Friday

August 15, 2008

by Rosanne Prinsen, MSc

Alberta Centre for Active Living

ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

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

CHILDREN

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.

CONFERENCES

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.

ENVIRONMENT

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.

HEALTHY EATING

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 ADULTS

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

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.”

URBAN DESIGN

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

WORKPLACE

http://www.bcbs.com/news/bluetvradio/workplace-wellness-programs/engaging-consumers-at-work-aggregate-report-employer-foru.pdf
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.

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