April 9, 2009

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc

Alberta Centre for Active Living

Healthy and Active Transport Program: HEAT Policy Proposal
The authors propose the creation of a national active transport infrastructure program to assist local government create liveable communities that are resilient to the emerging issues of climate change, high fuel prices, traffic congestion and the need for active, healthy living.
The program would fund significant, high-quality cycling and walking infrastructure projects, to develop and improve accessible alternative transport options for local short trips, demanded by, but out of reach of local government due to funding constraints.

Healthy Transport
The Healthy Transport website ('THE PEP-toolbox') was developed to help policymakers and local professionals solve transport problems that affect health and the environment. In addition to tools and promising practices, it contains policy briefs on selected topics and provides access to information from relevant sources. It provides guidance on transport-related health impacts and sustainable solutions with a focus on issues such as road-traffic injuries, air pollution, noise, climate change and physical activity.

PARK(ing) Day
Friday 19 September 2009. PARK(ing) Day is a one-day, global event centered in San Francisco where artists, activists, and citizens collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spots into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public parks.

The Links between Public Health and Sustainable and Active Transportation
This issue paper “reviews the major health risks associated with physical inactivity and exposure to air pollutants from motorized transportation vehicles, as well as the many benefits that can be derived when people choose to use active and sustainable transportation.”

The Social Implications of Sustainable and Active Transportation
This case study “examines how transportation affects social issues such as accessibility, community livability, and employment.”


Child Friendly Asia Pacific
“The guiding principle behind the initiative is also that safe and supportive environments nurture children of all ages with opportunities for recreation, learning, social interaction, psychological development and cultural expression and promote the highest quality of life for its young citizens.” (Place your cursor on an image block to see navigation options .)

Designs for a child-friendly city
“…In short, children who now have less time available for free play, because they are engaged in structured adult-organised activities or restricted by protective parenting, are being disadvantaged and are ironically more at risk of harm….”

High School Sports Participation and Educational Attainment: Recognizing, Assessing, and Utilizing the Relationship
This report provides a brief summary overview of scholarly research, knowledge, and understanding of the relationship between interscholastic high school sports participation and educational achievement in the United States.

Look After Your Heart Puzzle Sheet
An activity sheet for children about heart health. A neat idea from the British Heart Foundation

Many Steps – One Tomorrow
A report on the first three years of the National Safe Routes to School Program; by the National Center for Safe Routes to School.

Places to go? A summary of research evidence
As part of the Places to Go project, this report aims to provide an evidence base which will help ‘change policy and practice so that children and young people are able to enjoy their local streets and neighborhoods and have better access to travel and transport.

Building Inclusive Communities: Promoting Awareness of Culture and Diversity
This booklet shows organizations how to ensure that they include everyone. The tips tool provides information about disability-related access and cultural accommodations to assist in developing programs, strategies, outreach initiatives and the delivery of events that are welcoming and inclusive of ethnoracial people with disabilities.

Alberta Healthy Living Network (AHLN)
AHLN has launched a new, redesigned website.

Beyond Health Care: New Directions to a Healthier America
The RWJ Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America believes that there is more to good health than health care. According to the Commission, how long and how well Americans live depend more on where we live, learn, work and play than on medical care, which accounts for only an estimated 10 to 15 percent of preventable early deaths.

New Urban Health Blogspot
Urban Health Today: A Current-Awareness Tool: Grey Literature surrounding the health of people in cities worldwide. A new blog from the NY Academy of Medicine.

SEARCH Canada (Swift, Efficient Application of Research in Community Health)
SEARCH works in collaboration with the Universities of Alberta, Calgary and Lethbridge, as well as the colleges in Red Deer, Medicine Hat, and Grande Prairie. Their mission is to help health organizations make the best decisions through the development of people, relationships and information.

Online Health Program Planner
Evidence-based planning with ease. Interactive, flexible, intuitive.

Exercise & Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide from the National Institute on Aging
A resource for the general public (older adults specifically). You can either open each chapter on the web itself (by clicking on the links on the left hand side), or you can download the entire document as a .pfd (by clicking on the link on the right hand side).

New Healthy Aging Blogspot
Healthy Aging in Cities: A Current Awareness Report: An updating service on recent information about Aging. A new blog from the NY Academy of Medicine that features grey literature.

A meta-analysis of pedometer-based walking interventions and weight loss
The authors concluded that pedometer-based walking programs without a dietary intervention resulted in a modest weight loss. Longer program resulted in greater weight loss than shorter program.

Approaches to increase physical activity: reviewing the evidence for exercise-referral schemes
Exercise-referral schemes appeared to increase physical activity levels in certain populations, but this increase may not persist over time.

Economic evaluation of weight loss interventions in overweight and obese women
The authors concluded that a multidisciplinary weight loss program consisting of diet, exercise and behavior modification for overweight and obese women may be cost-effective.

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