July 15, 2009

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc

Alberta Centre for Active Living

3 Videos of the Trondheim (Norway) Bicycle Escalator/Elevator
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A Family’s First Attempt

Active Travel Publications
A range of Active Travel information sheets and publications are available to download. There are lots of great resources here – be sure to check it out!

Activity Guide for Recreation Leaders: Asset-Building Nutritional and Physical Activity Program Ideas for Children Ages 6 to 12
This provides 32 ready-to-use asset-building activities, eight activity sheets, eight newsletters, and six handouts that encourage elementary-age children to eat healthy and be physically active.

Healthy lives, brighter futures: The strategy for children and young people’s health
Physical activity and exercise is mentioned quite a few times and chapters 4 and 5.

Researchers Develop Text Message System to Encourage Physical Activity Among Teens
Researchers at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles have devised a system that monitors the physical activity levels of teens and can send cell phone text messages to encourage them to be more active......

Why play?
Why play? is the latest in the series of information leaflets including Why Walk?, Why Cycle?, Get Cycling and Cycling with Children, and explains why active outdoor play is essential for children, including facts and suggestions.

A Back Injury Prevention Guide for Health Care Workers
The practical suggestions in this guide are focused on orderlies, attendants, nurses, nursing assistants and others who actually lift and move patients and residents.

Ambitions for health: a strategic framework for maximising the potential of social marketing and health-related behaviour.
This framework sets out plans to make sure that policy development and public health interventions are informed by an understanding of what motivates people. It constitutes the (UK) Government's response to It's Our Health!, and sets out how social marketing and other behavioural change activities will be used to put the consumer at the heart of health improvement and delivery.

Health Inequities Educational Video from BC Health Authority
The video features commentary from Vancouver Coastal Health staff and stories from local residents about how the social determinants of health impact their lives.

Obesity Among U.S. Adults Continues to Rise
The proportion of U.S. adults who are obese increased to 26.1 percent in 2008 compared to 25.6 percent in 2007.

Building health: creating and enhancing places for healthy, active lives - what needs to be done?
Some people are determined to keep fit and physically active, and will find ways to be active even when special facilities and physical space are either non-existent or inappropriate. But most of us are physically active only when certain social and environmental conditions are in place. Health promotion is about making healthy choices the easy choices. Building Health is a timely report which clearly outlines the current problems and, more importantly, makes practical recommendations for building for health and active living.

Get active, getting there!
This new public information leaflet introduces the benefits of walking and cycling for health, transport and pleasure.

Physical Activity Resources
From the South East Public Health Observatory (UK). Lots of information here, including many different resource publications.

Reasons for Urban Trail Use Predict Levels of Trail-Related Physical Activity
Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 6(4), July 2009.

This study examined whether reasons for trail use predict levels of physical activity on urban trails. Reasons for trail use significantly predicted recreational but not transportation activity. Recreational trail activity was greater for participants who reported exercise and health reasons for trail use as compared with other reasons (ie, social interaction, enjoying nature) for recreational trail use.

Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet: England, February 2009
The NHS Information Centre’s third report on obesity, physical activity and diet includes, for the first time, information on attitudes towards and knowledge about leading a healthy lifestyle for both adults and children. This includes information on how much physical activity should be done, barriers towards doing more physical activity, knowledge of the recommended daily number of portions of fruit and vegetables and attitudes towards a healthy diet.

Walking the way to Health
WHI (Walking the way to Health Initiative) is for everyone with an interest in walking for health. We offer information, support and encouragement to complete beginners, existing walkers and health and leisure professionals.

'Tell us something we don't already know or do!'
- The response of planning and transport professionals to public health guidance on the built environment and physical activity
Journal of Public Health Policy, 30(1): 102-116, 2009.

Researchers analyzed planning and transport practitioners' perceptions and responses to government public health guidance aimed at modifying environmental factors to promote physical activity. Researchers found that evidence-based public health guidance is a new voice in urban and town planning, although much of the advice is already reflected by the 'accepted wisdom' of these professions.

Active Travel Workplace Toolkit
The Active Travel Workplace Toolkit is a UK-wide resource designed to help organizations encourage their employees to walk and cycle to work, thus helping improve health, reduce absenteeism and increase productivity.

LEAN works! Leading Employees to Activity and Nutrition
CDC's LEAN Works! Leading Employees to Activity and Nutrition" is a FREE web-based resource that offers interactive tools and evidence-based resources to design effective worksite obesity prevention and control programs, including an obesity cost calculator to estimate how much obesity is costing your company and how much savings your company could reap with different workplace interventions.

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