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The Active Workplace Audit Toolkit: A new resource to help workplaces move more and sit less

Office-based workplace settings are an ideal location for implementing interventions to support increasing physical activity and reducing sedentary behaviour. This WellSpring highlights a new toolkit for workplace champions, human resource professionals, and health and wellness promoters to identify ways of supporting office-based employees to move more and sit less throughout the work day. Authors: Soultana Macridis, Erin Gorman, Christina Loitz. (WellSpring | October 2019, Volume 30, Number 10)

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Integrating exercise into mental health care: Development of the Exercise and Depression Toolkit

Depression is a serious illness and one of the leading causes of disability in Canada and globally. This WellSpring highlights the Exercise and Depression Toolkit, a new evidence-based resource to aid healthcare practitioners in facilitating conversations around exercise as a treatment for depression. Authors: Krista Glowacki, Guy Faulkner. (WellSpring | September 2019, Volume 30, Number 09)

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How do we get more people moving? Examining the many great benefits of physical activity

The benefits of physical activity for all population groups are well-established. This WellSpring highlights some of the many benefits including individual, psychological, community, environmental, and workplace benefits, and it provides a variety of ideas for policy decisions that will support increased physical activity. Authors: Nora Johnston, Soultana Macridis. (WellSpring | August 2019, Volume 30, Number 08)

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Big Red Ride: Promoting outdoor physical activity and social connection for health-challenged older adults

While many Canadians are living healthier into their later years, there is also an increasing number of older adults living with “frailty” and, thus, more complex health challenges. This WellSpring introduces a unique community bike program called the Big Red Ride, which enables frail older adults to get out and be active outdoors. Author: Annie Treday. (WellSpring | July 2019, Volume 30, Number 07)

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How inclusive are we? A look at the effectiveness of physical activity interventions for disadvantaged groups

Although policies and programs to support physical activity exist, they may not be accessed or utilized by individuals from socio-economically disadvantaged groups. This WellSpring highlights effective evidence-based approaches that can assist practitioners and decision-makers when designing and implementing physical activity policies and programs to reach these disadvantaged groups. Authors: Melinda Craike, Glen Wiesner, Toni A Hilland, Enrique García Bengoechea. (WellSpring | June 2019, Volume 30, Number 06)

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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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