June 18, 2010

By Rosanne Prinsen MSc

Alberta Centre for Active Living

Note: where possible we provide the DOI to link to research papers in the Info Round up. To use it, cut and paste the DOI into the text box on this webpage:

Bicycle Helmet Use, 2009
Data from the Canadian Health Measures Survey.

Get Walking – A Simple Way to Exercise
This article looks at the many benefits of walking and offers useful tips on how to make walking a regular habit, including how to use a pedometer.

The National Bicycling and Walking Study: 15–Year Status Report
This report is the third status update to the National Bicycling and Walking Study, originally published in 1994 as an assessment of bicycling and walking as transportation modes in the United States.

Getting Students Active through Safe Routes to School: Policies and Action Steps
for Education Policymakers and Professionals
This resource guide is intended for education policymakers, administrators and personnel at the state, school district and individual school levels. It provides a detailed examination of the most up-to-date and relevant research linking physical activity and academic achievement, as well as the current rates of activity among school-aged youth. Safe Routes to School is presented as a viable option to not only help increase students’ physical activity levels, but also as a strategy to build community support for schools, help make the school a safer and more pleasant environment, address rising transportation costs and respond to national school health initiatives.

Putting Physical Activity Where It Fits in the School Day: Preliminary Results of the ABC (Activity Bursts in the Classroom) for Fitness Program
Preventing Chronic Disease 2010;7(4).
Conclusion: The effects of the program on daily physical activity, fitness, and measures of health are beneficial

Communities Taking Action
Communities Taking Action is a collection of profiles that showcase successful community initiatives aimed at improving health equity. People are healthier when they have easy access to parks, spaces to play, and healthy, affordable foods right in their own communities.

The Getting Around Guide: An AARP Guide to Walking, Bicycling and Public Transportation
For many people, hopping in the car is so automatic they forget about cheaper, healthier, and more enjoyable transportation alternatives, or don’t know how to find them in their neighborhoods. This booklet will help you take advantage of the many fun and healthy options available, whether you live in a small town, suburb, or big city. It includes practical tips and advice on identifying these options and getting started using them.

Legacies of North American Olympic Winter Games: Vancouver 2010
This volume sums up the legacies of the 2010 Vancouver-Whistler Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games inasmuch as they can be assessed in the months after the event.

Physical activity during leisure time, 2009
Latest data from the Canadian Community Health Survey. The most popular leisure-time activity was walking: almost 70% reported walking during leisure time in the past three months. Gardening, home exercise, swimming, jogging and bicycling were also popular.


June 14, 2010

By Rosanne Prinsen MSc

Alberta Centre for Active Living

Note: where possible we provide the DOI to link to research papers in the Info Round up. To use it, cut and paste the DOI into the text box on this webpage:

10 Most Walkable Cities in Canada
This is the second year the WestJet magazine ranked cities across the country according to how pedestrian-friendly they are

The association between commuter cycling and sickness absence
Preventive Medicine Article in Press,
Ingrid J.M. Hendriksen, Monique Simons, Francisca Galindo Garre and Vincent H. Hildebrandt

Cycling to work is associated with less sickness absence. The more often people cycle to work and the longer the distance travelled, the less they report sick.

Canadians Choose Driving Over Sex and Candy
Canadians are more willing to give up their cell phones, TVs, Internet access, coffee, junk food, credit cards and for some, even sex, before they set aside their car keys.

New map guides trail users through the Northern Rockies
People who enjoy the outdoors can now access a detailed map of trails in northeastern Alberta, thanks to a partnership between Alberta TrailNet and the Alberta government.

Top tips to promote cycling to and from school and the workplace

Walking for Health
Great website from the UK with lots of resources and information.

Walking in your neighborhood
VicHealth (Australia) have developed a new website to promote neighborhood walking.

Blue Cross Foundation
The purpose of the Blue Cross Foundation is to look beyond health care today for ideas that create healthier communities tomorrow….. Our goal is to improve the health of Minnesota communities long term and close the health gap that affects many Minnesotans.

Be Active 2012
Oct 31 – Nov 3 2012 Sydney, Australia
Sports Medicine Australia will host the paramount sports medicine, sports science, sports injury prevention and physical activity promotion conference event in Australia.

The cure for all ill is not to sit still: Raising the profile of physical activity in primary care
23 November 2010 East Midlands Nottingham
This conference will explore opportunities and strategies to successfully engage primary care practitioners in the promotion of physical activity for the prevention, treatment and management of long-term medical conditions.

What if You Ate Only What Was Advertised on TV?
When the research team calculated the nutritional content of a 2,000-calorie-a-day diet containing only foods that were advertised on television, they found that it exceeded the US government's recommended daily amount of fat by 20 times and had 25 times the recommended daily intake of sugar.

Be active for life: Over 50? Keep your heart healthy with physical activity

Get active, stay active
Whatever your age, size or physical condition, you are likely to benefit from being more active….. The information, practical tips and questions and answers in this guide will help you understand more about physical activity and how you can be active.

How to set up a Health Walk scheme - guidance notes
This document aims to provide support and guidance for professionals who
are in the process of setting-up health walks

Healthy Eating, Physical Activity and Healthy Weights: Guidance Document
This document provides background information relevant to healthy eating, physical activity and healthy weights, including the significance and burden related to these behaviours, a brief overview of (Ontario) provincial policy direction and strategies, as well as supporting evidence and rationale

Put your heart into walking
We’ve produced this walking guide with practical tips and a personal walking plan to help you succeed in living your life as actively as possible, for the rest of your life.

