pdf file, 8 pages Published: 2002 GeoOrigin: Ontario
The idea that low income and poverty are determinants of poor health is uncontested. There is increasing evidence that societies with great numbers of poor people begin to show a spillover effect by which the health of the "non-poor" also begins to deteriorate. This paper considers the impact of poverty on population health and the barriers to effective action.
Cavill, N., Foster, C, Oja, P., & Martin, B.W. (2006). An evidence-based approach to physical activity promotion and policy development in Europe: Contrasting case studies. Promotion & Education, 13, 104-111.
pdf file, 2 pages Published: 2003 GeoOrigin: Alberta
Studies show that over 50% of Canadians are not active enough to reap health benefits. Why aren't Canadians more active? This WellSpring article discusses the broader circumstances that influence life choices (e.g., policy and environmental factors). The article also provides insights for practitioners who advocate physical, social, and economic changes to promote physical activity.
This report contains 47 recommendations that serve as a roadmap for a collective journey by Canadians to reform and renew their health care system. The recommendations outline actions that must be taken in 10 critical areas, starting by renewing the foundations of medicare and moving beyond our borders to consider Canada's role in improving health around the world.
A link to this resource is unavailable. A hard copy is available in the Centre library: Health/Well-being--Health Reform, ID #769
pdf file, 4 pages Published: Jun 2005 GeoOrigin: Alberta
This WellSpring issue focuses on Canada on the Move, a web-based physical activity research platform for research, evaluation, and partnership developed by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism, and Diabetes. This initiative (which focuses on walking) aims to improve the health of Canadians. The web site also provides resources such as pedometer tracking tools to allow users to follow their own progress over time.
The CCPA offers an alternative to the message that we have no choice about the policies that affect our lives. The CCPA promotes research on issues of social and economic justice. The CCPA publishes progressive research and analysis in many different formats including books, research reports, policy briefs, short pieces, and backgrounders designed to give you the important facts in a quick overview. Much of this information is available free on the CCPA web site.
The council is a non-profit social policy and research organization that focuses on issues such as poverty, social inclusion, disability, cultural diversity, child well-being, employment, and housing. The council's web site includes an extensive list of social indicators.
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.
CPRN contributes expertise in health-care services and population health, with a unique focus on translating research into policy. The CPRN mission is to create knowledge and lead public debate on social and economic issues important to the well-being of Canadians. CPRN's goal is to help make Canada a more just, prosperous, and caring society. For more information about CPRN and to receive weekly e-network news, visit the web site.
Morabia, A., & Costanza, M.C. (2004). Does walking 15 minutes per day keep the obesity epidemic away? Simulation of the efficacy of a population wide campaign. American Journal of Public Health, 94, 437-440.
book file, 37 pages Published: 2006 GeoOrigin: International
The NICE physical activity public health intervention guidance covers four common methods used to increase the population's physical activity levels: brief interventions in primary care; exercise referral schemes; pedometers and community-based walking.
This resource is also available in the Centre library: Physical Activity--Participation [file cabinet], ID #1117
The World Health Organization's support of this conference shows that physical activity is a priority at the global level. This web site provides information on the latest conference in this series that began in Ottawa in 1996.
pdf file, 22 pages Published: Apr 2004 GeoOrigin: International
In May 2004, the 57th World Health Assembly (WHA) endorsed the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity
and Health. The Strategy was developed through a wide-ranging series of consultations with all concerned stakeholders in response to a request from Member States at World Health Assembly 2002.
The Strategy is provided in a number languages and you will find accompany documents on this site.
Health promotion is a process, not a quick fix, according to a report from the PAHO Division of Health Promotion and Prevention. Health promotion aims to achieve an outcome over the long term, with specific results in the medium and short term. Specific outcomes differ, but they may involve citizen and community participation and may also contribute to improving quality of life. PAHO promotes a broad concept of health as a basis for human development and an acceptable quality of life.
The Healthy Alberta Communities project, affiliated with the Centre for Health Promotion Studies with the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta, was a community driven initiative aimed to reduce risk factors for development of chronic diseases.
The goal of this project was to make healthy choices easy in the day-to-day lives of people living in the four communities.
This website houses the reports and tools that came out of this project.
pdf file, 52 pages Published: May 2010 GeoOrigin: Ontario
Recommendations for public health and other professionals working in chronic disease prevention. Designed to help professionals make informed decisions about the provision of programs and resources for the promotion of healthy eating and physical activity.
This Research Update article summarizes a research study that compared individual, family, and neighbourhood characteristics for children from birth up to age eight and related these characteristics to children's health outcomes.
