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Active Living/Physical Activity

Naturalized Outdoor Play Areas at Schools to Support Physical Activity and Health – Highlights from the Rapid Evidence, Review Report



I Introduction
II Recommendations
III Potential Role for Public Health
IV Resources for Schools
V References

--Submitted by Sherry Diaz, Public Health Nurse and Lindsay Lock, Public Health Nurse Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

I Introduction

Designed for the long run: Maximizing the effectiveness of mHealth in supporting long-term physical activity change



I Introduction
II mHealth
III Designed for the long run
IV Physical activity and mHealth
V From evidence to practice
VI Designed for everyone?
VII Practical implications
VIII Conclusion

--Submitted by Sophie Rosa, Health Promotion Consultant, Health Promotion Capacity Building, Public Health Ontario

I Introduction

WALK Friendly Ontario - Apply Now!


The application for designation as a WALK Friendly Community will remain open until September 30th 2014. Communities wishing to apply should click on the “Apply” tab at, and follow the instructions to log in and create an account.

WALK Friendly Ontario is a recognition program that encourages municipalities to create and improve spaces and places to walk by awarding Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum designations.

Minding Our Bodies: Healthy Eating and Physical Activity for Mental Health



I Summary
II Background: From Policy to Practice
III Influencing Behaviour Change
IV Project Goals
V Gathering the Evidence
VI Getting the Word Out
VII Seed Funding to Support New Programs
VIII Broadening Our Scope
IX Project Evaluation
X Next Steps
XI Related Resources

-- submitted by Scott Mitchell, Director, Knowledge Transfer, Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario

I Summary

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

Planning and Integration Specialist, South West Local Health Integration Network


London, Ontario
Deadline August 9, 2012

The South West Local Health Integration Network  (LHIN), is one of 14 local organizations that have been created in Ontario to plan, coordinate and fund local health services, including hospitals, community care access centres (CCACs), long-term care homes, community health centres (CHCs), community support service agencies, and mental health and addictions agencies. The office of the South West LHIN is located in London, Ontario.

2012 PARC Physical Activity Symposium


London, Ontario
May 14-15, 2012

The annual Physical Activity Resource Centre Physical Activity Symposium covers a range of physical activity issues, presents the latest research from expert professionals, and encourages practical application.

The 2012 PARC Symposium will be held on May 14 - 15, at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. Registration opens on February 1st.

Visit for more information.

Physical Activity Specialist, KFL&A Public Health


Kingston, Ontario
Deadline: January 7, 2011

POSITION: Physical Activity Specialist – Full Time
LOCATION: Kingston, Ontario
DEADLINE: January 7, 2011

PROGRAM: Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention Division – Adult Health Team


Plans, coordinates, implements, and evaluates physical activity intervention programs based on current research and identified community needs in accordance with Ontario Public Health Standards and other program requirements.


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