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Click here for a complete listing 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.

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The brain + body equation: Canadian kids need to move more to boost their brain health

The 2018 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth highlights the important relationship between physical activity and brain health. Achieving physical activity recommendations can translate to success in the classroom, on the field, and with friends. This WellSpring focuses on the importance of this relationship and provides an overview of the 2018 Report Card grades. Authors: Mark Tremblay, Joel Barnes, Leigh Vanderloo. (WellSpring | July 2018, Volume 29, Number 07)

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Using wellness ambassadors: A success story for promoting workplace health

Developing strategies to support workplace wellness can be rewarding for both employees and employers. However, it can be difficult to reach and engage all employees. This WellSpring article provides an overview of the City of Grande Prairie’s Wellness Committee and highlights their program and strategies utilized to reach all City employees with wellness activities. Authors: Lana Sieben, Rick Demaray. (WellSpring | June 2018, Volume 29, Number 06)

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Kids’ Steps in the Summer at University Camps: The KiSS UC study

When school is out, child and youth opportunities to be active may be reduced. Summer camps can provide an opportunity for children and youth to maintain their daily activity levels. This WellSpring highlights study findings from the KiSS UC study that examined daily step counts of camp attendees and achievement of recommendations through informal and formal physical activities. Author: Patricia Doyle-Baker. (WellSpring | May 2018, Volume 29, Number 05)

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A medical clinic in the park: The MOVE program

Primary care is an optimal setting for most prevention and screening services in the healthcare system. This issue highlights MOVE, a physician-led, interdisciplinary exercise program that encourages physical activity among patients while in the great outdoors. Author: Doug Klein. (WellSpring | April 2018, Volume 29, Number 04)

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Physical Literacy And You (PLAY) Groups in Alberta

With recent interest in supporting physical literacy, Be Fit For Life Centres and many partners supported the creation of PLAY Groups — a forum for professionals and volunteers with an interest in physical activity to work together to support physical literacy development in their communities. This article provides an overview of PLAY Groups in Alberta and how to get involved. Author: Megan McKinlay. (WellSpring | March 2018, Volume 29, Number 03)

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Physical activity and mild cognitive impairment: The Moving for Memory program

There is evidence to suggest that regular physical activity can have a positive impact on brain health. To support patients experiencing memory changes and decline, the Edmonton Southside Primary Care Network began a pilot project called the Moving for Memory Program. This article provides an overview of the benefits of physical activity on brain health, as well as their 12-week Moving for Memory Program. Authors: Lisa Workman, Stephanie Schlaak. (WellSpring | February 2018, Volume 29, Number 02)

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Active Living Research: Building evidence for action

Active Living Research is an inter-disciplinary team with internationally-recognized expertise and strong connections in public health, transportation, planning, parks & recreation, school activity programs, behavioural science, and obesity prevention. Their goal is to support, share, and put into practice research that can promote daily physical activity for children and families across the world. Authors: Carmen Cutter, Amanda Walker. (WellSpring | January 2018, Volume 29, Number 01)

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Run to Quit: A national physical activity-based smoking cessation intervention

Smoking tobacco is a public health threat globally, and finding successful ways and programs to help people quit smoking is vital. Run to Quit is a national program that combines smoking cessation and physical activity to support adults on their journey to quit smoking. This edition of WellSpring provides an overview of the program, how it is being evaluated, and the initial evaluation results. Authors: Krista Glowacki, Carly Priebe, Guy Faulkner (WellSpring | December 2017, Volume 28, Number 12)

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