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  • Johnson provides ALCOA tip sheet
    in English French Italian Spanish Punjabi traditional and simplified Chinese Besides eating and exercise they provide information on topics such as preventing falls strength training brain fitness aerobics and heart health Johnson s tip sheet includes food information on how our body s dietary needs change with time the importance of a balanced diet the need for whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetables and foods to avoid or reduce

    Original URL path: http://www.spheru.ca/news/items/johnson-provides-health-tips-for-older-adults.php (2015-04-04)
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  • Journeys in Community-Based Research
    problems by working in unison CBR forms the subject of a recent book Journeys in Community Based Research which marks a collaboration between SPHERU and the Community University Institute for Social Research CUISR at the University of Saskatchewan SPHERU s Bonnie Jeffery and Diane Martz co edited the book with Isobel M Findlay and Louise Clarke As the book jacket states The goal of community based research is to develop a deeper understanding of communities and to discover new opportunities for improving quality of life The book includes contributions from SPHERU researchers and staff both past and present including Jeffery Martz Ron Labonte Juanita Bacsu Mary Hampton Gloria DeSantis Hongxhia Shan Nazeem Muhajarine Pammla Petrucka and Fleur Macqueen Smith The book is divided into three sections that examine the ethics advocacy and impacts of this research The nine chapters provide cases studies of real life examples of CBR between academic researchers and partners in Aboriginal urban and rural communities including The opening chapter written by Diane Martz and Juanita Bacsu which summarizes a study in which academic and community researchers were interviewed about ethical issues in community based research projects Gloria DeSantis s chapter about a project in which urban

    Original URL path: http://www.spheru.ca/news/items/spheru-collaborates-on-cbr-book.php (2015-04-04)
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  • Abonyi new SPHERU director
    part of SPHERU as head of the Healthy Children team Dr Tom McIntosh of the University of Regina will stay on as SPHERU s Associate Director Sylvia has been with the unit since its early days and has continually been a very active researcher scholar and mentor to students and research staff Dr Muhajarine said Abonyi is an anthropologist and long time member of SPHERU Her primary research area is

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  • Muhajarine to U of S Public Health
    Muhajarine has been appointed Interim Executive Director of the University of Saskatchewan School of Public Health effective July 1 2014 Dr Nazeem Muhajarine The appointment is for one year as the university conducts a national search to find a public health leader to take on the role on a permanent basis I am confident that under Nazeem s leadership the school will enhance its potential to have a real impact on issues important to communities in Saskatchewan and around the globe Interim Provost and Vice President Academic Ernie Barber said in a news release The release highlights Muhajarine s background including his work with SPHERU and his eight years as head of the university s Department of Community Health and Epidemiology in the College of Medicine co leading the Canadian Index of Wellbeing Healthy Populations report in 2011 serving as the lead on knowledge translation for a national Network of Centres of Excellence in neurodevelopment until 2013 reviewing academic programs in public health epidemiology and community health for the Ontario Council on Graduate Studies and serving on national review panels for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research CIHR on population and child health Muhajarine will chair a Heart and Stroke

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  • Johnson wins ICCC award
    2014 Dr Shanti Johnson was awarded at the Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce 2014 Female Professional of the Year Award in Toronto on June 14 The award was part of the ICCC s annual Awards and Gala Night at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre The event promotes trade and commerce between India and Canada and recognizes the achievements of Indo Canadians from all across Canada by way of an award presentation As well as being a SPHERU researcher Johnson is a professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies and the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies She is also the president of the Shastri Indo Canadian Institute a bi national network of more than 90 universities and academic institutions in Canada and India I was recognized for my research in the area of aging plus my work in the Canada India linkages she says During the last 37 years ICCC has become as one of the largest membership based national business organizations in Canada with more than 1 500 members representing all facets of the Canadian economy Awards as chosen by an independent advisory board are given in the following categories Female Male Entrepreneur Female Male Professional

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  • Muttart reports
    looked at how early learning and childcare is organized funded and delivered in Saskatchewan In December the Muttart Foundation released a background paper More recently it released separate discussion reports from the two sessions The new reports are targeted towards the participants which included senior staff involved in the planning and delivery of services in communities and schools as well as from the cities and communities around the province These

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  • Implementation of ASBC_YETE
    lifestyle options in on reserve schools Action Schools BC AS BC was originally developed by a group of researchers in British Columbia and Youth Empowerment Through Exercise YETE is based on the John Ratey book Spark and on a program developed by a local Saskatoon teacher Both are currently being funded and delivered by Health Canada Saskatchewan Region and are part of Health Canada s plan to focus on creating strength of body mind and spirit among the participating children and youth in Saskatchewan YETE encourages Grade 8 and 9 students to take part in 20 minutes of vigorous exercise each morning using equipment such as treadmills or elliptical trainers which are provided as part of the program Currently 60 First Nations schools in the province are taking part AS BC is aimed at younger children in elementary school and promotes exercise and movement especially through the use of items in an activity kit Fifty seven First Nations schools have adopted the program For the project SPHERU has created an evaluation framework which consists of developing program logic models Throughout the evaluation project it has been a priority to integrate both Health Canada SK region and First Nations community perspectives

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  • BIC Conference
    May 8 It is important for us to work with kids earlier in their lives rather than later Muhajarine said He outlined some of his SPHERU work on children s development such as the KidsFirst program an intervention that helps connect families at risk to services and supports in specific communities around the province In SPHERU we ve done a lot of intervention research he said We learned that KidsFirst produced measurable short term positive developmental changes Muhajarine reiterated the point that early years investments make lasting improvements and result in long term savings It covers a range of tried and tested policies he said Neudorf also spoke to the specifics of the Healthy Families Healthy Communities Report which he worked on as the Saskatoon Health Region s Chief Medical Health Officer Overall a third of our kids aren t ready to learn in one domain or another he said One of the recommendations of the report Neudorf said is the 18 by 18 goal which is to cut the proportion of children entering the school system as vulnerable to 18 per cent from the current 30 by 2018 This is a classic example of the need for inter sectoral

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