Friday

October 24, 2008

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc

Alberta Centre for Active Living

ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION
Cycling in the Netherlands
Based on the frequent requests for information from policy-makers, politicians and NGO’s from all over the world, the authors decided to produce a comprehensive brochure about cycling in the Netherlands, giving an actual overview on the results and findings of relevant studies and experiences. With this publication, we would also like to support the work of the UN ECE/WHO PEP programme to facilitate the exchange and dissemination of existing good practices in the different countries in the European region to promote safe conditions for people to walk and cycle in urban areas.

Walkability research tools - Summary report
Land Transport New Zealand released a report 15 Sept 08 that examines appropriate physical and operational variables related to walkability, and explores the development of a methodology for the collection of these variables.

What are the benefits of complete streets?
Many fact sheets and other information showing the benefits of complete streets.

CHILDREN
Green Hour
By giving our children a "Green Hour" a day -- a bit of time for unstructured play and interaction with the natural world -- we can set them on the path toward physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

Project energize
Project Energize is a project for primary schools to improve children's physical activity and nutrition, to improve their overall health.

Reducing childhood obesity through safer sport
Research conducted by the University of New South Wales found that parents are preventing their children from participating in sport and other recreational activity because of injury and safety concerns.

Safety guidelines for children and young people in sport and recreation
Smartplay has developed New safety guidelines for children and young people in sport and recreation.

SOGO Active
Sogo Active is designed by Coca-Cola Ltd., ParticipACTION, and an Advisory Committee of youth and organizations to help young Canadians between 13 and 19 to become more active by creating a physical activity movement by and for youth.

CHRONIC DISEASE
Factors influencing the adoption of an innovation: An examination of the uptake of the Canadian Heart Health Kit (HHK)
Implementation Science 2008, 3:41
The Healthy Heart Kit (HHK) is a risk management and patient education resource for the prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and promotion of cardiovascular health. Although previous studies have demonstrated the HHK's content validity and practical utility, no published study has examined physicians' uptake of the HHK and factors that shape its adoption.

Is integration of healthy lifestyle promotion into primary care feasible? Discussion and consensus sessions between clinicians and researchers
BMC Health Services Research 2008, 8:213
The adoption of a healthy lifestyle, including physical activity, a healthy diet, moderate alcohol consumption and abstinence from smoking, is associated with a major decrease in the incidence of chronic diseases and mortality. Primary health-care (PHC) services therefore attempt, with rather limited success, to promote such lifestyles in their patients. The objective of the present study is to ascertain the perceptions of clinicians and researchers within the Basque Health System of the factors that hinder or facilitate the integration of healthy lifestyle promotion in routine PHC setting.

Searches for evidence related to chronic disease: Focusing on intervention strategies
Here is a list of searches that relate to Specific Intervention Strategies. Each search includes articles that have been assessed as providing strong to moderate evidence related to chronic disease interventions.

CONFERENCES
Opening doors to an active life: how to engage inactive communities
The annual conference of the British Heart Foundation National Centre for Physical Activity and Health focuses on ways to increase physical activity in hard to reach groups.

OLDER ADULTS
Development of a nutrition and physical activity booklet to engage seniors
BMC Research Notes 2008, 1:77
This paper describes the development and process evaluation of an interactive booklet aimed at motivating older adults to improve their nutrition and physical activity.

OVERWEIGHT/OBESITY
F as in fat: How obesity policies are failing in America 2008
Although many promising programs have emerged in communities to promote healthy eating and exercise, they are not preventing the spread of obesity…….

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans
The 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans provide specific recommendations about the types and amounts of physical activity you need to do each week and how hard you need to work to gain substantial health benefits.
Extra activity needed to maintain weight loss.

Effect of exercise on 24-month weight loss maintenance in overweight women
Jakicic JM, Marcus BH, Lang W, Janney C. Effect of exercise on 24-month weight loss maintenance in overweight women. Arch Intern Med. 2008 Jul 28;168(14):1550-9. Researchers have estimated just how much physical activity overweight women need to keep extra pounds from coming back—and it’s a lot…..

Fitness, Diet, Health and Medical Cartoons
Cartoons for publications, web sites, presentations and other projects. Terms of use can be found at the bottom of the web-page. Don’t forget to navigate back to the homepage – there are many categories of cartoons available.

Mind guide to physical activity
Mind is a leading mental health charity in England and Wales and has produced information on many areas of mental health. Physical activity can boost mental wellbeing and change your outlook on life. It can help people with anxiety and depression, and might even prevent such problems from developing in the first place. This booklet provides practical advice about ways of building more activity into your life, and identifies ways to help you stick to a more active lifestyle. It's not designed to give detailed information about individual activities.

Physical activity and mental health
This chapter from the updated USA Physical Activity guidelines addresses 7 general questions about physical activity and mental health conditions. Each question includes subsections that focus on whether physical activity can protect against the onset of, or reduce, symptoms; whether the effects of physical activity on the symptoms differ by age, sex, race/ethnicity, or medical condition; and whether the effects of physical activity differ by the type, intensity, or timing of the physical activity.

Physical Activity for Everyone
The CDC, a key partner in developing and writing the 2008 US PA Guidelines, has re-designed and updated the Physical Activity for Everyone Web site. Here, you’ll find examples and tools to help you better understand how much activity you need to do on a regular basis, how to begin a sensible routine and how to be active your way by finding activities you enjoy and that fit into your lifestyle.

URBAN DESIGN
Neighborhoods and obesity in later life
Conclusions. The mechanisms by which neighborhood environment and weight status are linked in later life differ by gender, with economic and social environment aspects being important for men and built environment aspects being salient for women.

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