August 28, 2008

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc

Alberta Centre for Active Living

Changes at Ever Active Schools
Please note: EAS welcomes the staff of Schools Come Alive as they merge under the EAS umbrella. The services that SCA has offered in the past will continue with Tracy Lockwood as the new Education Coordinator.

Getting serious about the social determinants of health: new directions for public health workers
Published in Promotion & Education 2008 15: 15-20.

Physical activity impact of Wii – new
“The take-home message is that it’s better than sitting around,”…... “While not as good as playing the real sport, Wii certainly does burn more calories and gets your energy expenditure up compared to sitting around playing a sedentary video game.”

Scottish physical activity research collaboration
Includes a links to Interventions to promote walking: A systematic review and Walking for well-being research papers.
Opening the SPARColl Publications page links you to many more publications and reports.

WCRF/AICR expert report: Food, nutrition, physical activity and the prevention of cancer- A global perspective.
This report has been updated to include additional information on the continuous review project and policy report, Policy and Action for Cancer Prevention. Information on the upcoming launch of the Chinese version of the report and also on other conferences featuring the report. The Portuguese summary

Methodologies for identifying and ranking sustainable transport practices in urban regions
This is the project synopsis.


August 22, 2008

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc

Alberta Centre for Active Living

9th International conference on walking
Barcelona October 8th – 10th, 2008

Accessible sidewalks
A four-part video developed by the U.S. Access Board to illustrate access issues and considerations in the design of sidewalks.- Part I: Design Issues for Pedestrians who use Wheelchairs (10.00 min.)- Part II: Design Issues for Pedestrians with Ambulatory Impairments (7.51 min.)- Part III: Design Issues for Pedestrians with Low Vision (11.24 min.)- Part IV: Design Issues for Pedestrians who are Blind (11.19 min.)Can be watched online; a free DVD is also available.

The links between the neighborhood food environment and childhood nutrition
“This paper identifies key investigations of the neighborhood food environment, examines current efforts to bring about improvements, and discusses new research and policy priorities.”

A healthier America: 10Top Priorities for Prevention
Physical activity is mentioned throughout.

The effect of a pedometer-based physical activity intervention on sitting time
Preventive Medicine, 2008, 47(2): 179-181. After 1 year of intervention, total, weekday, and weekend day sitting times were reduced in the intervention community, while sitting time increased in the comparison community.

Physical activity as a strategy for maintaining tobacco abstinence: A randomised trial
Preventive Medicine, 2008, 47(2): 215:220. PA promotion as an adjunct to tobacco treatment increases moderate to vigorous PA (MVPA) levels; changes in MVPA predict sustained abstinence, perhaps by improving mood and self-efficacy.

A hierarchy of sociodemographic and environmental correlates of walking and obesity
Preventive Medicine, 2008, 47(2): 172:178. These analyses reveal that gender and ethnic subgroups display substantially different weight outcomes across different levels of walkability. In contrast, walking was consistently higher for all groups in the more walkable neighborhoods…... This information supports a more efficient use of scarce resources to promote physical activity and healthy body weight.

Our cities, our health, our future: Acting on social determinants for health equity in urban settings
Physical activity is mentioned throughout.

Why place matters: Building a movement for healthy communities
“The framework described in this report provides a way to understand the relationship between community conditions and health, analyzes the connections among all of the environmental factors that contribute to a healthy community, and identifies both protective and negative environmental effects on community health.”

August 15, 2008

by Rosanne Prinsen, MSc

Alberta Centre for Active Living


Active transportation plan for Minden (S. Ontario)
This report explains the goal of raising the physical activity levels through active transportation (AT) promotion and planning in the Village of Minden.

Active transportation plan - Facility planning and design guidelines
This report focuses on specific design features that should be considered in the implementation of (an) AT Plan, as well as all new pedestrian, trail and cycling facilities in the Halifax Region.

Steps toward a walkable city
This document presents a proposed framework for creating a Toronto Walking Strategy and outlines potential actions that could implement the strategy. This is not the Walking Strategy. It’s a framework for discussion.

Why we need sidewalks


Childhood obesity surveillance and prevention
Welcome to National Knowledge Week 2008: Childhood Obesity Surveillance and Prevention - Content page. To support the (UK)Government ambition to reduce the proportion of overweight and obese children the topic focus for knowledge week is: Childhood Obesity Surveillance and Prevention.

