June 19, 2008

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc, Alberta Centre for Active Living


Investment in safe routes to school projects: Public health benefits for the larger community
Results suggest that SRTS projects in urban areas can improve the walking and bicycling environment for adults as well as for children, the target users. Investment in SRTS can contribute to increased physical activity among children and adults.

Centre for sustainable transportation
There are many good publications here. Click on Publilcations and then Completed Projects. You will find such things as Kids on the Move and Child Friendly Transportation Planning.

Children’s active commuting to school: Current knowledge and future directions.
Literature on children’s active commuting to school published before June 2007 was compiled…….


Shifting the Dialogue on Chronic Disease
…. for large-scale improvements in population health, action at the level of the social determinants is needed….There is a need to look beyond individual responsibility to understand the ways in which the social environment shapes the decisions we make and the behaviours we engage in.


Increasing access to places for physical activity through a joint use agreement: A case study in urban Honolulu
Several barriers to implementing the joint use agreement and recreational program were encountered. However, participants were satisfied with the recreational classes they attended and said that the In-Motion program helped them to engage in more PA. Program awareness by high school students and staff was high.

National outdoor recreational injury estimates
Almost 213,000 people were treated each year in emergency departments for outdoor recreational injuries from 2004 to 2005, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study…….

Ontario's action plan for healthy eating and active living
….Developed to address an epidemic of overweight and obesity in Ontario and as part of a world wide response to reduce chronic disease by targeting nutrition and physical activity.


Screen time among Canadian adults
This study, uses data 2007 CCHS to profile Canadian adults who were frequent television viewers and those who were frequent leisure-time computer users, two sedentary activities that are related to obesity.

Sedentary behaviour and obesity
This 2007 CCHS study used data from 42,600 men and women aged 20 to 64 and found strong evidence of a positive association between the time spent watching television and obesity among both sexes.


Employer adoption of evidence-based chronic disease prevention practices: A pilot study.
Workplace Solutions recommends 15 employer practices in 5 categories: 1) health insurance benefits, 2) policies, 3) workplace programs, 4) health-promoting communication, and 5) tracking of employee health behaviors to measure progress.

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