November 19, 2009

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc

Alberta Centre for Active Living

Dangerous By Design: Solving the Epidemic of Preventable Pedestrian Deaths (and Making Great Neighborhoods)
The report can be considered a report card on pedestrian safety at the national, state, and major metropolitan area levels. For those of us who must frequently make the argument that sidewalks and Complete Streets are not a luxury, but a necessity, the Dangerous by Design report provides ample cause to show that a very modest amount of investment can yield impressive returns in pedestrian safety.

The impact of transportation infrastructure on bicycling injuries and crashes: a review of the literature
Environmental Health 2009, 8:47 21 Oct 2009
Evidence is beginning to accumulate that purpose-built bicycle-specific facilities reduce crashes and injuries among cyclists, providing the basis for initial transportation engineering guidelines for cyclist safety. Street lighting, paved surfaces, and low-angled grades are additional factors that appear to improve cyclist safety.

Children & Cities: Planning to Grow Together
This article concerns the role of children in our communities. A review of research shows that children play a limited role in the decision making processes that shapes their environment. What is more, as they have become increasingly dependent on parental cars for activities and travel, children are loosing touch with their immediate neighbourhoods, a trend reflected in the declining number of children who walk or bike to school.

Childhood Obesity: It's Everyone's Business
An action-oriented toolkit designed to help employers address childhood obesity and its implications on health care costs for the current and future work force. It includes examples of how employers can use existing programs or facilities to fight childhood obesity in their communities. There are many links to different resources here.

Children's Participation in Cultural and Leisure Activities, Australia
This publication presents results from the survey of Children's Participation in Cultural and Leisure Activities conducted in April 2009. While the publication primarily provides information about the participation of children aged 5 to 14 years in cultural, sporting and other leisure activities, details on children's use of the Internet and mobile phones are also presented.

Embedding the Play Strategy
From Play England this guidance will help local decision makers put children’s play at the heart of their local communities. The guidance shows how planning and investing in local play space – and considering children’s needs within the wider environment – can benefit children, families and whole communities.

2009 ARPA Conference Presentations
All of the presentations are of very high quality and represent some of the hottest topics in recreation, so be sure to check them out. Great Neighborhoods, Children in Nature, Community Gardening and much, much more.

Gateway Rural Health Research Institute
Canada's Centre of Excellence for Community Driven Rural Health

Building Capacity in local government for integrated planning to increase physical activity: evaluation of the VicHealth MetroACTIVE program
Health Promotion International, 2009 Advance Access published October 13, 2009
These results show integrated planning to be a feasible strategy for developing a coordinated approach to increasing physical activity, and to engaging a range of council services and functions. Strategies to promote leadership, cultural and structural change within councils should also be facilitated to allow local governments to fulfill their potential to build communities for active living and to promote an increase in physical activity.

Physical Activity Resource Center for Public Health (PARC-PH)
The PARC–PH was developed in order to satisfy the need for a comprehensive center that can provide up–to–date physical activity assessment and intervention information as well as guidance to interested researchers and community members.

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