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Research Update is a respected, bimonthly publication that summarizes research in physical activity and health promotion in a brief, easy-to-understand format. Click here for a complete listing.

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Exploring the impact of community investment in recreation spaces on health equity and physical activity

This Research Update summarizes a study that evaluated the implementation of a municipal revitalization strategy for recreation facilities and open spaces in Strathcona County, Alberta. Authors: Candace Nykiforuk, Tanya Berry, Helen Vallianatos, Laura Nieuwendyk, Ana Belon, Jennifer Ann McGetrick, & Elizabeth Campbell. (May 2015, Volume 22, Number 3)

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Adolescent girls' motivation to engage in various physical activity environments

This Research Update summarizes a qualitative study that explored psychosocial factors related to adolescent girls’ motivation to engage in physical activity within the contexts of physical education, organized sport, and leisure time. Authors: Kimberley McFadden, Hilary Davies, Tanya Scarapicchia & Catherine Sabiston. (April 2015, Volume 22, Number 2)

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Moving ahead: The economic impact of reducing physical inactivity and sedentary behaviour

This Research Update article summarizes an analysis of the economic impact of getting 10 per cent of Canadians with suboptimal levels of physical activity to move more and reduce sedentary behaviour. By 2040, gross domestic product would grow $7.5 billion and $2.6 billion in health care costs would be reduced. Authors: Fares Bounajm, Thy Dinh, Louis Thériault. (February 2015, Volume 22, Number 1)

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The WHY ACT NOW (Wellness and Health in Youth-Aboriginal Communities in Transition NOW) Project

This Research Update article highlights the WHY ACT NOW project, which investigated the lifestyle of Indigenous and multi-ethnic youth in Edmonton, Alberta. Authors: Sangita Sharma, Fariba Kolahdooz, Maryam Daemi. (December 2014, Volume 21, Number 5)

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Parental perceptions of the Canadian sedentary behaviour guidelines for the early years

This Research Update article summarizes a study of parental perceptions of the Canadian Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines for the Early Years and presents potential strategies to effectively communicate the guidelines to parents, to increase their adoption. Authors: Val Carson, Valerie Carson, Marianne Clark, Tanya Berry, Nicholas L. Holt, Amy Latimer-Cheung. (November 2014, Volume 21, Number 4)

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Physical activity following pregnancy in women at risk for cardiovascular disease

This Research Update article highlights recent findings from a study examining the impact of postpartum exercise in women at risk for the future development of cardiovascular disease. Authors: Margie H. Davenport, Craig D. Steinback. (July 2014, Volume 21, Number 3)

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Physical activity preferences for people with type 2 diabetes

This article explains how tailoring physical activity programs to participants’ preferences may increase physical activity behaviour and influence quality of life among those with type 2 diabetes. Author: Cynthia Forbes. (Research Update | May 2014, Volume 21, Number 2)

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Can Physical Activity Prevent Depression?

This Research Update article outlines research findings from a systematic review that examined whether physical activity protects against depression, and the amount of physical activity needed to help prevent the onset of depression. The authors suggest that promoting physical activity may be a useful health promotion strategy to reduce the risk of depression. Authors: George Mammen, Guy Faulkner. (February 2014, Volume 21, Number 1)

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