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In Brief
June 24, 2015
Number of Canadians walking, biking to work or school stalls at 22%
2015 edition of Canadian Cancer Statistics predicts surge in age-related cancers Only one in five Canadian adults walk or cycle to school or work, a figure that has remained unchanged since 2007, according to the 2015 Cancer System Performance Report, the sixth annual report from the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer measuring cancer system performance across the country.

Regular physical activity can help protect against colon cancer and is potentially protective against post-menopausal breast cancer and endometrial cancers. Regular physical activity can also help prevent obesity, which is a risk factor in several other cancers, including those of the colon, rectum, breast, endometrium, pancreas and kidney, and other chronic diseases such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease. Read more...
ParticipACTION report card gives A- grade to non-governmental organizations for enhancing physical opportunities for children and youth
The 2015 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth gives non-governmental organizations (NGOs) an A- grade for enhancing physical opportunities for children and youth in Canada. The report card recognizes the Partnership and other NGOs like the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada for work on policy development and knowledge translation activities to support active transportation, such as walking, biking, or taking transit to work or school.

The Partnership has supported efforts to increase active transportation in Canada in a variety of ways including funding two Coalitions Linking Action and Science for Prevention (CLASP) projects. The Children's Mobility, Health and Happiness project focused on increasing the number of children engaging in daily physical activity by promoting active transportation as a way for elementary schoolchildren to get to school. Healthy Canada by Design, now lead by the Urban Public Health Network, has been a partnership of national health, planning and transportation organizations, regional and local health authorities, NGOs and university researchers collaborating to create healthy communities that support active transportation and physical activity.

The Partnership also supports the development of evidence-informed active transportation policies in Canada. It has developed a number of policy tools to support professionals, including the Prevention Policies Directory, collaborative municipal and provincial/territorial policy maps, and policy case studies on active transportation.

The ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth is the most comprehensive assessment of child and youth physical activity in Canada.
Unprecedented collaboration among Canada's cancer community highlighted at Longwoods' Breakfast with the Chiefs
Unprecedented collaboration is taking place among Canada’s cancer community to implement the national cancer strategy and reduce the burden of cancer on Canadians. Shelly Jamieson, CEO, Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, highlighted key successes of this collaborative approach in an interview with Terry Sullivan, the Partnership’s Expert Lead for Quality Initiatives, at Breakfast with the Chiefs on May 14, 2015. A video of the interview is available online.


Longwoods' Breakfast with the Chiefs is an educational session that provides invited "Chief Executives" the opportunity to share new ideas, policies and/or best practices with colleagues.
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