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In 2007, Mothers in Motion was expanded to focus on increasing physical activity and sport opportunities for low socioeconomic status (LSES) mothers. In 2009, CAAWS further expanded the Mothers in Motion (MIM) project to study the eating habits and weight management strategies of LSES mothers.

CAAWS has developed physical activity targeted tools and resources to assist practitioners better address specific community issues and barriers with respect to accessibility, availability and affordability of physical activity and healthy eating opportunities for LSES mothers.

Unequal Opportunities, Unequal Outcomes:
Healthy Eating Beliefs and Behaviours among Low Socioeconomic Status (LSES) Mothers in Canada

Summary Report

LSES mothers from five urban regions in Canada were surveyed to gain insight into their current eating habits, physical activity behaviours, weight management strategies, and demographic and socioeconomic variables. This 4-page summary report highlights the key findings of this study and outlines recommendations for creating positive healthy eating and active living opportunities for LSES mothers and their families. Published 2011.

| Healthy Eating Beliefs and Behaviours Report Summary PDF |

Measuring Subjective Socioeconomic Status (SES)

Eligibility for program subsidies is often based on income as the sole measure of socioeconomic status (SES). The MacArthur Scale of Subjective Social Status provides an alternative, more inclusive, method for service providers to assess socioeconomic status. Published 2011.

| LSES MothersInMotion tools – Social Ladder PDF |

The A4 Approach - Assessment Table

An assessment tool to ensure program accessibility, availability and affordability for LSES mothers and their families. This revised version incorporates the latest research and findings from CAAWS study on the eating habits and weight management strategies; Summary Report below for first publication. Published 2011.

| LSES MothersInMotion tools – A4 Approach PDF |

Summary Report

A 4-page summary of cross-Canada focus group findings to assist community physical activity promoters in their efforts to increase awareness of the importance of physical activity for LSES mothers. Published 2009.

| Unequal Opportunities, Unequal Outcomes PDF |

Meal Ideas from around the World

Looking for some creative and healthy meal ideas? Check out this page for inspiration and try something new! Published 2011.

| LSES MothersInMotion tools – Meal Ideas PDF |

Snacking Tips for Busy Moms

Snacking is a great way to boost energy levels, while getting the added vitamins and minerals needed to stay healthy. Here are some tips to keeping the cost of healthy snacking down. Published 2011.

| LSES MothersInMotion tools – Tips for Busy Moms PDF |

Unequal Opportunities, Unequal Outcomes:
Physical Activity Beliefs and Behaviours among Low Socioeconomic Status (LSES) Mothers in Canada

Focus Group Report

In 2008, CAAWS conducted a series of cross-Canada focus groups with LSES mothers and community physical activity promoters to identify barriers that prevent and/or limit participation of LSES mothers in physical activity within their communities. The findings are contained in a comprehensive report that also includes solutions to improve accessibility, availability and affordability of physical activity and sport programs for LSES mothers. Published 2009.

|Focus Group Report PDF|

 
The A4 Approach - Assessment Checklists

Comprehensive assessment checklists to assist physical activity promoters assess their community, and successfully plan physical activity programs to address the issues of accessibility, availability and affordability of physical activity and sport programs for LSES mothers in your community. Published 2009.