Sedentary Behaviour Resources

“Recent evidence suggests that having a high level of sedentary behaviour negatively impacts health independent of other factors including body weight, diet, and physical activity.” 

-Sedentary Behaviour Research Network

Explore the following links to learn more about sedentary behaviour, why individuals need to move more and sit less, and obtain key resources that aid in decreasing daily sedentary time.

Australian Government – Department of Health

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This section of the Australian Department of Health website provides information on sedentary behaviour as well as ideas on how to minimize sedentary habits throughout the day. 

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City of Hamilton

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Attention all educators!! This section of the City of Hamilton website, titled Reduce Sedentary Behaviour, provides great resources to encourage students to move more and sit less at school, home, and in the community. 

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ParticipACTION

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Since 1971, ParticipACTION has been encouraging Canadians to get healthy by getting active.

This section of the website provides information on movement behaviour (physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and sleep) guidelines as well as resources to improve habits associated with these movement behaviours for children and youth ages 5-17.

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Sedentary Behaviour Research Network

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The Sedentary Behaviour Research Network is the only organization with a specific focus on the health impacts of sedentary behaviour, providing a platform for researchers and health professionals to share their knowledge with the community.

The website provides in-depth knowledge as well as recent research on sedentary behaviour. 

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Sedentary Behaviour Research Network

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This article on the Sedentary Behaviour Research Network website describes 10 years of measuring sedentary behaviour and physical activity in Canada. Read on to learn about the reality and prominence of sedentary behaviours within Canada, as well as tools and resources to measure and improve physical activity levels throughout the day.

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The Heart Foundation

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The Heart Foundation is an Australian based charity dedicated to fighting heart disease. 

Their web page, titled Sit Less, explains why it is important to move more, and provides tips and resources to decrease time spent sitting. For extra motivation, be sure to check out their Active Living section for more great resources! 

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We Can!

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We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition) is a national education program designed to encourage healthy eating, increase physical activity, and reduce screen-time in children.

We Can! Reduce Screen Time encourages children and families to sit less and move more. The website contains valuable information and provides several tips and ideas to decreasing sedentary behaviour.

We Can! Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

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The above links are provided for informational and convenience purposes only; participation by the Northeastern Ontario Research Team for Health and Physical Activity (NORTH PA) lab does not imply endorsement by, or partnership with any of the listed organizations, resources and/or links. The NORTH PA lab bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of the external sites or for that of subsequent links. Please contact the external sites for answers to questions regarding its content.

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