July 22, 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:

Bikeability and the Twenty-Minute Neighborhood: How Infrastructure and Destinations Influence Bicycle Accessibility
The Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation at Portland State University has released a report that explores a methodology for assessing a neighborhood's bikeability based on its mix of infrastructure and destinations.

Public Health Perspectives on Household Travel Surveys: Active Travel Between 1997 and 2007
American Journal of Preventive Medicine Vol 39, Iss 2, August 2010, Pages 113-121

The authors conclude that: transportation surveys can be used to assess the contribution of active travel to changes in physical activity levels assessed by public health surveillance and to identify subgroups for active travel interventions.

Walk This Way
As of August 31, 2010 Walk This Way hardcopy materials will no longer be available through PARC (Physical Activity Resource Centre). Remaining hardcopy materials will be available while supplies last. Walk This Way online materials will continue to be available through the PARC website,

Comprehensive School Health Roundtable Report, May 13-14, 2010
The May 2010 Comprehensive School Health Roundtable established a set of priorities for the next two years to inform Comprehensive School Health across Canada.

Keeping Kids Moving: Transportation Policy and Childhood Obesity: Making the Link
A two page fact sheet with references.

Trends in the Prevalence of Physical Activity – US Youth
Data from the National Youth Risk Behavior Study 1991 - 2009

Active Living and Chronic Heart Disease
This article explains the basics about Chronic Heart Disease and how it affects adults and children. It also outlines how an active lifestyle can help to prevent, or even reverse, this common condition.

MS ActiveNOW: Programs and Services Offered in Alberta
The MS ActiveNOW initiative and the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Alberta and NWT Division offers a number of services to support persons living with MS to lead an active lifestyle through daily physical activity and exercise.

More Steps a Day Lead to Better Health: Study suggests walking may help prevent metabolic syndrome
“The research only shows a connection between more walking and better health -- it doesn't prove that simply walking more will make you healthier. Still, the findings suggest that ‘you don't have to be out there running marathons,’…….”

A Planning Guide for the Development of Rural and Remote Fitness Facilities
This planning guide will assist rural and remote communities considering the establishment of a fitness centre by providing lists and tips for organizing committees to consider as they move towards determining whether or not they can support a facility.

Shaping healthy active communities toolkit
The Heart and Stroke Foundation has developed a toolkit to help individuals and organizations who are interested in making their communities more supportive of physical activity through active, healthy community design.

48th International Making Cities Livable Conference on True Urbanism
October 2010 - The conference will focus on how to create healthy communities, and how to improve children's health and development by improving the built environment. We can all benefit from living in a walkable, bikable neighborhood in a city of short distances; children especially need independent mobility on safe streets, and daily access to nature and community.

The Effect of Light Rail Transit on Body Mass Index and Physical Activity
Using light rail regularly can actually make you lighter. Not the sitting and riding from home to work and back again, but all the walking in between.

2009 Survey of Physical Activity in Canadian Municipalities

Participation in Exercise, Recreation and Sport – Annual Report 2009
The Exercise, Recreation and Sport Survey (ERASS) is a joint initiative of the Australian Sports Commission and the state and territory government agencies responsible for sport and recreation. It collects information on the frequency, duration, nature and type of physical activities that were participated in by persons aged 15 years and over for exercise, recreation or sport during the 12 months prior to interview.

Solving the Running Shoe Mystery: How to Find Your Ideal Running Shoe

The Walkable and Livable Communities Institute's Videos
Dan Burden visited Charlotte, North Carolina recently and shot several great videos of complete streets projects. Dan's videos highlight the very successful East Boulevard road diet, which converted a four lane arterial roadway into a complete street with planted medians, pedestrian refuges, and bike lanes.

Bicycle Riding, Walking, and Weight Gain in Premenopausal Women
Arch Intern Med. 2010;170(12):1050-1056
Bicycling, similar to brisk walking, is associated with less weight gain and an inverse dose-response relationship exists, especially among overweight and obese women. Future research should focus on brisk walking and greater time spent bicycling.

Workplace Travel Plan Resource
A Workplace Travel Plan can include promotion of ‘sustainable’ travel choices such as walking, cycling, using public transport and car-sharing, as well as reducing the need to travel by encouraging the use of video-conferencing and remote working.

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