April 21, 2008

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc, Alberta Centre for Active Living


An ounce of prevention revisited: A review of health promotion and selected outcomes for children and youth in BC schools.
The overall health and well-being of B.C. students is improving thanks to efforts such as Healthy Schools and ActNow BC, but schools still need a more comprehensive approach to promoting health, according this report. An Ounce of Prevention Revisited explores how schools can work effectively to influence the health and well-being of young British Columbians. (Physical activity is mentioned 72 times.)

Developing physical literacy: A guide for parents of children ages 0 to 12

“....being physically active later in life depends on feeling confident in an activity setting; and that confidence, as an adult, most often comes from having learned fundamental movement and sport skills as a child. Therefore, to create an active and healthy population ALL Canadian children need a sound foundation of movement and sport skills to build on later in life; and this foundation is called Physical Literacy.......”

This paper covers the first 3 stages of the LTAD (long term athlete development) plan. If you are unfamiliar with it see

Factors associated with children being driven to school: Implications for walk to school programs

The study’s authors concluded that walk to school programs need to address the link between the parent journey to work and student journey to school, to be effective in increasing rates of active commuting.

Healthy settings for young people in Canada

This report examines smoking, alcohol and drug use, physical activity/body image, eating patterns, emotional health and injuries in children and youth aged 11 to 15. Some key findings indicate positive changes in the health behaviours and attitudes of young people since the last report in 2004.

Reach for the top: A report by the advisor on healthy children & youth

Physical activity is mentioned 95 times.


7th International Conference on Urban Health
The conference theme is Knowledge Integration: Successful Interventions in Urban Health and we encourage delegates to move beyond description and to share with us their actions, which have improved health of urban communities. The theme was chosen to showcase action-oriented projects and best practices.


Discussion paper: Defining sport and exercise, a conceptual model
The discussion paper presents definitions of sport, exercise and physical recreation. It also examines the relationship between these overlapping concepts, and brings them together in a conceptual model. The model outlines what activities may be considered in scope for research on exercise, physical recreation and sport. (Physical activity is mentioned 137 times in 40 pgs of text)

Does getting a dog increase recreational walking?

….this study provides evidence to suggest that dog acquisition leads to an increase in walking through behavioral intention via the dog’s positive effect on owner’s cognitive beliefs about walking, and through motivation and social support for walking.... (International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2008, 5:17)


Does your address determine your life span?

Most experts agree that health care con­tributes only about 10-15% to health outcomes and life span. Where you live is probably a bigger determinant of your health than whether you have health insurance. People who live in West Oakland, for example, can expect to live on average 10 years less than those who live in the Berkeley Hills……


Ontario health promotion – News from the field spring 2008
Lots of news from the health promotion world, including a farewell to CHN.


Health work wellbeing

Health Work Wellbeing is a Government-led initiative to improve the health and wellbeing of working age people in UK. Founded on a growing evidence base that working is good for health, it brings together employers, unions and healthcare professionals in helping more people with health conditions to find and stay in employment.


April 11, 2008

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc, Alberta Centre for Active Living


Special issue of preventive medicine
The January 2008 special issue of Preventive Medicine (Volume 46, Issue 1: pp. 1-84) focuses on self-transportation, public transportation, and health. Many of these articles are related to physical activity. Access is free.


Choosing health: Making healthy choices easier:
Executive summary
Physical activity is mentioned many times.

Kings fund - Kicking bad habits: Resources
Many interesting behavior change papers here.

Low-income groups and behavior change interventions:
A review of intervention content and effectiveness
Many physical activity interventions are included.

Partnerships for better health - Small change, big difference
The Partnerships for Better Health report highlights the government's role in influencing non-statutory, commercial and not-for-profit sectors in securing public health goals. Through the report, case studies and best practice tips we are encouraging the greater use of such partnerships for health at a local level.


Active education: Physical education, physical activity and academic performance
It “summarizes peer-reviewed research on the relationship between physical activity and academic performance among children and adolescents”.

Childhood obesity
Facts and statistics (USA)

Childhood obesity toolkit
“This Tool Kit provides (USA) policymakers with resources, data, trends and examples of solutions being implemented or considered by states and legislators across the country that aim to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic.”

