PDF file, 4 pages Published: Feb 2012 GeoOrigin: Alberta
Recently, there has been much discussion and research regarding children’s play activities and the significance of play. This increased focus is partly due to rising obesity and overweight rates among children in Canada and other countries. This WellSpring article aims to shed light on children’s views about play, with a particular focus on what children themselves think about play activities and meanings of play.
PDF file, 2 pages Published: Sep 2012 GeoOrigin: Alberta
Pages 1 and 2 of thisResearch Update article discusses the findings of a study that explored the facilitators and barriers to unstructured free play for families (children, youth and adults) living in rural communities in Northern.
PDF file, 4 pages Published: Jan 2013 GeoOrigin: Alberta
Low levels of physical activity among Canadian children and youth are a public health concern. This WellSpring article points to relevant physical activity research and offers suggestions to parents about how they may be able to increase their children’s participation in physical activity.
Haug, E.,Torsheim, T., Sallis, J.F.,& Samdal, O. (2010). The characteristics of the outdoor school environment associated with physical activity. Health Education Research, 25, 248-256. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/her/cyn050