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June 24th,2011

Summer Has Finally Arrived!

If you haven't already noticed, more and more people of all ages are walking, cycling and rollerblading outside with the warmer weather and sunshine. As a Coalition, one of the APCCP's priorities is to draw attention to the unique position Municipalities have to enhance the health of citizens by creating policies in support of physical activity. Policies such as bylaws, land use guidelines and design standards are examples of different ways Municipalities can support physical activity by regulating proximity to parks and playgrounds, the net residential density,street connectivity,and land use mix to promote health. 

In this Newsletter we are highlighting initiatives over the last month that have called on Municipalities to review their current bylaws in support of physical activity. Unfortunately, 96% of 24 of the major muncipalities surveyed in Canada currently report having a policy that restricts physical activities like street hockey and other forms of activity on the streets and sidewalks.

PlayOn! - Canada's Largest Street Hockey Festival 

Over the month of June, Alberta was home to PlayOn! in: Edmonton (June 4th-5th); Calgary (June 18th-19th); and Fort McMurray (June 25th-26th). This tournament brings together hockey enthusiastics of all ages to play simply for the love of game. Taking place in 17 cities across Canada, PlayOn! optimizes parking lot space and bylaws which allow for temporary street closures to host thousands of participants and spectators. As a large scale event, PlayOn! is a starting point for what Municipalities can do to promote physical activity. As fines for playing street hockey have caused National debate, PlayOn! provided the APCCP with an opportunity to create a greater awareness for policies preventing access to various forms physical activity. 

Visit our Press Room to see the APCCP's media releases for Play On!. Need to know more about the role bylaws have in promoting health? Take a look at our issue brief here.

Smoke Free Parks and Playgrounds

On June 13th 2011, the APCCP was invited to join Action on Smoking & Health (ASH), Campaign for a Smoke Free Alberta (CSFA), and a group of students from Afton School of the Arts at an Edmonton City Committee Meeting to discuss how a ban prohibiting smoking in parks and playgrounds is needed to protect children's health. The committee voted in favour 3-1.

Do you think playgrounds should be smoke free? Show your support by filling out this postcard from the Canadian Cancer Society and sending it to your Counsellor. We've even included it for you in this newlsetter.

The Campaign for a Smoke Free Alberta has a great issue brief on the issue. Click here to learn more. 

Dr. Kim Raine Featured on CBC Radio for APCCP Submission to Health Canada's: Our Health Our Future: A National Dialogue on Healthy Weights

On May 31, 2011 the APCCP provided a submission to the National Dialogue on Healthy Weights. Among the many recommendations for government action in developing and implementing public policies to create environments where healthy choices are the 'easy choices' it was our recommendation on decreasing marketing of unhealthy foods that caught the attention of CBC Radio.  Did you miss the interview? You can listen to Dr. Kim Raine's interview here.  

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a measure of how Walkable your community is.

Local governments that design communities to be
more walkable is another way municipalities can
support active and healthy living.

Above: Dr. Kim Raine plays street hockey with her sons.

Special Thanks to ACICR

Thank you to the Alberta Center for Injury Control and Research (ACICR)  who provided the APCCP with Guidelines for Safe Street Hockey as a supplement for each of the 3 PlayOn! media releases.

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