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  • Winter 2003: "Mythunderstandings" about physical activity - 1) Beyond exercise prescription to advocating for active living. 2) Aren't physically inactive people simply lazy? 3) Resistance to exercise: Questioning the myth of the fit female body. 4) Don't children get all the exercise they need from playing?
  • Spring 2003: Watch your step: Pedometers and physical activity - 1) The art and science of pedometer programming. 2) How do pedometers work? 3) The 10,000 steps Rockhampton physical activity project. 4) Buyer beware: The pros and cons of pedometers. 5) Stepping out: Tips for walkers.
  • Fall 2003: Workout! Physical activity in the workplace - 1) Physical activity programs in the workplace: Why bother? 2) Ever Active Workplaces, 3) A framework for building a workplace physical activity program. 4) What's shaking at the University of Alberta? A best-practice workplace wellness plan.


  • Winter 2002: Building active communities - 1) The Ever Active Adults Project. 2) Corporate social responsibility: We all win. 3) Beyond the physical activity experience: Tales from the dragon boat women. 4) St. Albert's active living initiative.
  • Spring 2002: The women's movement: Focus on women's health - 1) Active approach to fibromyalgia. 2) Lifetime physical activity and breast cancer risk. 3) A changed lifestyle: Older aboriginal adults. 4) Osteoporosis: The active factor.
  • Fall 2002: Physical activity through the lifespan - 1) Physical activity for mothers and's not just physical! 2) Risk factors for cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes in obese youth: Does a healthy lifestyle offer protection? 3) Use it or lose it: Boomers get active. 4) Balance your life! The metaphors of falling.


  • Spring 2001: SummerActive - 1) Join us in moving millions. 2) Active living: Making it easy and popular. 3) Physical activity promotion: It's time to start paddling upstream.
  • Fall 2001: Class action: Child and youth health - 1) Putting students in the driver's seat. 2) The obesity epidemic among children and adolescents. 3) Physical activity during adolescence.


  • Winter 2000: Sport for life - 1) Has sport evolved...or devolved? An alternative look at sport for life. 2) The sporting lifestyle down under: A letter from Australia. 3) For the fun of it: Skid Row Dogz reclaim fun, friendly competition of sports. 4) Games older adults play: The Alberta Seniors Games are stronger than ever. 5) The sport of watching! Do professional sports encourage physical activity? 6) A narrative case study of lifelong sport participation.
  • Summer 2000: Men's health - 1) Extreme sports: Do the benefits outweight the risks? 2) Physical activity and bone strength in men. 3) Physical activity and prostate cancer.
  • Spring 2000: Active living 2000 - 1) Active living: Has the concept done the job? 2) What's in a word? 3) Way of life: The emergence of active living. 4) Active living shift.
  • Fall 2000: Health determinants: Take II - 1) Health determinants: Take II. 2) The relationship of health determinants to exercise practitioners. 3) Cross-cultural studies on physical activity, sport and aging in North America. 4) Physical activity and socioeconomic status. 5) Intramurals, recreation and determinants of health. 6) It's never too late! Contenting with physical challenges.


  • Spring 1999: Rural living - 1) Heart disease in a semi-rural Australian setting. 2) We have the energy. 3) A successful rural conference. 4) Needs of Indigenous youth. 5) Green thumbs up.
  • Summer 1999: Are you fat? - 1) Obesity: Time for a new approach to an old problem? 2) The economics of sedentary living. 3) Low SES linked to being overweight. 4) Understanding your hunger in relation to weight management. 5) Trym Gym: Balancing your lifestyle for good health and weight management. 6) What do your genes have to do with your jeans.
  • Fall 1999: 1999 - International year of older persons - 1) Aging: Exploding the myths. 2) Retirement is not a fairy tale. 3) Housing options for the older person. 4) Older adults and physical activity: The Alberta advantage. 5) Aging in Alberta: Rhetoric and reality. 6) Putting exercise back into the community. 7) Aging in the new millennium.


  • Spring 1998: Women's health - 1) What is a "gendered perspective" in health? 2) Are we overweight or what? 3) Obesity, lifestyle and population health: A view from down under. 4) Women's health and physical activity laboratory. 5) Invest in premenopausal bones: Early contributions yield high returns! 6) Healthy workplaces: What is important to women? 7)Your best food sources for calcium.
  • Summer 1998: Older adults - 1) Active living and seniors. 2) Heart disease in women: What's the worry? 3) Certifying leaders in older adult fitness. 4) Promoting physical activity among older adults. 5) Senior friendly toolkit. 6) Canada's Physical Activity Guide to Healthy Aging. 7) A day in the active life...of Gloria Morse...of Art and Effie Hobden...of Morris Jevne. 8) Crime and the senior citizen. 9) Enhancing your life with art. 10) The politics of research: When the assertions don't always correspond to the facts.
  • Fall 1998: Children's health - 1) Young & old: Intergenerational programming. 2) Active academic kids: The best of both worlds? 3) Changing perceptions of children's place in society. 4) Changes to the health (K-9) curriculum. 5) Physical education in Alberta schools. 6) Returning the streets to the kids.
  • Winter 1998: Health in the workplace - 1) Staying active despite adversity. 2) Workplace health: A practitioner's perspective. 3) You can lead a clydesdale to the gym but you can't make it do the mambo. 4) Promoting healthy lifestyles for shiftworkers and their families. 5) Finding a workable balance between job and home.


