March 6, 2009

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc

Alberta Centre for Active Living

Creating Walkable and Transit-Supportive Communities in Halton
Discussion paper identifies parameters/criteria that could/should be captured in the long-term land use planning process to encourage walkable and transit supportive communities. (Includes a great glossary of terms).

Walking and Cycling Reports
Links to a number of reports from the Victoria Transport Policy Institute.

The benefits of physical activity for youth with developmental disabilities: A systematic review
American Journal of Health Promotion Volume 23, Issue 3
Results indicate that there is reasonably strong evidence that children and adolescents with developmental disabilities achieve health benefits from participation in group exercise programs, treadmill training, or therapeutic horse riding/ hippotherapy. There is also evidence, of a less strong degree, for health benefits from adapted skiing or aquatic programs.

Arthritis Pain May Keep People with Heart Disease Physically Inactive
The study in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), found that arthritis is common among those having heart disease. Approximately 57 percent of adults with heart disease have arthritis.

Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance's Common Messages Project
The document includes a background on the need for common messages, an introduction to messages and related actions that health practitioners, organizations, and groups can take to collectively move forward in addressing chronic disease and its prevention.. (Includes a physical activity message.)

Policy and Action for Cancer Prevention - Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the Prevention of Cancer: a Global Perspective.
“The report tells us what kinds and how many cancer cases can be prevented, and it details 48 specific policy recommendations that would significantly reduce the burden of cancer now affecting more than 1.4 million Americans every year.”

Weight of the Nation Conference, July 27-29, 2009
Weight of the Nation is designed to provide a forum to highlight progress in the prevention and control of obesity through policy and environmental strategies and is framed around four intervention settings: community, medical care, school, and workplace.

Ready-to-use presentation on nutrition labeling
Produced by Health Canada this presentation has been developed for anyone who is in a position to educate consumers about how to make informed food choices.

Visual Periodic Table - Visual Literacy
“Here is a fun and useful tool to help you choose a presentation style! The color codes help you determine which of the options fit the data you have and the message you're trying to convey.”

Accelerometer Assessment of Physical Activity in Active, Healthy Older Adults
Journal of Aging and Physical Activity 17(1), January 2009
This study demonstrates the rich information that accelerometers provide about older adult activity patterns—information that might further our understanding of the relationship between physical activity and healthy aging.

Policies for Healthy Ageing: an Overview
The paper groups policies into four different types and within each, it describes the range of individual types of programs that can be brought to bear to enhance improved health of the elderly. A key policy issue in this area concerns whether such programs have a positive effect on health outcomes and whether they are cost effective. (Physical Activity is mentioned a number of times).

Appropriate Physical Activity Intervention Strategies for Weight Loss and Prevention of Weight Regain for Adults (Position Stand)
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise: Volume 41(2) February 2009pp 459-471
This updated Position Stand provides the physical activity workforce with the latest quality evidence on the most effective physical activity dose for preventing overweight and obesity and maintaining healthy weight. Optimum levels of physical activity outlined in the Position Stand should be adopted by existing and future physical activity and overweight/obesity programs to achieve the maximum population health benefits.

Be active, be healthy: a plan for getting the nation moving (UK)
Be active, be healthy establishes a new framework for the delivery of physical activity alongside sport for the period leading up to the London 2012 Olympic Games, Paralympic Games and beyond. Programs outlined in the plan will contribute to Government’s ambition of getting 2 million more people active by 2012 and have been designed to leave a lasting legacy from the Games.

Exercise Dose and Quality of Life
Archives of Internal Medicine Vol. 169 No. 3, February 9, 2009
Positive changes in all mental and physical aspects of quality of life, except bodily pain, were significantly related to physical activity. Higher doses of exercise were associated with larger improvements in mental and physical aspects of quality of life, giving a dose-response relationship. Additionally, these improvements occurred independently of both changes in weight and fitness.

Healthy spaces and places project (Australia)
The Healthy Spaces and Places project is developing a national planning guide and accompanying materials, addressing the relationship between people’s health and the built environment. (Be sure to look at the facts sheets found under the heading “links to further information”.

Mothers in Motion seeks Community Collaborators
A new section of the Mothers in Motion's website dedicated to Physical Activity Promoters who are assisting mothers of low socioeconomic status. Learn more about the barriers to this group, and find great tools and resources to assist you in structuring better programs to address accessibility, availability and affordability. In addition, CAAWS is seeking opportunities to collaborate with ten communities across Canada interested in developing and delivering a physical activity program and/or sport initiative for mothers of low socioeconomic status (LSES).

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