February 13, 2009

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc

Early Childhood programs
Anyone caring for children (parents, carers, child care professionals) has an important role in nurturing their growth and development. Physical activity is a great way to do this. The following resources will give you ideas on how to include activity into a child's day. Includes: Move Baby Move, Active Alphabet, Let’s Get Moving and Moving With Young Children.

Type 2 Diabetes Prevention: Fact sheet
New – November 2008.

Cost Effectiveness of Community-Based Physical Activity Interventions
Am J Preventive Medicine Volume 35, Issue 6, Pages 578-588 (December 2008)
They report: “All of the evaluated physical activity interventions appeared to reduce disease incidence, to be cost-effective, and—compared with other well-accepted preventive strategies—to offer good value for money. The results support using any of the seven evaluated interventions as part of public health efforts to promote physical activity.”

CRD’s guidance for undertaking reviews in health care
Provides practical guidance for undertaking evidence synthesis based on a thorough understanding of systematic review methodology. It presents the core principles of systematic reviewing, and in complementary chapters, highlights issues that are specific to reviews of clinical tests, public health interventions, adverse effects, and economic evaluations. The final chapter discusses the incorporation of qualitative research in or alongside effectiveness reviews.

Healthy Images
Healthy Images is a collection of photographs and images that portray positive, healthy lifestyles by incorporating safe usage of equipment, clothing, and physical environments (including sun safety), appropriate skill levels and supervision. All images may be used free of charge, with prior permission from the Public Health Agency of Canada, only to promote healthy lifestyles and for non-commercial purposes. The Public Health Agency of Canada must be credited when an image is used. (There are 3 Galleries - scroll to the bottom of the page to find links to the next two).

Exercise & Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide from the National Institute on Aging
This guide shows you many types of exercise and physical activity. It also has lots of tips to help you be active in ways that suit your lifestyle, interests, health, and budget, whether you’re just starting out, getting back to exercising after a break, or fit enough to run a 3-mile race. It’s for everyone — people who are healthy and those who live with an ongoing health problem or disability.

2009 Alberta Survey on Physical Activity
The Alberta Centre for Active Living has conducted the Alberta Survey of Physical Activity every other year for almost a decade to monitor the physical activity levels of Albertans.

CFLRI revives Research File/Active Tips
CFLRI and ParticipACTION have begun producing the Research File and Tips for Being Active again. On the homepage you'll see the note under CFLRI News and the *NEW* by the links in the left hand nav column.

Change4Life – Eat Well, Move More, Live Longer
From the UK - Change4Life is a society-wide movement that aims to prevent people from becoming overweight by encouraging them to eat better and move more.

The EU Platform on Diet, Physical Activity and Health: Third Monitoring Progress Report
Presents an overview of the achievements of the European Union Platform on Diet, Physical Activity and Health in 2007. The Platform was established in 2005 and brings together stakeholders from across Europe, all of whom are undertaking actions to improve the health of European citizens.

When it comes to making your family happy and healthy, there's no time to spend messing around. There are a lot of food myths and activity myths out there, and so it's easy to be confused about what to listen to. With the help of these mythbusters, you will soon become expert at telling right from wrong.

Prevention Institute: Nutrition and Physical Activity section
The factors that influence eating and activity, including the characteristics of the environments in which we live, play, work, and learn, are increasingly beyond an individual’s control. Prevention Institute helps identify ways to improve community environments so that healthy eating and physical activity become the easy choice.
Promising Strategies for Creating Healthy Eating and Active Living Environments
The scan identified many promising strategies that could be translated into policies and organizational practice.

Inequality in the Built Environment Underlies Key Health Disparities in Physical Activity and Obesity
PEDIATRICS Vol. 117 No. 2 February 2006, pp. 417-424
They found: “Higher-SES block groups had a significantly greater relative odds of having 1 or more facilities. Low-SES and high-minority block groups were less likely to have facilities. Relative to zero facilities per block group, an increasing number of facilities was associated with decreased overweight and increased relative odds of achieving 5 bouts per week of moderate-vigorous PA.”

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