Menu of choices
Menu of Choices is an online resource that provides the latest quality information and supports to understand, plan and address healthy eating in the school community.


Research conference on food, nutrition, physical activity and cancer
November 5, 6 & 7, 2008, Capital Hilton Hotel, Washington DC. This conference is the premier scientific forum on the links between cancer and food, nutrition, weight management and physical activity.


Canadian network for human health and the environment
A Canadian-based network of non-governmental, research, health professional and policy organizations focusing on human health and the impacts of environmental exposures.


Designed for disease: The link between local food environments and obesity and diabetes
This document 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.”

Healthy weight – It’s not a diet it’s a lifestyle
A new CDC web-site. “Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight isn't just about a "diet" or "program". It is part of an ongoing lifestyle that you can adopt now and stay with for years to come. A healthy weight contributes to good health now and as you age.” Includes an entire section on physical activity for healthy weight.


Older Americans 2008: Key indicators of well being
Lots of information here, including stats/analysis on leisure time physical activity.


Healthy eating active living convergence partnership: Working together to create healthy people in healthy places
The Healthy Eating Active Living Convergence Partnership is a collaboration of funders who have come together with the shared goal of changing policies and environments to better achieve the vision of healthy people living in healthy places.

Multilingual physical activity fact sheets
Fact sheets on walking, cycling, skating and more in Arabic and Chinese-Mandarin

Inaugural edition of the national library for public health newsletter
They have added two new focused topics to the library and one of them is physical activity.

US Bureau of labour statistics: Sport and exercise
What percentage of people (aged 15 years and older) who live in the United States participated in sports and exercise activities on an average day in recent years? About 16 percent. In comparison, consider that the number of people who watched television on an average day is roughly five times larger. These charts, which display data from the American Time Use Survey, take a closer look at people who spend time in sports and exercise activities.”


Built environment, adiposity, and physical activity in adults Aged 50–75
“Findings suggest the need for public health and city planning officials to address modifiable neighbourhood-level, built-environment characteristics to create more liveable residential communities aimed at both addressing factors that may influence unhealthy eating and promoting active, healthy lifestyles in this rapidly growing population.”

American Journal of Preventive Medicine Volume 35, Issue 1, July 2008, Pages 38-46
Fuzhong Li PhD, Peter A. Harmer PhD, MPH, Bradley J. Cardinal PhD, Mark Bosworth MS, Alan Acock PhD, Deborah Johnson-Shelton PhD and Jane M. Moore PhD

Promising strategies for creating healthy eating and active living environments
There is growing recognition that creating healthy places - neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces – is essential to supporting healthy eating and physical activity behaviors. The following document presents a comprehensive and cross-cutting review of policy, strategy, and program recommendations to create healthy eating and active living environments. This review draws from the most prominent and promising strategies for change at national, state, and local levels.

Roadmap to improving food and physical activity environments. Tips and tools from the healthy eating, active communities program
For a long time, strategies to prevent or reduce obesity and to increase healthy eating and physical activity have focused on individuals….. Increasing evidence, though, shows that focusing only on individuals’ behavior won’t work – not when people live in environments that make changing their behavior difficult or even impossible.

Strategies for enhancing the built environment to support healthy eating and active living
This brief outlines a range of organizational practices and public policies being considered to improve the built environment in support of healthy eating and regular physical activity. It reflects diverse perspectives of professionals and advocates working on various aspects of the built environment.

Walkability and body mass index density, design, and new diversity measures
“Rising rates of overweight and obesity in the U.S. have increased interest in community designs that encourage healthy weight. This study relates neighbourhood walkability—density, pedestrian-friendly design, and two novel measures of land-use diversity—to residents' excess weight.”

American Journal of Preventive Medicine Volume 35, Issue 3, September 2008, Pages 237-244 Ken R. Smith PhD, Barbara B. Brown PhD, Ikuho Yamada PhDd, Lori Kowaleski-Jones PhD, Cathleen D. Zick PhD and Jessie X. Fan PhD

Engaging Consumers@Work was established in 2006 as a research-based workplace initiative to study the impact of educational and activation program components on consumer/employee engagement in health.” (physical activity was one of the interventions)

Investing in health: Proven health promotion practices for workplaces
Investing in Health will help workplaces of all sizes choose effective health promotion practices at work. Includes information on “encouraging physical activity and healthy eating”.

Workplace physical activity FAQ
Provides answers to frequently asked questions about physical activity in the workplace.