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

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