March 30, 2007

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


WHO addresses EU ministerial conference on disease prevention through healthy diets and physical activity
The WHO Assistant Director-General of Non-communicable Diseases and Mental Health participated in the EU Conference, “Prevention for Health. Nutrition and Physical Activity—A Key to Healthy Living.” This conference took place on 26-27 February 2007 in Badenweiler, Germany, within the framework of the German EU Council Presidency. At the invitation of the German Minister of Health, Dr Catherine Le Gal├Ęs-Camus moderated a session on “Political Strategies for the Future” as well as a session on “Civil Society and its Demands on Prevention Politics.”

The conference was organized on the theme of the “Presidency Baton—Disease prevention and health promotion in the area of physical activity and nutrition,” which passes this issue like a baton from one Council Presidency to the next, ensuring close links between the priorities pursued in the past and future. Past Presidencies have included the following: Finnish (“Health in all Policies”), Austrian (“Diabetes”) and British (“Health and Social Inequality”). Future Presidencies include Portugal (“Health and Migration”) and Slovenia (“Cancer Prevention”).

The conference's more than 250 participants supported the European Commission's initiative to produce a White Paper on the prevention of overweight and welcomed WHO's European Charter on Counteracting Obesity.

Read the Badenweiler Declaration: WHO Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health, WHO's European Charter on Counteracting Obesity:


Neighbourhood-level active living buoys for individuals with physical disabilities
Spivock, M., Gauvin, L., & Brodeur, J.-M. (March 2007). Neighbourhood-level active living buoys for individuals with physical disabilities. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 32(3), 224-230
Analyses performed in 2006 show that few neighbourhoods in this large urban area are equipped with environmental buoys that might support active living among people with physical disabilities. Lower levels of environmental buoys to promote active living among those with disabilities were most strongly associated with lower levels of neighborhood activity-friendliness...

Public parks and physical activity among adolescent girls
The goal of this study was to examine the association between park proximity, park type, and park features and physical activity in adolescent girls. The study concluded that adolescent girls who live near more parks, particularly near those with amenities that are conducive to walking and with active features, engage in more non-school metabolic equivalent-weighted moderate/vigorous physical activity than those with fewer parks. Whether this is because of actual use of the parks or neighbourhood choice could not be determined.


Using a SWOT analysis to inform health promotion planning for a remote First Nation community
The objectives of this study were to explore eating and physical activity behaviours in First Nation youth living in a remote, sub-Arctic community, to focus on developing community capacity (e.g. training, skills) and to use an adapted SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threat) analysis to inform health promotion planning within the community.

We can! (Ways to enhance children’s activity and nutrition)
Developed by the National Institutes of Health, this is a flexible, turn-key obesity prevention program with ready-made materials. More than 140 community sites around the country have signed on to join We Can! They are using We Can!’s many resources, including the We Can! Energize Our Family: Curriculum for Parents and Caregivers, science-based curricula for youth, and We Can! local community events. Learn about a new obesity prevention program from NIH, including one for parents and caregivers focused on healthy weight through energy balance; media-smart youth; Eat, Think, and Be Active!; CATCH kids club; and S.M.A.R.T (Student Media Awareness to Reduce Television).

Women: Get active in sport & recreation

Practical tip sheet for women on how to get active in sport. Includes How should I start?, Where to find out more about sport and recreation, and Hints for maintaining physical activity (from Australia).

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