Monday

July 21, 2008

by Rosanne Prinsen, MSc
Resource Coordinator

Alberta Centre for Active Living

ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

Bicycle safety
“The need for safe, convenient, and attractive facilities to encourage safe bicycling is essential. This site is designed to make it easier for the bicycle safety practitioner and advocate to locate and acquire the most appropriate resources to meet their particular planning, designing, and operating needs for bicycle facilities.”

Making cycling irresistible: Lessons from the Netherlands, Denmark and Germany
While history, culture, topography and climate are important, they do not necessarily determine the fate of cycling. Government policies are at least as important: transport policies, land-use policies, urban development policies, housing policies, environmental policies, taxation policies and parking policies.

Pedestrian safety
“This site is designed to make it easier for the pedestrian safety practitioner and advocate to locate and acquire the most appropriate resources to meet their particular planning, design, and operation needs for pedestrian facilities.”

Velomobiles
Human-powered vehicles -- fully enclosed recumbent bicycles that usually have three wheels, a chair-like seat and a standard bicycle drivetrain. The modern velomobile is the closest that anyone has come to building a truly practical all-weather, human-powered vehicle.

CHILDREN

A comparison between children's physical activity levels at school and learning in an outdoor environment
Journal of Adventure Education & Outdoor Learning, Volume 7, Issue 2 December 2007, pages 161 – 176

Australia's active after-school communities (AASC) program
“The program is designed to engage traditionally inactive children in structured physical activities and build links with community based organizations to create opportunities for ongoing participation.”

Energy expenditure of obese, overweight, and normal weight females during lifestyle physical activities
International Journal of Pediatric Obesity, Volume 3, Issue 3 2008, pages 177 – 185

Family physical activity and sedentary environments and weight change in children
International Journal of Pediatric Obesity, Volume 3, Issue 3 2008, pages 160 - 167

How physical activity can work?
International Journal of Pediatric Obesity, Volume 3, Issue S1 2008, pages 10 – 14

International conference on physical activity and obesity in children: Summary statement and recommendations
Journal of Pediatric Obesity, Volume 3, Issue 1 2008, pages 3 – 21

Neighborhood characteristics in relation to diet, physical activity and overweight of Canadian children
International Journal of Pediatric Obesity, Volume 3, Issue 3 2008, pages 152 - 159

HEALTH PROMOTION

Find thirty every day
“The campaign aims to increase the number of West Australian adults who are sufficiently active for good health.”

Prevention institute
Prevention Institute helps identify ways to improve community environments so that healthy eating and physical activity become the easy choice.

Redesigned healthfinder.gov
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has redesigned healthfinder.gov. Physical activity information can be found under the ‘quick guide to healthy living” or by using the a-z encyclopedia.

Take life on, one step at a time
A new health promotion (physical activity is included) multimedia campaign from the Scottish Government.

OLDER ADULTS

The effectiveness of a physical activity intervention for seniors
American Journal of Health Promotion May/Jun2008, Vol. 22 Issue 5, p318 4p.
The purpose of this study was “To determine whether a tailored, 6-month, neighborhood-based, physical activity intervention for people aged 65 to 74 years could increase their total physical activity levels and to identify factors associated with physical activity times.” It concluded “The program was successful in increasing weekly mean time for physical activity in seniors and in identifying factors that affect their commitment to physical activities.”

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

ACSM American fitness index
This was developed “to provide an evidence- and science-based measurement of the state of health and fitness at the community level throughout the U.S. Communities, organizations and individuals will be able to assess factors that contribute to health and fitness and measure the progress.”

Russ Kisby fitness walk
1st Annual walk. “We are inviting you to visit the website and we hope that wherever you are, you will take time on July 20th to walk and remember Russ.”

USA physical activity guidelines advisory committee report
The new Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans will be issued later in 2008. Find out more information in this report.

URBAN DESIGN

A resident's guide for creating safe and walkable communities
“This guide provides examples from other communities working to improve pedestrian safety. It includes information, ideas, and resources to help residents learn about issues that affect walking conditions; find ways to address or prevent these problems; and promote pedestrian safety.”

Designing and building healthy places (CDC)
…. “the interaction between people and their environments, natural as well as human-made, continues to emerge as a major issue concerning public health.” Many documents, links and resources here J

Working together to create healthy people in healthy places
“There is growing recognition that creating healthy places–neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces–is essential to supporting healthy eating and physical activity behaviours. The documents, briefs, and toolkit, in this section, present a comprehensive and cross-cutting review of policy, strategy, and program recommendations to create healthy eating and active living environments.”

The causal influence of neighborhood design on physical activity within the neighborhood: Evidence from Northern California.
American Journal of Health Promotion May/Jun2008, Vol. 22 Issue 5, p350 9p.
The purpose of this study was to “Test for a causal relationship between neighborhood design and physical activity within the neighborhood by controlling for self-selection” It concluded “Both cross-sectional and quasi-longitudinal analyses provided evidence of a causal impact of neighborhood design. Improving physical activity options, aesthetic qualities, and social environment may increase physical activity.”

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