February 27,2009

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc

Alberta Centre for Active Living

Strategies for promoting cycling as an alternative form of transport for local journeys.

Living streets library
Living Streets has developed a library of some 5,000 items relating to streets and walking. There is lots more to find on this site, be sure to browse the topics in the left hand navigation column.

Personal travel planning
Personal Travel Planning (PTP) is a technique that delivers information, incentives and motivation to individuals to help them voluntarily make sustainable travel choices. It seeks to overcome habitual use of the car, enabling more journeys to be made on foot, by bike, bus, train or in shared cars. PTP forms an important part of UK national and local transport policy, contributing to the suite of tools promoted under the general heading of ‘smarter choices’.

Promoting walking as a healthy and more preferable option to the motor car for short journeys.

Kids Sports (from Statistics Canada)
This article will examine trends in regular organized sports participation of children aged 5 to 14, using data from the General Social Surveys (GSS) of 1992 and 2005. It will also look at the factors that influence children’s participation in sports including parental involvement in sports, socio-demographic characteristics of the family, and geography.

Organized extracurricular activities of Canadian children and youth
Report released by Statistics Canada September 2008.

Parent and child reports of children's activity
Report released by Statistics Canada August 2008.

YMCA of Greater Toronto launches Strong Kids Campaign
The YMCA Strong Kids focus is to raise much needed financial support for children, teens and families who are unable to afford the full cost of participation in a YMCA program or activity.

Early Child Development and Chronic Disease
The report provides several examples of Canadian best practice programs that have proven to be effective in improving the health of babies and young children and may lower their future risk of chronic disease as well as recommendations for concrete actions. (Physical activity is mentioned a number of times).

Healthy Weights Halton newsletter
the inaugural newsletter for Healthy Weights: Halton Takes Action. This initiative, based on the socio-ecological model, will help to address the rising rates of childhood obesity in Halton.

Obesity on the job
International studies have found that the combination of a sedentary job and poor eating habits often leads to obesity, which can put the heart at risk and pave the way for a litany of other diseases.

Developing Effective Physical Activity Programs
This new book emphasizes the move away from a one-size-fits-all approach to physical activity interventions by providing evidence-based recommendations for designing, implementing, and evaluating more effective and appropriate physical activity interventions for women, overweight and obese populations, older adults, and ethnically diverse populations.

Who Participates In Active Leisure? Canadian Social Trends
This article (published in 2009) looks at the factors influencing active leisure activities of Canadians aged 20 and over. It will also examine which groups are more likely to participate in active leisure in 2005. Check out the document link (pdf or html) and also check out the 'subject' links (scroll down) for even more data.

The University’s Role in the Dissemination of Research and Scholarship — A Call to Action
This paper intends to provide guidance to identify actions that should be taken to expand the dissemination of the full range of products of the university community’s research and scholarship. It offers a broader vision for the university’s role and provides a series of recommended actions, both for campus leaders and for collective action by the university community.

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