Thursday

July 31, 2008

by Rosanne Prinsen, MSc

Alberta Centre for Active Living

ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

Neighborhood completeness indicator
The Neighborhood Completeness Indicator (NCI) is a quantitative spatial assessment tool measuring the proximity of San Francisco residents to daily goods and services in their neighborhoods.

CHILDREN

NutriSTEP(tm) (Nutrition Screening Tool for Every Preschooler)
A valid and reliable bilingual nutrition risk screening tool for preschool children, aged 3-5 years. Involves a parent-administered 17-item questionnaire that covers: food and nutrient intake, physical growth, developmental and physical capabilities, physical activity, food security and the feeding environment.

Stop playing games with childhood obesity Part II: Communication campaign evaluation results
In October 2007, the "Stop Playing Games with Childhood Obesity" campaign was launched in the City of Hamilton. Part II focuses on the evaluation of the campaign that included: a randomized telephone survey, an online survey for visitors to the campaign website, and web statistics tracking.

HEALTHY EATING

How to make healthy changes in your neighbourhood
Every neighborhood deserves to have clean, safe places to buy fruits and vegetables—and you and your family can help make these healthy changes. It’s not easy, but by working with local agencies you can get more grocery stores, community gardens, and farmers’ markets in your community.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

ACSM Brochures
The American College of Sports Medicine works to spread the benefits of physical activity. Includes the ‘selecting and effectively using’ series and the ‘healthy play’ series.

ACSM Current comments
ACSM Current Comments are fact sheets on a variety of health and fitness topics, including exercise, youth sports and health and more. There are 27 documents in the physical activity and exercise section.

ACSM Fit society page
ACSM Fit Society Page® newsletter is a quarterly electronic newsletter written for the general public on a variety of popular health and fitness topics.

Effect of exercise on 24-month weight loss maintenance in overweight women
The authors "demonstrate that sustained weight loss requires the continued achievement of 2000 kcal/wk of physical activity. They also show that providing treadmills and extensive group counselling on exercise will not achieve this for most patients."

URBAN DESIGN

Built environments as determinant of health
An emerging body of research points to various connections between community design and health issues. This fact sheet – developed to provide rationale for land use policy change – presents a brief summary of existing research, categorized by public health topic. It is intended to help public health practitioners work with planners toward land use policy solutions that improve community health.

Community health as a goal of good design
An emerging body of research points to various connections between community design and health issues. This fact sheet – developed to provide rationale for land use policy change – presents a brief summary of existing research, categorized by built environment issue. It is intended to help planners work with public health practitioners toward land use policy solutions that improve community health.

Healthy development measurement tool: A comprehensive evaluation metric to consider health needs in urban development

Zoning: Talking points
Zoning can promote land uses that allow and encourage individuals to make healthy choices – or it can do just the opposite.

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