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I’d Rather Stay documentary video screenings: reflecting back and looking forward

In celebration of Senior’s Week 2014, our community partners are hosting two upcoming screenings of I’d Rather Stay: 1:30 pm, Monday June 02: Fraser River Presentation Theatre, Langley 7:00 pm, Thursday June 05: Maple Ridge Municipal Hall, Maple Ridge These … Continue reading

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Spring into spring with activities good for your health

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Learning from the past to decrease social isolation in the future- urban planning and older adults

On one of our seemingly endless summer days, the ASAP team conducted an on-camera interview with the Vice President of the Canadian Urban Institute, Glenn Miller. Calm, articulate, and with a sweet demeanor, Glenn was in town to speak at … Continue reading

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Age-friendly design on the Seoul Subway System

Last month I travelled to the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics World Congress in Seoul, Korea. Active Streets Active People team members (such as myself) are trained to observe how different environments facilitate the mobility of older adults. In … Continue reading

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Raise awareness about the importance of age-friendly neighbourhoods – ‘like’ our photo in the INFUSE 2013 photo contest!

Words and numerical data may be the most common way to share information in academia, but there are many other creative ways to communicate important messages. As one such example, the ASAP team views the INFUSE 2013 Photo Contest as … Continue reading

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Independent school travel – a thing from the past?

It is 8:04 am on a Tuesday morning in a small Northern Germany village, September 1989. A handful of kids play by the side of the road, unsupervised by an adult. We are waiting for the public transit bus to … Continue reading

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Newly published research on how where we live affects why we walk

Does our neighbourhood affect why we walk? An Australian research team, led by Dr. Billie Giles-Corti, addressed this (and a few other) questions in a four-year natural experiment. Their recently published year one results investigated the impact of the built … Continue reading

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Active Living Conference, 2013: Integrating Research, Policy and Practice (links to presentations online)

The theme of this year’s highly anticipated Active Living Conference (February 26 – 28, 2013) was Achieving Change Across Sectors: Integrating Research, Policy and Practice. Conference workshops and presentations were diverse and engaging. Topics included: Digital Community-Based Participatory Research Tools … Continue reading

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Visualize it! Transportation that supports physical activity

Here on the ASAP Blog we talk about the “built environment” – this can include things like streets, parks, services and amenities, such as public transit. Research shows that the built environment hugely impacts our physical activity levels, our waistline, … Continue reading

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Please say hello to your neighbour!

By Dr. Joanie Sims-Gould Sure our ASAP research team is interested in the intersection between health (physical and social), mobility (getting around) and the built environment (features of your neighbourhood) but we are also equally interested in being good citizens.  … Continue reading

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