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:

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Save the Date - Inaugural OSPAPPH Conference on June 6th 2017

Save the Date - on June 6th in Mississauga, OSPAPPH is hosting it's first annual conference in partnership with PARC. The conference already has an outstanding line-up of presenters focusing on the topic areas of Risky Play and Sedentary Behaviour. 

The Conference agenda is designed around feedback we heard from our members - so you know it will be relevant and practical information that you can take back and apply to your work!  In addition, this conference is not only applicable to Physical Activity Promoters in public health, but also to our colleagues working in injury prevention.

Why should you attend?
  • This is the only conference planned specifically for PAP’s in public health by PAPs in public health.
  • It is targeted and relevant to the work we are doing at a local level in public health
  • This is the first opportunity for PAPs from across the province to come together at our own conference.
  • It's affordable! We are aiming to offer this event at a cost of $125/member and travel subsidies will be made available (on a case by case basis).
  • The OSPAPPH AGM will be in person this year at the conference
  • There will be an option to register for a low-cost ($25) practical pre-conference workshop being held on June 5th
  • We're planning an evening social for those arriving the night before
Still need more convincing?  Check out the 'Benefits of Attending' document.

The conference planning committee has been hard at work putting together a quality, affordable and practical conference for our members and partners in physical activity promotion!  We hope you will join us in making this inaugural conference a success!  

Stay tuned for more details on registration, 

Your Conference Planning Committee:

Lisa Kaldeway (Co-Chair) – HKPR District Health Unit
Chantal Lalonde (Co-Chair) – Eastern Ontario Health Unit
Chris Sherman – Chatham-Kent Public Health
Julie Vilchez – Peel Region Public Health
Joanna Carastathis – Thunder Bay District Health Unit
Sarah Christie – PARC