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INDEX of WellSpring issues

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. Click here for a complete listing.

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New sedentary behaviour definitions: A terminology consensus project by the Sedentary Behaviour Research Network

The Sedentary Behavior Research Network (SBRN) – Terminology Consensus Project Process and Outcome was a collaborative project authored by 84 researchers from 20 countries. The project aimed to develop consensus definitions to reduce confusion and inconsistency in the field of health research related to sedentary behaviour. Authors: Salomé Aubert, Joel Barnes, Mark Tremblay. (WellSpring | October 2017, Volume 28, Number 10)

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Creating walkable communities in Alberta

Walking is a popular activity among Albertans and can provide many health benefits. However, the environments in which we live may not always be easy to walk in. This article highlights the benefits of walkability and provides an overview of the WalkABle Alberta project with community examples and the international Walk21 Calgary conference. Author: S. Graham Matsalla. (WellSpring | September 2017, Volume 28, Number 9)

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Why cancer survivors need to move more: Building an Alberta exercise program

Although research evidence has shown strong benefits from exercise for cancer survivors, exercise programming has not been part of the care provided to survivors in Alberta until recently. This article highlights the Alberta Cancer Exercise (ACE) study, which aims to build a clinic-to-community model that ensures exercise becomes part of cancer survivorship care. Authors: S. Nicole Culos-Reed, Tanya Williamson, Christopher Sellar, Margaret McNeely. (WellSpring | August 2017, Volume 28, Number 8)

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Motherhood, fitness, feelings and Fitbits: Exploring the experiences of mothers in New Zealand who wear a physical activity monitor

Wearable physical activity monitors, such as the Fitbit or Jawbone, are the latest tools in physical activity technology. These devices allow individuals to track various physical activities throughout the day. However, little is understood as to how individuals interpret and use the data, or how the data shapes behaviours and everyday life. This study explored these topics among mothers who use these devices. Author: Marianne Clark. (WellSpring | July 2017, Volume 28, Number 7)

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Outdoor fitness equipment in public parks: Is it an effective physical activity intervention?

Free access to outdoor fitness equipment in urban parks is one strategy that can support increases in public access to places to be physically active. Such parks have been shown to be successful in larger cities around the world, but how effective are active parks in the Alberta context? This article highlights the use and the perceptions of park users in two active parks in Lethbridge, Alberta. Authors: Jennifer L Copeland, Cheryl Currie, Ali Walker. (WellSpring | June 2017, Volume 28, Number 6)

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Longevity worth living

Shepherd’s Care Foundation is working to identify and develop opportunities to support and enable its aging residents to live healthy and independent lives. This includes engaging residents in the process of research and program development to provide simple and safe activities to promote wellness, as well as fit the needs and interests of residents. This article highlights the research, program process, and changes in residents’ perceptions of personal and physical health after participation in physical activities. Author: Kelly Deis. (WellSpring | May 2017, Volume 28, Number 5)

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How did we get so sedentary? Sedentary behaviours among Canadian adults

We live in a time where our modern environments have become increasingly automated, requiring less physical exertion for daily living and resulting in more sedentary behaviour time. So how sedentary are Canadians? Using data from the Canadian Community Health Survey, this article highlights how sedentary behaviours vary across Canada and across specific characteristics among the Canadian adult population. Author: Katya Herman. (WellSpring | April 2017, Volume 28, Number 4)

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Rethinking how physical activity messages are thought about: Implications for successful promotion

In the world of physical activity and exercise, the messages delivered to the public can often be complex and compete among each other. Within this, the physical activity promoter’s message may be limited. This article provides insight for practitioners on aspects to consider to increase impact of promotion efforts. Author: Tanya Berry. (WellSpring | March 2017, Volume 28, Number 3)

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