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Active Living/Physical Activity

Outdoor fitness equipment in public parks: Is it an effective physical activity intervention?

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I Summary
II Introduction
III If you build it, will they sweat?
IV How do people feel about active parks?
V Can we increase the use of active parks in small cities?
VI Research to implementation: The Nicholas Sheran Family Outdoor Gym
VII Conclusion
VIII Acknowledgements
IX References

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

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Contents

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

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Contents

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

Learnings from Six New Landmark Active Transportation Case Studies on the Tools of Change Website

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Contents

I Summary
II Introduction to the Case Studies
III Citizen/Customer Orientation
IV Audience / Participant Targeting and Segmentation
V Relationship Building, Engagement and Exchange
VI Program Results
VII Learnings
VIII Further Details and Additional Resources

--submitted by Jay Kassirer, General Manager, Tools of Change; President, Cullbridge Marketing and Communications

WALK Friendly Ontario - Apply Now!

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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 walkfriendly.ca, 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

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Contents

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

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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

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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.

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