Physical Activity

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Physical activity plays an important role in the health, well-being and quality of life of Canadians. People who are physically active live longer, healthier lives. Active people are more productive, and more likely to avoid illness and injury.

Articles and Publications


Patient Education Materials on Physical Activity

Category: Patient / Practitioner / Physical Activity / Health Assessment and Monitoring Tools / Endorsements and Recommendations / Introduction / What can I do / Where can I get help
Physical inactivity is the fourth leading risk factor for death worldwide, and low cardiorespiratory fitness exposes a patient to a greater risk of dying than does smoking, obesity, hypertension, or high cholesterol. Current estimates show that four out of five Canadians are not meeting national physical activity guidelines. The good news is that physicians are starting to become more engaged on this issue. Seven evidence-based patient handouts were created based on the most commonly presenting chronic conditions in family practice, employing extensive patient and provider input.
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Resources


Active healthy kids

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Where can I get help
ctive Kids, Healthy Kids is a Canadian Paediatric Society program to help paediatricians, family physicians and other health professionals promote physical activity, nutrition, and other healthy choic

Active living after school

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Where can I get help
The Active Living After School (ALAS) resource assists after school program administrators in delivering high quality programs

Active Living at work

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Introduction
General information

Active Living Coalition for Older Adults (Resource Directory)

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Introduction
Various links

Active living for older adults

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
Older adults and physical activity

Active living tips for seniors

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Where can I get help
Are you an older adult? Do you want be as healthy as possible and feel your best? Then being active is one of the best ways to achieve this!

Activity fact sheets for Canadians living with a disability

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Where can I get help
Canadians living with a disability

Adult needs for physical activity

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
General information

Aerobic Fitness for Older Adults

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
Older adults and physical activity

Aerobic Fitness for Older Adults

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
Various links

Alzheimer's disease and physical activity

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
Older adults and physical activity

Basic principles of physical activity

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
General information

Basic principles of physical activity

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Introduction
General information

Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Introduction
Various links

Canadian physical activity guidelines

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Where can I get help
0-65 YEARS & OLDER

Canadian recommendations for physical activity

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
Canadian guidelines

Canadians with a disability: cycling specialty resource 

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Where can I get help
Canadians living with a disability

Eat Tracker: plan your activity and food choices

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Where can I get help
Various links

Eat well and be active educational toolkit

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Where can I get help
General information

Everybody gets to play initiative: recreation without barriers

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Where can I get help
General information

Examples of active living for older adults

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Introduction
Older adults and physical activity

Find a YWCA in your area

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Where can I get help
Collectively, these 46 Ys are supporting over 2.25 million people achieve better health at over 1,700 locations across Canada.

Find an occupational therapist directory search

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Where can I get help
Various links

Fuelling the young athlete

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
Sports and nutrition

Health benefits of physical activity

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Introduction
General information

Healthy activities resources for kids

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Where can I get help
School age and physical activity

Healthy heart facts, fun activities and school projects for students

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Where can I get help
School age and physical activity

Healthy living features: join the free outdoor gym

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Where can I get help
General information

Healthy living: join the free outdoor gym

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
General information

Healthy meal plans for the young athlete

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Introduction
Sports and nutrition

Healthy meal plans for the young athlete

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
Sports and nutrition

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada position statement

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Where can I get help
The built environment

Heart and Stroke Healthline resources

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Where can I get help
General information

Heart healthy lesson plan resources: grades 1-8

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Where can I get help
School age and physical activity

Heart Smart Families: monthly newsletter

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Where can I get help
General information

Heart smart kids: a teacher's resource for healthy living activities

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Where can I get help
School age and physical activity

HeartWalk workout program for cardiovascular problems

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
Various links

iCANwalk initiative: walk and bike more

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
Various links

Information on physical activity, older adults and cancer 

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Introduction
Cancer prevention

Information source on inspiring heart-healthy habits in kids

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Where can I get help
School age and physical activity

Lower your risk of heart disease and stroke: a guide for Aboriginals 

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
Information for Aboriginals

Nutrition and exercise in relation to maintaining a healthy liver

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Introduction
Various links

Overcoming Ageism in Active Living

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Introduction
Older adults and physical activity

ParticipACTION associations: directory by province and category

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Where can I get help
ParticipACTION

ParticipACTION associations: directory by province and category

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
Various links

Physical activity at school: facts and recommendations

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
School age and physical activity

Physical activity at school: facts and recommendations

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Introduction
School age and physical activity

Physical activity for healthy bones

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Introduction
Fitness

Physical activity guidelines for adults with spinal cord injury

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
Canadian guidelines

Physical activity helps reduce breast cancer risk

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
Cancer prevention

Physical activity helps reduce breast cancer risk

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Introduction
Cancer prevention

Physical activity needs of children and youth

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Introduction
School age and physical activity

Physical activity needs of children and youth

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
School age and physical activity

Physical activity needs of seniors

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Introduction
Older adults and physical activity

Physical activity programs

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Introduction
School age and physical activity

Physical activity readiness questionnaire for people aged 15-69 years

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Where can I get help
General information

Physical activity readiness questionnaire: 15-69 years

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Introduction
General information

Physical activity tips for adults

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
Physical activity plays an important role in your health, well-being and quality of life. Improve your health by being active as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Physical activity tips for children: 5-11 years

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
Help kids enjoy their way to a healthier lifestyle! One hour of physical activity every day: at home, at school, at play. Every step counts!

