pdf file, 8 pages Published: 2002 GeoOrigin: Ontario
The idea that low income and poverty are determinants of poor health is uncontested. There is increasing evidence that societies with great numbers of poor people begin to show a spillover effect by which the health of the "non-poor" also begins to deteriorate. This paper considers the impact of poverty on population health and the barriers to effective action.
The council is a non-profit social policy and research organization that focuses on issues such as poverty, social inclusion, disability, cultural diversity, child well-being, employment, and housing. The council's web site includes an extensive list of social indicators.
KidSport is a national children's charitable program that helps disadvantaged kids overcome the barriers preventing or limiting their participation in organized sport. KidSport identifies needs in the community and raises funds for programs (registration, equipment, and program development) that benefit children 18 years of age and younger.
The following on-line videos capture the Mothers in Motion workshop, an initiative that was created and delivered by the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS).
The goals of this project were:
To identify barriers that limit mothers with low socio-economic status from participating in physical activity
To identify solutions and best practices that will help these mothers participate in more physical activity
To develop resources that will help practitioners increase these mothers’ participation in physical activity
This workshop was hosted by the Alberta Centre for Active Living. The video is available in English and French.
html file, 2 pages Published: 2003 GeoOrigin: Alberta
Part of the Alberta Centre for Active Living's 2002 Alberta Survey on Physical Activity looked at whether perceived access to places and facilities influences self-reported physical activity among urban residents.
Most residents in urban areas in Alberta agree that they have access to places where they can be physically active. Most also state that some of these places are in their neighbourhoods and are available at a low cost. According to this Research Update article, the easier the access to places and facilities, including low-cost facilities, the higher the activity level of residents.
pdf file, 14 pages Published: Oct 2001 GeoOrigin: Alberta
At the Provincial Fitness Trainers' Conference in October 2001, Joan Wharf Higgins discussed why Canadians who are un- or under-employed, have lower education levels, experience more stress, are less active than more well-to-do Canadians and have poorer overall health.
pdf file, 29 pages Published: Nov 2002 GeoOrigin: International
The negative effects of sprawl (developing low-density housing farther from urban centres) are drawing increased attention. This paper discusses disparities in physical activity, health conditions, and local opportunities to be physically active, particularly for low-income communities. Strategies that can improve neighbourhoods so that residents can lead healthy active lives are offered.