October 10, 2008

by Rosanne Prinsen, MSc

Alberta Centre for Active Living

Bicycles produced in the world
An interesting real time web-site that tracks bicycle vs. car production worldwide.

Take a child outside week
An interesting initiative from the USA.

Chronic disease new tool launch
The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) has developed a chronic disease planning tool to aid in the prevention of chronic disease. The tool presents eight Critical Success Factors to strengthening chronic disease prevention and management, with guiding questions for each.

Centre of Expertise on Culture and Communities
The Centre of Expertise on Culture and Communities is a cultural research and development centre based at Simon Fraser University’s Vancouver campus.

Rural and remote health journal
The international electronic journal of rural and remote health research, education, practice and policy. There are 4 sections: North American, African, Australasian, and European.

Alberta Milk new nutrition and marketing website
This site is separate from the Alberta Milk site and contains nutrition information, recipes, newsletters, programs and more.

Healthy lunches to go
The Dietitians of Canada invites you to visit its Healthy Lunches to Go section and discover tips and recipes to make your job of packing healthy and delicious lunch a little easier.

Ontario public health standards mapped against the nutrition resource centre programs
This article provides descriptions of the Nutrition Resource Centre (NRC) programs and resources including the implementation process and available support materials. A general overview of the Ontario Public Health Standards is presented, followed by the specific standards and program requirements against which the specific NRC programs and resources are mapped.

Physical activity and enhanced fitness to improve cognitive function in older people without known cognitive impairment
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 3, 2008
The data are insufficient to show that the improvements in cognitive function which can be attributed to physical exercise are due to improvements in cardiovascular fitness.

Physical activity programs for persons with dementia
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 3, 2008
The authors conclude there is insufficient evidence to be able to say whether or not physical activity programs are beneficial for people with dementia.

Rethinking individual and community fall prevention strategies: a meta-regression comparing single and multifactorial interventions.
Comment in: Age Ageing. 2008 May;37(3):352-3; author reply 353.
They conclude: Multifactorial fall prevention interventions are effective for individual patients. However, for community programmes for populations at risk, targeted single interventions are as effective as multifactorial interventions, may be more acceptable and cost effective.

Standard Eight - The promotion of health and active life in older age
The aim of this standard is to extend the healthy life expectancy of older people.

Playing their part: the role of physical activity and sport in sustaining the health and well being of small rural communities
While an older publication – a good one J The authors suggest that physical activity and sport make a significant contribution to the health and wellbeing of rural people and their communities and suggest that further research is necessary to better define this apparent contribution.

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