October 5, 2007

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc, Alberta Centre for Active Living


Second International congress: Physical activity and public health

The 2nd International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health is happening in Amsterdam in 2008. Deadlines for submitting work are coming up very soon.


10,000 steps Rockhampton: Latest research findings

Find out the latest results from this large-scale adult pedometer intervention in Queensland, Australia.

F as in fat: How obesity policies are failing in America

These resources discuss physical activity rates and physical inactivity.

Heart Foundation interview with Professor Jim Sallis

Professor Jim Sallis gives us views on physical activity in Australia from an international perspective.

Why adults with disabilities don’t participate in physical activity

Kosma, M., Ellis, R., Cardinal, B.J., Bauer, J.J., & McCubbin, J.A. (2007). The mediating role of intention and stages of change in physical activity among adults with physical disabilities: An integrative framework. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 29, 21-38.

Only 44% of adults with physical disabilities participate in leisure-time activity, compared to 64% of adults without disabilities. Thus, intention to change and the stages of change for physical activity should be analyzed.

Over a six-month period, the authors used the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB) and the TPB/Stages of Change (TPB/SOC) models to study the mediating factors of physical activity for 143 adults with physical disabilities.

The participants answered questions on their level of physical activity, intention, attitude, and perceived control related to participation in physical activity.

Based on path analyses, attitude was the mediating role on intention and SOC. Perceived behavioral changes were mediating factors for physical activity.

The TPB and the TPB/SOC models predicted 16% and 28% of the variance respectively.

The SOC model was the strongest predictor of physical activity, but it is still suggested that health promoters and researchers need to include both intention and behavior elements that reinforce the benefits of physical activity when developing physical activity programs for adults with physical disabilities.


A winning game plan: Creating opportunities in sport and active recreation

Through VicHealth's Active Participation Grants, community-based organisations are funded for one to two years to partner with a range of organisations in their communities to develop opportunities for people who would not normally participate in traditional sport or active recreation.

Participation in community sport and active recreation

Check out the "Tips for creating a great community sport and active recreation program” the bottom of the page. There’s information on the following groups:

  • Culturally and linguistically diverse communities
  • Youth
  • Older adults
  • Women


Active neighborhoods checklist

The St. Louis University School of Public Health, Prevention Research Center designed this neighbourhood checklist. Walkability and bikeabilty are major components.

Unfit for purpose: How car use fuels climate change and obesity

A resource from the Institute for European Environmental Policy.

WHO: Tackling obesity by creating healthy residential environments

Discover how residential environments can affect obesity in this new document from the World Health Organization.


The Health Promotion Clearinghouse (HPC)

HPC is a provincial non-profit resource aimed at building capacity and support for health promotion work across Nova Scotia. In the summer of 2007, all 15 of the HPC's existing resource lists were updated.

Three new lists were also created to cover the topics of injury prevention, mental health promotion and workplace health promotion.

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