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

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