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News from February 2010

The Impact of Sedentary Behaviour

February 25, 2010

From the Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute:

Recent research suggests that the amount of time spent in sedentary behaviours (watching tv, playing video games, in front of a computer) increases the risk of overweight and obesity regardless of the amount of time spent being physically active.

Research also suggests that breaking up sedentary time with movement may help mitigate the effects. Even if Canadians reach physical activity guidelines, they may be at risk of metabolic disorders, overweight or obesity, if they also spend a large amount of time in sedentary behaviour.

Breaking up sedentary time such as extended periods of time sitting at work or in a classroom, may reduce the impacts of extended sedentary time.

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Weather Makes a Difference

February 25, 2010

Adapted From the Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute

Regardless of our age, adverse weather impacts the amount of physical activity we get on any particular day. Studies indicate that children and adults are more active on warmer days and on days when it is not raining or snowing.

In climates such as ours, the impact of severe weather can be mitigated by ensuring that indoor alternatives are available. Policies, like ensuring sidewalks are cleared, and promotion of outdoor mass participation events, such as Alberta’s Winter Walk Day, and Summer Active Challenge are important to maintain the opportunity and the awareness about staying active all year long!

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Some suggestions from the CFLRI to get your clients/participants going!

Simple Tips to Get Active

60,000 Get Active on Winter Walk Day

February 19, 2010

Approximately 60,000 Albertans took to the sidewalks, trails, and open spaces under a predominantly blue Alberta sky to walk a combined total of 1.3 million minutes on February 10, 2010 in celebration of Alberta’s Winter Walk Day.

Participation came from all across the province: from playschools, seniors groups, workplaces, schools, colleges and universities, including Spirit River in the north to Lethbridge in the south.

Be Fit for Life supported, organized and promoted multiple activities across the province at their locations on nine college and university campuses; encouraging workplace lunchtime walks, evening walks for the public; schools across the province also took part, getting children, students and parents out to enjoy treasure hunts, walking and other activities in the beautiful Alberta sunshine.

Congratulations to all Alberta Active Living Partners for there great work in raising awareness for active living in Alberta. And, an even bigger congratulations to the 60,000 Albertans who participated in this event!

Watch for details about the Active Living Challenge day coming up in May!