Action Schools! BC is a best-practices model. This program helps schools create individualized action plans to promote healthy living and provide more opportunities for more children to make healthy choices.
100 pages Published: May 2009 GeoOrigin: International
The policy approaches and resources within this toolkit represent a collection of current best approaches that have been identified, reviewed and selected by Leadership for Healthy Communities and the 11 policy-maker organizations participating in the program.
A hard copy is also available in the Centre library: Health/Well-Being--Community Health, Report ID #1310.
This council provides resources, tools, and expertise to active living and health professionals in Canadian workplaces. This web site include many resources and tips about improving employee health and wellness through active living in the workplace.
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).
This resource provides information on diabetes and includes suggestions on how to deliver this information to youth in Grades 5 or 6. The information reinforces healthy lifestyles choices, including quality daily activity and proper nutrition.
A link to this resource is unavailable. A hard copy is available in the Centre library: Population Groups--Aboriginals, ID #1288
pdf file, 35 pages Published: 2006 GeoOrigin: International
Do More, Watch Less! is a toolkit for after school programs and organizations serving youth between the ages 10 and 14.
This tool provides step-by-step guidance on incorporating more screen-free activities into children's lives while reducing the time they spend watching TV, surfing the Internet and playing video games.
pdf file, 2 pages Published: Oct 2003 GeoOrigin: Alberta
On page 3 of this WellSpring issue, the article describes Ever Active Workplaces, a project designed to help workplaces build a supportive environment for physical activity pursuits, education, and events. The project, developed by the Alberta Be Fit For Life (BFFL) Network, also includes a customized tool kit to customize the program to fit each workplace's goals.
Hamilton, S., Martin, J., Guyot, M., Trifonopoulos, M., Caughey, A., & Chan, H.M. (2004). Healthy living in Nunavut: An on-line nutrition course for Inuit communities in the Canadian Arctic. International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 63, 243-250.
Healthy U is a public information and education website to support and encourage Albertans to lead healthier lifestyles by providing them with access to information on healthy eating and active living.
The website has three sections where you can find general information and tips on:
Healthy Places (Workplace, Schools, Communities).
You will also find access to various resources and tools, Alberta's nutrition guidelines and information about funding for community activities.
Great website for your clients, patients, family and even yourself.
Want to know how your school shapes up? This is a self-assessment and planning guide for schools.
The guide will help you identify the strengths and weaknesses of your school policies and programs. It will also help you develop an action plan to improve student health and create a healthy school environment.
You can do the assessment on-line, or print a hard copy off (PDF). You will also find links to other great resources for schools.
Parks and Recreation Ontario designed HIGH FIVE, a program committed to ensuring that children have positive sport and recreation experiences for healthy children development. HIGH FIVE provides parents and recreation workers with tools, training and resources. The HIGH FIVE Quality Assurance Process is an accreditation system for recreation and sport programs.
PDF file, 4 pages Published: Dec 2012 GeoOrigin: Alberta
Using the Internet to deliver physical activity programs is becoming increasingly common. This Research Update article presents research findings and insights about the effectiveness of web-based programs in increasing physical activity levels in adults.
Provides some suggestions on how to be physically active on a regular basis, including making a commitment, making it fun and keeping a log. Includes links to related resources. Production of this material has been made possible through a financial contribution from the Public Health Agency of Canada.
This handy resource has been developed for workplaces, community groups, conferences and workshops where your participants may be sitting for long periods of time and need to refresh themselves with the occasional energizing active break.
The videos can be played right on the site, or you can download your own free copy.
JUMP is a nationwide program that encourages children and youth to be active and to stay active while raising money for an important cause.
The website allows you to register your school or child in this event. You will find resources and tools under the "Teacher" section.
Students can access the "Kids" section, which provides a variety of fun, interactive activities to help motivate them for this event.
The American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have developed the "Kids Walk-to-School" program that encourages parents, teachers, and community members to work together to create safe walking routes to school in groups accompanied by adults. Check out the resource materials.
This workbook is designed to help a community evaluate the inclusiveness and accessibility of the community. It also discusses how to work together - with the involvement of community memmbers - to set goals for improvement.
A hard copy is also available in the Centre library: Population Groups--Persons with a Disability (filing cabinet).
The Be Fit For Life Network has created the Move & Play through Physical Literacy cards to assist activity leaders interested in integrating Physical Literacy into a variety of programs, activities and environments.
Over 75 cards are included in this set, focusing on Active Start, FUNdamentals, and Learn to Train stages of the Long Term Athlete Development Model.
pdf file, 2 pages Published: Apr 2002 GeoOrigin: Alberta
Osteoporosis is a disease that causes fractures under the least pressure because of bone loss. This disease affects more women than men over the age of 50. This WellSpring article discusses the importance of an active lifestyle in preventing this disease. The article also presents a sample physical activity program for people with osteoporosis and shows how they can improve their quality of life by increasing their strength, coordination, balance, and flexibility.
The toolkit includes various plain language resources you can use as handouts when counselling clients about different aspects of physical activity. In addition, you can also look up references and follow helpful links to other practical resources.
The resources include:
Taking the first step: deciding to be physically active
Saskatchewan In Motion is a province-wide movement aimed at increasing physical activity for health benefits. Communities, workplaces, schools, and physicians are involved. This is a great source of ideas on how to use the web to promote active living in your community. The website provides benefits and fit facts for all population groups, as well as a media section. The walking workout has self-assessments, walking tips, a place to log your walking, and a place to submit your own success stories.
This website offers a wide range of active living and healthy eating information for the public. It also offers information tools and resources for recreation facilities across B.C., and for program leaders in local government buildings in B.C. Information and resources for food and beverage suppliers is also provided. The website promotes a collaborative approach to promote a wider range of healthy choices.
This web site, founded on the principles of community-based social marketing, offers specific tools, case studies, and a planning guide for helping people adopt habits that promote health and/or are more environmentally friendly. The tools provide fundamental ways of motivating people to take the action you wish them to take. The step-by-step planning guide includes
targeting the audience;
choosing tools of change;
financing the program;
Each step offers plenty of examples.
This web site will help you include in your programs the best practices of many other programs, practices that have already been successful in changing people's behaviour.
pdf file, 4 pages Published: Apr 2010 GeoOrigin: Alberta
This Wellspring article explores the idea of a smart phone (e.g., a BlackBerry, iPhone or Android mobile device) and the Internet adding value to an outdoor activity, helping to promote participation. The author suggests that social networking tools, online mapping tools and mobile devices can enable increased community building around outdoor activities, potentially contributing to increased physical activity among the general population.