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Physical activity and tobacco: Let's join forces!

Physical activity and healthy eating are often targeted as the key health behaviours in programming for healthy living. Tobacco use is rarely discussed in physical activity programming. Find Your Stride is a new learn to walk/run program for individuals who use tobacco or have recently quit. This article provides some rationale and information about incorporating tobacco reduction promotion in healthy living programming. Author: Angela Torry (WellSpring | January 2016, Volume 27, Number 1)

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What grandparents, parents, and kids say about play!

The experiences and perceptions of children’s active free play has changed over the generations. This article describes finds from inter-generational interviews and provides some suggestions on how to facilitate active free play today. Authors: Kacey C. Neely, Meghan Ingstrup, Shannon Pynn, Nicholas L. Holt (WellSpring | December 2015, Volume 26, Number 9)

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Standing up to sedentary behaviour

Sedentary behaviour and physical inactivity are two separate public health issues. Practitioners should speak with their clients about both negative health behaviours. This article includes strategies for facilitating conversations with clients and decision-makers. Author: Andrew McCloskey (WellSpring | November 2015, Volume 26, Number 8)

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People in motion. More places. More often.

People experiencing disability or mobility impairments often encounter unique barriers in community fitness centres. The AIMFREE audit tool helps recreational facilities identify space, design and usage barriers, in order to improve the accessibility of their centre. Authors: Bobbi-Jo Atchison, Nora Johnston (WellSpring | October 2015, Volume 26, Number 7)

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I move, you move, we all move! Counselling ideas to get families more active

All family members benefit from engaging in a physically active lifestyle. Practitioners can encourage clients to be physically active regularly with their family. Being creative, planning ahead and participating in enjoyable activities are some of the ideas for supporting families to adopt and maintain of an active way of life. Author: Rhiannon Jacek (WellSpring | September 2015, Volume 26, Number 6)

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The influences of sedentary behaviour versus physical activity on cardiovascular health in pregnancy

This article identifies that physical inactivity and excessive sedentary behaviour time are two independent cardiovascular risk factors for women during pregnancy. Possible mechanisms for hypertensive disorders are explained. Authors: Charlotte W. Usselman, Bridget J. Hooper, Craig D. Steinback, Margie H. Davenport (WellSpring | August 2015, Volume 26, Number 5)

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Exercise counselling and use of exercise professionals by physicians: Findings from a scoping review

This WellSpring article summarizes the findings from a scoping review examining family physicians’ approach to different forms of exercise/physical activity counselling and referral in their practice. Authors: Lisa Campkin, Patricia K. Doyle-Baker (July 2015, Volume 26, Number 4)

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Creating more inclusive exercise groups

This WellSpring offers insight into creating welcoming and inclusive group exercise classes, drawing from the author’s hands-on experiences in working with people who experience disability within a group exercise setting. The author offers several recommendations on how to start and maintain a culture of inclusion in group exercise classes. Author: Joanna Auger (June 2015, Volume 26, Number 3)

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Physical activity in nature: Lessons learned from a preschool program

This article outlines the nature-based, experiential and immersive model followed by the Educating Children Outside preschool program on Vancouver Island. The author offers tips and inspiration for practitioners to promote outdoor physical activity, while discussing lessons learned by educators in the program. Author: Chris Filler (WellSpring | March 2015, Volume 26, Number 2)

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Promoting physical activity among tweens in Québec: the WIXX multimedia communication campaign

This article features the Québec-based WIXX campaign which is modeled on the successful American VERB™ campaign to promote physical activity among tweens. Authors: Marilie Laferté, Frédéric Therrien, Ariane Bélanger-Gravel, François Lagarde, Lise Gauvin. (WellSpring | January 2015, Volume 26, Number 1)

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