March 27, 2009

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc

Alberta Centre for Active Living

An Overview of the Health of the Métis Population
Released by Statistics Canada February 09. Increasing exercise was identified by participants as the most important thing they could do to improve their health.

Amenities and Programs that Encourage Active Transportation in All Seasons
This Transport Canada issue paper reviews the most common barriers and benefits, provides information on general measures that can be taken to encourage active transportation, and also looks at a selection of successful initiatives.

Moving On Sustainable Transportation (MOST) Program
Transport Canada has established the Moving on Sustainable Transportation (MOST) Program to support projects that produce the kinds of education, awareness and analytical tools we need if we are to make sustainable transportation a reality. (Be sure to look at the list of previously funded projects for a better idea of the kinds of things that can be done.)

Children, Youth and Transport – Information for Health and Recreation Professionals
A series of booklets from the Centre for Sustainable Transportation dealing with the needs of Children and Youth when planning transportation and land use.

Children, Youth and Transport – Information for Educators
Children, youth and transport – Information for Municipal Officials
Children, Youth and Transport – Information for Parents
Children, Youth and Transport – Information for Youth

Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities
A national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will help 70 communities across the USA to reshape their environments to support healthy living and prevent childhood obesity.

National Policy & Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity
NPLAN provides leaders in the childhood obesity prevention field with focused legal research, model policies, fact sheets, toolkits, training and technical assistance to explain legal issues related to public health. Our goal is to help create strong childhood obesity policy interventions…

Community Interventions for Health
This initiative acts upon the urgent need to design, implement and assess cost-effective comprehensive interventions for all three risk factors (poor diet, tobacco use, lack of physical activity), adaptable to different cultures and communities. The research is unique in its scale and scope - the interventions will be tracked across multiple countries and multiple settings: schools, healthcare centres, workplaces and local communities.

Oxford Health Alliance
This registered charity is about preventing and reducing the global impact of chronic disease. It stands for innovative action with diverse stakeholders around three risk factors – tobacco use, physical inactivity and poor diet.

Community Gardens
These model policy "packages" explain why land use policies are important for supporting and protecting community gardens and farmers' markets, and provide model general plan and zoning language to encourage these uses.

How to Use Redevelopment to Create Healthy Communities
This fact sheet is designed to give advocates a general introduction to how redevelopment works and highlight ways for advocates to engage in the process.

Joint use Agreements Between Schools and Communities
Many communities lack safe, adequate places for children and their families to exercise and play. Schools might have a variety of recreational facilities —gymnasiums, playgrounds, fields, courts, tracks —but many districts close their property to the public after school hours because of concerns about costs, vandalism, security, maintenance, and liability in the event of injury…..

Leadership for Healthy Communities
Based in Washington, D.C., Leadership for Healthy Communities is a $10-million national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation designed to support local and state government leaders nationwide in their efforts to reduce childhood obesity through public policies that promote active living, healthy eating and access to healthy foods.

Local Government Commission: Healthy Communities
An active living community is designed to provide opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to engage in routine daily physical activity. Provides resources and links to even more resources.

Mentally Healthy Communities: A Collection of Papers
CPHI commissioned eight experts to share their thoughts on the following questions: What are mentally healthy communities? and what makes some communities more mentally healthy or resilient than others?

California Pan-Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN)
CPEHN works to ensure that all Californians have access to quality health care and can live healthy lives. As the country becomes increasingly diverse, CPEHN's multicultural perspective is more and more critical. We gather the strength of communities of color to build a united and powerful voice in health advocacy. Together, we're working to evolve health care from a one-size-fits-all approach to a system that works for people from all cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

State of the Evidence Review on Urban Health and Healthy Weights
To generate and synthesize knowledge in its theme areas of Healthy Weights and Place and Health (with a focus on urban health), CPHI commissioned a systematic literature review of the evidence on associations between modifiable characteristics of urban environments and healthy weights.

Healthy Eating Active Living Convergence Partnership
A collaboration of funders who have come together with the shared goal of changing policies and environments to better achieve the vision of healthy people living in healthy places. (Be sure to explore the links in the left hand nav column, to see even more documents and resources.)

World Cross Country Fitness Challenge
A new on-line activity tracker. The program challenges the participants to run, walk, swim, bike, row, ski, skate, roller blade or wheel chair their way across the world without leaving home.

Regional Development and Physical Activity: Issues and Strategies for Promoting Health Equity
The paper explores the connection between development patterns, physical activity, and poor health.

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