Thursday

June 12, 2008

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc, Alberta Centre for Active Living

ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

Cycling - Getting Australia moving: Barriers, facilitators and interventions to get more Australians physically active through cycling
This report has been developed to assist practitioners, policy makers and planners to increase adult physical activity levels through bicycle riding.

CHILDREN

Active and safe routes to school
Green Communities Canada, in partnership with Ecology Action in Nova Scotia, SHAPE Alberta; and the Way to Go! School Program in British Columbia, is launching School Travel Planning (STP). STP brings together community stakeholders to identify barriers to active transportation for each school and develop a written action plan.

Building solutions for preventing childhood obesity
Consisting of seven separate modules covering both nutrition and physical activity topics.

Children and nature network
The Children & Nature Network (C&NN) was created to encourage and support the people and organizations working to reconnect children with nature. C&NN provides access to the latest news and research in the field and a peer-to-peer network of researchers and individuals, educators and organizations dedicated to children's health and well-being.

CHRONIC DISEASE PREVENTION

Influence of combined exercise training on indices of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular risk in type 2 diabetes patients
The objective of the study was to investigate the influence of combined exercise training on indices of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular risk in type 2 diabetes patients.

CONFERENCES

Active living research annual conference
The theme of the conference is Active Communities for Youth and Families: Creating Momentum for Change. February 18-20, 2009 in San Diego, CA.

HEALTH PROMOTION

From news to everyday use. The difficult art of implementation (Sweden)
Once new health–promoting methods have been presented, sometimes after years of research, it often takes a long time for them to come into daily use. This delay means that possible health gains are not achieved as quickly as we would perhaps like. The aim of this report is to facilitate the work of public health planners, prevention coordinators and others who sometimes face the challenge of disseminating and implementing new methods in the field of public health.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

How socio-economic status contributes to participation in leisure-time physical activity

Special issue of Canadian journal of public health
An issue focusing on the evaluation of the Canadian physical activity guides. Click on Supplement 2e under the 2007 heading.

Worldwide variability in physical inactivity: A 51-country survey

OLDER ADULTS

Group exercise can improve participants' mobility in an outpatient rehabilitation setting: a randomized controlled trial
The authors report that this short-duration circuit class programme improved mobility, but not strength.

Regular vigorous physical activity and disability development in healthy overweight and normal-weight seniors: A 13-year study
Public health efforts that promote physically active lifestyles among seniors may be more successful than those that emphasize body weight in the prevention of functional decline.

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