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News from January 2010

Healthy Living Canada Online Research Project

January 29, 2010

Volunteers Needed for Health Research!

Healthy Living Canada is seeking our help to recruit subjects for a national research project. If any of your clients would benefit from their research, please encourage them to volunteer.

The Project

Is the pain, fatigue or stress of an ongoing health condition stopping you from living your life to the fullest?

Alberta Health Services and the Government of Alberta are looking for adults living with a chronic condition to participate in Healthy Living Canada, a free, online self-management pilot project.

Participants must have access to the internet and will be asked to commit two hours per week for six weeks. In return, they will learn ways to get control of their lives and their illness.

Participants will connect with others through interactive online workshops and learn ways to regain control of their life and tips to manage day-to-day activities.

Healthy Living Canada is the online version of the community-based Chronic Disease Self-Management Program. The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is a community workshop held once a week for six weeks for people with chronic health problems. Healthy Living Canada will follow the same format covering topics that include techniques to overcome frustration and fatigue, exercises to improve strength, medication use, communication, nutrition and treatments.

Those who took part in the community-based Chronic Disease Self-Management Program demonstrated significant improvement in quality of life and spent fewer days in the hospital, along with a trend toward fewer outpatient visits and hospitalizations (patienteducation.stanford.edu/programs/cdsmp.html).

For more information or to register visit Healthy Living Canada. Healthy Living Canada is part of a research pilot project between Alberta Health Services, Government of Alberta, Stanford University and The National Council on Aging.

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Canadians less fit than in 1981: Stats Canada Health Measures Survey

January 21, 2010

The health benefits of being physically fit are widely acknowledged. Estimates of BMI reveal that Canadians have become progressively heavier over the last 25 years. A recent comprehensive survey of Canadians by statistics Canada measures the many components of fitness in Canadian children and adults, and compares them to estimates from 1981.

The results measure morphological fitness, muscular fitness, motor fitness and metabolic fitness to create a comprehensive picture of the health and fitness of Canadians. Results show that Canadians are less fit than they were in 1981.

Complete articles are available here:

Fitness of Canadian Children

Fitness of Canadian Adults

Marjorie O'Connor Carries Olympic Torch

January 7, 2010

This January the Olympic Torch Relay travels Alberta.

Through the grapevine, we heard that longtime AFLCA trainer and Alberta fitness guru, Marjorie O’Connor is carrying the Olympic Torch through Edmonton.

Congratulations Marjorie! The community spirit, leadership and professionalism that got you chosen for this incredible honour are qualities that we hope all of our members strive to embody.

If there are any other AFLCA or CSEP members who have been chosen to carry the Olympic Torch in Alberta, let us know! We’d be happy to hear your experiences, post a picture, and tell our members all about it.

Marjorie runs the torch along Edmonton’s 109 street and 87th avenue on January 13th. Edmonton members head out and give her your support!

Time: Approximately 5:24 pm
Starting along: 87 ave
From: Yellow fire Hydrant
To: McDonalds ( which is funny)
On: 109 street