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September 2012 Research Update from the Alberta Centre for Active Living

Articles in this issue include:

Facilitators and Barriers to Unstructured Free Play in Rural Communities in Northern Alberta

Candace Nykiforuk, PhD, Centre for Health Promotion Studies, School of Public Health, University of Alberta; Helen Vallianatos, PhD, Department of Anthropology, University of Alberta

This article discusses the findings of a study that explored the facilitators and barriers to unstructured free play for families (children, youth and adults) living in rural communities in Northern Alberta.

Confronting Health Disparities: University of Regina Promotes Sports for Life and Aboriginal Youth Leadership Camp

James Daschuk, PhD, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies, University of Regina, and Associate Researcher, SPHERU; Nicole Akan, Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies

This article discusses how the University of Regina is promoting athletics, health and leadership skills to confront the continuing health disparity between Aboriginal people and the rest of the population in Saskatchewan. The article notes how the university aims to encourage First Nations and Métis youth to use sports as a means to achieve educational goals and success in adulthood