  • Winter 1997: Responsibility for health - 1) 1997 Alberta Survey on Physical Activity: Stages of physical activity behavior. 2) Habitat for Humanity and healthy homes. 3) Who's going to protect Mother Earth? The weakening of Alberta government's role in environmental protection. 4) We are more than you or me: Reinventing community. 5) Edmonton LIFE - Monitoring the city's health.
  • Summer 1997: Technology and well-being - 1) Women and technology in the workplace. 2) On wellness and the Internet. 3) Home-based business: Balancing tensions. 4) Brain wave entrainment using light and sound stimulation. 5) Technology and networking. 6) Exercise and stress: Two benefits for the price of one.
  • Spring 1997: Health promotion - 1) What do you need to be healthy? 2) Success in school: Not just an education issue. 3) Ethics in the Workplace. 4) Ecological Thinking: The Environment and Your Health. 5) Creating a Health Promotion Framework. 6) Penbrooke Meadows Community - Determining its health. 7) Kids in the Hall takes a holistic approach to job training.
  • Fall 1997: Active living - 1) Take the trail to active living. 2) The use of "stages of change" in exercise and physical activity: A critical perspective. 3) The Canadian Physical Activity Fitness and Lifestyle Appraisal: A fundamental challenge to assumptions. 4) Active living with a disability. 5) "It's good for my head" and other poersonal benefits of active living according to kids at risk. 6) Nutritional advice concerning physical activity. 7) Play: The priceless ingredient in exercise. 8) 1997 Alberta Survey on Physical Activity: Preliminary results.


  • February 1996: Equity - 1) Health, well-being and equity. 2) Equity for economically disadvantaged individuals: Edmonton Parks and Recreation initiatives. 3) Spiritual wellness and work. 4) A credo of hope. 5) Interview notes for hiring persons with disabilities. 6) Equity, health care and the inner city.
  • Summer 1996: Myths and well-being - 1) The power of myth and the environmental movement. 2) Complementary and conventional medicine: Towards integration? 3) A brief guide to developing a literature review. 4) Myth as a pattern for wholeness. 5) What about false hope? 6) Symposium on calcium: Current controversies and future directions.
  • Fall 1996: Healthy policy - 1) Healthy policy - public and otherwise. 2) Healthy public policy: Development of the St. Albert by-law. 3) Ethics dialogue in an emerging health care system. 4) The health of gays and lesbians in Alberta. 5) Youth advocacy and health public policy. 6) Women's march against poverty. 7) Alberta Sport and Recreation Injury Survey.
  • Winter 1996: Creativity: A means to solving sometimes difficult solutions - 1) Health, humor and creativity. 2) Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Garden Project. 3) Wellness budgeting on a shoestring. 4) Easier access to website for environment and health. 5) Street newspaper helps put bread on tables - and builds self-confidence too! 6) New directions in resiliency. 7) Conversation on creativity. 8) Community as teacher: Learning through community facilitation. 9) The use of school-based physical activity promotion programs.


  • February 1995 - 1) Self-help or help yourself? - Definition and uses of self-help. 2) Packaging nutrition message. 3) Sport participation in Alberta. 4) Health care decisions about tomorrow. 5) What was that? - Barriers to communication.
  • May 1995 - 1) Images of hope. 2) The greening of health promotion. 3) An economic case for physical activity. 4) Non-stressed non-profits. 5) Participatory-action research: A primer for the practitioner. 6) Food fads and Richard Gere. 7) Making a difference in the life of a child: Promoting resiliency.
  • August 1995 - 1) Active Living Canada: Sharing the plan. 2) From floods to fires: Coping with natural disasters. 3) Using social science theories in health promotion and programming. 4) If a few more people used humour.
  • November 1995 - 1) Evaluating spiritual health. 2) Stress, anxiety and physical activity. 3) Social marketing in health promotion. 4) The myth of rural health: Urban-rural differences in the health-promoting behaviours of Albertans.


