January 16, 2009

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc

Pedestrians 2008
Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2073; Dec. 31, 2008
This issue includes 14 papers on topics like evaluating a pedestrian safety demonstration project, video monitoring of pedestrians at signalized intersections, characteristics and circumstances of collision-involved pedestrians, pedestrian collision risk assessment, and models to measure pedestrian activity at signalized intersections.

Special Issue of Medicine & Science in Sports and Exercise
July 2008, Volume 40, Issue 7 Supplement 1
A special issue focusing on the health benefits of walking.


Childhood motor skill proficiency as a predictor of adolescent physical activity
Journal of Adolescent Health published online 27 October 2008
This study examined the relationship between motor skill proficiency in childhood and later physical activity in adolescence.

Contribution of Early Weight Gain to Childhood Overweight and Metabolic Health: A Longitudinal Study
Pediatrics Vol. 123 No. 1 January 2009, pp. e67-e73

Strength Training by Children and Adolescents: Policy statement
Pediatrics Vol. 121 No. 4 April 2008, pp. 835-840

Opening doors to an Active life: how to engage inactive communities: Information sharing booklet
The booklet focuses on projects across the UK working to increase physical activity levels among the following inactive groups: Black and minority ethnic groups, People with mental ill health, Older adults, Socially deprived communities, Girls and women and People with disabilities.

Inclusion by design, Equality, diversity and the built environment
Until recently, discussion about equality and the built environment focused on physical access – or the lack of it. As physical access has improved, the discussion has widened to address cultural and economic access, recognizing that design plays a vital role in including, and often excluding, communities. It offers everyday examples from urban living demonstrating how good design can help create places that work for everyone.

KT Clearinghouse
The goal of this website is to provide a platform for which researchers interested in knowledge translation can draw on to enhance and facilitate implementation of KT initiatives.

Active living and diabetes: Building on our successes
Information and reports from this ALCOA project. Be sure to check out the left hand navigation column to see links to their other projects as well.

Guidance for Occupational therapy and physical activity interventions to promote the mental wellbeing of older people in primary and residential care
This guidance is for NHS primary care and other professionals who have a responsibility for promoting older people's mental wellbeing. This includes those working in local authorities and the wider public, private, voluntary and community sectors. It will also
be relevant for carers and family members who support older people.

Mental Wellbeing and Older People
A number of useful resources from the UK.

Healthy weight, healthy lives: A toolkit for developing local strategies
This toolkit is to help Local Authorities plan, coordinate and implement comprehensive strategies to prevent and manage overweight and obesity. It provides information and tools including useful statistics, practical initiatives, evidence of effectiveness, checklists, frameworks and examples of good practice.

Active Scotland
Still in its pilot stage – but worth a look and bookmarking.

Be Active Wa
Welcome to the Premier’s Physical Activity Taskforce (the Taskforce) website. Promoted under the be active wa banner, the Taskforce links government and community agencies to strengthen the promotion and development of physical activity programs for healthy lifestyles, for the environment and to build stronger communities.

The site offers information on how to be active, as well as provides information for government and community agencies on how to promote and support physical activity.

Connecting Newcomers to Sports and Coaching Opportunities in Atlantic Canada
For all Canadians, regardless of citizenship or immigration status, involvement in sport in
Canada is dependent upon personal resources and socio-economic status. In this study, we learned that this is indeed the case for new Canadians, with financial resources playing a key role in either affording or limiting their participation.

Halton Active Living Network
There are links to many good resources here. Click on the ‘home’ button at the top to be taken to the Choices 4 Health Coalition homepage.

Keys to exercise success
Tools, information sheets and videos from the American College of Sports Medicine

Impact of Urban Sprawl on Overweight, Obesity, and Physical Activity in Sydney, Australia
Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine. Published online 04 December 2008.

A preliminary analysis of barriers, intentions, and attitudes towards moderate physical activity in women who are overweight
Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport Volume 11, Issue 6, November 2008, Pages 558-561.
“There was a significant difference between these women in perceived behavioural control for moderate-intensity physical activity, as women who felt more in control of their physical activity behaviour were more likely to engage in physical activity than inactive women.

Physical activity and women aged 55 – 70
CAAWS Physical Activity and Women Aged 55 to 70 was a three-year project (September 2005 – August 2008) focused on increasing physical activity opportunities for women (ages 55 – 70). Many tools and resources have been published – check them out!

Creating healthy, active workplaces
A great web-site from Australia

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