PDF file, 1 page Published: Dec 2008 GeoOrigin: Alberta
Commercial ads that refer to physical activity when trying to sell a product are much more common than publicly funded ads that promote physical activity. And it’s very likely that the commercial ads take attention away from the publicly funded ads.
This Research Update article explores how health promoters can counter this trend and increase people’s attraction to public health promotion ads.
pdf file, 147 pages Published: 2004 GeoOrigin: National
The Physical Activity Monitor report summarizes the physical activity situation in Canada from 1998-2003. This report highlights differences among physical activity levels and focuses on age, sex, and regional physical activity differences. In addition, the report provides statistics on the influence of other factors such as education, income, employment status, community size, and family composition.
pdf file, 125 pages Published: May 2003 GeoOrigin: International
There is growing interest in the potential for preventive interventions to improve average health status in OECD countries and to tackle remaining health inequalities. The interest includes health services and measures to influence behaviour, and actions to improve the contribution of the social, economic, and physical environments to health. This paper notes the trends in health inequalities in OECD countries, reviews the case for population-health investments, and the evidence on interventions' effectiveness. One focus of this paper is on falls among the elderly.
pdf file, 1 page Published: 2005 GeoOrigin: Alberta
This Research Update report compares data collected in 2000, 2002, and 2005 by the Alberta Centre for Active Living for the Alberta Surveys on Physical Activity. The report found that leisure-time physical activity levels increased significantly among Albertan adults between 2000 and 2005.
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.
Craig,C.L.,Bauman,A.,Gauvin, L., Robertson,J. & Murumets, K.(2009).ParticipACTION: A mass media campaign targeting parents of inactive children; knowledge, saliency, and trialing behaviours. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity,6, 88-94.
html file, 2 pages Published: 2003 GeoOrigin: Alberta
Part of the Alberta Centre for Active Living's 2002 Alberta Survey on Physical Activity looked at whether perceived access to places and facilities influences self-reported physical activity among urban residents.
Most residents in urban areas in Alberta agree that they have access to places where they can be physically active. Most also state that some of these places are in their neighbourhoods and are available at a low cost. According to this Research Update article, the easier the access to places and facilities, including low-cost facilities, the higher the activity level of residents.
467 pages Published: 2004 GeoOrigin: International
This is the first textbook dedicated solely to the epidemiology of physical activity . It is dedicated to understanding how leisure-time physical activity can be effectively promoted to enhance people's quality of life.
This resource is available in the Centre library: Physical Activity--Measurement, ID #872
The Physical Activity Resource Centre (PARC) exists to build the capacity of physical activity promoters across Ontario to deliver quality physical activity initiatives and effectively promote physical activity in a population-health context.
The Alberta Centre for Active Living uses a population-health approach to promote and support physical activity participation. Using this approach challenges the Centre to move beyond a behavioural view of health, toward creating social and physical environments that support physical activity for Albertans of all ages, abilities, and cultures.
315 pages Published: 1998 GeoOrigin: International
This is a textbook that makes use of principles and concepts from the fields of epidemiology, demography, sociology, and anthropology and is organized around the key objectives of measuring the health status of populations, assessing population health risks and inferring causation, and planning and evaluating population health interventions.
A link to this resource is unavailable. A hard copy is available in the Centre library: Health/Well-being--Population Health, ID #353
The report covers the following topics: the issues and opportunites in health promotion at national, provincial and regional levels; explores health promotion's evolving role in taking action on the determinants of health; to facilitate networking, information sharing, and collaboration among those involved in health promotion across the country.
A link to this resource is unavailable. A hard copy is available in the Centre library: Health/Well-being--Health Promotion [file cabinet], ID #726
This book provides Canadians with an introduction to social determinants of our health. It explains how living conditions either promote health or cause disease. It then explains the why's and how's of 14 key social determinants of health and concludes with a section on what Canadians can do to improve the quality of the social determinants of health.
A hard copy of this resource is also available in the Centre Library: Health/Well-Being--Health Determinants, Report ID #1320.
This resource is a PowerPoint presentation with speaker's notes that present health promotion and population health theory in a creative, easy-to-understand format. The resource can be used with community members, health professionals and sectors outside of health. The Population Health Promotion Tree uses the structure of the apple tree (roots, trunk, branches, leaves, flowers and fruit) to illustrate the principles of Population Health Promotion.
A link to this resource is unavailable. A hard copy is available in the Centre library: Health/Well-being--Population Health, ID #1291
pdf file, 1 page Published: Mar 2006 GeoOrigin: Alberta
This [http://www.centre4activeliving.ca/publications/research.html,Research Update} article highlights a study of five-year-old children in Saskatoon that compared children's outcomes with the resources available in their communities and with their community's characteristics. This article was written by the Saskatchewan Population Health Evaluation and Research Unit (SPHERU).