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2017 Physical Activity Forum video and highlights sheet are now available

Added on Jul 6, 2017

On May 8 & 9, Dr. Tanya Berry presented Don't overthink it! Promoting physical activity in a busy media environment at the 2017 Physical Activity Forum in Edmonton and Calgary. 

See her presentation (1.25 hours) on ACAL's YouTube Channel and go to ACAL's website to download the highlights sheet

UK Chief Medical Officers issue advice for health professionals on physical exercise during pregnancy

Added on Jul 6, 2017

The UK’s Chief Medical Officers (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) have jointly released new advice on physical exercise for expectant mothers— believed to be the first of its kind in the world.

The recommendations, issued in the form of an infographic, aim to reduce issues such as obesity, diabetes and other health concerns during pregnancy. The latest evidence suggests pregnant women should carry out around 150 minutes of ‘moderate intensity’ activity every week.

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How Urban Parks Keep Seniors Healthy and Living Longer

Added on Jul 5, 2017

A study from Nanchang, a city of just over five million, found that while older men were more likely to engage in passive uses of parks, older women were more likely to pursue active uses. The study offers pointers for Toronto where, for the first time, more people are over 65 than under 15.

Dr. Samir Sinha, director of geriatrics at the University Health Network and Mount Sinai Hospital, has contributed his understanding of healthy active aging to the Toronto Seniors Strategy and says: “[Parks are] not simply a place with trees and grass, they are powerful spaces that can support gathering and mobility.” He explains that parks represent an opportunity to connect with neighbours. By creating spaces that encourage activities ranging from bocce to tai chi, parks promote exercise and help prevent falls.

Emily MacRae, Torontoist

Physical Literacy Environmental Assessment (PLEA) Tool: Survey

Added on Jun 29, 2017

You are invited to participate in a project to develop the Physical Literacy Environmental Assessment (PLEA) Tool. Physical literacy is your motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life. In partnership with Hamilton Public Health, the Healthy Kids Community Challenge and Canadian Sport for Life, Dr. Brian Timmons (a researcher at McMaster University’s Child Health and Exercise Medicine Program) is developing a questionnaire for programs to understand how they are implementing principles of physical literacy. 

This survey will take about 15-20 minutes to complete. People filling out the survey must teach, coach, lead, or supervise any child or youth physical education, sport, recreation or physical activity program. 

Largest outdoor Parkour park in Canada opens in Langley City - includes video

Added on Jun 28, 2017

A 10,000-square foot collection of heavy-duty wooden forms designed to accommodate Parkour, a sport where competitors navigate obstacles by running, climbing, swinging, vaulting, jumping, and other movements, has opened in Langley City, partly funded through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program. The park is connected to two new playgrounds for children two to five, and five to 12. All of it rests on three inches of shock-absorbing rubber made from recycled tire, with a red and black pattern that offers kids the challenge of avoiding the red “lava” as they navigate the course. The park also includes a European-design multi-purpose sports plaza that can accommodate several sports, including basketball, ball hockey and mini-soccer.

Dan Ferguson, Abbotsford News

2018 Active Living Research Conference Call for Papers: Deadline Aug 24, 2017

Added on Jun 6, 2017

The conference brings together active living researchers and champions from over 30 disciplines to advance knowledge and action around active communities. The conference is the premier venue for policy-relevant research and cross-sector exchange between scientists, practitioners and policy makers on how to create and sustain active living environments.

The theme of the 2018 conference, “Future-Proofing Activity: Application Across Sectors” focuses on anticipating the future of physical activity, and creating environments, programs and policies that will minimize the effects of shocks and stressors of the future state when it comes to physical activity and active living. The theme challenges us to consider the future of activity across all sectors, and reflect upon applications that will minimise the detrimental effects of technology while maximizing the beneficial effects by way of intentional design. For example, how could “big data” be used to inform active living research and policy? How can we plan for active communities that incorporate connected and automated vehicles?

Abstracts are invited for active living presentations and workshops by August 24, 2017 on the following broad topic areas:

  • Active transportation
  • Aging in place
  • Building partnerships
  • Economic benefits
  • Health equity
  • Parks and recreation
  • Physical activity
  • Policy and environmental strategies
  • Public health
  • Research translation
  • Rural environments
  • School policies and environments
  • Tools and measures of active environments
  • Urban planning for healthy communities

Recreation Connections MB Therapeutic Recreation Professional Development Day: Call for Presenters extended to June 1, 2017

Added on May 19, 2017

The Recreation Connections Manitoba Therapeutic Recreation Professional Development Day will be held Wednesday, September 27th, 2017, at Canad Inns Destination Centre Polo Park, Winnipeg.

The workshops are designed to provide Therapeutic Recreation professionals with tools, resources, and practical information they can use within their respective facilities, programs and/or profession.

Recreation Connections Manitoba Therapeutic Recreation Professional Development Day: Call for Presenters: Deadline May 15, 2017

Added on Apr 20, 2017

The Recreation Connections Manitoba Therapeutic Recreation Professional Development Day will be held Wednesday, September 27th, 2017, at Canad Inns Destination Centre Polo Park, Winnipeg.

The workshops are designed to provide Therapeutic Recreation professionals with tools, resources, and practical information they can use within their respective facilities, programs and/or profession.

Central East Physical Literacy Summit 2017 Call for Presenters: Deadline Jan 11, 2017

Added on Dec 22, 2016

The Central East Physical Literacy Summit, to be held Apr 29, 2017, is accepting submissions for that combine practical take-home information with hands-on activities, small group discussion, and interactive tools. Submissions are sought on topics/best practices in:

· Developing physical literacy in a community

· Movement skills across the lifespan

· Developing and sustaining physical literacy programs

· Encouraging school-based physical literacy & daily physical activity

· Physical literacy and adapted activity for inclusive environments

· Assessment tools for physical literacy

· Parent and family engagement and education

· Cross-sector engagement and networking

· Active Start programs for children aged 0-6

· Physical activity and Active for Life programs for adults/older adults

· Program evaluation

· Future/emerging trends

Deadline for session submission is January 11, 2017

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