Physical activity tips for older adults

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
Physical activity tips for all ages

Physical activity tips for people with learning disabilities

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
Various links

Physical activity tips for youth: 12-17 years

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
Be active - at home, at school, at play - inside or outside-with family and friends. You'll have more energy, feel healthy and strong, and good about yourself!

Physical education, health and recreation resources

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Where can I get help
School age and physical activity

Physical literacy

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Where can I get help
Physical literacy is a journey upon which children and youth, and everyone, develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes they need to enable them to participate in a wide variety of activities.

Preventing cancer through physical activity

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Introduction
Cancer prevention

Preventing cancer through physical activity

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
Cancer prevention

Preventing Falls in Older Adults

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Introduction
Various links

Program for schools, families and community organizations

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Where can I get help
Weight of the World

Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Introduction
Various links

Resources for Canadians living with a disability

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Where can I get help
Canadians living with a disability

Resources for South Asians: healthy hearts begin at home

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Where can I get help
Various links

Silver Times

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Introduction
Various links

Silver Times

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Introduction
Older adults and physical activity

SOGO Active youth movement for physical activity

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Where can I get help
SOGO Active

Sports hydration: staying hydrated while active

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Introduction
Sports and nutrition

Sports hydration: staying hydrated while active

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
Sports and nutrition

Sports Nutrition (Adults)

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Introduction
Sports and nutrition

Sports readiness in children/youth

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Introduction
School age and physical activity

Supportive environments for physical activity

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Where can I get help
The built environment

The Power of Strength Training for Older Adults

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
Various links

Tips and resources on how to be more physically active

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
Physical activity tips for all ages

Tips for children on how to be more physically active

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
Physical activity tips for all ages

Tips for children with asthma to breath easier during exercise

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
Physical activity tips for all ages

Tips for physical activity for children and youth

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
School age and physical activity

Tips to Get Active

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Where can I get help
General information

Tool kit for engaging youth (film, educational modules and handouts)

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Where can I get help
Weight of the World

Tools for living well

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
Older adults and physical activity

Types and amounts of physical activities for healthy living

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
General information

Vibrant faces: resource for teachers for grades 7-8

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Where can I get help
School age and physical activity

Walk/Run to a Smoke-Free Life

Category : Patient / Practitioner / Smoking cessation / What can I do / What can I do
Run to Quit

Weight of the world challenge: facing obesity through physical activity

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Where can I get help
Weight of the World

Weight of the World modules for grades 6-8 

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Where can I get help
Weight of the World

Weight of the World physical activity education modules for grades 9-12 

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Where can I get help
Weight of the World

What should I eat and drink before, during and after an endurance exercise?

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Introduction
Sports and nutrition

What to eat and drink before, during and after an endurance exercise

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
Sports and nutrition

Workplace health toolkits: fact sheets

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Where can I get help
Various links

Documents


Active living helps arthritis

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Introduction
Arthritis and physical activity

Active living tips for older adults

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Introduction
Older adults and physical activity

Active video gaming effects

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Introduction
Various links

Aerobic fitness for older adults

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
Various links

Arthritis and staying active for older adults

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
Arthritis and physical activity

Assess your physical activity: activity worksheet

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
Physical activity worksheets

Assess your physical activity: for people with spinal cord injury

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
Various links

Attitude is everything: impacts on children's physical activity

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Introduction
School age and physical activity

Brain fitness as important as body fitness

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
Fitness

Canadian physical activity guidelines for adults 18-64 years

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
Canadian guidelines

Canadian physical activity guidelines for children 5-11 years

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
Canadian guidelines

Canadian physical activity guidelines for older adults [PDF]

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Introduction
Older adults and physical activity

Canadian physical activity guidelines for older adults 65 years and older

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
Canadian guidelines

Canadian physical activity guidelines for the early years 0-4

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
Canadian guidelines

Canadian physical activity guidelines for youth 12-17 years

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
Canadian guidelines

Canadian sedentary behaviour guidelines for children aged 5- 11 years

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
Canadian guidelines

Canadian sedentary behaviour guidelines for the early years 0-4

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
Canadian guidelines

Canadian sedentary behaviour guidelines for youth 12-17 years

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
Canadian guidelines

Comprehensive school health: physical activity

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
School age and physical activity

