March 12, 2009

By Rosanne Prinsen

Alberta Centre for Active Living

Child Traffic Safety: Resource guide for educators, parents and the community
Every year in Alberta, approximately 400* children are injured or killed in pedestrian and bike related incidents. These tragedies are preventable….. Alberta Transportation Office of Traffic Safety launched a back-to-school safety program aimed at raising awareness about the importance of teaching children about pedestrian safety.

What is active transportation?
Information from the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Healthy Living Unit.

Active and Safe Routes to School
Green Communities Active & Safe Routes to School is a comprehensive community-based initiative that taps into the increasingly urgent demand for safe, walkable neighborhoods. It promotes the use of active and efficient transportation for the daily trip to school, addressing health and traffic safety issues while taking action on air pollution and climate change.

Canadian Active & Safe Routes to School Partnership *NEW*
The Canadian Active & Safe Routes to School Partnership is a national group working to increase the number of school-aged children who travel to school using active, sustainable and safe modes of transportation.

CDC Kids Walk to School Resources
To support the national goal of better health through physical activity, CDC's Nutrition and Physical Activity Program has developed KidsWalk-to-School. This is a community-based program that aims to increase opportunities for daily physical activity by encouraging children to walk to and from school in groups accompanied by adults.

Kids Walk to School - A Guide to Promote Walking to School
KidsWalk-to-School is for anyone who wants to make traveling to and from school a safe, active, and enjoyable part of children’s lives again. The program is great for neighborhoods that have an elementary school within walking distance—usually within a mile. But the KidsWalk-to-School program can also be adapted for children of all ages, those who live in neighborhoods further from the school and those in neighborhoods without safe routes to school.

Way to go! School Program
The Way to Go! School Program is an active and safe routes to school initiative for communities in British Columbia, Canada. As of July 2008 The Way to Go! School Program is exclusively a web based resource. This website will provide you with the information and tools needed to help your school develop safer, healthier transportation alternatives as well as incorporate fitness, environmental awareness and a sense of community at your school.

Costs of Chronic Disease: Trends Alert
This 2006 US report notes that between 1980 and 2010, the portion of the nation’s GDP spent on health is projected to roughly double……

Keeping People with Diabetes Healthy
(2008) This brief informs state policymakers about what diabetes is, how it affects people and states, and what strategies can help improve diabetes management; it also provides examples of effective state programs.

BC Healthy Community Newsletter
Welcome to the first joint newsletter provided by BC Healthy Communities and the BC Healthy Living Alliance (BCHLA) Community Capacity Building strategy.

BC Healthy Living Alliance Newsletters
You can sign up to be on their distribution list or scroll down to read past issues.

Stay Active, Eat Healthy
Stay Active Eat Healthy encourages recreation facilities and local government buildings to make the healthy choice the easy choice for community members purchasing food or beverage products where they live, work, learn and play. (3 different sections for: site managers, industry or consumers).

Age-Friendly Communities
Presentation overview of the work that is being done by jurisdictions across Canada on Age-Friendly Communities, including support and promotion from the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Keeping the Aging Population Healthy
(2007) State legislators can play a key role in preserving health in the aging population by promoting healthy aging, broadening the use of preventive services, facilitating healthy lifestyles, and supporting efforts to allow older Americans to remain independent and “age in place.”

Livable Communities: Aging and Disability
The Canadian Centre on Disability Studies is a consumer-directed, university affiliated centre, dedicated to research, education and information dissemination on disability issues nationally and internationally. Through our activities we promote full and equal participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of society.

Access to Recreation for Low-Income Families in Ontario: Promising Practices Guide
This Promising Practices Guide, funded by the Canadian Recreation and Parks Association (CPRA) “Everybody gets to play” initiative, provides examples of progressive and innovative policies and practices that can enhance access to recreation for low-income families in Ontario.

Preventing Diseases through Physical Activity
This (2007) Legislator Policy Brief provides state policymakers with key background information about physical activity among youth and adults and identifies proven, cost-effective policy and legislative strategies to promote active lifestyles.

Breaking Barriers not Bones: 2008 National report card on osteoporosis care
Physical activity is mentioned a number of times.

WHO Women and Physical Activity
Link to the updated web-site.

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