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A municipal perspective on opportunities for physical activity: Trends from 2000 – 2004

by Marion on September 13th, 2010

The Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute released a document in 2005 titled ‘A municipal perspective on opportunities for physical activity: Trends from 2000 – 2004.’ It may sound like a heady title, and it’s not a light scan at 103 pages, however it does contain some interesting information that can help inform our work with youth and physical activity, and can give us an idea of what challenges may life ahead. For example, those in municipalities of greater than 100,000 are finding it harder in 2004 to find information on physical activity opportunities than they did in 2000, yet those in communities smaller than that size are finding it easier (page 5). Hmmm. The perceived usefulness of the information in the larger centres has also decreased during that four year period, while it has increased in the smaller settings (page 7). Since 2000, more municipalities have been working with more schools, the workplace, health settings and not for profit groups to increase reach to and deliver physical activity programs (page 15). So, if your municipality is not, you will soon be in the minority. And, what might this information tell you… programs that support children to be active have decreased, subsidies for children’s programming has decreased, and programs for children and youth at-risk have increased (page 16. Another hmmmm. And, while there has been good work done in order to increase access to community use of schools, municipalities in Ontario as less likely that the average Canadian municipalities to indicate they have an agreement regarding shared use of facilities with schools (page 30).Overall, lots of interesting information.

A municipal perspective on opportunities for physical activity in small communities4

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