Thursday

June 5, 2008

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc, Alberta Centre for Active Living

ACTIVE LIVING

Health, place and nature
How outdoor environments influence health and well-being: a knowledge base…. Research from across Europe found people living in areas with high levels of greenery to be three times more likely to be physically active and 40 per cent less likely to be overweight or obese than those living in areas with low levels of greenery.

CHILDREN/YOUTH

Alberta nutritional guidelines for children and youth
Alberta is the first province to create a nutrition guidelines resource specifically for caregivers operating childcare facilities, schools and recreation centres where Alberta’s children learn, gather and play.......

Federal-Provincial-Territorial sport ministers meeting
Federal-Provincial-Territorial Governments to boost aboriginal participation in sport, set physical activity targets for children and youth, and encourage action to reduce violence in sport.

Kid’s sports
This article examines trends in regular organized sports participation of children aged 5 to 14. It also looks at the factors that influence children’s participation in sports including parental involvement in sports, sociodemographic characteristics of the family, and geography.

Study finds positive link between childhood nutrition & literacy
What our children eat affects more than their health - it impacts their future. New research has shown that overall diet quality affects academic performance.

CHRONIC DISEASE

Designed for disease: The link between local food environments and obesity and diabetes
The study examines the relationships between retail food environments, obesity and diabetes, and community income. The study demonstrates that people who live near an abundance of fast-food restaurants and convenience stores compared to grocery stores and fresh produce vendors, have a significantly higher prevalence of obesity and diabetes.

Diabetes in America
Public knowledge, perceptions and behavior regarding diabetes and diabetes prevention. A societal barometer. The report presents the findings of a quantitative survey research program….

The prevention of lifestyle-related chronic diseases: An economic framework
This 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.)

COMMUNITY

Local governments and schools: A community-oriented approach
This guide offers strategies for how local governments and schools can bring their respective planning efforts together to take a more community oriented approach to schools and reach multiple community goals—educational, environmental, economic, social, and fiscal.

HEALTH CARE

A look at national health care systems around the world
There has been much discussion about the merits of different systems around the world. This is a March 2008 Executive Summary on the topic.

Health Canada web-site changes
Health Canada has updated the look of their web-site. Please note, "Due to new file naming requirements, the URLs for each page of our Web site have been changed."
Check the links on your web-sites and personal favorites.... they will have to be updated.

OLDER ADULTS

Centre for policy on ageing (UK)

Continuous-scale physical functional performance test
The CS-PFP is based on ordinary activities of daily life, performed at maximal effort within the bounds of safety and comfort. It requires standard conditions and utilizes a scripted dialogue. All tasks are quantified by time, distance, or weight.

Lifetime homes, lifetime neighbourhoods: A national strategy for housing in an ageing society (UK)
Includes chapters on providing for people with disabilities, lifetime homes, lifetime neighbourhoods and more.

Preventing falls among seniors
This article outlines the ways seniors and professionals can work to lower the risk of falls. Statistics on falls are highlighted, followed by fall risk factors and interventions to prevent falls.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

Low-income groups and behaviour change interventions: A review of intervention content and effectiveness
This review focuses on interventions specifically targeted at low-income populations – one index of disadvantage. It includes three targeted behaviors related to health: smoking, healthy eating and physical activity.

Physical activity and sport act (2003, c. 2)
This act is current to May 9th, 2008. If you are initially directed to an “update notice” page don’t fret, just click on the link on the page titled -> return to http:// …… ‘

STATISTICS

Commonly used public health statistics and their confidence intervals
A technical briefing produced by the Association of Public Health Observatories (APHO), designed to support public health practitioners and analysts and to promote the use of public health intelligence in decision making.

In this briefing we describe the calculation of the more common types of statistics used within public health intelligence, specifically: rates, proportions, means and age-standardized rates and ratios. We also describe the use of confidence intervals......snip

WORKPLACE

Promoting physical activity in the workplace: Intervention guidance on workplace health promotion with reference to physical activity
This guidance is for employers and professionals in small, medium and large organisations who have a direct or indirect role in, and responsibility for, improving health in the workplace. The guidance complements and supports, but does not replace, NICE guidance on: physical activity and the environment, workplace smoking and obesity.

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