Helpful Resources

Physical Activity in Mental Health Services

Minding Our Bodies

A CMHA-led project to increase capacity in Ontario within the community mental health system to promote physical activity and healthy eating for people with serious mental illness.

Resources include:

Physical Activity in General

Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology

The principal body for physical activity, health, and fitness research and personal training in Canada. Resources include:


The national voice of physical activity and sport participation in Canada. Resources include:

Physical Activity Resource Centre (PARC)

The centre of excellence for physical activity promotion in Ontario, whose key objective is reducing chronic disease through physical activity. Resources include:

Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging

Canada’s leader in current research and program development for improved physical ability and healthy aging for older adults. Resources include:

The Natural Environment and Mental Health Services

Discovery Quest Community Project

An award-winning walking and nature therapy program, running since 2006 in Norfolk, England, for people who experience serious mental illness.


A national mental health charity in the UK, that has called for a green agenda for mental health.

Program Development and Evaluation

Public Health Ontario

A Crown corporation linking public health practitioners, front-line health workers, and researchers with scientific intelligence and knowledge.

  • The “Online Health Program Planner 2.0” is for health promoters in Ontario looking to begin or enhance program planning or wanting to use on online tool for that purpose.


YouthREX is a province-wide initiative based at York University with five regional Hubs across Ontario. YouthREX promotes the integration of evidence and evaluation in the development and delivery of Ontario’s youth programs.

Walking Program Manuals and Information

America’s Walking

A PBS television series on fitness, travel, and lifestyle, designed to get you walking. It features numerous walking-related resources, including:

Let’s Walk Cymru

A Wales-wide walking initiative to increase the number of people going outdoors to improve health and well-being. Resources include:

Walk England

A social enterprise of dedicated professionals working across the UK, delivering walking projects and offering walking advice.

Walking Program Resources

British Columbia Recreation & Parks Association

Informative and user-friendly resources to guide communities, worksites and individuals in implementing or reviewing current walking programs.

Working with Volunteers and Students

National Alliance on Mental Illness

Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing: Preparing People for Change. Miller and Rollnick (2002), Guilford Press.

What are you willing to change to promote your patients’ oral health? Friedman, C.S., Morrow, Don, and Irwin, Jennifer D. (2013). Journal of the Ontario Dentistry Association.


Prairie Women’s Health Centre of Excellence

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