The Hidden Health Costs of Transportation
A report prepared for the American Public Health Association by Urban Design 4Health, Inc

June 7, 2010

By Rosanne Prinsen MSc

Alberta Centre for Active Living

Note: where possible we provide the DOI to link to research papers in the Info Round up. To use it, cut and paste the DOI into the text box on this webpage:

Comprehensive Bicycle and Pedestrian Design and Planning
The course will be held on August 16-20 2010, at Portland State University. Each day will include both classroom instruction and field exercises within the living laboratory of Portland, Oregon.

Dutch Fietsberaad (Bicycle Council)
This website has information regarding cycling and all related subjects. This English website provides access to the most up-to-date information, the main facts and the best examples from the Netherlands and other countries. To find resources click on titles in the list of headings in the left hand column.

Is there value in counting the number of trail users?
Information from the San Jose Parks web-site.

Liability aspects of bikeways
This is based on USA law but is still informative. There is a need to provide general information regarding legal risks to transportation entities and officials associated with designating public bikeways or the use of roads for increased bicycle traffic.

National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project
This (USA) nationwide effort provides consistent model of data collection and ongoing data for use by planners, governments, and bicycle and pedestrian professionals

Value for Money: An Economic Assessment of Investment in Walking and Cycling
This review assesses the evidence base from both peer reviewed and grey literature both in the UK and beyond. Almost all of the studies identified report economic benefits of walking and cycling interventions which are highly significant. Investment in infrastructure which enables increased activity levels amongst local communities through cycling and walking is likely to provide low cost, high-value options providing.

Why Communities & States Need Bicycle and Pedestrian Staff
An analysis of 40 of the largest U.S. cities shows that cities with bicycle and pedestrian staff have higher levels of bicycling than the cities without staff. Cities with larger staff – both in count and per capita – have higher levels of bicycling than cities with smaller staffs.

The Association Between Community Physical Activity Settings and Youth Physical Activity, Obesity, and Body Mass Index
Journal of Adolescent Health Corrected Proof
Sandy J. Slater, Reid Ewing, Lisa M. Powell, Frank J. Chaloupka, Lloyd D. Johnston, Patrick M. O'Malley

Increased levels of physical disorder were associated with decreased PA and higher weight. A greater number of commercial PA facilities was associated with increased PA. More compact communities were associated with lower weight and less sports participation.

Building Young Hearts: Physical Activity, Young People and the Physical Environment
The paper aims to show how the physical environment can improve young people's opportunities for physical activity and that it should be a key focus of policy for Government and Local Authorities.

Children’s Health and the Environment: International Workshop on Research, Policy and Practice
A two-day workshop at the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada. This event aims to provide an effective forum for knowledge exchange and mobilization among researchers, policymakers, and practitioners concerned with healthy environments for children and youth

Childhood obesity
Physical activity is mentioned 15 times in this 12 page report in the Lancet.

Systematic review of the health benefits of physical activity and fitness in school-aged children and youth
International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2010, 7:40
The results showed Physical activity was associated with numerous health benefits.

Validity of instruments to assess students' travel and pedestrian safety
BMC Public Health 2010, 10:257

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs are designed to make walking and bicycling to school safe and accessible for children. Despite their growing popularity, few validated measures exist for assessing important outcomes such as type of student transport or pedestrian safety behaviors. This research validated the SRTS school travel survey and a pedestrian safety behavior checklist.

Health Indicators 2010
This is the 11th in a series of annual reports, presents the most recent health indicator data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) and Statistics Canada on a broad range of measures (physical activity stats are included).

Updated Statistics Canada fact sheets
Includes updates of data from both the Canadian Health Measures Survey and the Canadian Community Health Survey.

Alberta Seniors’ Falls Awareness Campaign – 2008 Finding Balance Final Report

Accelerometer-Determined Steps/Day and Metabolic Syndrome
American Journal of Preventive Medicine Volume 38, Issue 6, June 2010, Pages 575-582
Adults who maintain an active lifestyle by accumulating more steps are likely to have a lower prevalence of MetS and its individual CVD risk factors.

Increasing participation in sport
The report is broken into three parts:
· Part one - Setting the strategy for increasing sports participation
· Part two - Sport England's approach to increasing participation
· Part three - Establishing the performance measurement framework for sports participation

Opening doors to an Active life: how to engage inactive communities
This information sharing booklet (from the UK) is intended as a simple guide to the 88 physical activity projects and interventions submitted to be showcased at the 8th British Heart Foundation National Centre Conference. ‘Opening doors to an active life: how to engage inactive communities’.

Sport and activity planning tool
The planning tool aims to assist local authorities to plan and promote physical activity at community level. Developed by the London Health Observatory, Sport England and other partners, the tool categorizes attitudes and motivations to physical activity and sport. Each category can be explored at various geographic levels, enabling organizations to target specific physical activity opportunities.

State Indicator Report on Physical Activity 2010
The Report includes data about individual behaviors related to physical activity, as well as the presence or absence of physical features and policies that can make being physically active either easy or hard to do. It looks at community access to parks or playgrounds, community centers, and sidewalks or walking paths in neighborhoods. The data showed substantial limits to the number of parks and other areas where physical activity would be convenient.

Toronto Charter for Physical Activity
It is a call to all countries to help make physical activity a priority for all. The Charter provides a framework for action and partnerships across multiple sectors and with communities to build healthier, active, environmentally sustainable communities