Thursday

December 18, 2008

Welcome to the final Physical Activity Information Round-Up for
2008. We’ll be taking a couple weeks off for the holidays.
From all of us here at the Centre, we'd like to wish you a
Merry Christmas and a Happy
and Healthy New Year!

ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION
Making a Pedestrian Master Plan that Makes a Difference: A National Survey of Pedestrian Master Plans
Feet First conducted a national survey of master plans aimed at advocates, community members, and government agencies/consultants in order to get a better idea of things….

What are the benefits of complete streets?
Use this fact sheet at public meetings, to share with elected officials, and spread the word on how complete streets improve safety for everyone. Other fact sheets are also offered.

What does the term road diet mean?
A primer…

What is traffic calming?
A primer…

CHILDREN

A Community–School District–University Partnership for Assessing Physical Activity of Tweens
Prev Chronic Dis 2009;6(1).
Capitalizing on leadership from multiple community-based organizations to monitor youth physical activity may inspire implementation of strategies for motivating youth to try new games and sports that they can sustain through the adolescent years and beyond.

Association Between Sedentary Behavior, Physical Activity, and Obesity: Inactivity Among Active Kids
Prev Chronic Dis 2009;6(1).
Conclusion: Sedentary behavior may moderate the relationship between physical activity and overweight. Developing a better understanding of sedentary behavior in relation to physical activity and overweight is critical for preventing and reducing overweight among youth.

Child Care as an Untapped Setting for Obesity Prevention: State Child Care Licensing Regulations Related to Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Media Use for Preschool-Aged Children in the United States
Prev Chronic Dis 2009;6(1).
Conclusion: Opportunities exist for strengthening state licensing regulations to prevent childhood obesity. The increasing prevalence of childhood obesity underscores the urgency for state policy efforts to create child care environments that foster healthful eating and participation in physical activity.

Hub for Action on School Transportation Emissions (HASTE)
HASTE is a new project that supports schools and their communities taking action on reducing transportation emissions in British Columbia. It's an online resource and networking centre, designed to help students, teachers and schools improve the health of individuals, communities and the environment.

Influences of Physical and Social Neighborhood Environments on Children’s Physical Activity and Obesity
American Journal of Public Health (2008) on-line prior to print version.
Conclusions: Our findings suggest that neighborhood social factors as well as the physical environment should be considered in the development of health policy and interventions to reduce childhood obesity.

Safe Routes to School Improves the Built Environment
In this recently released report (pdf), Safe Routes to School National Partnership focuses on case studies describing how ten states (California, District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, New York, Oklahoma, Texas and Virginia) are awarding their SRTS federal funds to support improved infrastructure such as sidewalks, bike lanes, pathways, improved intersections, traffic calming, and more.

School Policy Framework - Implementation of the Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health
The overall purpose of this tool is to guide policy-makers at national and sub-national levels in the development and implementation of policies that promote healthy eating and physical activity in the school setting through changes in environment, behaviour and education.

CHRONIC DISEASE
Exercise and Physical Activity in the Prevention and Treatment of Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease
A Statement From the Council on Clinical Cardiology (Subcommittee on Exercise, Rehabilitation, and Prevention) and the Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Metabolism (Subcommittee on Physical Activity).

COMMUNITY
Active Roma: A healthy active community
Just launched this sites aim is to inspire a healthy, active Roma community through supporting residents to make healthy lifestyle choices including physical activity and nutrition.

Creating liveable new communities: Checklist for liveability planning
This checklist has been designed as a tool to support Precinct Structure Planning for creating liveable new communities in Melbourne’s growth areas. It has been designed for multiple users including developers, local government, State Government agencies, other key providers of infrastructure and services and the Growth Areas Authority.

MISCELLANEOUS
BHFNC 8th Annual Conference, ‘Opening Doors to an Active Life
All the keynote and workshop presentations from the Conference are now available to download.

Effect of exposure to natural environment on health inequalities: an observational population study
The Lancet, Volume 372, Issue 9650, Pages 1655 - 1660, 8 November 2008
Studies have shown that exposure to the natural environment, or so-called green space, has an independent effect on health and health-related behaviours. We postulated that income-related inequality in health would be less pronounced in populations with greater exposure to green space, since access to such areas can modify pathways through which low socioeconomic position can lead to disease.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
ACSM's Activity & Health Policy Network News
The second issue of the AHPN Newsletter continued with providing more information for members to get politically involved. The second issue informs members about three pieces of legislation at the federal level. Most important, was the Physical Activity and Guidelines for Americans Act of 2008. Followed by The Fitness Integrated with Teaching Kids Act (FIT Kids Act) and Human Growth Hormone Restriction Act of 2007.

Charting and Changing the Policy Landscape: Promoting Physical Activity &
Reversing Physical Inactivity through Policy Solutions
This 'Call to Action' focuses on six key steps that would move policy initiatives into changing the future landscape of improving health and health care in the United States.

Improving Physical Activity Resource Guides to Bridge the Divide Between the Clinic and the Community
Prev Chronic Dis 2009;6(1),
Conclusion: Resource guides may offer a critical link between clinical services and community resources. Integrating guides with existing clinical systems, incorporating mechanisms for frequent updating, and providing multiple copies will help address provider concerns. Web-based resource guides may help achieve these goals.

Physical activity cost-benefit analyzer
This tool is intended to assist you in: Thinking about the costs and benefits of changing
your exercise behavior and determining what is involved in your decision to change your physical activity habits.

Physical activity tips, fact sheets
There are a whole bunch of information sheets here. Start with the first one. You can either go back to the initial list or scroll to the bottom of that page to see more links. It seems the lists at the end of the documents are not entirely the same as the initial list. There is lots and lots to look at! Also don’t forget to click on the links to their FAQ’s and Tips Sheets – you’ll find them in the left hand column.

Physical activity tip sheets in other languages
Tips sheets in Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Italian and Vietnamese.

Predictors of Increased Physical Activity in the Active for Life Program
Prev Chronic Dis 2009;6(1)
Conclusion: For 6 of the 8 variables associated with differential outcomes, the least active group improved the most, which suggests that the programs worked especially well for participants most in need. Participants who were older than 75 years (both groups) and those who reported lower physical activity social support (in the telephone-based program) on entry did not respond as well and may require alternative or more intensive intervention strategies.

Relationship of Perceived Environmental Characteristics to Leisure-Time Physical Activity and Meeting Recommendations for Physical Activity in Texas
Prev Chronic Dis 2009;6(1),
Conclusion: Perceptions of neighborhood characteristics and reported use of facilities were related to physical activity and to meeting recommendations for physical activity, with stronger associations for women than for men. Interventions to increase levels of physical activity among Texans should be informed by multilevel assessments including environmental characteristics and by attention to important subpopulations.

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