Friday

January 19, 2007

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc
Resource Coordinator
Alberta Centre for Active Living

MEDIA

Newfoundland launches walking program
The Western Star (Corner Brook, Tue 19 Dec 2006 ) reports that a new walking program called "Small Steps, Big Results". Sponsored by Recreation Newfoundland and Labrador, it is also supported by Tourism, Culture and Recreation and Health and Community Services. $40,000 has been provided by government. The program will be launched in various regions around the province after the holidays.

RESEARCH

Landscape as playscape: The effects of natural environments on children’s play and motor development
This study investigated the impacts of playing in a natural environment on motor development in children. Methods from landscape ecology were applied for landscape analysis and entered into a Geographic Information System (GIS). Localization of play habitats was done by use of Global Positioning Systems (GPS). A quasi-experimental study was conducted on five-, six-, and seven-year old children with an experimental group playing in a natural environment and a control group playing in a more traditional playground. When provided with a natural landscape in which to play, children showed a statistically significant increase in motor fitness. There were also significant differences between the two groups in balance and co-ordination in favor of the experimental group. The findings indicate that landscape features influence physical activity play and motor development in children.

RESOURCES

Parental involvement in children's physical activity
http://www.cflri.ca/eng/statistics/surveys/documents/pam2005_sec1.pdf
The Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute (CFLRI) has recently released the third set of topics from its 2005 Physical Activity Monitoring Report. This section covers: playing active games or sports with children, transporting children to physical activities and sports, volunteering with physical activities and sport, and financial support of children's physical activity and sport.

Physical activity and sport: Encouraging children to be active
http://www.cflri.ca/eng/statistics/surveys/documents/pam2005_sec3.pdf
The Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute (CFLRI) has recently released the third set of topics from its 2005 Physical Activity Monitoring Report. This is the third section that covers steps taken by preference for active vs. sedentary activities, steps taken and preference for organized vs. unorganized activities and preference for vigorous or moderate-intensity activities and steps.

Prevention of childhood obesity: Can school programs make a difference?
http://www.chps.ualberta.ca/pdfs/veugelers_oct06.pdf

Promoting physical activity for health - A framework for action in the WHO European region. Steps toward a more physically active Europe
http://www.euro.who.int/Document/NUT/Instanbul_conf_edoc10.pdf

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