December 11, 2009

By Rosanne Prinsen MSc

Alberta Centre for Active Living

Access to Destinations: Application of Accessibility Measures for Non-Auto Travel Modes
Conventional transportation planning is often focused on improving movement (or mobility)--most often by the automobile…. When it comes to bicycling, walking, and transit measures of accessibility are an endeavor long on rhetoric but short on execution….. This report discusses such hurdles, presents alternatives for overcoming them, and demonstrates how accessibility for walking, cycling, and transit--and for different types of destinations--can be reliably measured.

Great news for Active Transportation in Edmonton
At the Transportation & Public Works Committee meeting on Nov. 17th, 2009, the Committee approved both an Active Transportation Policy and an accelerated funding strategy for the Sidewalk Strategy and Bicycle Transportation Plan update. Both still need to be approved by full City Council. This is great news as it will provide enhanced capital funding to complete the work of both plans over a ten year time frame.

Childhood obesity is a serious concern in New York City: Higher levels of fitness associated with better academic performance
To better understand the prevalence of childhood obesity and how physical fitness may be associated with academic performance in New York City….reviewed academic and fitness records of public school students in grades K-8 who participated in the NYC FITNESSGRAM program during the 2007–08 schoolyear.

Eat Right Be Active - A guide for parents and caregivers of toddlers ages 12 - 36 months
We all want the best for our children. We want them to grow up healthy and feeling good about themselves. This booklet can help. It has lots of everyday ideas for you, as the busy parent or caregiver of a toddler.

Eat Right Be Active - A guide for parents and caregivers of toddlers ages 12 - 36 months
FRENCH version

Fuel up for fun – Winter 2010
Each four-page edition aims to contribute to the development of knowledge, positive attitudes and healthy behaviours of children 6-8 years of age so they will eat right and be active with their families throughout the year. A “Parents Walk the Talk” section is included on the back page of each edition.

Fuel up for fun – FRENCH version

NYC Department of Education: Fitness and health
Student success depends on a blend of academic skills, good health, and physical and mental fitness. New York City schools offer a wide range of fitness and health instruction……

Originally developed by the Cooper Institute of Aerobic Research, FITNESSGRAM supports students in learning about and measuring components of health-related fitness: aerobic endurance, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, and body composition.

Diabetes Fact Sheets in 13 languages
The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long term Care along with the Canadian Diabetes Association has put together a Diabetes resource fact sheet series that includes physical activity in 13 languages. Each language set contains the following sets of fact sheets

Diabetes - An Introduction
Staying Healthy - Managing Type 2 Diabetes
Healthy Eating - The Basics
Physical Activity
Maintaining a Healthy Weight
Alcohol and Diabetes
Managing Your Cholesterol
Foot Care
Managing Blood Glucose Levels
Using Insulin
Health Coverage

The Crawford Report (Aus)
This report, combined with compelling new data from the WHO showing physical inactivity to be our fourth largest killer should provide additional evidence to convince decision makers of the importance of physical activity, and the relative under investment we have made in solutions to the inactivity epidemic.

Physical Activity Line
The Physical Activity Line is a free phone line and online resource to active, healthy living. The PAL is staffed by national, CSEP Certified Exercise Physiologists® (CSEP-CEP's), who have undergraduate and/or graduate degrees in exercise science and advanced training in clinical exercise prescription.

Physical activity statistics by province – Institute of health economics
If you type “physical activity” into their search engine many, many hits come up. Lot’s of good information here.

High Point Walking for Health: Creating Built and Social Environments That Support Walking in a Public Housing Community
November 2009, Vol 99, No. S3 American Journal of Public Health S593-S599
Conclusions. A multicomponent intervention developed through participatory research methods that emphasized walking groups and included additional strategies to change the built and social environments increased walking activity at a public housing site in Seattle.

Planning complete streets for an aging America
This study encourages transportation planners and decision makers to build upon the principles of Complete Streets to address the specific needs of older drivers and pedestrians. Adoption of these principles ultimately improves the safety for all road users.

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