Thursday

May 14, 2009

By Rosanne Prinsen MSc

Alberta Centre for Active Living

ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION
Cycling Vancouver
A cycling route planner, using Google Maps technology in conjunction with mapped data on Metro Vancouver cycling routes. Cyclists can search for routes that have such features as minimum elevation gains, minimum air pollution, and minimum distances.

Walkability Toolkit
The Walkability Toolkit has been created to serve as a resource for audiences interested in creating walkable communities focusing on pedestrian friendly environments. The toolkit is a compilation of a variety of Canadian articles including statistics that will enable you to provide sound research for your initiative.

Walking and Walkability: Research on Pedestrians & the Public Realm
The knowledge-base on pedestrian movement and the environment here at London Analytics is well-established and growing strongly; we developed the International Walkability Benchmark, and together with the Intelligent Space Partnership calibrated the world's first validated city pedestrian flow forecasting model.

What Makes a Neighbourhood Bikeable
This report details the results of four focus group sessions conducted by TransLink in partnership with the Cycling in Cities study from the University of British Columbia. The focus groups were conducted in order to gain a deeper understanding of what makes a neighbourhood bikeable.

CHILDREN
PhysEd Source
A *NEW* online directory that aims to provide useful web links and other helpful resources for professionals in the field of physical education. The site is designed to provide links to highly informative physical education, physical activity and health resources from all over the world.
Whether you are looking for online resources that are provincial, national or international in nature, or you are seeking the latest in research from the field of physical education, physedsource.com is your place to start.

COMMUNITY
Walk On
walkON is a community partnership of Heart Health projects from Central West Ontario. We offer a menu of program activities to engage the community in the creation of environments that support walking.

CONFERENCES
Healthy Parks Healthy People: International Congress 2010
Melbourne April 11th – 16th 2010.
If you work in urban planning, community development, physical and mental health, tourism, education, recreation, ecology and park management (urban and protected area) then this is the conference for you!!

OVERWEIGHT/OBESITY
Obesity: An Overview of Current Landscape and Prevention-Related Activities in Ontario
Published 30 April 09. Physical Activity is mentioned throughout. The report provides a brief overview of the issue of obesity in Ontario and Canada and provides a listing of current initiatives that address and support activities related to its prevention. In addition, the report provides an overview of available tools that can help plan, assess and provide support to obesity prevention-related initiatives in Ontario.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
The Cinderella of public health news: physical activity coverage in Australian newspapers, 1986-2006
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 2009, 33: 189-192
Learn about how physical activity coverage in newspapers has changed over the last 20 years.

Physical Activity in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Migrant Groups to Western Society: A Review of Barriers, Enablers and Experiences
Sports Medicine, 2009, 39:167-177
This paper reviews the current literature outlining the barriers, challenges and enablers of physical activity for people in culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) groups who have recently migrated to Western society, and suggests recommendations and strategies that may positively influence physical activity participation in CALD populations.

WORKPLACE
Workplace Wellness: A literature review for NZ Well@Work
The specific aims of this review were to explore the rationale for why wellness should be promoted in the workplace, to identify the benefits to employers and employees of WHP programs and/or interventions, and to understand ways to make wellness initiatives effective in the workplace (specifically those relating to healthy eating and physical activity).

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