Wednesday, January 31, 2018

2018 OSPAPPH Elections

The mission of the Ontario Society of Physical Activity Promoters in Public Health (OSPAPPH) is to elevate physical activity as a public health priority through advocacy, capacity building, engagement, and collaboration. Carrying out this work is an executive team made up of physical activity promoters (like yourself!) from across the province. There are many great initiatives OSPAPPH is working on and you can be part of the action!  

The term for some current OSPAPPH Executive members is sadly coming to an end and we are looking for interested individuals who wish to fill these positions for the upcoming 2018/2019 term. The following positions are available:

  • Co-chair
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Regional Representative – Central East
  • Regional Representative – Northern
  • Regional Representative – Central West
  • Regional Representative – South West
  • Regional Representative – Eastern

Please note that positions listed are for two years with the exception of the regional representative positions which are a one year commitment with the option to renew for the second year. 

We encourage you to consider the roles listed above. For more information regarding these roles, please see our Terms of Reference which provides a description of the positions.

If you are interested in joining the executive, we encourage you to discuss it with your manager, and submit a response to the questions below outlining your interest no later than Friday Feb 23, 2017. Responses can be emailed to

Position title:
Health Unit:
Brief description of current work:
OSPAPPH Position Sought:
Brief explanation of why they are seeking the position:

Please note that all successful applicants are asked, if possible, to attend the annual OSPAPPH Executive Face-to-Face meeting being held on May 3rd and 4th at Region of Peel Public Health. Meals and accommodation expenses will be covered by OSPAPPH.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Jason Weppler, OSPAPPH co-chair, by email or at 519-376-9420 ext. 1408. For more information about OSPAPPH, our Strategic Plan, and our Terms of Reference, please visit our website at or email us at

On behalf of the current OSPAPPH Executive, thank you for your attention and interest in this exciting and rewarding opportunity!

The OSPAPPH Executive

Thursday, December 21, 2017

“The Whole Day Matters!” 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for the Early Years

The highly-anticipated 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for the Early Years (0-4) were released last month, outlining how much young children need to move, sleep, and sit each day. As part of the knowledge translation activities for the new Guidelines, principal investigator Dr. Mark Tremblay delivered a webinar on December 19th, 2017 describing the comprehensive process that was taken to develop the Guidelines, the importance of focusing on movement throughout the day, and how different stakeholders can use and promote the new Guidelines.

The process of developing the Guidelines was extensive! A leadership committee made up of the principal investigators, funders, research leads, and methodology consultants met over 50 times from 2015-2017. Four systematic reviews were conducted (drawing information from 271 papers), 1 meta-analysis was performed, stakeholder consultations were held, and 6 days of meetings were held to develop and reach consensus on the final Guidelines. The Guideline Development Panel did such a great job that other countries from around the world have since followed Canada’s lead and developed similar 24-hour guidelines (i.e. Australia and New Zealand).

So, why do we need 24-Hour Movement Guidelines instead of Physical Activity Guidelines? 

As physical activity promoters, we often emphasize getting the right amount of physical activity in a day… but what about the rest of the time? There is more than just “moderate-to-vigorous” movement in a typical day, however, before the 24-Hour Movement Guidelines there was a lack of evidence-based recommendations for sedentary behaviour or sleep for the early years. In his webinar, Dr. Tremblay explained this imbalance through an enlightening comparison to nutrition guidelines: We don’t see nutrition guidelines focus on just one food group and exclude the rest – it wouldn’t make any sense! In the same way, we shouldn’t be focusing on only the most active part of the day. Guidelines pertaining to all movements (sitting, sleeping, and being active) and how they interact with each other are equally important.

These new integrated guidelines will be useful to many different users. As physical activity promoters and public health professionals we can:
  • Read the background documents to master the content.
  • Disseminate the press release to local media.
  • Disseminate the Guidelines through social media platforms.
  • Link the Guidelines on our websites.
  • Provide hard copies of the Guidelines in waiting rooms, workshops, and as part of displays.
  • Offer 24-hour movement workshops through EarlyON & other parent child programs.
  • Integrate the content in all resources & presentations to parents, future parents and service providers.
  • Provide professional development to other service providers.
  • Support policy

To sum it all up: when it comes to movement, the whole day matters! To read more about the Guidelines, check out

The Guidelines were developed in partnership with the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute – Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group, the University of Alberta Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, ParticipACTION, and the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Presentations so nice, you'll read them twice

Did you miss our conference in June? Attended and want to recall some of the great information that was shared from our speakers? 

Well, good news! You can now access many of the presentations from the inaugural conference on Risky Play and Sedentary Behaviour here!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Results are in! OSPAPPH 2017 Conference Evaluation

Summer is now in full swing, but it started off strong with OSPAPPH's first conference this past June! 

The inaugural conference featured:

  • Panel on Risky Play featuring Brandy Tanenbaum, Dr. John Cairney, and Dr. Casey Gray
  • Keynote session on Sedentary Behaviour with Dr. Allana LeBlanc
  • Four engaging breakout sessions
  • Meeting and networking with fellow Physical Activity Promoters in person!

With over 50 delegates, expert speakers, and physical activity experience from across the province, the conference was a great success! Check out the results of the evaluation survey in this infographic

Thanks to everyone who attended the conference and completed in the evaluation survey. Your comments will help us make the next conference even better!

We couldn't have done it without our supporters: 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Registration for Inaugural OSPAPPH Conference Now Open!!

Attention all physical activity promoters!!!

Registration is now open for the inaugural OSPAPPH Conference - Research to Action of Risky Play and Sedentary Behaviour.

This conference promises to be a pivotal professional development opportunity for both public health staff working on physical activity promotion, and others from relevant health, recreation and community organizations. In addition, it is:
  • targeted and relevant to the work we are doing at a local level in public health physical activity promotion and injury prevention
  • well aligned with the new draft Standards for Public Health Programs and Services
  • a unique opportunity to learn about other health units’ physical activity initiatives, programs and resources
  • a platform for networking with others working in physical activity promotion within public health and from other relevant health, recreation and community organizations

Click on the link to see our Program at-a-glance and complete the online registration through our online event page.

Thank you to our 2017 Conference Supporters: