Key Messages

NEW!!! Video of Key Messages Launch Webinar
In February 2013, OSPAPPH officially launched its Access to Recreation and Physical Literacy Key Messages for Public Health via three online webinars. If you didn't get a chance to attend, just click on the link to access the recorded webinar.
In 2011, the Ontario Society of Physical Activity Promoters in Public Health (OSPAPPH) member survey identified access to recreation and physical literacy as key priorities for their health units. Building on the survey results, the key message documents were developed to assist physical activity promoters from across the province to deliver consistent messaging from a public health perspective about physical literacy and access to recreation.

Using the Key Messages
The key message documents have been created for internal use and are not meant to be a stand-alone resources for widespread distribution. It would be appropriate to share these documents with your community partners who are working on physical literacy and/or access to recreation initiatives to ensure consistent messaging.
Read below for a few examples of how physical activity promoters are already using the key message documents in their practice:
"In the past year, I have been working with a partnership involving daycare, research and public health to develop physical activity policy. I have referenced the Physical Literacy Key Message documents to provide our partnership with evidenced-based definitions and guidance materials."
 -Mary Jane Gordon - KFL&A Public Health
"As part of our physical literacy campaign strategy targeting pediatricians and physicians, we decided to prepare a mailout. A letter was composed with an angle on exercise is medicine and we imbedded wording from the Physical Literacy Key Messages. The mailout alos included multiple copies of the physical activity guidelines and sedentary behaviour guidelines for the early years and children."
 -Northeast Cancer Prevention Screening Network - Physical Activity Working Group

“At HKPR we have used the Access to Recreation Key Messages to form the basis of a report on our Healthy Communities project. This report covered the importance of access to recreation and access to healthy foods. The report was distributed to Council and other community decision makers and a modified version was distributed to the general community through local papers, at events and online. We also used the access to recreation key messages as the basis for our local access to recreation committee's strategic plan, work plan and a presentation about what we do and why it is important.”
-Lisa Kaldeway- HKPR Health Unit
Below are the links to all of the key message documents:
Provincial Advocacy Strategy
In additon to the key message documents, OSPAPPH in collaboration with the working groups has also developed aProvincial Advocacy Strategy that will be implemented at the provincial level to raise awareness of access to recreation and physical literacy as priorities, to build internal and external capacity around these issues, and to provide support to the membership so that they may begin to address or continue to work on these issues within their health units.
During the 2013 Executive Face to Face, a detailed workplan was developed to help guide OSPAPPH in moving the Provincial Advocacy Strategy forward. OSPAPPH members and stakeholders can expect more information and opportunities for collaboration in early Fall 2013.
To access the Provincial Advocacy Strategy, click here.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by email.
This project was made possible through funding from the Heart and Stroke Foundation.