  • Winter 1994 - 1) How will we ensure well-being in the future? 2) A dream of health for the future. 3) Introducing the Hope Foundation. 4) Cholesterol and cardiac rehabilitation. 5) Stretching time to make time for change. 6) The role of the mind in the pursuit of well-being. 6) Educating for world well-being.
  • Spring 1994 - 1) Epidemic of childhood obesity may cause major public health problems, doctor warns. 2) Fat in children's diet - What is the right amount? 3) Can we play the game? 4) How cool is physical activity. 5) Children's physical activity and study program. 6) 1992 Survey of Workplace Physical Activity and Health Promotion Programs: Health promotion results. 7) Comprehensive school health...where do you fit in?
  • Summer 1994 - 1) What do you think of when you hear the word "recreation"? 2) Sport repatriation: Towards a lifetime of benefits from sport. 3) Benefits of quality daily physical education. 4) Can vegetarianism really be a healthier choice? 5) A renewed connection - spirituality and wilderness [Leisure Watch excerpt]. 6) Benefits of recreation. 7) Taking charge of breast health. 8) Physical activity promotes self-esteem.
  • Fall 1994 - 1) Five healthy workplace trends. 2) How healthy is your job? 3) City of Edmonton strategic wellness plan. 4) Workplace injury prevention. 5) Physical activity, physical fitness and absenteeism in the workplace. 6) The Alberta Centre for Well-Being: Working towards well-being.


  • Winter 1993: Children - 1) Children and obesity - a challenge for active living. 2) Kids and self-esteem: A role for teachers. 3) Equal opportunity for an active lifestyle: Below-the-knee amputee children. 4) Nutrition in schools. 5) Well-being, active living and the teacher's role. 6) The Alberta Lotteries Teen Wellness Check: An update on the health and well-being of Alberta teens.
  • Spring 1993 - 1) Young adults: Attitudes toward community health. 2) Healthy communities through people power. 3) Building the bridge between "curative" and "preventive". 4) The evolution of a vision: The "Healthy Communities Movement". 5) Healthy community development at work: The Boyle/McCauley Area Redevelopment Plan.
  • Summer 1993 - 1) Booming trends in our aging Canada: Issues affecting the well-being of adults. 2) Well-being in our prison system: An inside look. 3) Boosting the well-being of our future. 4) Fear of aging - based on negative stereotypes. 5) Active living and older adults. 6) Walk your way to well-being - with the National Walking Campaign.
  • Fall 1993: Shift from Illness to Wellness - 1) At the crossroads: Shifting the paradigm from illness to wellness in Alberta. 2) The balancing act: Establishing priorities across illness and wellness. 3) Shifting the focus: Active living in the workplace. 4) Workplace wellness: Paradigms, possibilities and passion. 5) Blending approaches to illness and wellness: A vision of health care for the future.


  • Winter 1992: Families - 1) Focus on Alberta's families: Facing today's challenges. 2) Public health nurses: Looking for allies. 3) Active living for stay-at-home parents. 4) Pharmacy and the well-being movement. 5) The social marketing process: An overview. 6) Are our kids getting the message? 7) Family fitness: More than just fun. 8) Leisure education: A call for redefinition of leisure. 9) Family obesity: Tips for caregivers.
  • Spring 1992: Active Living - 1) Active living for Albertans: A role for government. 2) Canadian children prime targets for heart disease. 3) Active living: Not only exercise. 4) Pack a picnic! 5) Active living means being an active participant in life. 6) Dining out with nutrition in mind. 7) Getting the words straight.
  • Summer 1992: Green Environment - 1) Albertans win Emerald Awards for keeping the province green. 2) Safe play environments. 3) Blue Lake Centre: Combining work and play. 4) Active living ideas. 5) Health promotion: with the environment in mind. 6) Ergonomics and well-being in the workplace. 7) Needs assessments are critical. 8) Eating "green": Foods and the environment. 9) Ecological exercising: A case for the bicycle.
  • Fall 1992: Workplace - 1) Alberta: A leader in workplace well-being. 2) Compulsive gambling: The hidden addiction. 3) Sometimes work can be a pain in the back - protecting your back at work. 4) Equity, rights and fair play at work. 5) Active living ideas. 6) Well-being in non-traditional workplaces. 7) Program evaluation: The consultant's role. 8) Workplace fitness and active living: A historical perspective.


  • Feb 1991 - 1) What do you know about Schizophrenia?
  • May 1991 - 1) What are hazardous wastes? 2) The well-being of children and youth. 3) Sport and recreation: A "classroom" for life. 4) Promoting active living - motivating adolescent girls.
  • Aug 1991 - 1) Osteopororsis research at the University of Calgary. 2) Waste management in your own backyard. 3) Physical activity and people with a disability. 4) Achieving well-being. 5) Family stress test.
  • Fall 1991 - 1) Goals for a healthy Alberta taking shape. 2) Towards adherence in fitness. 3) Physiotherapy and the quest for well-being. 4) Improving your exercise environment. 5) Fun in youth sports.