Archive: March 27, 2014

Bullies target overweight kids

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Young people who are overweight are at an increased risk of being bullied and, according to research, report that sometimes they feel bullied even by their teachers. The results from two weight-based research reviews on Bullying, Suicide and Self-Harm Among Individuals Who Are Overweight and The Injury Consequences of Promoting Physical Activity have valuable information for educators, coaches, parents community organizations involved with youth and fitness experts. According to research…

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ProFouND effect on fall prevention

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In Europe, a widespread approach to disseminating information about fall prevention has taken hold in the form of ProFouND, the Prevention of Falls Network for Dissemination. As Dr. Chris Todd, the lead for ProFouND and Professor at the University of Manchester, explained in the BCIRPU’s March 20 webinar presentation, the goal is to broadly disseminate evidence-based, best-practice information about fall prevention. The newest approach is an app for health care…

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Are thrills and spills okay?

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For BCIRPU’s first webinar of 2014 Dr. Mariana Brussoni took participants back to their childhood to remember what it was like to play outside in a natural and less-controlled setting. She explained the benefits of free and creative play as outlined in the research. Dangerous elements and risk can help children learn and develop spatial orientation skills, physical and motor skills, environmental competency and self worth. Dr. Brussoni’s team is…

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Survey: Are today’s playgrounds too safe?

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Researchers at the University of British Columbia are seeking to better understand what makes a memorable outdoor play space. To do so we created a 2 minute online survey – would you be willing to take the survey? It’s simple, fast and hopefully fun! The survey is available here, and check out our Facebook page for more comments and insights.: Thanks for sharing your views, we appreciate your input on…

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