July 20, 2007

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc, Alberta Centre for Active Living

RFP: Knowledge summary on physical activity, The Pan-Canadian Joint Consortium for School Health

The JCSH invites interested parties to submit a proposal on developing a Knowledge Summary on Physical Activity, including an Aboriginal component.

This proposal will bring together the evidence about issues within a comprehensive school health approach to inform stakeholders, local agencies and others in developing policies, guidelines or recommendations for respective jurisdictions, including French populations.


A guide for population-based approaches to increasing levels of physical activity

This guide will assist WHO Member States and other stakeholders in developingand implementating a national physical activity plan and guide policy options for effective promotion of physical activity at the national and sub-national level.

Atlantic networks for prevention research

Many good community resources here:

  • "On the path to a healthy community"

  • "The Walkable Sidewalk Audit tool”

  • “Indicators for community action: built environment and community health”

  • “Taking the Pulse of Active Transportation: Measuring the Built Environment for Healthy Communities"

Getting Australia active II (2004)

List of evidence-based interventions

The studies below have been compiled to help to generate ideas and discussion among individuals interested in improving children’s physical activity levels in Nova Scotia.

These research studies may help contribute to an "evidence base" for a physical activity intervention strategy, but caution should be used when generalizing findings from one individual study to your school or community."

Walk 21 website
Editor’s note: I found these (below) at the Walk 21 website ( by looking through the list of past papers from the 2006 conference.

If you want to look around yourself from the homepage, click on the conference tab. Choose a conference date/location, click on it and then click on “papers” from the right-hand column.

  • Healthy by design: An innovative planning tool for the development of safe, accessible and attractive environments for people to walk in

  • Involving trip generators to promote walking: Transport access guides
    Advocates for walking and active travel share a critical analysis of the mainstream approach to communicating about “getting there.”

    Typically, information is given in the form a street address and the presumption of mainstream culture is that people will arrive by car. This car-dependent approach damages us all.

    This paper will present an innovative communication tool (the Transport Access Guide) for organizations to use to encourage people to reach their site by walking or walking in combination with public transport and cycling.

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