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September 5, 2012

e-News - Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund, etc.

Recreation PEI e-News – July 20, 2012

- The Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF) is a new, two-year national program that will invest $150 million to rehabilitate and improve existing community infrastructure across Canada. It will help to modernize infrastructure and provide broad-based economic benefits to communities.Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) will be delivering the Fund in Atlantic Canada with $16.6 million allocated over two years.
Municipal, regional, and First Nation governments, as well as non-profit organizations with projects that have a completion date of March 31, 2014 or before, are invited to apply for funding. Using the Fund, ACOA will support repairs and improvements to existing community infrastructure that is open and accessible to the public on a cost-shared basis.
Examples of projects that are eligible for funding include the following:
• Community centres
• Cultural centres
• Parks
• Recreational facilities (e.g. local arenas, swimming pools, sports fields, and other types of recreational facilities)
• Tourism facilities having a local impact
• Libraries
• Other existing community infrastructure assets which have a local community impact
The federal government has stated that community-based facilities contribute to the quality of life in small communities and large urban centres across Canada and that the new Fund will improve the quality of facilities while supporting job creation in communities across the country. Projects will be selected on the basis of their readiness to proceed and the anticipated economic benefits, including job creation.
To read the Federal Budget Release please visit: http://www.acoa-apeca.gc.ca/eng/Agency/MediaRoom/NewsReleases/Pages/3670.aspx
To link to a new ACOA community Infrastructure Improvement Fund. For details click here:
http://www.acoa-apeca.gc.ca/eng/ImLookingFor/ProgramInformation/Pages/CommunityInfrastructureImprovementFund.aspx


- National Recreation Summit - Proceedings Report
Please find links below to English and French versions of the National Recreation Summit Proceedings Report. The report was recently presented to federal, provincial and territorial Ministers responsible for sport, physical activity and recreation at their recent meetings held in Inuvik on June 26th and 27th. Ministers recognized the value of recreation to healthy communities and quality of life and P/T Ministers agreed, except Quebec, to support a Recreation Roundtable to be hosted in New Brunswick May 29 and 30, 2013. To build on the success of the October 2011 National Recreation Summit - a joint initiative of F-P/T governments and the Canadian Recreation and Parks Association - Ministers also directed officials to plan the next National Recreation Summit in 2014. The Proceedings Report will serve the basis for these future conversation and events.
Summit Synopsis (English): http://lin.ca/Files/22870/NRS_Report_web.pdf
Summit Synopsis (French): http://lin.ca/Files/22871/NRS_FrenchReport_web.pdf


- Benefits Hub http://benefitshub.ca
The Benefits Hub is intended to help those in the fields of Recreation/Sport/Fitness/Active Living, Arts, Culture/Heritage, Parks/Greenspace focus on outcomes that matter to their work. It takes the best research available and then shows what our work can do for individuals, ‘families’, communities, economies, and the environment. The hub has packaged the research to support 50 benefit or outcome statements structured around one overall marketing message:
LEISURE ACTIVITIES, PARKS AND GREENSPACE ARE ESSENTIAL TO OUR PHYSICAL, INTELLECTUAL, SOCIAL, AND SPIRITUAL WELL BEING , TO OUR QUALITY OF LIFE, TO THE ENVIRONMENT AND OUR ECONOMIC SUSTAINABILITY. The hub also features programming success stories linked to the benefits outcome statements.
Here are a few examples of the latest research added to the hub:
The importance of nature to Canadians: the economic significance of nature-related activities
The enjoyment provided by nature has significant impacts on the national, provincial and territorial economies. At the national level, the $11.7 billion spent in Canada on nature-related activities by Canadians and U.S. visitors led to contributions of $17.3 billion to gross business production and $12.1 billion to Canada’s gross domes- tic product (GDP).
Effects of physical activity on vasomotor symptoms: examination using objective and subjective measures.
Moderate aerobic exercise decreases hot flashes in menopausal women for 24 hours after exercise.
Musical experience offsets age-related delays in neural timing
Music training has a life-long positive impact on the aging process. Age-related delays in neural timing are not inevitable and can be avoided or offset with musical training.
Interacting with nature improves cognition and affect for individuals with depression
There are cognitive and affective benefits of interacting with nature to individuals with major depressive disorder (MDD) and therefore, interacting with nature may be useful clinically as a supplement to existing treatments for MDD.
To share your research, or for help in searching the hub, contact:
Agnes Croxford acroxford@lin.ca

 


