September 7, 2007

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc, Alberta Centre for Active Living


Diversity in physical activity and health

The Cooper Institute and the American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation are hosting "Diversity in Physical Activity and Health," the 10th Cooper Institute Conference, October 18 to 20 in Dallas, TX.

The conference will focus on measurement and research related topics and will explore issues such as obesity standards for children; physical activity and health disparities, sub-population dose-response issues and the role of culture in physical activities.

The Delta Optimist (Sat 18 Aug 2007, Byline: Dave Willis) reports that the McKee Seniors Recreation Centre will be trying a new sport at its next Sports Day.

Pickleball, an amalgamation of tennis, badminton and ping-pong, is played on a badminton-size court with a low net, paddles and a perforated plastic ball.

The game is played by two to four players and only the servers can score. First team to 11 wins.

The game originated in the southwestern U.S., where it is gaining in popularity The U.S.A. Pickleball Association claims it is the fastest growing sport in America. The game is named after the inventor's dog Pickles.


Dissemination of physical activity interventions by state health departments

Brownson R., Ballew P., Dieffenderfer B., Haire-Joshu D., Heath G., Kreuter M., & Myers B. (2007). Evidence-based interventions to promote physical activity: What contributes to dissemination by state health departments. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 33 (1S), S66-S78.

Forty-nine physical activity contacts in state health departments responded to a questionnaire about distributing evidence-based physical activity interventions.

Commonly reported issues included resources (money and staff), evidence of effectiveness, presence of community coalitions and support of upper-level management.

Most respondents were familiar with the Community Guide to Physical Activity recommendations and believed it was a good time to implement them. A wide range of interventions based on the recommendations is underway.


The effectiveness of school-based interventions in promoting physical activity and fitness among children and youth: A systematic review

Fit kids act
Press release at Read the text of the bill at

The Fitness Integrated with Teaching Kids (FIT Kids) Act (HR 3257) was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on July 30 to improve standards for physical education in American schools.

The Act would add physical education measures to those used for assessing accountability with No Child Left Behind.

States would have to demonstrate progress toward the national goal or in requiring 150 minutes of physical education per week for elementary schools and 225 minutes per week in middle and high schools. Progress will be reported on school report cards.

The bill has been assigned to the House Committee on Education and Labor. Sponsors hope to include these requirements in the No Child Left Behind, which will face reauthorization in September.

Global Alliance for Physical Activity (GAPA)
The Alliance was established in 2006 to help communicate, co-ordinate and advocate for population-based approaches to promoting physical activity.

Download presentations from the International Union of Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) and other publications and guidance documents.

For updated U.S. physical activity guidelines, go to

The Guidelines include two sections:

  • Guidelines for healthy adults under age 65.
  • Guidelines for adults over age 65(or adults 50-64 with chronic conditions, such as arthritis).

Headings include:

  • basic recommendations
  • tips for meeting the guidelines
  • starting an exercise program
  • improvements from the 1995 recommendations
  • frequently asked questions

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