Friday

February 16, 2007

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc
Resource Coordinator

RESEARCH

The relationship between vigorous physical activity and juvenile delinquency: A mediating role for self-esteem?
Faulkner, G.E.; Adlaf, E.M.; Irving, H.M.; Allison, K.R.; Dwyer, J.J., and Goodman, J. J Behav Med. 2007 Feb 1.Abstract: Many policy-related reviews of the potential social value of sport and physical activity list the prevention of juvenile delinquency. We examined the relationships among vigorous physical activity, self-esteem, and delinquent behavior among adolescents in a large cross-sectional survey of Ontario adolescents. Data are based on questionnaires from 3,796 students (range 11-20 years) derived from the 2005 Ontario Student Drug Use Survey. Negative binominal regression methods were used to estimate both additive and interactive models predicting delinquent behavior. Vigorous physical activity was positively associated with delinquent behavior; however, this pattern of association was observed only among male adolescents. There was no evidence of a mediating role for self-esteem. Our findings suggest that physical activity is not the solution for reducing juvenile delinquency.

RESOURCES

Healthy school community readiness checklist
From the Ontario Healthy Schools Coalition.
http://www.healthunit.com/articlesPDF/11497.pdf

International charter for walking
The people of the world are facing a series of inter-related, complex problems. We are becoming less healthy, we have inefficient transport systems and our environments are under increasing pressure to accommodate our needs. The quality and amount of walking as an everyday activity, in any given area, is an established and unique primary indicator of the quality of life.
http://www.walk21.com/charter/default.asp

Neighbourhood schools and sidewalk connections
Here's a scary stat.... the CDC reports that in 1969 90% of kids five to15 who lived within one mile of school walked or rode their bike. In a recent survey (approx. 2005), the CDC found the number had dropped to 31%.
http://onlinepubs.trb.org/onlinepubs/trnews/trnews237environment.pdf


School health manuals/planning tools
This gateway website provides access to many resources in school health promotion as well as being home for the Canadian School Health Centre and the Canadian School Health NGO Network
http://www.safehealthyschools.org/manuals_planning_tools.htm

Voices and choices website
The voices and choices website is a new site that can help members of your school community work together to improve student and school health and enhance learning.
http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/vc-ss/welcome_e.html

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