April 4, 2007

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc, Resource Coordinator

1. MEDIA (Some interesting ideas and initiatives)

Canada's new government launches first ever national food guide for First Nations, Inuit and M├ętis
"This is the first time that Canada's Food Guide has been tailored nationally to reflect the unique values, traditions and food choices of Aboriginal populations," said Minister Clement. "As a complement to the new 2007 version of Canada's Food Guide, this tailored food guide includes traditional food from the land and sea, and provides the best, most current information for eating well and living healthy."

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) unveiled a new site designed to improve the usability and performance of
The new website provides better access to health and safety topics, data and statistics, news and events, and expanded tools and resources, as well as an improved search engine. The new website is user-centered, based on research, and is the product of extensive user testing of CDC’s principal audiences.


Former CMAJ editors help launch online medical journal
A group of Canadian doctors and editors is launching a new online medical journal that they say will be free from the influence of pharmaceutical companies. Open Medicine is an open-access journal that won't charge subscription fees or run advertisements for drugs or medical devices. The first issue goes live online on Wednesday April 25. There is no print edition.


Assessment and action for healthy settings. schools, communities, workplaces, public health organizations & more
This event will focus on healthy environments and will highlight research on disease prevention and health promotion with a special emphasis on approaches and tools for assessing health challenges and opportunities in specific settings as well as for developing and evaluating effective interventions. The event will take place in St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador, on July 4-6, 2007.

The built environment and physical activity: what is the relationship?

The Canadian Health Services Research Foundation announces new, free online database of resources designed for health services organizations
The database collects resources identified and developed by the Foundation and others and provides a one-stop shop for tools — including strategies, stories, frameworks, evaluation plans and literature that leads to action — that can help health system managers, policy makers and their organizations acquire, appraise, adapt and apply relevant research in their work. By improving their use of research in decision-making, health system decision-makers can be confident they are making the best possible choices to improve the health of Canadians.

Community projects promoting active communities
This presentation from a recent workshop on designing active communities, provides an overview of the history and various projects of the Pathways to Health Committee, including trails promotion, development of a website, trails user survey, commuter challenge and various community events.

Complete street fact sheets
Five fact sheets from the National Complete Streets Coalition. Topics include safety, health, children, older people, and people with disabilities.
The streets of our cities and towns ought to be for everyone, whether young or old, motorist or bicyclist, walker or wheelchair user, bus rider or shopkeeper. But too many of our streets are designed only for speeding cars, or worse, creeping traffic jams. They’re unsafe for people on foot or bike — and unpleasant for everybody. Now, in communities across the country, a movement is growing to complete the streets. States, cities and towns are asking their planners, engineers and designers to build road networks that welcome all citizens.

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