Month: July 2011

Kimberly Grattan Prepares for Underwater Hockey World Championships in Portugal

Yesterday, HALO research assistant Kimberly Grattan was featured in an article that ran in the Sault Star, “Playing Hockey at Bottom of the Pool.” From the article: The splash Kimberly Grattan first made when she jumped into the pool at the Sault YMCA continues to cause ripples. Underwater hockey led her across the country and down into South America. It will now send her across the Atlantic Ocean to Portugal, where she will compete with the Canadian national women’s team at the 2011 CMAS Elite Underwater Hockey World Championships. Eleven countries will participate in the international event next month. Grattan played on the Canadian women’s national team for the first time last summer at a tournament in Medellin, Columbia. “Last year it was a smaller tournament. … This year it’s full on, big, basically our equivalent to the Olympics,” she said last week from her home in Ottawa, where she’s been living for about two years. “I’m pretty excited. It’s nice to be able to still be competitive, even at age 27. It’s nice to have this high level of play.” The Canadian women’s team was finalized early in June at the national championships in Victoria, B.C. It is made up of 12 athletes from across the country. The group will travel to Coimbra, Portugal, to compete at the world championships Aug. 15-27. To read the article in its...

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New Physical Activity Guidelines Released from United Kingdom

Dr. Mark Tremblay was an international expert consultant for the new physical activity guidelines released today for the United Kingdom. The release generated significant media attention in Canada including an interview with Dr. Tremblay on the Global National News. The interest in Canada was specifically around the lack of physical activity and sedentary guidelines for children ages 0-5 years (see related U.K. recommendations for children who cannot walk yet) and children who are walking. HALO researchers are working with the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology on the development of evidence-informed Canadian physical activity and sedentary guidelines for children aged 0-5 years to be released in the spring of...

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Is Physical Activity in Weight Management More About “Calories In” Than “Calories Out”?

This is the title of a letter to the editor by HALO researcher Dr. Jean-Philippe Chaput and University of Alberta researcher Dr. Arya Sharma that was recently published in the British Journal of Nutrition. The full citation of the paper is: Jean-Philippe Chaput and Arya M. Sharma. Is physical activity in weight management more about ‘calories in’ than ‘calories out’?. British Journal of Nutrition, Available on CJO 2011...

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ParticipACTION Expectations and Challenges Paper Published by Dr. Tremblay and Colleagues

Dr. Mark Tremblay led the baseline assessment research when the “new” ParticipACTION was revitalized in 2007. A series of papers was published as a Thematic Series in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity in 2009. This new paper published this month in Health Promotion Practice delves deeper into the qualitative findings from the baseline research and discusses the stakeholder expectations and challenges for the new ParticipACTION. Full citation of the paper is: G. Faulkner, C. McCloy, R. Plotnikoff, M.S. Tremblay. Relaunching a national social marketing campaign: expectations and challenges for the “new” ParticipACTION. Health Promotion Practice 12(4):569-576, 2011. ABSTRACT: ParticipACTION is a Canadian physical activity communications and social marketing organization that has been relaunched in 2007 after a 6-year hiatus. The purpose of this study is to qualitatively identify and describe the expectations and challenges the relaunch of the new ParticipACTION may present for existing physical activity organizations. Using a purposeful sampling strategy, the authors conduct semistructured telephone interviews with 49 key informants representing a range of national, provincial, and local organizations with a mandate to promote physical activity. Overall, there is strong support in seeing ParticipACTION relaunched. However, organizational expectations and/or their ideal vision for it are mixed. Organizations envision and support its performing an overarching social marketing and advocacy role, and in providing tools and resources that supplement existing organizational activities. Four major organizational...

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Congratulations to Canadians From Coast-to-Coast on the Incredible Success of Live Right Now!

Congratulations, Canada! Communities across the country have embraced CBC’s Live Right Now initiative and together, have far surpassed the remarkable one million pound milestone. Over the past six months, Canadians from far and wide came together to participate in the Live Right Now challenge, and to join the collective journey towards a healthier country. To mark this national achievement, CBC hosts Steven and Chris shared a new challenge with Canadians on Canada Day: CBC is looking to crown the “Live Right Now Capital of Canada.” Who is it going to be, Canada? As announced by Live Right Now Ambassadors Steven and Chris in Ottawa on Canada Day, the search is now on to find the Live Right Now Capital of Canada. From athletic activities and impressive lifestyle changes to infectious team spirit and overall commitment and dedication, CBC wants to find the community that most embodies the spirit of Live Right Now. The crowned community will be featured in the upcoming season of CBC Television’s Steven and Chris (exact date TBA). To nominate your community, submit your inspirational stories, photos and/or videos online at, or via email at HALO is an advisory committee member that is involved with and supports the Live Right Now initiative....

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About HALO

The Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group (HALO) was established in 2007 in response to the escalating obesity crisis and the increasing complexity of related co-morbidities. Today the HALO team consists of 17 staff (including 6 researchers), a childhood obesity clinical team (Centre for Healthy Active Living), 17 graduate students, and many community volunteers. Since its inception in 2007, HALO has received over $12 million in research funding; produced more than 520 peer-reviewed publications; has given more than 980 scholarly presentations locally, nationally and internationally; and secured more than 1.3 billion media impressions!

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