August 13, 2010

By Rosanne Prinsen

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:

Government of Canada Announces Continued Support of National Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative
Building on a supportive network of over 300 trained community diabetes prevention workers in over 600 First Nations and Inuit communities, the renewed ADI will continue to support communities in becoming healthier.

Associated Students BIKES!
BIKES is an active bicycle system advocate, and works to increase student, staff, faculty, and administration awareness of and involvement with bicycle system issues in and around UCSB (Santa Barbara, California). We also fund bike improvements on campus, and...

Built Environment & Active Transportation Community Planning Grant Program:
A joint initiative of the BC Recreation and Parks Association and Union of BC Municipalities
BEAT was focused on creating more supportive environments for physical activity by addressing community design, policy and transportation planning. One of the main components of the BEAT Initiative was the Community Planning Grant program – which was co-led by UBCM and BCRPA.

The Bicycle Show (on CBC Radio)
This is a pedal-powered edition of GO! Bicycling is bigger than ever in Canada. More and more bikes are cruising our urban streets. But what will it take to make Canada's cities even more bike friendly? Brent Bambury poses the question to cyclists and activists across Canada and beyond.

The co-benefits for health of investing in active transportation

Policies promoting the use of both energy efficient motor vehicles and increased active transportation would almost double the impact on greenhouse gas emissions and would reduce disease burden by increasing physical activity.

Living Streets: Putting People First (UK)
We are all pedestrians, and our streets are the one public space we all use, everyday. At Living Streets, we think that they are worth fighting for. With our supporters, we work to create streets that really put people first. When we have streets we want to walk in, lives are transformed - we are healthier, happier and more sociable.

London Opens Bike "Superhighways"
Eventually, 12 of these commuter routes will radiate out from the center of London like spokes……

Walking and Cycling International Literature Review: Final Report
Why don’t people walk or cycle more for day-today trip purposes? What can a government do to increase such walking and cycling? This report presents the findings from an extensive literature review aiming to help professionals and researchers in the State of Victoria (Aus) understand barriers to walking and cycling as well as infrastructure and
policy supports for non-motorized transportation.

Winnipeg 2010 active transportation stimulus plan
In December, 2009, Winnipeg City Council approved $20.4 million in capital funding to support an extensive active transportation network throughout the city. The funding comes from the three levels of government (the City, Province and Federal governments each contributing one-third, or $6.8 million). This active transportation program involves the creation of 35 projects that range from multi-use pathways to bike boulevards. When this program is completed by the end of this year, Winnipeggers will be able to access 375 km of active transportation routes.

Active School Neighborhood Checklist (ASNC)
The aim of the Active School Neighborhood Checklist (ASNC) is to provide decision makers with a quantitative tool for evaluating the potential long-term health impacts of candidate school sites on the children who will attend them. The logic of ASNC is
based on existing research that the built environment can have an effect on either encouraging or preventing people of all ages from walking and bicycling safely to various destinations.

School environments and physical activity: The development and testing of an audit tool
Health & Place Volume 16, Issue 5, September 2010, Pages 776-783

The aim of this study was to develop, test, and employ an audit tool to objectively assess the opportunities for physical activity within school environments.

Community-based prevention programs
Community-based prevention programs have been shown to improve health and prevent disease. The following sample of programs have all been proven to decrease participants’ likelihood of developing preventable disease and the associated risk factors:

Interventions to Promote Physical Activity and Dietary Lifestyle Changes for Cardiovascular Risk Factor Reduction in Adults: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association
The purpose of this scientific statement is to provide evidence-based recommendations on implementing PA and dietary interventions among adult individuals, including adults of racial/ethnic minority and/or socioeconomically disadvantaged populations. The most efficacious and effective strategies are summarized, and guidelines are provided to translate these strategies into practice. Individual, provider, and environmental factors that may influence the design of the interventions, as well as implications for policy and for future research, also are briefly addressed.

How to Engage Inactive Communities in Physical Activity: Top Tips from the
BHFNC 8th Annual Conference (UK)
This booklet provides practical ‘tips’ for engaging inactive communities in physical activity. The ideas presented here were put forward by delegates and the workshop facilitators during the workshop discussions at the BHFNC annual conference 2008.
The booklet includes both generic tips, relevant to practitioners working across a broad range of communities and/or groups, and specific tips for engaging key target groups, for example people with disabilities, girls and young women, older adults, people with mental ill-health, black and minority ethnic communities and socially deprived communities.

How Smart Phone are Changing Health Care for Consumers and Providers

Dynamic postural stability is not impaired by moderate-intensity physical activity in healthy or balance-impaired older people.
Human Movement Science Article in Press, Corrected Proof

This study aimed to determine whether a single bout of moderate-intensity physical activity, similar to that experienced during daily living, alters dynamic postural stability, particularly among those at risk of falling.

Pet ownership and exercise: An AARP Bulletin Poll
A poll about pet ownership and exercise among midlife an older adults.

Do neighborhood environments moderate the effect of physical activity lifestyle interventions in adults?
Health & Place Volume 16, Issue 5, September 2010, Pages 903-908

This study suggests that psychosocial interventions can help men overcome environmental barriers to walking.

Government of Canada invests in research on physical activity and health
Canadians will benefit from new insights into the link between physical activity and health via funding of four research teams through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). These teams will study the effects of exercise on the body and its role in the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases including arthritis, breast cancer and heart disease.

Increasing Physical Activity Through Community Design: A Guide for Public Health Practitioners and Livable Community Advocates
This guide tells you how to help create places for people to walk and bicycle. This doesn’t just mean special trails, though those might certainly be an important element of an overall plan. Creating an active community environment means taking a look at the broader scope of where there are, and are not, opportunities to safely walk and bicycle. It involves land use design, retrofitting the transportation infrastructure, funding and much more.

Sports Day in Canada on September 18, 2010
Many different organizations submitted over 850 sporting events for CBC Sports to consider for the Sports Day in Canada television broadcast!

Active Design Guidelines: Promoting Physical Activity and Health in Design.
The Active Design Guidelines address those responsible for the planning and construction of buildings, streets, and neighborhoods. The publication seeks to
educate designers about opportunities to increase daily physical activity, including measures such as making stairs more visible and providing inviting streetscapes for pedestrians and bicyclists. Several of these strategies are common sense; many are supported by academic research translated into practical recommendations.

Dietary interventions and physical activity interventions for weight management before, during and after pregnancy
A new guidance from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Service – UK

Design matters: worksite health promotion ROI closely linked to evidence-based programming
An important health economics lesson to bear in mind is that not all health promotion is created equal. Some prevention is cost-saving—counseling adults to quit smoking, screening for colorectal cancer, and influenza vaccination are good examples. Other interventions—typically treatment rather than primary or secondary prevention—may not be. With WHP, as with any prevention effort, “[c]areful analysis of specific interventions, rather than broad generalizations, is critical.”

Encouraging Employees to be Physically Active at Local Events
This article suggests ways to get your employees moving by encouraging and supporting their involvement in local community events, such as events related to health themes or in support of “good causes.”

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