Thursday, September 20, 2018

Less Sitting is Better - New Social Media Campaign and Toolkit Now Available!

The OSPAPPH Executive and Sedentary Behaviour Working Group are excited to share the new OSPAPPH ‘Less Sitting is Better’ campaign and materials.  The OSPAPPH Sedentary Behaviour Working Group has been hard at work preparing an evidence-informed and comprehensive campaign with messages targeting adults and their behaviours across the whole day. 

The purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness about sedentary behaviour in adults and how they can counter sedentary behaviour throughout the day. The campaign consists of a series of Social Media Posts (with accompanying images) that can be used on a variety of social media platforms (such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram). The campaign also includes a web-based/printable infographic that health units can use on their websites, share via email or print to distribute.  The infographic has been prepared in French, English & Chinese.

OSPAPPH will be launching the ‘Less Sitting is Better’ campaign via our Twitter account (twitter handle: @OSPAPPH) and website ( and we are encouraging member health units to join us in raising awareness about sedentary behaviour.  Your health unit can participate in the campaign by using the handy campaign guide (links below) prepared by the SB Working Group.  The guide provides access to all the campaign materials – including timelines, suggested posts, and a preview and access to the accompanying images. The guide is also available in French and the accompanying images are available in English, French, and Chinese.  The images have been saved on OSPAPPH’s Google Drive and links to the images are embedded in the guide.  The campaign materials can also be shared with your community partners.  

To access the guides and all of the supporting materials, click the links below available for download until November 30th):

English Materials

We are pleased to be sharing these materials with you – our members – and we hope you will join us in spreading the word that ‘Less Sitting is Better’. If you have any questions about the campaign or have difficulty accessing the campaign images, please contact Rachael Shaffer (, chair of the OSPAPPH Sedentary Behaviour Working Group.

On behalf of the OSPAPPH Executive, a HUGE thank you to the members of the Sedentary Behaviour Working Group for their work on developing the campaign and all related materials. 

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!

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