PARC Blog

What Is It?

The PARC blog features our take on the latest and greatest in physical activity research, events, and ideas. Posts cover topics relevant across the lifespan.

These are hands-on, applicable posts including topics such as:

  • Energizers of the Month
  • Profiles of hot topics related to physical activity
  • Guest blogs written by our partners

How Does It Work?

Check back often for new instalments of the blog post, and be sure to follow us on Twitter (@parcontario), as links to new posts will also appear there.

If you have an idea for a blog post that you’d like to read, or if you’d like to be a guest contributor to the blog, please email parc@ophea.net with your ideas.

Other than PARC and Ophea programs and services, no endorsement by PARC and Ophea of any of the resources, programs, events, and services mentioned in PARC’s blog should be inferred. Content is provided for general information purposes only, it is important to recognize that fitness and skill levels are highly variable and adjustments to activities may be necessary to meet various needs and for further information individuals are advised to seek the advice of a physician or other healthcare professional.

  • Energizer: Family (FUN!) Day

    Wednesday, February 1, 2017

    Cold weather doesn’t mean you need to keep the family fun indoors. With the appropriate clothing and a sense of fun and adventure you and your family can have a season of excitement. Here are four ways you and the family can move more this winter. Give one a try this weekend, or plan ahead, and save an idea for the Family Day long weekend on...

  • Physical Activity Messaging in a Busy Media Environment

    Wednesday, January 25, 2017

    PARC Speaker Series Recap On January 12th, 2017 Tanya Berry, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Physical Activity Promotion, University of Alberta, partnered with PARC to deliver a webinar on the latest research findings on physical activity messaging for health promotion. This webinar provided strategies for successful physical activity...

  • Water Does Wonders

    Wednesday, January 18, 2017

    Canada is a country abounding in water! Although it has less than 1% of the world’s population, Canada has approximately 20% of its total freshwater resources. It is unlikely that any other country has as much of its surface area covered by freshwater as Canada.1 Here are a few other quick facts about water in Canada:2 Canada's rivers discharge 7...

  • Energizer: Water Does Wonders

    Wednesday, January 4, 2017

    What is the first thing you think of when you think of water? Perhaps the healthy and refreshing liquid to quench your thirst and give you energy?  Well, at PARC our first thought is about all the ways that water keeps you active! Water comes in many different forms, and therefore, with many different opportunities to be active in all our...

  • A Beginner’s Guide to Aging Successfully: Move it or lose it!

    Wednesday, December 14, 2016

    PARC Speaker Series Recap On November 24th, 2016 Dr. Stuart Phillips, Professor and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair, Dept. of Kinesiology, McMaster University, partnered with PARC to deliver a webinar on the latest research findings in the field of physical activity and older adults. This webinar provided an overview of changing Canadian demographics...

  • Energizer: Staying Active during the Holiday Season

    Wednesday, December 7, 2016

    This month’s energizer has been adapted to share a few ideas for how you can stay active during the holiday season! The Holiday Season: associated with cold weather, family feasting, travel, last minute errands and busy holiday plans. Staying active is usually the last thing on our to-do list. Here are some tips make time for physical activity...

  • Physical Activity Promotion in Ontario

    Wednesday, November 16, 2016

    In part I of this blog series, we will begin by looking at the physical activity promotion efforts of the Government of Ontario’s ministries responsible for physical activity, sport and recreation1 (there have been many names and focuses over the years) and health.2 A document recounting all of the efforts of the Ontario Government could easily be...

  • Energizer: Older Adults in a Recreation Setting

    Wednesday, November 2, 2016

    By the year 2030, one in four Canadians will be 65 years and older and will have a longer life-expectancy than the generation before them.1 However, most older adults will also have at least one chronic disease or condition. Given the well-established benefits of physical activity associated with active, healthy aging, it behooves us to do our...

  • Healthy Workplace Month

    Wednesday, October 19, 2016

    The month of October (October 1-31) marks Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month, a web-based initiative that aims to “build awareness of the importance of workplace health for the short and long-term success of organizations and for the well-being of their employees.”1 With an approach that focuses on four components: Educate, Engage, Empower and...

  • Energizer: Conference Setting

    Wednesday, October 5, 2016

    You have heard it before: sitting is the new smoking. Increasingly, research is focusing on sedentary behaviour as a distinct risk factor for a number of chronic diseases including heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer as well as premature death. It seems that meeting, or exceeding, physical activity guidelines does not negate the amount of...