Effects of asthma on children's physical activity

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Introduction
School age and physical activity

Exercise for heart's sake: for older adults

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Introduction
Older adults and physical activity

Get our kids in the game

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Introduction
School age and physical activity

Get outside and get active: family activities

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
General information

Get outside and get active: outdoor activities for families

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Introduction
General information

Getting active after school

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Introduction
School age and physical activity

Girls and physical activity: advice for parents

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Introduction
School age and physical activity

Healthy active living: tips on specialized equipment

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
Various links

How to impact children’s attitude on physical activity

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
School age and physical activity

Information on physical activity for adult cancer survivors

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
Cancer prevention

Let's get moving: strategies for increasing children's physical activity

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
School age and physical activity

Lifestyle tips for exercise and the brain

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Introduction
General information

Lifestyle tips for getting places with people power

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Introduction
Fitness

Lower your risk of heart disease and stroke: a guide for Aboriginals

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Introduction
Information for Aboriginals

Oh Canada, our home and unfit land?

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Introduction
General information

ParticipACTION physical activity fact sheet for all ages

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
Canadian guidelines

Personal physical activity action plan worksheet

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
Physical activity worksheets

Physical activities in parks and on trails

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
General information

Physical activity and arthritis

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
Arthritis and physical activity

Physical activity and cancer: for older adults

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
Various links

Physical activity and mental health for older adults

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
Various links

Physical activity and mental health for older adults

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Introduction
Older adults and physical activity

Physical activity during & after cancer treatment

Category : Cancer / Patient / Practitioner / Introduction / What can I do
This resource talks about how physical activity may affect your health during and after cancer treatment. It should be used along with additional information given to you from your family doctor.

Physical activity every day action plan worksheet

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
Physical activity worksheets

Physical activity for older adults: fun and safe part of life

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
Cancer prevention

Physical activity for people with Alzheimer's disease

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
Older adults and physical activity

Physical activity for preschool-aged children at daycare

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Introduction
School age and physical activity

Physical activity for type 2 diabetes management

Category : Patient / Practitioner / Diabetes / Introduction / What can I do / Where can I get help
This resource talks about how physical activity may affect your metabolic health. It should be used along with additional information given to you from your family doctor.

Physical activity for your cardiovascular health

Category : Patient / Practitioner / Heart Disease and Stroke / Introduction / What can I do
This resource talks about how physical activity may affect your cardiovascular health. It should be used along with additional information given to you from your family doctor.

Physical activity for your lung health

Category : Patient / Practitioner / Respiratory Diseases / Lung disease / Introduction / What can I do
This resource talks about how physical activity may affect your lung health. It should be used along with additional information given to you from your family doctor.

Physical activity for your mental health

Category : Patient / Practitioner / Mental Health Conditions / Mental illness / Introduction / What can I do / Introduction / What can I do
This resource talks about how physical activity may affect your mental health. It should be used along with additional information given to you from your family doctor.

Physical activity for your muscle, bone,and joint health

Category : Patient / Practitioner / Introduction / What can I do / Introduction / What can I do
This resource talks about how physical activity may affect you when you have health concerns related to your muscles, bones, and joints. It should be used along with additional information given to yo

Physical activity for your neurological health

Category : Patient / Practitioner / Dementia / Introduction / What can I do
This resource talks about how physical activity may affect your neurological health. It should be used along with additional information given to you from your family doctor.

Physical activity in parks and on trails

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Where can I get help
Various links

Physical activity tips for people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
Various links

Physical activity: be prepared for winter weather

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Introduction
General information

Population with additional barriers to physical activity

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Introduction
School age and physical activity

Reducing kids' sedentary time for health benefits

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Introduction
School age and physical activity

Review of the literature on physical activity and adolescent females

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Introduction
School age and physical activity

Safe and active routes to school for children

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
School age and physical activity

Take care of yourself: activity worksheet on physical activity

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
Physical activity worksheets

The impact of physical activity on breast cancer

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Introduction
Cancer prevention

The school community's role in physical activity

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / Introduction
School age and physical activity

Tips for encouraging children's activities in sports

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
School age and physical activity

Tips for getting active at work

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
General information

Tips for reducing kids' sedentary time

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
School age and physical activity

Tips for women on staying active through life stages

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
General information

Tips on getting active after school

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
School age and physical activity

Tips on outdoor activities to improve mental health

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
General information

Tips on physical activity and diabetes prevention

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
Various links

Tips on seasonal variations in physical activity

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
General information

Your guide to strong bones with diet and exercise.

Category : Patient / Physical Activity / What can I do
General information

Tools


Osteoarthritis (OA) Tool

Category : Patient / Practitioner / Health Assessment and Monitoring Tools / Introduction
Osteoarthritis