January 15, 2010

By Rosanne Prinsen MSc

Alberta Centre for Active Living

Fitness of Canadian children and youth: Results from the 2007-2009 Canadian
Health Measures Survey
Fitness levels of children and youth have declined significantly and meaningfully since 1981, regardless of age or sex. Significant sex differences exist for most fitness measures. Fitness levels change substantially between ages 6 and 19 years……. snip

Meeting the Challenge of Childhood Obesity
The State Education Standard is the policy journal of the National Association of State Boards of Education. Written for lay leaders and professional educators alike, the journal explores major education issues through the lens of policy development and implementation. All articles are free to download as a .pdf.

Leisure-time physical activity and risk of type 2 diabetes in patients with established vascular disease or poorly controlled vascular risk factors
Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice Article in Press
B.G. Brouwer et al

Leisure-time physical activity is associated with a decreased risk of T2DM in patients with manifest arterial disease, or poorly controlled risk factors. The combination of physical activity and non-obesity is associated with an even lower risk of the development of type 2 diabetes than the sum of their independent, protective effect.

Canadian Health Measures Survey Results Released
The CHMS captured key information relevant to the health of Canadians by means of direct physical measurements, such as body measurements, cardio-respiratory fitness, musculoskeletal fitness and blood pressure.

Fitness of Canadian adults: Results from the 2007-2009 Canadian Health Measures Survey
Based on results of the fitness tests and anthropometric measurements, many Canadian
adults face health risks due to suboptimal fitness levels….. snip

Kinetic Notions will now feature Kinetic Notions, a new weekly column offering a thought-provoking look at life and physical activity.

ParticipACTION: Baseline Research on the Resurgence of Canada's Physical Activity Social Marketing Leader
International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2009, 6:89

An open access journal. The set of ParticipACTION papers in this issue establish benchmarks and provide baseline and initial impact data for the evaluation and monitoring of ParticipACTION, using qualitative and quantitative research methods. As a set, they describe a comprehensive approach to setting up evaluations of national social marketing efforts to promote physical activity.

The relationship of physical activity and overweight to objectively measured green space accessibility and use
Social Science & Medicine Article in Press, Corrected Proof
Andrew P. Jonesa, Emma Coombes and Melvyn Hillsdon

The findings suggest that the provision of good access to green spaces in urban areas may help promote population physical activity.

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