May 10, 2010

Note: to link to most research papers in the Info Round up cut and paste the DOI into the text box on this webpage:

Factors Associated With Communication-Based Sedentary Behaviors Among Youth:
Are Talking on the Phone, Texting, and Instant Messaging New Sedentary Behaviors to be Concerned About? doi:10.1016/j.jadohealth.2010.02.012

Journal of Adolescent Health Article in Press, Corrected Proof
Scott T. Leatherdale Ph.D.

Sedentary behavior research typically only examines screen time activities and not communication time activities, such as talking on the phone, texting, or instant messaging….. Future research on sedentary behavior should include measures of communication time.

Reaching Staff, Parents, and Community Partners to Prevent Childhood Obesity in Head Start, 2008
Lowering the prevalence of childhood obesity requires a multilevel approach that targets the home, school, and community. Head Start, the largest federally funded early childhood education program in the United States, reaches nearly 1 million low-income children, and it provides an ideal opportunity for implementing such an approach. Our objective was to describe obesity prevention activities in Head Start that are directed at staff, parents, and community partners.

The Additional Cost of Chronic Disease in Manitoba
Researchers at the University of Manitoba compared the costs of healthcare for people with arthritis, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), coronary heart disease, diabetes, and stroke over a two-year period. The report compares what it costs the province to provide healthcare to individuals with one of these conditions with individuals who do not have the condition.

Exercise and Asthma
This article explains how to exercise with asthma, describes symptoms of exercise from asthma and tells you what to do in an asthma attack.

Social Determinants of Health: The Canadian Facts
The publication outlines why they are important; how Canada is doing in addressing them; and what can be done to improve their quality. The purpose of the document is to provide promote greater awareness of the social determinants of health and the development and implementation of public policies that improve their quality.

Minding Our Bodies: Physical Activity for Mental Health toolkit
CMHA Ontario has launched an online Minding Our Bodies: Physical Activity for Mental Health toolkit for organizations seeking to create physical activity programs for people experiencing or recovering from serious mental illness. Developed for use by community mental health agencies, consumer/survivor initiatives, and any other organization working with individuals who have a mental illness, the toolkit can be adapted to an organization's setting, needs and interests

Workplace Mental Health Promotion guide
The purpose of this resource is to provide workplace intermediaries with a high-quality, research-based, practical tool to improve the health of individuals and organizations.
The promotion of mental health within a workplace positively affects those with and without mental illness. The focus of this resource is on creating mentally healthy workplaces that promote positive mental health and well-being for all employees. Throughout the guide, additional information, tools and case studies are provided to illustrate the concept more clearly.


ARPA assumes responsibility for Lifestyle Information Network (LIN)
At its April 16th meeting, the ARPA Board of Directors ratified the final transition details that would effectively have a new LIN Board (comprised of ARPA selected representatives) undertake governance and operational responsibility for LIN. Staffers, Agnes Croxford and Chris McCreery have been working with ACE Communities on the Benefits Catalogue as well as the fine-tuning of our Google Search appliance and without a doubt have strengthened our collective team.

Focus Groups in Small Communities
In small communities, researchers must consider characteristics of the facilitator and recorder, recruitment strategies, the importance of stressing confidentiality even when discussing seemingly nonsensitive topics, and the effect of disseminating results. Addressing these elements as part of a CBPR approach is advantageous because community partners know the ways in which the community talks about an issue and understand the subtle social impact of asking, answering, and interpreting locally specific questions.

What You Need to Know About Older Adults
This presentation from the Parks and Recreation Ontario 2010 Educational Forum and National Exchange provides an overview of what older adults are looking for in facilities and programs and how to market to this population group.

Active Halton Prescription Pad
This prescription form is intended to encourage and assist doctors in prescribing physical activity for their patients. It includes information on the recommended level of effort, duration and frequency.

Knowledge translation to fitness trainers: A systematic review
This study investigates approaches for translating evidence-based knowledge for use by fitness trainers. Specific questions were: Where do fitness trainers get their evidence-based information? What types of interventions are effective for translating evidence-based knowledge for use by fitness trainers? What are the barriers and facilitators to the use of evidence-based information by fitness trainers in their practice?

Maintaining physical activity among older adults: 24-month outcomes of the Keep Active Minnesota doi:10.1016/j.ypmed.2010.04.002
Preventive Medicine Article in Press, Corrected Proof
Brian C. Martinson, Nancy E. Sherwood, A. Lauren Crain, Marcia G. Hayes, Abby C. King, Nico P. Pronk, and Patrick J. O'Connor

Objective: To evaluate the efficacy at 6-, 12-, and 24-month follow-up of Keep Active Minnesota (KAM), a telephone and mail-based intervention designed to promote physical activity (PA) maintenance among currently active adults age 50 to 70.… The intervention was effective at maintaining PA in both the short-term (6 months) and longer-term (12 and 24 months) relative to usual care.

Physical Activity Messages: Making them Stick
The recently developed Health Communication Review Tools is presented as a framework for message creation and delivery. It explains how to interpret and apply 12 essential criteria to create social marketing messages that stick.

Community-based knowledge transfer and exchange: Helping community-based organizations link research to action
Implementation Science 2010, 5:33

Community-based organizations (CBOs) are important stakeholders in health systems and are increasingly called upon to use research evidence to inform their advocacy, program planning, and service delivery efforts…… we have developed a strategy for community-based knowledge transfer and exchange (KTE) that helps CBOs more effectively link research evidence to action.

New CPHI data - Exploring Urban Environments and Inequalities in Health
These data briefs will provide new analyses of health service utilization (hospitalization) and self-reported health data by five socio-economic status groups for each of the 33 CMAs.

The data presented in the data briefs was selected on the basis of its use in the Reducing Gaps in Health report and its documented relationship with the urban environment as revealed by a review of the literature.

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