Thursday

October 2, 2008

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc

Alberta Centre for Active Living

ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION
Alta Planning + Design
This links takes you to a page that houses all of the presentation given at the Sept 08 Pro Walk / Pro Bike conference. There is a great deal of good information on walking and cycling here.

CHILDREN
Bike sheds and funding (Australia schools)
One of the biggest barriers to more students riding to school is the lack of secure, sheltered places to park bikes at school. Our experience shows that a bike shed can increase the number of students riding to school by 50% overnight.

Challenges in assessing the implementation and effectiveness of physical activity and nutrition policy interventions as natural experiments
As found in Health Promotion International, 2008, 23: 290-297. The paper provides an example of a natural experiment of the Ontario government in Canada’s new policy requiring elementary schools to offer at least 20 min of daily physical activity for students in Grades 1–8 and replace non-nutritious vending machine foods with healthier choices. Note: Guy Faulkner is one of the authors.

Development of a compendium of energy expenditures for youth
As found in International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 2008, 5: 45. The new Compendium is intended to be used in scoring physical activity questionnaires and estimating energy expenditure levels in young people. It provides a more accurate, time efficient and up to date tool for both researchers and practitioners in measuring physical activity/energy expenditure specific to this population group in future interventions and programs.

EPODE (Together let’s prevent childhood obesity)
A methodology designed to involve all relevant local stakeholders in an integrated and concrete prevention program aimed at facilitating the adoption of healthier lifestyles in the everyday life.

Hands Up! (Bicycle Victoria)
Hands Up! allows your school to track its progress in getting more students riding and walking more often. It's a great way to measure and reward your school's success and it's as easy as ABC!

Ride 2 School
The Ride2School Program (Australia) is a behavior change program which aims to increase the number of students walking and riding to school.

COMMUNITY
Active community environments (ACE’s) program
Active Community Environments (ACEs) are places where people of all ages and abilities can easily enjoy walking, bicycling, and other forms of recreation.

Active creative engaged communities
Be sure to check out the downloads page

Mentally healthy communities: A collection of papers
The Canadian Population Health Initiative (CPHI) commissioned these papers from experts from across Canada and internationally to foster discussion of the complex ways in which individual, social, cultural, physical and socio-economic determinants may affect individual and community mental health.

Planning and designing the physically active community: A resource list
The Planning and Designing the Physically Active Community Resource List contains book, article, and government document citations. The list is part of a continuous process and may be considered a literature review as well as a resource list.

Planning for parks, recreation, and open space in your community
This guidebook provides suggestions for distinguishing and designating different types of open space and recreation areas to meet a variety of community and regional needs. It provides basic steps and criteria for designating open space areas and recreation areas. It provides information on the planning process for parks, recreation, and open space and how to fund these facilities in your community.

HEALTH PROMOTION
Introducing health impact assessment (HIA): Informing the decision-making process
This booklet provides a simple, straightforward overview of the developing health impact assessment (HIA) approach, aiming to highlight its potential value and encourage people to use it to inform and enhance equitable, health-aware decision-making at all levels.

OLDER ADULTS
Healthy aging network (HAN) Case study report
An innovative Prevention Research Centers (PRC) program, the Healthy Aging Research Network (HAN) is a group of nine PRCs focused on improving the health of older Americans by conducting quality prevention research, translation, and dissemination of findings.


Healthy aging research network environmental audit tool and protocol
This audit tool and protocol were designed to support a detailed quantitative and qualitative inquiry into community-scale and street-scale factors associated with physical activity in older adults.

Livable and senior friendly communities: North Carolina

Walk-wise Drive smart - A senior pedestrian safety campaign

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
Long-term effectiveness of interventions promoting physical activity: A systematic review
Published in upcoming issue of Preventive Medicine. This review is the first to provide evidence of long-term effectiveness in physical activity programs and these successful components should be considered when planning future interventions in adults.

Washington State Department of Health – Nutrition and physical activity strategy
To help the people of Washington get healthier, the Department of Health is working with communities, schools, employers, and healthcare providers to make changes that will make it easier for us to make healthy choices in our daily lives.

White Paper on sport: an-other step to tackle obesity
The White Paper on Sport is focused on the societal role of sport which comprises the enhancement of public health through physical activity but also, the economic dimension and organisations in Europe, and the subsequent follow-up of the measures taken.

URBAN DESIGN
FHWA University Course on Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation
Designed for engineering and planning students, the FHWA University Course contains modular resource material that is intended for use in university courses on bicycle and pedestrian transportation. The Student Workbook contains 24 lessons that span a wide range of topics including an introduction to bicycling and walking issues, planning and designing for bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and supporting elements and programs.

WORKPLACE

The Green Bike Project (GBP)
Will provide 200 new commuter bikes - and 100 tune ups for existing bikes - to commuters in return for their pledge to reduce drive-alone commuting by 60% during the project.

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