May 20, 2008

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc, Alberta Centre for Active Living

Active Living

Active living approaches by local government, 2007

Active living in diverse and disadvantaged communities
This is the April Issue of the Journal of Preventive Medicine, it has an active living theme.

Active Transportation

Ciclovia in Bogota, Columbia
Ciclovia is a weekly event in which over 70 miles of city streets are closed to traffic where residents come out to walk, bike, run, skate, recreate, picnic, and talk with family, neighbors & strangers.

Global alliance for EcoMobility
A cross-sectoral partnership for the integrated promotion of walking, cycling, wheeling and use of public transport to improve health and the urban environment, to mitigate global climate change.

Healthy transportation network
Educational tools, success stories, and resources to help you promote safe walking and bicycling in your communities.


Alberta project promoting active living & healthy eating
Also know as the APPLE schools program, it is designed to create a culture of health promotion in local elementary schools, in order to combat the effects of poor nutrition on the learning process.

Healthy eating, Active communities
Healthy Eating, Active Communities aims to fight the growing childhood obesity epidemic in California and to develop state policy changes that will reduce the risk factors for diabetes and obesity.

Let them be kids
A nation-wide program that helps communities build playgrounds in areas of need, while also building community capacity amongst citizens and laying a strong foundation for a brighter tomorrow.

Physical activity and neighbourhood resources in high school girls
The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between selected neighbourhood physical activity resources and physical activity levels in high school girls.

Preschool children and physical activity: A review of correlates
A literature search was conducted to identify studies that investigated correlates of preschool children's physical activity. Data were collected and analyzed in 2007.

Walking school bus becomes streets ahead
VicHealth developed the Streets Ahead program in 2008 to build on the successes of the Walking School Bus (WSB) program to allow for the development of more comprehensive and flexible children’s independent mobility demonstration projects….


British Heart Foundation National Centre for Physical Activity and Health (BHFNC)
The conference (Wednesday November 19th 2008) aims to provide practical examples, solutions and guidance on how to engage inactive communities in physical activity.


Associations of neighbourhood greenness with physical and mental health: do walking, social coherence and local social interaction explain the relationships?
Perceived neighbourhood greenness was more strongly associated with mental health than it was with physical health. Recreational walking seemed to explain the link between greenness and physical health, whereas the relationship between greenness and mental health was only partly accounted for by recreational walking and social coherence. The restorative effects of natural environments may be involved in the residual association of this latter relationship.

Climate change and sport and recreation
How climate change could affect sport and recreation now and in the future.

Recreational values of the natural environment in relation to neighbourhood satisfaction, physical activity, obesity and wellbeing
Immediate access to natural environments with high recreational values was rare in the study population and was distributed in an inequitable manner. Moreover, such access was associated with a positive assessment of neighbourhood satisfaction and time spent on physical activity, which can be expected to reduce obesity and increase vitality by having a buffering effect on stress.


Webcast symposium on research results from the CCHS cycle 2.2, nutrition focus
This symposium (May 29th 1-5pm EDT) will provide an introduction to the CCHS 2.2 datasets and presentations by leading academic researchers of the latest research results. There will be panel discussion on the dietary recall data as well as on food security issues.


Messages about obesity – Making them stick
A recent literature search on obesity messaging.

Older Adults

Prospective association between physical activity and falls in community-dwelling older women
The results suggest that at least daily moderate to vigorous-intensity physical activity is required for the primary prevention of falls to the ground and fractured bones in women aged 70–75 years.

Physical Activity General

California Centre for Physical Activity
The California Center for Physical Activity creates opportunities for everyday activity by connecting partners to active living resources and helping develop more walkable and bikeable communities.

SummerActive – May 8th to June 20th
Through our SummerActive initiative, you’ll find the opportunities and information you need to get physically active, eat healthily, live tobacco-free and participate in sport opportunities.


The potential of parks and recreation in addressing physical activity and fitness
The article summarizes current research on the relationship between physical activity and parks & recreation.

Urban Planning

A resident's guide for creating safe and walkable communities
This guide provides examples from communities that are working to improve pedestrian safety.

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

Planning for healthy places
They develop toolkits, factsheets, model policies, and trainings for practitioners and advocates in the relationship between the built environment and public health, and provide technical assistance for creating and implementing land use and economic development policies that support healthier communities.


Physical activity in older women: associations with area deprivation and with socioeconomic position over the life course: observations in the British Women’s Heart and Health Study
Adverse socioeconomic position across the life-course is associated with an increased cumulative risk of low physical activity in older women. Reducing socioeconomic inequalities across the life course would thus be expected to improve levels of physical activity and the associated health benefits in later life.


Changes in leisure time and occupational physical activity over 8 years: the Cornellè Health Interview Survey Follow-Up Study
While changes in physical activity are evident in this population-based cohort, no clear determinants of such changes were recognized. Further longitudinal studies including other potential individual and contextual determinants are needed to better understand determinants of changes in physical activity at the population level.

Healthy active workplaces (W. Australia)
A web-resource from the Government of Western Australia. Includes information on a Healthy Active Workplace Initiative.

Healthy Minnesota workplace initiative
The toolkit is a one-stop-shop for wellness coordinators charged with improving the health of their workforce.

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