October 30, 2008

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc

Alberta Centre for Active Living

2007 Australian national children’s nutrition and physical activity survey
The objective of the Children’s Survey was to assess food and nutrient intake, physical activity participation and to measure weight, height and waist circumference in a sample of children aged 2–16 years randomly selected from across Australia.

Increasing active travel to school: Are we on the right track? A cluster randomised controlled trial from Sydney, Australia
A two-year multi-component program that included classroom activities, development of school Travel Access Guides, parent newsletters and improving environments with local councils.

Maximizing the sport experience for our children
This new documents from Canadian Sport for Life looks at the questions parents should be asking coaches, clubs, and themselves to ensure their child is not only being taught age appropriate technical skills, but also learning and gaining positive values in the process.

Phase II of the Canadian Best Practices Portal for Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention
Phase II will be available November 24th. In this version, users will find new content in mental health (in relation to home, community, school and workplace settings), obesity (in relation to protective and risk factors concerning physical activity, nutrition, tobacco, alcohol) and; newcomers/ immigrant health (as related to general chronic disease).

World health statistics 2008: full report
The global burden of disease is shifting from infectious diseases to noncommunicable diseases, with chronic conditions such as heart disease and stroke now being the chief causes of death globally, according to a new WHO report.

Finding Balance
This website is dedicated to helping seniors prevent a fall before it happens so they can stay mobile and independent.

The Groningen Active Living Model, an example of successful recruitment of sedentary and underactive older adults
The GALM recruitment strategy demonstrates an effective way of method for reaching and community-dwelling sedentary and underactive older adults in the community. Future physical activity programs should consider strategies of this kind when recruiting people who will benefit the most from such a program.

Guidelines for intergenerational physical activity programs
Recognizing an opportunity for intergenerational programs to support generations being physically active together, work got underway to research, write and disseminate a new guide to implementing intergenerational physical activity.

Study Reveals Factors of Exceptional Health in Old Age
Elderly people who have a positive outlook, lower stress levels, moderate alcohol consumption, abstention from tobacco, moderate to higher income and no chronic health conditions are more likely to thrive in their old age, according to a study in the October issue of the Journals of Gerontology, Medical Sciences.

The impact of the built environment on the health of the population: A review of the review literature
The purpose of this literature review is to provide the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) with an overview of the evidence of the impacts of land use planning and the way in which the built environment is designed on the health of the population.

The female athlete perspective
This new documents from Canadian Sport for Life discusses the participation of women and girls in physical activity and sport.

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