This report provides a descriptive profile of the activity-limited population in Calgary. The report describes the size and age of the population, family living status, and income and employment characteristics of persons with activity limitations.
This resource is available in the Centre library: Population/Groups -- Persons with a Disability [file cabinet], ID #1040
The Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute (CFLRI) conducts research, monitors trends and makes recommendations to increase population levels of physical activity and improve the health of all Canadians.
The CHMS used accelerometers to collect objective measures of physical activity and sedentary behaviour of Canadians aged 6 to 79. The data show that the majority of waking hours of both adults and young people are sedentary.
html file, 1 page Published: Sep 2012 GeoOrigin: National
This Statistics Canada table shows body mass index changes of the 1994/1995 household population aged 18 to 56, in cycle 1 and in another cycle of the National Population Health Survey. Population, age and sex are based on the first survey cycle (cycle 1) in 1994/1995.
This Statistics Canada table shows changes in the physical activity level of the 1994/1995 household population 12 years or over, between cycle 1 and another cycle of the National Population Health Survey. Population, age, sex, Canada and province are based on the first survey cycle (cycle 1) in 1994/1995. Respondents are classified as active, moderately active or inactive based on an index of average daily physical activity over 3 months.
pdf file, 14 pages Published: 2003 GeoOrigin: International
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Union against Cancer call for action to prevent and treat cancer. A booklet, Global Action against Cancer, presents key facts and figures on the global cancer burden. The data covers cancer mortality and incidence figures for 12 different regions around the world and, for the first time, tracks the evolution of the global cancer picture in the years to come if current trends continue. This booklet complements the information in the World Cancer Report released in 2003.
This Statistics Canada report shows that 48% (about 12.7 million people) of Canadians over the age of 12 are inactive.
Twenty-five per cent of Canadians, or about 6.6 million, report that they usually sit during most of the day. Further, during a typical week, 41% of Canadians, or 10.8 million, spent less than one hour walking to get to school or work.
pdf file, 12 pages Published: Jan 2004 GeoOrigin: National
There is a connection between excess weight and the incidence of arthritis. This article reports incidence rates of arthritis, based on data for people aged 40 or older who were followed over six years.
pdf file, 147 pages Published: 2004 GeoOrigin: National
The Physical Activity Monitor report summarizes the physical activity situation in Canada from 1998-2003. This report highlights differences among physical activity levels and focuses on age, sex, and regional physical activity differences. In addition, the report provides statistics on the influence of other factors such as education, income, employment status, community size, and family composition.
This report provides an overview of the magnitude of the impact of arthritis on the Canadian population, including health and social outcomes and the use of health care services. It describes approaches to reduce the risk of developing some forms of arthritis and to reduce adverse consequences of arthritis.
A hard copy of this resources is also available in the Centre Library: Health/Well-Being-Chronic Disease Prevention, Report ID #1321.
pdf file, 2 pages Published: 2002 GeoOrigin: Alberta
Studies have shown that being physically active over a lifetime reduces the risk of breast cancer. This WellSpring article presents the results of a study that focused on people who had participated in physical activity for a long time and their risk factors for breast cancer. The study found a significant relationship between physical activity and a reduced risk for breast cancer.
pdf file, 4 pages Published: Apr 2005 GeoOrigin: Alberta
Half of Alberta's youth are not active enough for healthy growth and development. A recent study states that the average child between eight and 19 spends 6.5 hours a day with TV and other media. This WellSpring issue discusses the adverse health and social consequences of too much media entertainment, and what we can do to reduce children's physical inactivity. The issue also discusses Live Outside the Box, a campaign sponsored by the Alberta Sport Recreation, Parks & Wildlife Foundation to improve physical activity levels among children and youth.
To provide a better picture of diabetes in Canada, the National Diabetes Surveillance System (NDSS) was developed. This network of regionally distributed diabetes surveillance systems compiles and sends data to Health Canada for national analyses. The first report of the NDSS is provided as well as a link to the 2003 report, Diabetes in Canada (2nd edition).
pdf file, 2 pages Published: Mar 2005 GeoOrigin: International
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States have prepared fact sheets on benefits of physical activity and American statistics on overweight and physical activity participation rates.
467 pages Published: 2004 GeoOrigin: International
This is the first textbook dedicated solely to the epidemiology of physical activity . It is dedicated to understanding how leisure-time physical activity can be effectively promoted to enhance people's quality of life.
This resource is available in the Centre library: Physical Activity--Measurement, ID #872
The Canadian Physical Activity Levels Among Youth (CANPLAY) study by the CFLRI collected pedometer data on a national sample of approximately 6,000 children and youth (ages 5-19).
This study measured the number of steps children take when participating in organized and unorganized physical activities both inside and outside school.
Key results are as follows:
Children who participate in organized physical activity or sport outside school take more steps than children who participate in organized activities at school.
Children who participate in sedentary activities (e.g., watching television, playing video or computer games) between the end of the school day until dinner time take fewer daily steps than those who do not participate in these sedentary activities.
Children who participate in general outdoor play, organized physical activity or unorganized physical activity between the end of school and dinner time take more steps per day than children who do not.
Children whose parents report being more active than other adults take more steps per day than children whose parents report being less active than other adults.
This short fact sheet highlights results from the 2003-2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey which estimated that 17% of American children and adolescents are overweight. This demonstrates a steady increase in the number of children and adolescents who are overweight from previous surveys.
At the bottom, you find a link to additional fact sheets on this particular topic.