Designing for active living among children

Increasing preschoolers' physical activity intensities:
An activity-friendly preschool playground intervention

Find out how to effectively increase physical activity in preschoolers.

Promoting good nutrition and physical activity in child-care settings

Push play parents (New Zealand)

"....ideas to help you get your kids moving. Choose the age group that applies to your child and you'll be well on your way to becoming a Push Play Parent."

Unplug and play - Parent campaign (Australia)
The Unplug + Play Parent Campaign targets parents in Western Australia, to increase their awareness of the urgent need for children to spend more time in active play and less time using TV, electronic games and the Internet for entertainment.


Talking points on preventing disease through physical activity
“Describes the effects of being inactive, benefits of PA, associated disparities, and action items for state legislators.”

Trends alert: Cost of chronic disease
From the USA – published in 2006


Balance: a report on state action to promote nutrition,
increase physical activity and prevent obesity

CDC community health resources
The site features direct links to hundreds of resources, including program guidelines and recommendations, campaign materials, handbooks, fact sheets, evaluation frameworks, and behavioral and risk factor data, among other topics. For physical activity information, click on "Physical Activity" under "Browse by health topic."

Getting to know the competition: A content analysis
of publicly and corporate funded physical activity advertisements

Learn more about what was discovered when a content analysis of physical activity advertisements was carried out.


Ontario prevention clearinghouse now the Health Nexus
Effective April 1, 2008 the Ontario Prevention Clearinghouse became Health Nexus. This is a bilingual web-site.


Keeping the aging population healthy
“This (USA)Legislator Policy Brief provides policymakers with key information to develop strategies to enhance health and preserve independence in the growing aging population.”

Silversneakers fitness program

A CDC-funded study conducted by Group Health and the University of Washington reports that older adults who participated in the SilverSneakers Fitness Program visited their primary and specialty physicians more often, were admitted to the hospital less, and had lower overall healthcare costs compared to a control group of over 9,000 people who were the same age and gender.


Physical activity, pregnancy & postpartum inventory of resources

April 4, 2008

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc, Alberta Centre for Active Living


City of Toronto walking strategy

London vote on cycling May 1st
“….they need to be behind cycling, because without a 400% increase in cycling from 2000 to 2025, the anticipated increase in population of one million will mean that London’s transport system will grind to a halt. Under Ken Livingstone cycling has soared by more than 83% in the capital…”

Walkable towns curb obesity, pollution, expert says

Jim Sallis is interviewed

Walking Englishman: Walk time calculator
Allows you to calculate how much time it will take you to walk to your destination.


Government investment in childhood obesity strategy applauded
The Ontario Collaborative Group on Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (OCGHEPA) commends the government's significant investment in a strategy to reduce Ontario's childhood obesity rates.


The prevention of lifestyle-related chronic diseases: An economic framework
This OECD paper provides an economic perspective on the prevention of chronic diseases, focusing in particular on diseases linked to lifestyle choices. (Physical Activity is mentioned a number of times)


2008 International congress on physical activity and public health
Find out more about plans to form a new professional society - the International Society for Physical Activity and Health.

Recreation summit 2008
May 16th & 17th – Australia. The Summit will bring together local, national and international enthusiasts on active recreation


Adapted physical activity quarterly

The official journal of the international federation of adapted physical activity.

Adulthood lifetime physical activity and breast cancer
Conclusions: Leisure-time moderate-to-vigorous activities reduce breast cancer risk irrespective of underlying host characteristics.

Correlates of the stages of change for physical activity in a population survey

National association of counties: Active living survey (December 2007)


How to create and implement healthy general plans: A toolkit for building healthy, vibrant communities through land use policy change

“In recent years, the dramatic rise in chronic disease rates in cities and towns has begun to bring public health and planning back together…. planning and public health professionals have begun to promote design and development patterns that facilitate physical activity and neighborly interactions as antidotes….”

Increasing active living -a guide for policy-makers: Policy-making for healthy and active communities

Rural obesity: Strategies to support rural counties in building capacity
Physical activity is mentioned prominently.


Senate sub-committee on population health reports 3rd and 4th reports were just published