Monday

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: http://dx.doi.org/

ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION
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.


CHILDREN
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
doi:10.1016/j.jadohealth.2010.03.017

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
doi:10.1186/1479-5868-7-40
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
doi:10.1186/1471-2458-10-257

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
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.

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

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
Accelerometer-Determined Steps/Day and Metabolic Syndrome
American Journal of Preventive Medicine Volume 38, Issue 6, June 2010, Pages 575-582
doi:10.1016/j.amepre.2010.02.015
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

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