January 23, 2009

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc

The more cyclists the safer
There is plenty of evidence showing that cycling gets safer the more cyclists there are. In London there has been a 91% increase in cycle use on the capital's main roads since 2000, and a 33% reduction in cycle casualties in roughly the same period.

Skimping on sidewalks 2008: An analysis of pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities in New Jersey
Though pedestrian and cyclist deaths fell between 2007 and 2006, this report finds that NJ has made little progress towards a 1998 goal of halving ped/bike deaths by 2010 -- and seniors are most at risk of dying as a pedestrian. The report also shows that municipal demand for bike/ped funding far exceeds the state's ability to support those types of projects, with applications outstripping awards by almost 10-to-1.

Physical Activity to Combat Chronic Diseases and Escalating Health Care Costs: The Unfilled Prescription.
Franklin, Barry A Current Sports Medicine Reports May/Jun2008, Vol. 7 Issue 3, p122 4p.
The author reflects on the cause and prevention of chronic diseases in the U.S. He assessed that chronic diseases, such as coronary artery diseases (CAD), are stimulated by the increased reliance on technology and lead to higher health care cost. He suggested that the physicians and other health care providers should refer their patients to medically based exercise programs, thus more individuals may realize the cardioprotective and health benefits that physical activity can provide.

Physical Activity Recommendations for Children and Adolescents with Chronic Disease
Morris, Patrick J Current Sports Medicine Reports Nov/Dec2008, Vol. 7 Issue 6, p353 6p.
Recent research involving youth with cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, cystic fibrosis, asthma, diabetes, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, and hemophilia suggest positive effects of exercise therapy upon the aerobic capacity, functional ability, and quality of life of children and adolescents with disabilities and chronic diseases.

Canadian Abilities Foundation
The Canadian Abilities Foundation is excited to announce the launch of our new web site.
** NOTE** they have a Health + Activity section (click on the tab along the top).

The Health Benefits and Economics of Physical Activity
Myers, Jonathan Current Sports Medicine Reports Nov/Dec2008, Vol. 7 Issue 6, p314 3p.
The author reflects on the health importance of physical activity. He states that physical activity is linked with physiological adaptations and assists to avoid the development of various chronic diseases.

Let Us Play -- Fitness Is Fun!
Smith, Angela D Current Sports Medicine Reports Sep/Oct2008, Vol. 7 Issue 5, p248 2p.
The author reflects on the loss of physical play that improved fitness in the U.S. She states that with the modern conveniences, computer, cars and sprawling communities, people engineered physical activity out of their daily lives. She adds that people must build physical activity back into daily living, and critical in the fight against obesity increased physical activity decreases health risk for both normal weigh and overweight people.

National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity (NCPPA)
The National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity's mission is to unite the strengths of public, private, and industry efforts into collaborative partnerships that inspire and empower all Americans to lead more physically active lifestyles.

It's the Sprawl Stupid! What's Driving Connecticut's Traffic Congestion
This fact sheet explains the cycle of sprawl and congestion which has led to vast increases in Connecticut’s per capita traffic delay and vehicle-miles traveled over the last two decades. It recommends that CT embrace smart growth policies and create a transit village program that would provide state funding and incentives to interested towns.

10 Good Reasons to Promote Health in Your Workplace

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