Active Living/Physical Activity

Designed for the long run: Maximizing the effectiveness of mHealth in supporting long-term physical activity change


I Introduction
II mHealth
III Designed for the long run
IV Physical activity and mHealth
V From evidence to practice
VI Designed for everyone?
VII Practical implications
VIII Conclusion

--Submitted by Sophie Rosa, Health Promotion Consultant, Health Promotion Capacity Building, Public Health Ontario

I Introduction

WALK Friendly Ontario - Apply Now!

The application for designation as a WALK Friendly Community will remain open until September 30th 2014. Communities wishing to apply should click on the “Apply” tab at, and follow the instructions to log in and create an account.

WALK Friendly Ontario is a recognition program that encourages municipalities to create and improve spaces and places to walk by awarding Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum designations.

Minding Our Bodies: Healthy Eating and Physical Activity for Mental Health


I Summary
II Background: From Policy to Practice
III Influencing Behaviour Change
IV Project Goals
V Gathering the Evidence
VI Getting the Word Out
VII Seed Funding to Support New Programs
VIII Broadening Our Scope
IX Project Evaluation
X Next Steps
XI Related Resources

-- submitted by Scott Mitchell, Director, Knowledge Transfer, Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario

I Summary

September 2012 Research Update from the Alberta Centre for Active Living

Articles in this issue include:

Facilitators and Barriers to Unstructured Free Play in Rural Communities in Northern Alberta

Candace Nykiforuk, PhD, Centre for Health Promotion Studies, School of Public Health, University of Alberta; Helen Vallianatos, PhD, Department of Anthropology, University of Alberta

Planning and Integration Specialist, South West Local Health Integration Network

London, Ontario
Deadline August 9, 2012

The South West Local Health Integration Network  (LHIN), is one of 14 local organizations that have been created in Ontario to plan, coordinate and fund local health services, including hospitals, community care access centres (CCACs), long-term care homes, community health centres (CHCs), community support service agencies, and mental health and addictions agencies. The office of the South West LHIN is located in London, Ontario.

2012 PARC Physical Activity Symposium

London, Ontario
May 14-15, 2012

The annual Physical Activity Resource Centre Physical Activity Symposium covers a range of physical activity issues, presents the latest research from expert professionals, and encourages practical application.

The 2012 PARC Symposium will be held on May 14 - 15, at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. Registration opens on February 1st.

Visit for more information.

The Importance of Progression in Exercise


I Introduction
II Five points to consider when addressing exercise
III Practical examples
IV Conclusion
V References

--Submitted by Elsbeth Vaino, Head trainer, Custom Strength

Early Physical Literacy in Alberta: Alberta Centre for Active Living article

Regular physical activity is a vital cornerstone in leading a healthy life, for children and adults. This article addresses the importance of helping all children to achieve physical literacy at a young age and provides an update on steps being taken in Alberta by Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) and other key stakeholders to better promote physical literacy to all Albertans.

The article is available on the Alberta Centre for Active Living website:

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