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Physical Activity Programs - A discussion on Health-Promotion List-serv

A query and some suggestions of Canadian Programs

On Tue, 1 Sep 1998 01:20:05 -0400 natasha wrote:

> Dear Fellow Lister's,

> I am hoping that somebody out there can help me find some information

> regarding programs that encourage people to incorporate exercise into their

> everyday lives ie. riding to work instead of driving, walking up the

> stairs instead of taking the lift etc. Thank you for your time and effort.

> Natasha Black

> [email protected]

> 03 9836 9240

You may want to access the ACTIVE LIVING CANADA site at

Also "GO FOR GREEN" which has new resources on Active and Safe Routes to School and Walk and Roll (a workplace active transportation resource).

The HEART AND STROKE FOUNDATION in US have a lot of programs (most recent one: "Choose to Move" - a physical activity program for inactive adult women

OPHEA in Ontario has a resource directory of active living programs (

Health Canada will be releasing this fall (we hope) the equivalent to Canada's Food Guide for physical activity (


Nancy Dubois [[email protected]]

Community Facilitator

Active Living Community Action Program

ii) A critical review of Active Living Kim Bercovitz responded:

You may want to read several critical analyses of Canada's Active Living movement:

Bercovitz and Skinner (1996), Active Living: Just a Passing Fad? Canadian Journal of Public Health, 87(4): 275-279

Bercovitz (forthcoming). Canada's Active Living Program: a critical analysis. Health Promotion International, 13(4): 319-328

Quinney, Gauvin and Wall, eds. (1994). Toward Active Living. Human Kinetics Publishers.

Kim Bercovitz, Ph.D.

University of Waterloo

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iii) A suggestion from the United States

One of the best sources of information is to take a look at the following website: (Notice that there is no "www" in the URL.)

Some of the contributors to this site (e.g., Dr. Denis Waitley, Dr. Michael Colgan, Ph.D., Nancy Popp, Dr. Machiel Kennedy, M.D., et al) have trained Olympic athletes, Apollo astronauts, world class

bodybuilding champions, Fortune 500 top executives, and thousands of others in personal excellence and peak-performance as well as having created exercise programs for sports and exercise shows on television, home exercise videos, etc.

After viewing the information, if you have any questions, please let me [Michael Adamson] know.

My e-mail address is [email protected]

Michael Adamson, Ph.D. (abd), Exec. Director of Lifestyles Extraordinaire, I'ntl.