- Health care costs of physical inactivity in Canadian adults by Ian Janssen
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to provide a contemporary estimate of the health care cost of physical inactivity in Canadian adults. The health care cost was estimated using a prevalence-based approach. The estimated direct, indirect, and total health care costs of physical inactivity in Canada in 2009 were $2.4 billion, $4.3 billion, and $6.8 billion, respectively. These values represented 3.8%, 3.6%, and 3.7% of the overall health care costs. Check out the following link:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/the-hot-button/inactivity-costs-us-68-billion-a-year-you-thought-love-handles-were-bad/article4237405/?utm_source=ParticipACTION+%22Move+More%22+General+Interests+Newsletter-+July+2012&utm_campaign=July+2012+Gen+Pub+Newsletter&utm_medium=email#


- The ISRC Ministerial meeting took place on June 27th in Inuvik. 3 key initiatives were being discussed - Canadian Sport Policy 2012, Active Canada 20/20 and the National Recreation Agenda. The response by Ministers was positive on all accounts. The Critical Path for the development of the National Recreation Agenda was approved by Ministers. A National Recreation Agenda Working Group will now be formed - Jennifer and I are working to ensure appropriate CPRA and regional representation. Included in the Critical Path was a National Recreation Roundtable which will be hosted by New Brunswick on May 29 and 30th, 2013. Details on the roundtable will be forthcoming. The link below will take you to the official press release. http://www.nationtalk.ca/modules/news/article.php?storyid=57509
CPRA, PHE, Sport Matters and ParticipACTION partnered to put out this joint press release following the Ministerial meeting. This represents an integrated sector approach leading up to and following the Inuvik meeting.
Physical Activity, Sport and Recreation Sector Applauds Canadian Sport Policy, Looks to Broader Integrated Strategy
With inactivity levels at record highs, the Canadian Sport Policy is a vital catalyst to bring physical activity back into the lives of Canadians
June 28, 2012 (OTTAWA) - The leaders of four national sport, physical activity and recreation associations expressed support for the new Canadian Sport Policy (CSP 2012), endorsed Wednesday by Canada’s Federal - Provincial / Territorial (F-P/T) Ministers responsible for Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation. Chris Jones, Senior Leader of the Sport Matters Group and Acting Executive Director of Physical & Health Education Canada (PHE Canada), Kelly Murumets, President and CEO of ParticipACTION, and Cathy Jo Noble, Executive Director of Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA), all voiced their support of the CSP 2012.
“The new policy provides a roadmap to how we can get to a healthier, more active and more inclusive future,” said Chris Jones. “It provides some flexibility to players in the sport system and in related sectors as to how they collaborate both with governments and among themselves, in implementing the priorities of the new policy.” Crucially, the recommendations contained in CSP 2012 are consistent with those outlined in two other national policy documents also presented to Ministers during the meeting: the Active Canada 20/20 Strategy, authored by over fifty physical activity organizations in consultation with over 1700 stakeholders, and the National Recreation Agenda Report, authored by over 200 provincial recreational experts brought together under the leadership of the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association and the Interprovincial Sport and Recreational Council.
“Taken together, the Canadian Sport Policy, the Active Canada 20/20 Strategy and the National Recreation Agenda Report offer a comprehensive vision of how to achieve a healthier, more active country,” said Kelly Murumets. “If we provide a foundation of physical activity opportunities for all Canadians, we can reduce the risk of chronic and preventable disease, improve wellbeing and increase life expectancy.”
“These three policy initiatives represent the future foundation for the sport, recreation and physical activity and education sectors,” said Cathy Jo Noble. “Although developed through independent processes, the initiatives are mutually supportive and have overall objectives in common, a connection to health promotion and disease prevention, and a number of actions that must be undertaken in order to realize a more active Canada.”
The prospects for a comprehensive implementation of the main recommendations of the three documents are considerably enhanced by both the breadth and the unity of purpose of the member organizations involved in the development of these strategic policy documents. For more information on the Canadian Sport Policy, please visit www.sirc.ca/csprenewal.cfm. For more information on Active Canada 20/20, please visit www.activecanada2020.ca. For more information on the National Recreation Agenda, please visit www.lin.ca/national-recreation-summit.


- Ottawa Public Health recently developed an online campaign promoting helmet use.
The campaign includes a website and a series of short "mockumentary" style clips. It is in both English and French.
The videos can be found on Youtube: www.youtube.com/adoptahelmet The Adopt A Helmet website: www.AdoptAHelmet.com
For more information on this campaign, you can contact Jason Haug, Project Officer - Ottawa Public Health. His phone number is 613-580-2424 x23621 and his email is jason.haug@ottawa.ca.
 

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