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Click here for a complete listing of WellSpring issues since 1990. WellSpring is a popular, monthly publication for practitioners that provides information on best practices, topical issues, recent research, and/or policy related to active living and physical activity.

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Reducing inequities: suggestions and guidance for increasing walking in socio-economically disadvantaged groups

For socio-economically disadvantaged groups, walking is one way to improve participation in physical activity and to reduce the disparities in health. In this WellSpring, the researchers identify factors associated with walking that can assist practitioners and decision-makers to design effective interventions that increase walking to improve health among disadvantaged groups. Authors: Toni A Hilland, Matthew Bourke, Glen Wiesner, Enrique Garcia Bengoechea, Alexandra G. Parker, Michaela Pascoe, Melinda Craike. (WellSpring | August 2020, Volume 31, Number 07)

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Virtual Gym: aiding older adults with exercise compliance through serious gameplay

Many older adults are interested in activities to maintain or improve their health. Although there are several options for seniors to remain fit, individualized exercise sessions prescribed by health practitioners lead to the best results. Virtual Gym is an exercise platform for health practitioners to provide game-like exercise for older adults, with individualized configurations to match the user's capabilities. Authors: Eleni Stroulia, Victor Fernández. (WellSpring | July 2020, Volume 31, Number 07)

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Eight ways to support brain health for rural older adults

Age is the greatest risk factor for developing dementia, and the number of rural older adults is rising in Canada. As the rural population ages, there is an increasing need for knowledge on brain health and cognitive health promotion within a rural context. This WellSpring issue takes a look at ways to support brain health from the perspective of rural older adults. Authors: Juanita Bacsu, Shanthi Johnson. (WellSpring | June 2020, Volume 31, Number 06)

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The role of play during a global pandemic

In times of uncertainty, play can serve as an important outlet for people of all ages and abilities, but especially children and youth. This WellSpring issue takes a look at the concept of play, what play may look like and its benefits during COVID-19, and tips for parents to support healthy play. Authors: Kassi Boyd, Jennifer Leo. (WellSpring | May 2020, Volume 31, Number 05)

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Using recreation therapy to promote inclusion and active participation

There is an increase in readily-available information regarding alternative therapy options. Recreation therapy approaches are starting to experience a shift, moving from programs that are centered around issues of concern, to focusing on inclusion and promoting participation. This WellSpring issue takes a look at how recreation therapy delivered through group activities can benefit children, youth, adults, and older adults, and why recreation therapy is growing in popularity. Author: Amy MacFarlane. (WellSpring | April 2020, Volume 31, Number 04)

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Active living and population health in the era of climate crisis

Climate change has emerged as a global concern for population health that is expected to impact millions worldwide. This WellSpring highlights the interconnected impact of climate change and human health and behaviours, including its relationship to physical activity and sedentary behaviours. It also provides practical information for practitioners to consider in their practice. Authors: Eun-Young Lee, Shawn Hakimi, and Evaline Zisis. (WellSpring | March 2020, Volume 31, Number 03)

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An optimal exercise option for breast cancer patients: Combining aerobic and resistance exercise programs

Being physically active while battling breast cancer can have many benefits to one’s health. However, how much exercise is best and what types of exercises are most beneficial? This article provides an overview of the benefits as well as exercise recommendations. Authors: Ki-Yong An, Andria R. Morielli, Dong-Woo Kang, Christine M. Friedenreich, Donald C. McKenzie, Karen Gelmon, John R. Mackey, Robert D. Reid, Kerry S. Courneya. (WellSpring | February 2020, Volume 31, Number 02)

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Play Around the World: A service-learning opportunity

Play is a fundamental right in the everyday lives of children worldwide. This WellSpring highlights the Play Around the World program as an academic service-learning opportunity for University of Alberta students. The core learning areas and theoretical underpinnings of the program are outlined, along with reflections from recent students about their experiences as play leaders. Author: Mary Ann Rintoul. (WellSpring | January 2020, Volume 31, Number 01)

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