April 17, 2009

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc

Alberta Centre for Active Living

A Citizen's Guide to Better Streets: How to Engage Your Transportation Agency
Project for Public Spaces (PPS) and AARP have released of a series of transportation books aimed at helping citizens have an impact on transportation planning in their communities.

Ravenel Bridge encourages exercise
Charleston Moves and the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League have released a study showing that two-thirds of people who walk, run, or bike on the new Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge say they're exercising more since the opening of the very popular pedestrian path.

Transit and Health: Mode of Transport, Employer-Sponsored Public Transit Pass Programs, and Physical Activity
Journal of Public Health Policy (2009) 30, S73–S94
We found a positive association between public transit trips and meeting the physical activity recommendation by using walking for transportation. For car trips (as a driver), this relationship was negative. Having and using an employer-sponsored transit pass was also associated with meeting the physical activity recommendation when compared with both non-walkers and moderate walkers. (As mentioned previously, access to this supplement is free – be sure to check out the table of contents!).

Promoting Children's Health Through Physically Active Math Classes: A Pilot Study
Health Promotion Practice 2009, online first 25 March 2009.
The purpose of this pilot study is to examine the effects of integrating PA with mathematics content on math class and school day PA levels of elementary students.

Healthy Societies: Addressing 21st Century Health Challenges
Physical Activity and Well-Being are mentioned many times. “…. strongly commend this report to all South Australians, to those who make and implement health and social policy in the State, and to all those committed to living a healthy life and to creating a healthy society for the future.”

National Accounts of Well-being: bringing real wealth onto the balance sheet
This document presents a radical, robust proposal to guide the direction of modern societies and the lives of people who live in them. It demonstrates why national governments should directly measure people’s subjective well-being: their experiences, feelings and perceptions of how their lives are going. It calls for these measures to be collected on a regular, systematic basis and published as National Accounts of Well-being. The measures are needed because the economic indicators which governments currently rely on tell us little about the relative success or failure of countries in supporting a good life for their citizens.

Rapid Evidence Assessment Toolkit sitemap
Reviewing evidence properly takes time, but there are various techniques that can be used. This toolkit will help researchers to identify whether a Rapid Evidence Assessment is best for their needs, and help with the process of planning and carrying out a review.

UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research
The Centre stimulates scientific enquiry into population health and into ways in which health services can best be organized, funded and delivered. Our researchers and staff carry out a diverse program of research and development designed to deliver data, tools and analysis useful in understanding and renewing health care, and in improving the health of Canadians.

Recommendations on physical activity for health for older Australians
Physical activity is important for health and wellbeing. This page outlines the five physical activity recommendations for older Australians.

Imitative Obesity and Relative Utility
Using Eurobarometer data on 29 countries, this paper provides cross-sectional evidence that overweight perceptions and dieting are influenced by a person’s relative BMI, and longitudinal evidence from the German Socioeconomic Panel that well-being is influenced by relative BMI. Highly educated people see themselves as fatter − at any given actual weight − than those with low education. These results should be treated cautiously, and fixed-effects estimates are not always well-determined, but there are grounds to take seriously the possibility of socially contagious obesity.

Socioeconomic effects on meeting physical activity guidelines: Comparisons among 32 countries
Medicine & Science in Sports and Exercise, April 2009, 41:4
Levels of MVPA during adolescence showed consistent patterns across countries in relation to age, gender, and social class. The limited effect of age on PA in countries where the influence of social class was less strong suggests the possibility of a moderating effect of context in the development of habits acquired during childhood.

Work Health
WorkSafe Victoria has launched this new state-wide workplace health program.

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