Physical Activity, Sport and Recreation


HC Link Resources

HC Link News Digest PLUS - June 27, 2013
With support from Parks and Recreation Ontario and the Leisure Information Network, highlights news and information from the field of recreation.

HC Link News Digest PLUS - March 20, 2013 - Highlights news and views pertaining to the promotion of healthy weights in Ontario.

StrategiesHealthyWeightThumbCommunity-based Strategies for Healthy Weight Promotion in Children and Youth

HC Link | 2013
This issue of @ a glance presents a summary of community-based strategies recommended to address childhood obesity. For each of the four main strategies is a review of the quality of evidence supporting its use. Readers can further explore the academic and grey literature referenced to help inform the development of local strategies.




Building Healthy Communities: Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice

Ontario's Heart Health Resource Centre | 2008
This presentation provides practical information and advice on creating a vision, framework and momentum for the establishment of an Active Community.




@heart Ground-breaking Strategies for Building Active Communities

Ontario's Heart Health Resource Centre | 2007
This newsletter explores the relationship between the built environment and residents’ physical activity levels, and makes the argument that land use decisions should be informed by input from health agencies. Planning walkable, active communities requires partnerships and input from a variety of sectors that have not traditionally worked together including: planners, municipal politicians and staff, conservation authorities, educators, health agencies and various interest groups.



hc3Active Environments: Lay of the Land

Ontario's Heart Health Resource Centre | 2005  
This presentation identifies and expands on designing and implementing an active transportation initiative within the community. It provides many visual, concrete examples of active transportation/ walkable communities planning designs from across Ontario. It also provides information on working with community partners in an advocacy role related to active transportation/environments.


HC Link Materials from Past Learning Events

Click here to see a listing of HC Link slides, recordings and other materials from past events on this topic.




NoTimetoWaitThumbNo Time to Wait: The Healthy Kids Strategy

Healthy Kids Panel | 2013
With the goal to reduce childhood obesity in the province by 20 per cent in five years, Ontario's multi-sectoral Healthy Kids Panel was formed to provide advice on how we can keep more kids at healthy weights. From May to December 2012, the 18-member panel consulted with parents and other caregivers, youth and experts in the field and reviewed the literature and strategies from Ontario and other jurisdictions. This report presents the panel's assessment of the problem as well as recommendations for action.





Investments that work for Physical Activity

Global Advocacy for Physical Activity | 2011
This report is a new Global Advocacy for Physical Activity (GAPA) publication supporting the Toronto Charter. This document, developed by GAPA and leading academics and practitioners, identified 7 best investments for physical activity which are supported by good evidence of effectiveness and that have worldwide applicability.






hc6Action Strategies Toolkit

Leadership for Healthy Communities | 2011
The policy options and resources within the Leadership for Healthy Communities Action Strategies Toolkit represent a collection of current best approaches that have been identified, evaluated and selected by Leadership for Healthy Communities and the policy-maker organizations that have participated in the program.

The Action Strategies Toolkit contains policy and program strategies in the following 5 action areas related to active living: Active Transportation; Land Use for Active Living; Open Spaces, Parks & Recreation; Quality Physical Activity In/Near Schools; and Safety and Crime Prevention.


Interventions on Diet and Physical Activity. What Works Summary Report

World Health Organization | 2009
Interventions on diet and physical activity: what works provides policy-makers and other stakeholders a summary of tried and tested diet and physical activity interventions that aim to reduce the risk of chronic non communicable diseases. The evidence on effective interventions is presented in eight categories including:

                • policy and environment
                • mass media
                • school settings
                • the workplace
                • the community
                • primary health care
                • older adults
                • religious settings


hc7Recommended Community Strategies and Measurements for the Prevention of Obesity

National Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion | 2009 
This report describes the expert panel process that was used to identify 24 recommended strategies for obesity prevention and a suggested measurement for each strategy that communities can use to assess performance and track progress over time. The 24 strategies are divided into six categories: 1) strategies to promote the availability of affordable healthy food and beverages), 2) strategies to support healthy food and beverage choices, 3) a strategy to encourage breastfeeding, 4) strategies to encourage physical activity or limit sedentary activity among children and youth, 5) strategies to create safe communities that support physical activity, and 6) a strategy to encourage communities to organize for change.


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 Workbook for Influencing Physical Activity Policy

The Health Communication Unit for the Physical Activity Resource Centre
This workbook uses The Health Communication Unit’s Policy Development Roadmap as the basis for physical activity policy development.The workbook addresses both broad policy (which puts forward government-wide direction) and more specific policy which may be developed for a particular setting (e.g., schools, workplaces, communities) or issue-area (e.g., physical activity).







hc8The Physical Activity Resource Centre (PARC)

Established in 2003, the Physical Activity Resource Centre (PARC) is managed by Ophea and is funded by the Ministry of Health Promotion. PARC supports physical activity promoters and key community leaders working in public health, community health centres, recreation and sport organizations, and non-government organizations to enhance opportunities for healthy active living in Ontario.



 hc10Promoting Physical Activity: Environment and Policy Approaches

The Community Guide Systematic Reviews
The Community Guide website lists interventions to promote physical activities which have been systematically reviewed by the Community Guide Task Force. A summary of findings are noted for each intervention reviewed.
Reviews of specific interventions include:




Leadership for Healthy Communities 

Advancing policies to support healthy eating and active living.