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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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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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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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