PDF file, 4 pages Published: Dec 2008 GeoOrigin: Alberta
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a common lung disorder most often caused by smoking. Pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) is an effective way to treat COPD, but currently in Canada there are enough PR programs to serve only 1.2% of the COPD population. Also, patients in rural areas have the least access to PR. This WellSpring looks at a pilot PR program delivered to rural areas in Alberta via Telehealth videoconference technology. The following topics are covered:
Background on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
PDF file, 2 pages Published: Feb 2013 GeoOrigin: Alberta
This Research Update article reports on research about the perceptions and experiences of older adults living in rural Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, in relation to their physical activity participation. The research informs several strategies to promote physical activity among rural older adults.
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.
SPHERU, working with First Nation communities, has developed a framework and a tool kit for health organizations to track the effects of health and human service programs. This can be a great resource for those working with First Nation and northern communities.
pdf file, 2 pages Published: Mar 2010 GeoOrigin: Alberta
This Research Update article highlights a study that assesses physical activity, fitness, body mass index and insulin sensitivity in youth aged 9 to 15 years. The Healthy Hearts research project is a school-based study conducted in seven rural communities in central Alberta.
PDF file, 1 page Published: Sep 2008 GeoOrigin: Alberta
This Research Update article highlights the Saskatchewan Rural Youth Healthy Lifestyles and Risk Behaviours Project.
Little information is available about health issues facing rural youth in Western Canada. A team of researchers assessed the health needs of youth in rural Saskatchewan to encourage healthy lifestyles and reduce risky behaviours in this population.
The Rural Route to Active Aging website is a key source of information about physical activity for adults (55-75) in rural communities. It offers resources for practitioners, decision-makers, community leaders, and older adults to promote and build capacity for physical activity.
The website includes:
Facts you can use to build a business case for a physical activity initiative in your community.
Ideas for reaching older adults in your community and creating a positive environment for lifelong physical activity.