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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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GO! Run: Closing the gender gap in girls’ participation in sport and physical activity

There are many challenges girls can face when trying to participate in sport and physical activity that have contributed to a decline in their participation. GO! Run is a free, running program for girls only, developed to increase girls’ participation in physical activity opportunities by breaking down some the many barriers. This WellSpring provides an overview of the program’s success across Alberta and how schools can start their own program Author: Hayley Degaust. (WellSpring | May 2019, Volume 30, Number 05)

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Exercise helps kids with cancer: Exercise guidelines, research, and practice in pediatric oncology

Exercise among cancer patients has many physiological, mental, and social wellbeing effects during and after treatments. This WellSpring highlights the various programs that support free physical activity opportunities developed for children and youth that have been diagnosed with cancer, survivors of pediatric cancer, and their siblings, as a means to support and empower them to be physically active and experience a sense of normalcy. Authors: Amanda Wurz, Conné Lategan, Lotta Hamari, Kate Wilson, S. Nicole Culos-Reed. (WellSpring | April 2019, Volume 30, Number 04)

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GoGet.Fit: Connecting practitioners to support individuals in their pursuit to become active

The GoGet.Fit application is one tool that can be used by healthcare professionals to help support clients’ physical activity and progress in building an active lifestyle. This WellSpring provides an overview of the GoGet.Fit app’s features, as well as some of its successes. Author: Peter Rawlek. (WellSpring | March 2019, Volume 30, Number 03)

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Friendship networks and children’s physical activity

Children spend a lot of time with their friends at school, in the neighbourhood, and during organized activities. As a result, friends may influence the behaviour and choices of one another. This WellSpring highlights a study undertaken in elementary schools within Edmonton and Fort McMurray, Alberta that aimed to understand how friendships may influence the physical activity participation of children. Authors: Jodie Stearns, John C Spence. (WellSpring | February 2019, Volume 30, Number 02)

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Are we lazy, or just being efficient? The brain’s struggle to avoid sedentary behaviours

Inactive lifestyles are on the rise despite strong efforts to promote and support physical activity. Although many are aware of the benefits of an active lifestyle, there may be differences between intentions to be active and acting on these intentions. This WellSpring highlights this discrepancy and provides tips for practitioners and policy-makers to support individuals and the greater population in achieving their daily physical activity goals. Authors: Matthieu P Boisgontier, Boris Cheval. (WellSpring | January 2019, Volume 30, Number 01)

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Finding Balance: Preventing older adult falls

With an aging population comes the risk of falling and injuring oneself. Preventative measures can be taken to support the reducing the risk of falling. This WellSpring provides an overview of the Finding Balance program, led by the Injury Prevention Centre at the University of Alberta, that aims to support practitioners and the aging population across the province to reduce their risk of falls and support active, independent living. Author: Cathy Gladwin. (WellSpring | December 2018, Volume 29, Number 12)

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Physical activity throughout pregnancy: A prescription for improved maternal/fetal health

Being physically active throughout pregnancy can be beneficial for both mother and baby. But how much and at what intensity is recommended? This WellSpring highlights the new 2019 Canadian Guideline for Physical Activity throughout Pregnancy which provides a specific prescription to engage in physical activity that is both safe and beneficial for mothers and babies. Authors: Margie H. Davenport, Victoria L. Meah. (WellSpring | November 2018, Volume 29, Number 11)

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Diabetes Canada clinical practice guidelines: What’s new in the physical activity chapter

By being physically active, people with type 2 diabetes can improve their glucose control and may reduce their need for insulin and medications to manage the disease. But how much physical activity is enough to achieve these benefits? This issue highlights the new clinical practice guidelines to support prevention and management of type 2 diabetes through physical activity. Author: Ronald J. Sigal. (WellSpring | October 2018, Volume 29, Number 10)

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