November 27, 2008

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc

Children and physical activity: a systematic review of barriers and facilitators
This review was undertaken to address what is known about the barriers to, and facilitators of, physical activity amongst children aged four to 10. It aimed to bring together the findings from 'qualitative' as well as 'quantitative' research on these barriers and facilitators.

Almanac of chronic disease 2008

Partnership to fight chronic disease
The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) is a national coalition of patients, providers, community organizations, business and labor groups and health policy experts committed to raising awareness of the number one cause of death, disability, and rising health care costs in the United States: chronic disease.

Community mapping kit: Healthy eating and active living
If you're interested in creating a map for your neighborhood, you're in the right place!
Open the first link to read more and follow the instructions from there.

Prevention for a healthier California: Investments in disease prevention yield significant savings, stronger communities
Physical activity is mentioned throughout.

A framework for identifying high-impact interventions to promote reductions in late-life disability
Lots of physical activity information here.

How healthy is prime time? An analysis of health content in popular prime time television programs
Note: they track “exercise” instead of physical activity.

LIN office goes virtual!
Effective November 28, the LIN staff will start working in a virtual office! LIN will maintain a small office and mailing address which can be used for meetings, but all staff will be working from home.

Television as a Health Educator: A Case Study of GREY´S ANATOMY
The study reported on here was the result of a unique opportunity to place a health storyline in one of the top-rated shows on television.

Increasing home access: Designing for visitability
A different concept from full accessibility and universal design.

Report on childhood obesity

Schemes to promote healthy weight among obese and overweight children in England

Physical activity is mentioned throughout the document.
School Nutrition Programs and the Incidence of Childhood Obesity

August 2008 from Germany. “In light of the recent rise in childhood obesity, the School Breakfast Program (SBP) and National School Lunch Program (NSLP) have received renewed attention. Using panel data on over 13,500 primary school students, we assess the relationship between SBP and NSLP participation and (relatively) long-run measures of child weight.”

Social and environmental interventions to reduce childhood obesity: a systematic map of reviews
This report describes a systematic map of existing research reviews relating to social and environmental interventions aimed at reducing or preventing obesity and overweight. Its focus is on research which has included children and young people.

Cost effectiveness of community-based physical activity interventions
Roux, L., et al Am J Prev Med. 2008 Dec;35(6):578-88.
This study assessed the cost-effectiveness of population-wide strategies to promote physical activity in adults and followed disease incidence over a lifetime. All of the evaluated physical activity interventions appeared to reduce disease incidence, to be cost-effective……

Designing for mobile: A walk in the park
Describes the Park Walk Project where participants use a specially programmed application on a mobile phone, connected via Bluetooth with a GPS device, to see images and hear stories mapped to various locations, enabling an exploration of the social, cultural, and natural history of Toronto’s Grange Park.

The environment and active living
A factsheet.

Minding our bodies: Physical activity for mental health
Minding Our Bodies is a two-year project (2008-2010). Our goal is to increase capacity within the community mental health system in Ontario to promote active living and to create new opportunities for physical activity for people with serious mental illness to support recovery.

A documentary oral history project that records stories and memories told about specific geographic locations…. In each of these locations we install a [murmur] sign with a telephone number on it that anyone can call with a mobile phone to listen to that story…. Some stories suggest that the listener walk around, following a certain path through a place, while others allow a person to wander with both their feet and their gaze.

The role of community programs and mass events in promoting physical activity to patients
Bauman, A., Murphy, N., Lane, A. (2008). British Journal of Sports Medicine, Online First.
“The central idea of this paper is that clinicians could take a more pro-active role in
community physical activity promotion, as they did in the anti-smoking movements in
previous decades. Clinicians should routinely ask about physical activity, as it is central
to chronic disease prevention.”

Walking, cycling, and obesity rates in Europe, North America, and Australia
Stevens, M., de Jong, J., Lemmink, K., Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 2008; 5, 795–814.
Walking and bicycling are far more common in European countries than in the United States, Australia, and Canada. Active transportation is inversely related to obesity in these countries. Although the results do not prove causality, they suggest that active transportation could be one of the factors that explain international differences in obesity rates.

Effective dissemination of findings from research
Knowledge Translation……..The essays presented in this book have grown out of a workshop on effective dissemination of findings from research organized by the Institute of Health Economics (IHE), that was held two years ago at the University of Alberta. The publication includes some of the material presented at that workshop.

Assessing the physical environment
Assessing a community’s physical environment, especially aspects related to walking and cycling is becoming more important as physical activity recommendations focus on active living and incorporating moderate intensity activity into daily life.

Creating healthy environments: A review of links between the physical environment, physical activity and obesity.
This document comprises two parts: an Overview Report that provides an integrated summary of how physical environments can influence physical activity, nutrition and obesity; and a Technical Report that provides a review of public health research on this topic.

Healthy by design: A planners’ guide to environments for active living
In line with the Heart Foundation’s ethos of promoting healthy lifestyles, this resource is designed to make it easier for planners to incorporate healthier design Considerations into daily planning decisions.

Healthy urban environments site assessment audit
The Healthy Urban Environments Site Assessment Audit is an audit instrument designed to be used by practitioners and consumers.

Involving the community in assessing the environment
There is potential for members of the community to play a significant role in assessing the physical environment for physical activity. Involving community members can lead to the initiation of positive environmental changes.

Planning and design guidelines resources
A great list of resources from Australia.

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