September 28, 2007

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc, Alberta Centre for Active Living


The ecology of childhood overweight: A 12-year longitudinal analysis

O'Brien M., Nader P.R., Houts R.M., Bradley R., Friedman S.L., Belsky J., Susman E. (2007). The ecology of childhood overweight: A 12-year longitudinal analysis. Int J Obes (Lond), 31(9),1469-1478.

Objective: To investigate ecological correlates of the development of overweight in a multisite study sample of children followed from age 2 to 12.

Conclusion: The results support the idea that childhood overweight is determined by many factors.

The one potentially important and changeable factor identified as a target for intervention centres on how children spend their time, especially their after-school time. Children who are more physically active and spend less time watching TV after school are less likely to become overweight by age 12.

Go healthy challenge

The Go Healthy Challenge is an on-air, online and community-based movement that empowers kids to take the lead in making their lives, schools and communities healthier.

The goal of the Go Healthy Challenge is to encourage at least 2 million kids to take the Go Healthy Pledge to eat better and exercise more.

School walking routes pilot project (Transport Canada)

Greenest City is expanding its School Walking Routes project (part of the Active & Safe Routes to School (ASRTS) project) from Toronto into three additional cities in Ontario.

The School Walking Routes pilot project is directly linked to the longer term sustainability of active travel to school and the Walking School Bus and will likely increase participation in ASRTS programs


Big sky: New horizons for systematic reviews in health care

The sixth Canadian Cochrane Symposium will bring together health policy decision-makers, health researchers, practitioners and consumers to learn about the latest research on creating, presenting, disseminating and using evidence.

The Symposium will be held on March 6 to 8, 2008, in Edmonton.

You will be able to submit a proposed presentation between Oct. 1 and Nov 30, 2007.


Facts and figures on obesity (USA)

This fact sheet discusses how obesity related health-care costs are soaring, how obese and overweight kids are at risk for serious health problems and a lesser quality of life. The fact sheet also discusses nutrition, eating habits and physical activity.


2007 benchmarking report: Bicycling and walking in the U.S.

Besides linking cycling, walking and public health, the report highlights the challenges the U.S. faces in increasing bicycling and walking.

Albertans urged to eat smart, move more

A new public awareness campaign called Create a Movement has been launched to encourage Albertans to take aggressive action to lead healthier lives.

"It’s time to wake up. Get off our couches, smell the lettuce, eat our vegetables and give our health the respect it deserves. A healthy future is an individual choice." This is an Alberta government website:

Everybody stretch: A physical activity workbook for people with various levels of multiple sclerosis

This workbook focuses on flexibility, range of motion and some mild muscular strength and endurance exercises.

As you go through these activities, you will learn about the importance of exercise for people with MS. The content of this activity book is also adaptable to other physical disabilities.

ParticipACTION: New website

ParticipAction is relaunching in October. To visit the archived site, go to


Smart growth: Building better communities

Editor’s note: An interesting website from National Association of Realtors. Be sure to look at the "On common ground" newsletter and the resource centre section. I found a lot of good information in the Community Design section.


What older women want: New website

What do older women rank as their top unmet health care needs? If health-care professionals and community organizations are made aware of these needs, how can they change practices to better meet them? What kinds of tools will be needed, and where will they come from? This site is both for professionals and the general public.

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