This booklet, published by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease, will help very large people become more physically active. The booklet provides a number of activities, including both weight bearing and non-weight bearing, that can be done at home.
This organization provides information and resources to building safe and healthy sport environments. This outreach initiative is dedicated to fostering positive body image in male and female athletes to proactively prevent disordered eating and muscle dysmorphia.”
PDF file, 18 pages Published: 2007 GeoOrigin: Ontario
This booklet contains information specific to men on how to stay healthy and prevent disease. It emphasizes an active lifestyle, healthy eating, healthy weight, and making health a number one priority.
pdf file, 41 pages Published: 2003 GeoOrigin: National
These guidelines update the weight classification system used in Canada since 1988. The guidelines identify health risks associated with body weight in individuals and populations and are aligned with World Health Organizations recommendations.
a technical report;
a quick reference tool for professionals; and
questions and answers for both the public and professionals.
PDF file, 2 pages Published: Jul 2009 GeoOrigin: Alberta
This Research Update article provides an overview of the development and scientific validation of a survey to measure Canadians' nutrition behaviours and how these behaviours relate to their attitudes and knowledge around nutrition.
This survey is called the Canadian BANKS (Behaviours, Attitudes and Nutrition Knowledge Survey).
The 6th edition of Dietary Guidelines for Americans places stronger emphasis on reducing calorie consumption and increasing physical activity. A key recommendation is to participate in regular physical activity and reduce sedentary activities to promote health, psychological well-being, and a healthy body weight.
The European Union (EU) Platform brings together industry associations, consumer groups, health NGOs and political leaders to take voluntary action to reverse the rise in obesity, particularly among children.
This systematic review found that exercise can be used as a weight loss intervention, particularly when combined with dietary change. Exercise is associated with improved cardiovascular disease risk factors (diastolic blood pressure, triglycerides and fasting glucose) even if no weight is lost.
Adult obesity rates continue to rise in America, while government policy efforts are not solving this crisis. Theses reports (2004-2008) outline the issue and recommendations as well as state-specific information on the current obesity rates.
Healthy Measures is a campaign (aimed at women 25-45) that provides consistent messages about healthy eating, physical activity, and self-esteem.
Click on "Consumer" to access a self-assessment quiz, tip sheets, and a progress monitoring chart.
Click on "health professional" to register and download the toolkit for health professionals that includes a step-by-step guide to launching a campaign, working with media, advocating for the initiative, and other resources.
Discusses weight control and the significant impact that healthy eating and increased physical activity have on it. Includes links to related resources. Production of this material has been made possible through a financial contribution from the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Saris, W.H.M., Blair, S.N., van Baak, M.A., Eaton, S.B., Davies, P.S.W., Di Pietro, L., Fogelholm, M., et al. (2003). How much physical activity is enough to prevent unhealthy weight gain? Outcome of the IASO 1st Stock Conference and consensus statement. Obesity Reviews, 4, 101.
Losing and keeping weight off can be a challenge. Capital Health's Weight Wise program includes a confidential tracking tool to help you set goals and track your progress in becoming more active and eating in a more healthy way.
Calculating your body mass index and measuring your waist circumference before you begin will help you track your improvement. You will also receive helpful information from community leaders on achieving your goals.
In It for the Long Haul is part of Capital Health's Weight Wise program.
Miller, G.D., Nicklas, B.J.,& Loeser, R.F. (2008). Inflammatory biomarkers and physical function in older, obese adults with knee pain and self-reported osteoarthritis after intensive weight-loss therapy. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society,56, 644-651. doi:10.1111/j.1532-5415.2007.01636.x
Stice, E., Shaw, H., & Marti, C.N. (2006). A meta-analytic review of obesity prevention programs for children and adolescents: The skinny on interventions that work. Psychological Bulletin, 132, 667-691.
This factsheet shows results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. From height and weight measurements, it is estimated that 65% if American adults are either overweight or obese. A factsheet and charts showing age-adjusted prevalance of overweight and obesity among US adults are also included.
Erlichman, J., Kerbey, A.L., & James, W.P.T. (2002). Physical activity and its impact on health outcomes. Paper 2: Prevention of unhealthy weight gain and obesity by physical activity: An analysis of the evidence. Obesity Reviews, 3, 273.
pdf file, 94 pages Published: Oct 2000 GeoOrigin: International
This guide, developed by a National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute expert panel, recommends ways to assess and treat overweight and obese patients.
The guide also provides tools for medical staff and health specialists to effectively manage their overweight and obese adult patients. The guide also includes a section addressing weight reduction after age 65.
Flynn, M.A., McNeil, D.A., Maloff, B., Mutasingwa, D., Wu, M., Ford, C., et al. (2006). Reducing obesity and related chronic disease risk in children and youth: A synthesis of evidence with "best practice" recommendations. Obesity Reviews, 7(Suppl 1), 7-66.
PDF file, 4 pages Published: Apr 2011 GeoOrigin: Alberta
This article discusses the important topic of weight bias and present a number of strategies for practitioners to avoid weight bias while promoting physical activity. Weight bias refers to discriminatory attitudes toward individuals based on their body size and weight. These attitudes influence how people with obesity are treated. The WellSpring article addresses the impact of weight bias on physical activity, how weight bias experiences can create barriers, and how knowing the facts about obesity and physical activity can help overcome bias.
To maintain a healthy weight for life, you need to be active and eat well. The Body Mass Index (BMI) is one way to measure overweight and obesity. This factsheet from the US Surgeon General tells you how to use the BMI chart to determine your BMI.
pdf file, 2 pages Published: May 2006 GeoOrigin: Alberta
Explores the reasons that make physical activity so important for adolescent girls. Lists factors that contribute to the successful participation of girls in sport and physical activity. Suggests a variety of activity ideas for female teens.
6 pages Published: Oct 2008 GeoOrigin: International
Patel, A.V., Spencer Feigelson,H., Talbot, J.T., McCullough, M.L., Rodriguez, C., Patel, R.C., Thun, M.J.,& Calle, E.E. (2008). The role of body weight in the relationship between physical activity and endometrial cancer: Results from a large cohort of US women. International Journal of Cancer, 123, 1877–1882. doi: 10.1002/ijc.23716
PDF file, 1 page Published: Dec 2008 GeoOrigin: Alberta
The long-term health risks for children with overweight or obesity have been well-established. Typically one thinks of cardiovascular disease or Type 2 diabetes, but one of the other significant risks is developing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). It’s estimated that 10-25% of children with overweight or obesity have NAFLD.
Currently, there are no evidenced-based guidelines for how to treat NAFLD in children. This Research Update article explores recent research in establishing healthy eating and physical activity guidelines for treating NAFLD in children.
Need help losing weight? Capital Health's Weight Wise program provides you with tools, access to experts, and information, plus programs and services to help you reach a healthy weight for improved health.