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Don’t You, Forget about These: Strength and Balance Training are part of Physical Activity Recommendations
In a recent publication Canadians were reported to have very low rates of awareness of physical activity guidelines, particularly among older Canadians. Although there are established recommendations for adults to engage in regular physical activity for health benefits, only 37% of Canadians and 36% of Americans are even aware that these guidelines exist. This lack of awareness of recommended physical activity, including strength and balance training, can leave us falling short of our weekly requirements. Knowledge is power – and in this case, muscle power (and strength)!
Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose at the 2013 Physical Activity Forum: Physical Activity to Promote Brain Health
Teresa Liu-Ambrose presents her research on the connection between physical activity, brain health and health aging.
Can group medical visits promote physical activity and treat depression?
If a single medicine could prevent or treat numerous diseases, including depression, would you take it? Would you recommend it to your friends, to your family? If there ever were a ‘silver bullet’ to better health it would be physical activity. As a medicine, physical activity is described as a “polypill”–a single treatment effective in improving a wide variety of outcomes, including risk of several cancers, heart disease, diabetes, as well as depression.
Guest Editorial: Physical Activity and Workplace Sedentary Behaviour
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A Global Fail? International Comparisons of Physical Activity of Children and Youth Report Cards
Dr. Christine Voss, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at CHHM contributed to the ASAP Active Blog about the recent 2014 Global Summit on the Physical Activity of Children
Creature of Habit: How to use cues like toothbrushes to add more physical activity into your life
I walk to work every day at a similar time, and during my journey I frequently meet the same people along the way. There are travellers on bicycles-- and some on foot. I have realized that this is my active transport community, and look forward to seeing them each day, and depending on where we meet, they remind me of my daily progress. In one place in particular, as I walk down a long, and steep hill, I enjoy having brief exchanges with the cyclists, runners and walkers, who wave as they slowly make their way up the hill.
Dr. Steven Blair, internationally renowned physical activity expert, furthers
UBC and CHHM are honoured to host Dr. Steven Blair as a guest catalytic visitor.
Move It or Lose It! - CHHM Researcher, Karim Khan, is the lead author for a major scientific paper on health benefits of everyday physical activity
Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose, CHHM Core Research Member, Tier II Canada Research Chair in Physical Activity, Mobility, and Cognitive Neuroscience
In it together
My Mom and I share more than just good genes and the love of our family. We also follow a similar physical activity program to keep us active and engaged within our community. Let me explain.
Are older women more hip to be fit?
Watching television is one of the most popular, yet also one of the most sedentary, daytime companions of our time. Physical activity, in contrast to sedentary behaviour, is a comprehensive term that encompasses household tasks, activities of daily living, and leisure time physical activity, including exercise and sports.
I have more choices, so I am choosing to move.
Since my retirement, I have been involved in my community at the West End Senior’s Network and volunteered at various events including the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival. Despite my involvement, my activity level has decreased over the years and I’ve been looking for ways to fill my days. I’ve also been wanting to get more physically active but it’s been difficult to motivate myself especially when the days are dark, cold and rainy.
Dr. Bob Sallis on his recent visit to CHHM and walking in BC
In June 2014 Dr. Bob Sallis—world leader in the Exercise is Medicine Movement—visited CHHM as the first leg in his province-wide tour.
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Seasons of Sidewalks
I have become acutely aware of the micro-features of the built environment that impact the walkability of a neighbourhood. In particular, this summer it seemed like lawn sprinklers created an obstacle course as I walked to work. Sprinklers went off at exactly the same time that I was trying to get to my destination. Maybe water dodging makes for good speed and agility training?
In the News: Does pumping iron twice a week keep the mind sharp and prevent falls?
CHHM research is grabbing the attention of national and international media. Discover what news outlets, such as the New York Times, CBC's Quirks & Quarks, The Globe and Mail, CBC's The National and Metro News are reporting on the exciting research.
New Year’s Evolution
Our work provides evidence for how to get people to sit less and move more.
“Choose to Move was such a gentle and nudging push, it helped me to re-build my confidence.”
If I could send a message to others it would be to just get started, just start at your own level, regardless of where you are at right now. The smallest step will help you move forward. Go ahead, start now, it will really make a difference.
Why Physical Inactivity is the Cinderella of non-communicable diseases: 8 common myths de-bunked by Dr. Adrian Bauman
Congratulations Maureen Ashe– Canada Research Chair in Community Mobility
Dr. Maureen Ashe, Core Researcher at the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility (CHHM), Associate Professor, Department of Family Practice, has been awarded a Canada Research Chair in Community Mobility. Today at UBC, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, announced the appointment of Ashe, and 305 other researchers from all disciplines across 53 post-secondary institutions in Canada.
Halloween's Secret Walking Benefits
When you think of all the great things that Halloween has to offer – trick-or-treating, haunted houses, jack-o’-lanterns and all that free candy – we bet you weren’t thinking it could possibly have any healthy connections? While it’s true those little witches and warlocks are likely devouring oodles of sweet treats, they are also getting a hearty dose of physical activity -- the “miracle drug” of healthy living!
UBC and CHHM are honoured to host Dr. Steven Blair as a guest catalytic visitor
Dr. Steven Blair, internationally renowned physical activity expert, furthers "Exercise is Medicine" in BC
Small Choice. Big impact.
For researchers working in and with the community, there is nothing better than seeing the impact of our work in the lives of individuals participating in one of our programs. So I was thrilled to watch an online video interview in Prince Rupert’s The Northern View News of a participant in a physical activity program for older adults now being piloted and evaluated across BC.
CHHM researchers awarded a $2.5M Team Grant to advance knowledge in hip osteoarthritis
Professor John Esdaile leads a CIHR Team called IMPAKT-HIP that will investigate whether certain types of physical activity are related to hip osteoarthritis (OA).
Dawn Mackey receives Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar Award to enhance older adult mobility
CHHM's Dr. Dawn Mackey is among a small group of health researchers to receive the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar Award. Her research will enhance the mobility of older adults by targeting injury prevention, movement energetics, and physical activity
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