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This report is an extensive overview of the mounting research into the life threatening consequences of inactivity, which concludes that walking is the answer.
One of the simplest, longest-running and most effective interventions to encourage walking is Walking for Health, England’s largest network of health walk schemes. Thoroughly tried and tested since it launched in 2000, Walking for Health is now run by the Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support. Its 600 schemes across England offer free, short walks led by friendly, trained walk leaders.
Walking for Health overcomes a recognised barrier to becoming more active by providing opportunities for social contact. This is the top motivator for many participants and a mental health benefit in itself. Walking for Health is particularly successful at keeping older people active, and can help stop what is otherwise often a rapid decline in physical activity with age. For councils, health commissioners and other organisations interested in improving public health, supporting a health walks scheme under the Walking for Health umbrella contributes not only to the major health challenge of tackling the physical inactivity epidemic, but also to numerous other local and national policy objectives.
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This paper provides a framework for evaluating youth-led social change. The framework considers: seven topics (e.g., environment, human health and safety, and education); nine engagement types (e.g., volunteerism, research and innovation, and political engagement); six organizational types (e.g., advisory body, social enterprise, and individual); three strategies (socialization, influence, and power); and three scales of impacts (individual, community/inter-organizational, and national/international). Using this framework, empirical research provides evidence of how youth – defined as young people 15–24 years of age – have been agents of change in Canada over the 35 years from 1978 to 2012. A media content analysis of 264 articles, combined with frequency and chi-square tests, were completed to study the factors and the relationships among them. The results show a strong relationship between the impact and the strategy, topic, engagement type, and organizational type. The results also show a strong relationship between the strategy and the impact, engagement type and organizational type. The findings have implications for youth leaders and those who advocate for, work with, support, and educate them, and for those interested in evaluating social change efforts.
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The Municipal Youth Engagement Handbook is designed to highlight the resources, strategies, and tools that elected municipal officials and public administrators alike can employ to address the challenges of engaging and recruiting young Canadians as future municipal leaders and workers.
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Key Message: Designing communities that support physical activity is likely to produce a wide variety of additional benefits, ranging from mental health to environmental sustainability and economics.
Source: Sallis, et al. (2015). Co-benefits of designing communities for active living: an exploration of literature. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 12:30 doi:10.1186/s12966-015-0188-2
Purpose: To reverse the global epidemic of physical inactivity that is responsible for more than 5 million deaths per year, many groups recommend creating “activity-friendly environments.” Such environments may have other benefits, beyond facilitating physical activity, but these potential co-benefits have not been well described. The purpose of the present paper is to explore a wide range of literature and conduct an initial summary of evidence on co-benefits of activity-friendly environments.
Evidence: Five physical activity settings were defined: parks/open space/trails, urban design, transportation, schools, and workplaces/buildings. Several evidence-based activity-friendly features were identified for each setting. Six potential outcomes/co-benefits were searched: physical health, mental health, social benefits, safety/injury prevention, environmental sustainability, and economics. A total of 418 higher-quality findings were summarized. The overall summary indicated 22 of 30 setting by outcome combinations showed “strong” evidence of co-benefits. Each setting had strong evidence of at least three co-benefits, with only one occurrence of a net negative effect. All settings showed the potential to contribute to environmental sustainability and economic benefits. Specific environmental features with the strongest evidence of multiple co-benefits were park proximity, mixed land use, trees/greenery, accessibility and street connectivity, building design, and workplace physical activity policies/programs. The exploration revealed substantial evidence that designing community environments that make physical activity attractive and convenient is likely to produce additional important benefits. The extent of the evidence justifies systematic reviews and additional research to fill gaps.
One notable finding was that economic benefits of activity-friendly designs were documented for all five physical activity settings. Based on the specific studies identified, many groups could enjoy economic benefits of activity-friendly environments, including governments (due to reduced spending on infrastructure), homeowners, real estate developers, health insurance companies, employers, retailers, commercial property owners, and taxpayers. This is an extremely broad range of beneficiaries, and some of them may not be aware of the economic benefits of activity-friendly environments.
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This Wellspring article looks at the WIXX multimedia communication campaign to support and maintain active living and healthy eating among Québec youth, which is based on the successful American VERB™ campaign. The campaign's objectives are to:
- Increase knowledge, attitudes, and self-efficacy, as well as promoting favourable social norms toward physical activity
- Increase support from parents and other persons of influence
- Publicize opportunities for physical activity through mass media advertising and community-based activities
- Increase physical activity among tweens
This article looks at how the campaign was developed, core components, examples, and lessons learned and conclusions.
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Moving Ahead: Healthy Active Living in Canada is a research project by The Conference Board of Canada's Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care (CASHC). It will comprise several research briefings that aim to identify cost-effective, scalable, and sustainable interventions to promote and improve healthy active living. The goal of this work is to fill the gaps in knowledge and practice, and to engage the relevant stakeholders—including government, employers, and all Canadians—in working toward a culture of healthy active living.
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It is important to understand youth engagement as central to any best practice intervention. Valuing youth engagement puts the focus on the positive contribution that youth make to programs and their effectiveness; this moves programs from being done “for” youth to “with” youth. There is a gap in the research in how to identify the source and implications of youth vulnerability for their engagement (Paterson & Panessa, 2008a; Poland, Tupker, & Breland, 2002). The purpose of this report is to explore how different youth engagement strategies are being used to help children and youth in the most challenging of contexts nurture resilience, prevent mental health problems and build a special place for themselves in the collective life of their communities.
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