The Edmonton and area Primary Care Networks (PCNs) have partnered with local recreation facilities in a unique venture where local family physicians and their health care teams prescribe physical activity to patients who would benefit from increased activity. In addition to utilizing partner recreation facilities, the Prescription to Get Active program encourages participants to engage in activity such as using community trails for walking, running and biking, public tennis courts, boating clubs, outdoor fitness parks, local ski hills, cross country skiing trails, mall walking and at-home programs as ways to get active.
Presenting the latest research on the impact and value of arts and culture on our economy, health and well-being, society and education. This has been co-authored by Arts Council England's research team: Andrew Mowlah, Vivien Niblett, Jonathon Blackburn and Marie Harris.
Communities ChooseWell's Reducing Barriers to Healthy Living Seed Grant Application is now available! All applications are due by March 31. The purpose of the seed grant is to enable communities to reduce barriers to healthy eating and/or active living through collaborative action with other organizations or citizens. Full details are available in the Application Form and the Application Guide.
The Agrium Community Green Spaces Program will provide up to $10,000, in matching funding, to establish, create or enhance local green space in a community on municipal properties such as parks, green spaces, and community grounds.
The National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health (NCCAH) is a national Aboriginal organization established in 2005 by the Government of Canada and funded through the Public Health Agency of Canada to support First Nations, Inuit, and Métis public health renewal and health equity through knowledge translation and exchange. The NCCAH is hosted by the University of Northern BC (UNBC) in Prince George, BC.
The Alberta Centre for Active Living and the Government of the Northwest Territories have teamed up to create a Northern edition of our popular, plain language Physical Activity Counseling Toolkit. The toolkit will be used as part of a pilot project (NWT Better Approach) that aims to reduce chronic diseases by focusing on improving lifestyle choices.
This article outlines research findings from a systematic review that examined whether physical activity protects against depression, and the amount of physical activity needed to help prevent the onset of depression. The authors suggest that promoting physical activity may be a useful health promotion strategy to reduce the risk of depression.
CN's EcoConnexions From the Ground Up program invites applications for tree planting and other green spaces programs in communities across its network. Planting trees and improving green spaces in these locations will not only help beautify these areas, but will also provide natural noise and visual barriers, help purify air, provide shade and habitat for songbirds, and decrease soil erosion.
Need to get teens moving? We can help! ARPA administers Teen Challenge grants of up to $500, which can go towards anything that will help get teens moving - equipment, space rentals, transportation, or instruction. Apply for a grant today! Visit the Teen Challenge page on APRA's website to learn more.
Join Albertans to celebrate the season and walking by participating in Winter Walk Day! We know that walking is great for our health, but did you know that it's also good for the environment, reducing traffic, and building communities? Everyone is welcome to join in, including schools, seniors' centres, commuters, individuals and families! There are currently 113,796 participants registered. The goal is to have over 170,000 Albertans out and walking. Register your group today!