This Research Update summarizes a qualitative study that explored psychosocial factors related to adolescent girls’ motivation to engage in physical activity within the contexts of physical education, organized sport, and leisure time. Authors: Kimberley McFadden, Hilary Davies, Tanya Scarapicchia & Catherine Sabiston. (April 2015, Volume 22, Number 2)
This Research Update article summarizes an analysis of the economic impact of getting 10 per cent of Canadians with suboptimal levels of physical activity to move more and reduce sedentary behaviour. By 2040, gross domestic product would grow $7.5 billion and $2.6 billion in health care costs would be reduced. Authors: Fares Bounajm, Thy Dinh, Louis Thériault. (February 2015, Volume 22, Number 1)
This Research Update article highlights the WHY ACT NOW project, which investigated the lifestyle of Indigenous and multi-ethnic youth in Edmonton, Alberta. Authors: Sangita Sharma, Fariba Kolahdooz, Maryam Daemi. (December 2014, Volume 21, Number 5)
PARENTAL PERCEPTIONS OF THE CANADIAN SEDENTARY BEHAVIOUR GUIDELINES FOR THE EARLY YEARS. This article summarizes a study of parental perceptions of the Canadian Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines for the Early Years and presents potential strategies to effectively communicate the guidelines to parents, to increase their adoption.
This Research Update article highlights recent findings from a study examining the impact of postpartum exercise in women at risk for the future development of cardiovascular disease. Authors: Margie H. Davenport, Craig D. Steinback. (July 2014, Volume 21, Number 3)
HOW EFFECTIVE ARE WEB-BASED PROGRAMS IN INCREASING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY? With today’s increasing health burden caused in part by insufficient levels of physical activity and high rates of many chronic diseases, new ways of delivering behavior change programs to large numbers of people at low cost are needed.
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY PREFERENCES FOR PEOPLE WITH TYPE 2 DIABETES. This Research Update article summarizes physical activity preferences among people with type 2 diabetes. The author suggests that tailoring physical activity programs to participants’ preferences may increase physical activity behaviour and influence quality of life among those with type 2 diabetes.
This Research Update 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. Authors: George Mammen, Guy Faulkner. (February 2014, Volume 21, Number 1)
DEVELOPING STRATEGIES TO PROMOTE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY TO OLDER ADULTS IN RURAL AREAS. This article reports on my recent research findings about the perceptions and experiences of older adults living in rural Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. I undertook this study to build upon my previous research in rural Atlantic Canada, and to inform PA promotion strategies for rural older adults.
USING EVIDENCE-BASED APPROACHES IN RECREATION PROGRAM PLANNING FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH. In our experience, we have found that a limited amount of scholarly research has been conducted on the topic of curriculum development in recreational program planning for children and youth. For instance, detailed literature searches using discipline-related search engines, such as SPORTDiscus™, result in few relevant findings.
THE IMPACT OF ATHLETIC MAGAZINE IMAGES ON ACTIVE MALE CONSUMERS. Some men may adopt magazine images of “the athletic body” as their personal ideal. This is known as media internalization , which can be broken down into four categories
MOTHERS’ PHYSICAL ACTIVITY EXPERIENCES PARTICIPATING IN TEAM SPORTS. There are many factors that triggered our interest in exploring the experiences of mothers who play team sport. For instance, mothers tend to report less physical activity than women of a similar age without children