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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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Active transportation for the school journey

This WellSpring article outlines the benefits and challenges of using active transportation for travel to and from school. The authors offer practical suggestions for students, parents, practitioners, and the extended community to become involved in walking, wheeling or cycling to and from school. The article also provides several ideas on promoting or using active transportation beyond school communities. Authors: Raelene Steckly, Lesley McEwan. (October 2014, Volume 25, Number 6)

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Tips for practitioners on promoting pelvic health & pelvic floor muscle training

This article discusses a common and often forgotten physical activity barrier of reduced bladder control, arising from pelvic floor dysfunction or pelvic health issues. The author provides suggestions and insights to health practitioners about the importance of promoting pelvic health, particularly pelvic floor muscle training. Author: Mary Wood. (WellSpring | September 2014, Volume 25, Number 5)

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Therapeutic recreation: Supporting physical activity and well-being

This article describes how recreation therapists support physical activity. A patient-centred recreation therapy initiative, “Golf Clinic”, is highlighted. Author: Michelle Svarich. (WellSpring | June 2014, Volume 25, Number 4)

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Are employees fit for work? Reducing musculoskeletal injuries in the workplace

This article addresses the prevalence of work-related musculoskeletal injuries (MSIs), examines some of the risk factors, and suggests ways to reduce and prevent MSIs in the workplace. Author: Lindsay Clement. (WellSpring | April 2014, Volume 25, Number 3)

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Alberta Centre for Active Living Celebrates 25 Years of Promoting Physical Activity

This WellSpring article offers a retrospective on the Alberta Centre for Active Living’s 25-year history of research, education and advocacy for the promotion of physical activity and physical activity expertise. Several milestones, successes and initiatives are highlighted, along with insights and recollections from past and current physical activity leaders. Author: Don Buchanan. (March 2014, Volume 25, Number 2)

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Workplace physical activity programs for all: Focus on people with mobility issues

This article offers several suggestions and tips for employers on how to make workplace physical activity programs, incentives and facilities inclusive and welcoming to people of different levels of mobility. Authors: Christina Loitz, Amy MacKinnon. (WellSpring | January 2014, Volume 25, Number 1)

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