News archive - 2011

Thursday, October 20, 2011

CIW releases Canada's first-ever index to measure national wellbeing

Canada has become a world leader in measuring wellbeing with the launch of a new comprehensive composite index set to challenge the gross domestic product (GDP) as the sole measure of our country's progress

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Scientist collaborates on smoke-free policy for community housing

Waterloo Regional Housing with the help of the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact at the University of Waterloo has implemented a 100% no smoking policy on all new leases as of April 1st, 2011 after many senior residents and individuals state they “are bothered” by the smoke and fear for health concerns.

Ryan Kennedy, a Propel scientist who evaluated the project, has created a video to encourage other communities to enact similar smoke-free policies in multi-unit dwellings.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Partners to build research centre for seniors

(University of Waterloo News Release)

WATERLOO, Ont. (Monday, Aug. 29, 2011) - An ambitious partnership involving the Ontario government, postsecondary sector and Schlegel Villages will develop a centre of excellence for research, training and innovation in senior health care and wellness at the University of Waterloo. The goal is to help Canada better prepare for an aging population.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Study shows physical activity may reduce chance of dementia later in life

A recent study by Laura Middleton of the department of kinesiology shows that daily physical activity including keeping active with everyday chores may reduce the chance of developing dementia later on in life.

Read article in The Record

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Study examines injury risk from using hand-held devices

Study by Richard Wells, director of the Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders based in the faculty of applied health sciences, examines the link between use of hand-held devices and pain and suggests the consequences often extend well beyond the thumb alone.

“If we’re creating a lot of 17-year-olds, 19-year-olds who have more chronic shoulder, neck and arm problems, then they got a lifetime of problems ahead of them.”

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