February 22, 2008

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc, Alberta Centre for Active Living


Healthy living comes to town: Developing a statewide campaign for active living

(PDF Format - 6MB)


Climate emissions by travel type
"Charts CO2 emissions by transportation mode, from an SUV to a plane to a bus. The best strategy for reducing your impact: walk, bike, or fill up a seat that's already going your way!"

Ontario drops PST on most bikes

Starting on December 1, 2007, Ontario dropped the PST on bicycles under $1,000.00, bike helmets and other cycling safety equipment. It’s part of the province’s plan to encourage more people to get active.


Smart Moves Queensland

The State Government have launched a new school physical activity program, called Smart Moves, as part of the "Year of Physical Activity" in Queensland.


The association between physical activity in leisure time and leukocyte telomere length

Scottish Physical Activity and Health Alliance (PAHA) briefing papers

The Scottish Physical Activity and Health Alliance (PAHA) produces briefing papers on key topics, including two new papers on physical activity, inequalities and the importance of sedentary behaviour. (There is lots of other good info here.)

Sport participation in Canada 2005

Click on the link in the left-hand navigation column to download the 101-page report.


Healthy Weight, Healthy Lives: A cross government strategy for England
This new strategy, produced by the Department of Health in England, aims to support people to maintain a healthy weight. It includes a large section on "building physical activity into our lives."


How does copyright infringement apply to the Internet?

February 15, 2008

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc, Alberta Centre for Active Living


Exercise balls replace chairs at Simcoe elementary school
The Simcoe Reformer reports that students are bouncing off the wall over their new seating arrangement at Elgin Avenue Public School …

Nova Scotia pumps up phys-ed. requirements
The Cape Breton Post reports that starting next fall, new Nova Scotia high school students will be expected to enrol in at least one full credit of physical education in order to graduate …


National Physical Activity Institute

June 23-25, 2008: In Motion Manulife National Physical Activity Institute, hosted at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada.


Clinic-based support to help overweight patients with type 2 diabetes increase physical activity and lose weight

ParticipACTION newsletter needs a name

Statistics Canada Report on Sport Participation
Barely three out of every 10 Canadians aged 15 and over participated regularly in one or more sports in 2005, a dramatic decline from the early 1990s when the proportion was closer to one-half ….


The Heart and Stroke Foundation's new national healthy waists initiative is live!
What is Healthy Waists all about? The purpose of the Healthy Waists website is to help Canadians understand that they may be at increased risk for heart disease and stroke if their waistlines exceed a certain size. The website displays a video as well as written instruction to explain how to measure waists properly.


Safety benefits of smart growth design

Includes references to Larry Frank’s work.

Speeding on arterial roads

Forty-five per cent of speeding deaths occur on arterial roads. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety last year looked at arterial roads with posted limits of 40 or 45 mph in Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Los Angeles, Omaha, Tampa, and Washington, D.C. Arterial roads aren't built to the same safety standards as interstates and have much higher crash rates.


A meta-analysis of pedometer-based walking interventions and weight loss

Interventions to promote walking: systematic review

Pedestrians 2007
The Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2002 "includes 16 papers that explore a healthier way to travel, level of service of the urban walking environment and pedestrian route choice behavior, estimating nonmotorized travel demand, pedestrian counting methods at intersections, deficiencies in Florida pedestrian crash data, and methods to prioritize pedestrian high-crash locations.” Cost: $55.


BC atlas of wellness (updated Jan. 10, 2008)
This Atlas presents data on the geography of wellness in British Columbia. The Atlas covers topics such as:

  • Assets and determinants.
  • The geography of smoking behaviours and policies in B.C.
  • The geography of nutrition and food security in B.C.
  • The geography of physical activity in B.C. (this part is 37Mb)
  • The geography of healthy weight in B.C.
  • The geography of healthy pregnancy in B.C.
  • The geography of wellness outcomes in B.C.


Workplaces in Motion launches in Manitoba
Workplaces in Motion is a new component of the Manitoba in motion program that will encourage employees and employers to build physical activity into their daily lives at work …

February 1, 2008

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


A synthesis of research addressing the view of children, young people and parents on walking and cycling for transport.


Clinton Foundation: Go healthy challenge
“The Go Healthy Challenge is a comprehensive on-air, online and grassroots campaign that encourages kids across the country to make their lives, friends and family, and communities healthier.”

NFL Rush
Interactive website geared toward children.


EPPI Centre

“The EPPI-Centre conducts systematic reviews of research evidence across a range of topics and works with a large number of funders. Major areas include: Education, Health Promotion.”

New & improved health evidence website
An updated website from


Healthy Johor Bahru City 2005
“Healthy City Program
People in cities, particularly the poor, experience stresses and exposures that result in health problems ranging from communicable diseases and malnutrition to mental illnesses and chronic respiratory diseases.

“Conditions that contribute to this situation include poverty, inadequate food and shelter, insecure tenure of land, physical crowding, poor waste disposal, unsafe working conditions, inadequate local government services, overuse of harmful substances and environmental pollution.”

National centre for health statistics (U.S.A.)
Scroll down the page a bit to see the 2005-06 questionnaire files for physical activity & physical activity individual activity file information.

Physical health law of the People's Republic of China

“The Nationwide Physical Fitness Program has set targets that, by 2010, about 40 percent of China's population will participate in regular physical exercise, there will be a clear improvement in the national physique and a major increase in the number of fitness sites so as to satisfy people's needs for keeping fit.”