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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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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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Reducing prolonged sedentary behaviour after a stroke: STand Up Frequently From Stroke (STUFFS)

Individuals who have experienced a stroke often face physical challenges with walking and general movement. This can lead to prolonged periods of sedentary behaviour during the months post-stroke. This article highlights the benefits and importance of interrupting sedentary behaviour with bouts of physical activity to reduce the risk of developing health-related issues and support steps towards recovery. Authors: Victor E. Ezeugwu, Patricia J. Manns. (WellSpring | September 2018, Volume 29, Number 09)

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Indigenous women’s physical activity and wellbeing practices: New research

Participating in physical activity provides many health benefits and overall wellbeing. However, little is understood about how it is valued and understood within Indigenous communities. This WellSpring highlights study findings of Anishinaabeg women’s experiences of physical activity, which can inform community-based practitioners, researchers, and scholars about Indigenous ways of practices and physicality. Author: Tricia D. McGuire-Adams. (WellSpring | August 2018, Volume 29, Number 08)

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