by Onkaparinga Council, Aldinga Beach Children’s Centre and the Adelaide Mt Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board.

The nature-based play program includes a map of 50 free things to do in the area before you are 12, including making mud pies or exploring rock pools on the Aldinga reef.

Kinsmen vs. west end rec centre: Council weighs where to invest - Edmonton

Added on Oct 28, 2014

Edmonton city councillors are wrestling over which kind of recreation centre the city should invest in. The discussion comes as city councillors have two plans before them; one for the Kinsmen Centre, an elite athletic training centre, and the other, a new recreation centre geared more towards families in the west end.

CBC News

Moving a little more goes a long way, report finds

Added on Oct 24, 2014

According to a report by The Conference Board of Canada, getting just 10 per cent of Canadian adults to sit less and move more would reduce Canada's health care costs by $2.6 billion and inject $7.5 billion into the Canadian economy by the year 2040. This report, Moving Ahead: The Economic Impact of Reducing Physical Inactivity and Sedentary Behaviour, was released today with a joint media release by the Conference Board and ParticipACTION.

The report estimates that the benefits would start to show as early as 2020, if—starting in 2015—10 per cent of Canadians sit less, walk more each week, and increase their daily physical activity.

PR Newswire

Canadians missing a beat over their own health

Added on Oct 22, 2014

Too many Canadians are moving too little, sitting too long, and not eating or sleeping adequately

OTTAWA, Oct. 21, 2014 /CNW/ - Canadians are not any healthier than they were a decade ago, despite having much more knowledge of what makes up a healthy lifestyle, according to the first publication of a Conference Board ofCanada research project that makes the case for healthy active living.

"An alarming number of Canadians are moving very little, sitting too long, eating poorly, not getting enough sleep, drinking too much, and continuing to smoke," said Thy Dinh, Senior Research Associate. " Even though average life expectancy has increased, the progress made in previous decades—such as lowering smoking rates— appears to have plateaued. There is an urgent need to support Canadians in adopting healthier lifestyles and create a national culture of wellness."



  • The prevalence of several chronic conditions has risen since 2003.
  • Stagnant or declining levels of Canadians who lead healthy active lives are associated with increases in chronic conditions.
  • Almost one-third of children are overweight or obese, which increases the risk of developing conditions such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, hypertension, diabetes or depression.

The benefits of healthy active living include reductions in chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease hypertension and cancer, as well as reduced likelihood of premature death. There are also many social, emotional and environmental benefits.

Even after adjusting for the aging of the population, the prevalence of several negative health conditions has risen since 2003, according to Statistics Canada. Increases include:

  • diabetes -- 24 per cent 
  • pain or discomfort that prevents activities -- 34 per cent 
  • self-reported mental health issues -- 35 per cent 
  • obesity -- 23 per cent; and 
  • high blood pressure -- eight per cent.


Concerns that children are not moving enough are also mounting. Almost one-third of children are overweight or obese.

The research will be part of the discussion at the Conference Board's Health Summit 2014: Aging, Chronic Disease, and Wellness, being held October 23 and 24 in Toronto. The next publication in the series , Moving Ahead: The Economic Impact of Reducing Physical Inactivity and Sedentary Behaviour, will be released at that time.

Dr. Jean-Philippe Chaput will share his insights on the adverse effects of sleep loss, both at the workplace and in general, in a live webinar, The Importance of a Good Night's Sleep for Health and Wellness on October 29, 2014 at 2 p.m. EDT.

Thy Dinh will present findings from this research in a live webinar Healthy Active Living: Is An Ounce of Prevention Worth a Pound of Cure?, on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, at 2 p.m.. EST.

Moving Ahead: Healthy Active Living in Canada is a research project by The Conference Board of Canada's Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care (CASHC). It will comprise several research briefings that aim to identify cost-effective, scalable, and sustainable interventions to promote and improve healthy active living. The goal of this work is to fill the gaps in knowledge and practice, and to engage the relevant stakeholders—including government, employers, and all Canadians—in working toward a culture of healthy active living.

Do your kids still use the seesaw? Calgary recreation centres bustling, playgrounds not so much: Report

Added on Oct 22, 2014

The Calgary Foundation’s eighth annual Vital Signs report, released earlier this month, found that despite seemingly non-stop bookings at city athletic facilities, youth activity actually dropped 12.7 per cent since 2003. The culprit could be dwindling use of playgrounds, suggested Kerry Longpre, vice-president of communications for the foundation.

Jeremy Nolais, Metro News

NYC Parks Launches Online Capital Project Tracker

Added on Oct 21, 2014

NYC Parks has announced the launch of an online Capital Project Tracker. In an effort to make the capital process more transparent, the tracker is designed as an online, searchable tool that allows anyone interested in NYC Parks' capital projects to learn more about their stages of design, procurement and construction. The implementation of this tracker represents one of NYC Parks' first steps in streamlining the capital process to deliver projects to the public more quickly and efficiently. The Capital Projects Tracker can be accessed at

'Outdoor deficit disorder' fuelling obesity crisis, expert says

Added on Oct 21, 2014

University of Manitoba's Dean Kriellaars spoke at a physical literacy conference in Fredericton

Canada’s childhood obesity crisis is being fuelled, in part, by an “outdoor deficit disorder,” according to an exercise physiologist from the University of Manitoba.

Recreation facilities 'not sustainable' says report to Prince George council

Added on Oct 21, 2014

Prince George City Council has received a 136-page report outlining a variety of areas where the city can partner and further consult with users and user groups to streamline how recreation services are offered throughout the municipality.

Charelle Evelyn, Prince George Citizen

Fewer kids playing hockey in Hamilton and across Ontario

Added on Oct 16, 2014

For a variety of reasons, there just aren't as many kids rushing out to play “Canada’s game” this season in the Hamilton area and across Ontario. Some reasons given include cost, risk of injury, and demographic factors. Nationally, however, registration numbers are increasing.

Adam Carter, CBC News

Parents say recreation pass rules discriminate - Nanaimo

Added on Oct 8, 2014

In Nanaimo, parents of adults with special needs say that the newly enforced policy  for financial assistance for recreation programs is discriminatory.  The municipality has asked for the earnings of the entire household, making some low-income adults who live with their parents ineligible for aid, while peers in group homes or respite care still qualify.

Tamara Cunningham, Nanaimo News Bulletin