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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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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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