June 15, 2007


Campaign promotes aquatic activities as fun way to increase fitness
Ottawa, Ontario--(CCNMatthews - June 2, 2007) - According to Canada's Physical Activity Guides for Children and Youth, over half of Canadians aged five to 17 are not active enough for optimal growth and development....... To help combat this growing trend, a new partnership is being launched with Red Cross Swim, Swimming Canada, Synchro Canada, Diving Canada and Water Polo Canada. "Healthy habits and behaviours for children and youth need to be fostered from an early age," said Michele Mercier, Red Cross National Manager, Swimming & Water Safety Programs. "Swimming and the variety of aquatic activities available in Canada are great ways for children and youth to learn new skills while having fun, increase their fitness levels and ensure healthy growth and development." ....... snip

Government Community spirit program
The Committee is looking to hear from Albertans about what they think an effective and sustainable program could look like.
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Study shows golf is a step toward better health
The Times Colonist (Victoria) (Fri 08 Jun 2007 Byline: Pamela Fayerman) reports on the first study to count the number of steps accumulated in 18-hole rounds. It found that regardless of the course, study participants walked more than seven kilometres and accumulated a mean number of nearly 12,000 steps, bettering the oft-recommended 10,000 steps daily. The study by Smith, Samantha Kobriger and co-authors -- conducted on three public courses in Minnesota -- was presented to 4,000 delegates at the World Physical Therapy Congress in Vancouver this week. Brian Butters, executive director of the Professional Golfers' Association of B.C., said golf is the most popular sport across Canada, so the study should be welcome news for many. Mike Longridge, assistant pro at the Marine Drive Golf Club, agreed with Butters that golfers such as himself, with a zero handicap, might get less exercise because of their shot accuracy, while golfers who slice and hook might take more steps.

Where the kids aren't
Physical activity in children is on the decline, and this is particularly apparent in public parks. Now, NC State researchers are studying urban parks and how they are being used – or not used – by local residents, particularly in disadvantaged communities which are at higher risk for obesity.


Active Transportation Quotient
This Active Transportation Quotient (ATQ) Guide and Calculator are intended to help users assess the quality of the local environment for active modes of transportation such as walking and cycling. As currently designed, the ATQ is not intended for making comparisons between communities. Instead, it helps communities assess the actual conditions against their own ideal for active transportation in that community. The ATQ is intended to be used as part of a 3 step process: Vision – Assessment – Plan. As part of the visioning process, weights are assigned to each criteria; therefore, the quotient will reflect the priorities of the community.

Explore how the SDOH impact chronic disease
Primer to Action: Social Determinants of Health A resource for health professionals ... to explore how the SDOH impact chronic disease

Neighborhoods and disability in later life - 2007
This paper uses the Health and Retirement Study to explore linkages between neighborhood features and stages of the disablement process among adults ages 55 and older in the United States. We consider multiple dimensions of the neighborhood environment including environmental stressors; safety, mobility and access to services; and social and economic conditions. In doing so, we use factor analysis to reduce indicators into 8 neighborhood scales, which we incorporate into two-level logistic regression models. Findings suggest that economic advantage matters earlier in the disablement process and economic disadvantage is linked to later stages. There also appear to be important differences by gender, with street connectivity and economic disadvantage associated with outcomes only for men. Although most neighborhood effects are relatively small in absolute terms, neighborhood economic advantage effects appear sizeable.

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