August 20, 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: . Access to research articles will be dependent on your Institutional rights.

Understanding Health and Wellness from the Perspective of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada
Aboriginal Peoples in Canada, including First Nations, M├ętis, Inuit and Innu, have a wide range of perspectives when it comes to health and wellness.

Associations Between Intrapersonal and Neighborhood Environmental Characteristics and Cycling for Transport and Recreation in Adults: Baseline Results From the RESIDE Study
JPAH Volume 7, Issue 4, July, 2010 pp 423 – 431
These latest findings from the RESIDE study, a longitudinal study in Perth examining associations between neighborhoods and health, cross-sectionally investigates the relationships of perceived neighborhood environmental attributes and intrapersonal factors to cycling. Findings suggest attractive neighborhoods, low traffic speed and increased street connectivity are associated with increased levels of cycling.

Bike Corrals: Local Business Impacts, Benefits and Attitudes
Portland’s Bicycle Corral Program began with a single location in 2004. The exclusive on-street bicycle parking facility was successful and led to the installation of 40 additional corrals city-wide by 2010. The purpose of this preliminary study was to research and closely examine the perceived benefits and impacts of bike corrals on local businesses proximate to a corral.

City of Edmonton Walking/Cycling
The City of Edmonton website has placed their walking and cycling resources in one place on their website to make it easier for users.

Best Shoveled Block Contest
Many cities have contests for the nicest yards in the summer so why not have a contest for the winter months as well? “Like many cities Cambridge, Mass., has laws on the books that mandate that property owners keep the sidewalks in from of their homes and businesses free of snow and ice. However, people walking in Cambridge have noted for years that some blocks are always well shoveled, while on other blocks pedestrians are seen climbing over snow banks and taking to the streets.”

iCANwalk promotes walking and community walkability across Ontario. Our aim is to encourage active transportation - walking, biking, in-line skating, skateboarding - instead of traveling by car, for short trips.

Longitudinal associations between neighborhood-level street network with walking, bicycling, and jogging: The CARDIA study
Health & Place Article in Press, Accepted Manuscript

Results showed that neighborhood street density was positively associated with walking, bicycling, and jogging in low urbanicity areas, but in middle and high urbanicity areas, these associations became null (men) or inverse (women).

Planning for Bicyclists, Pedestrians, and Transit Riders
The toolkit includes information from across the web that covers the entire process of building a multimodal transportation network - from tips for running educational, public workshops to a guide to selecting multimodal streets based on their roles in their communities.

Urban Trails and Physical Activity: A Natural Experiment
American Journal of Preventive Medicine Vol 39, Iss 3, Sept 2010, Pages 259-262

Changes to the pedestrian connectivity of the built environment infrastructure may lead to greater levels of physical activity. However, this positive effect was limited to physical activity at the neighborhood level and not to active transport to school.

Playday 2010 Research
This UK research demonstrates a resounding call for communities to pull together to create better places for children to grow up, with a belief that improving opportunities for children to play outside would improve neighborhoods in general. 81% of adults believe children playing outside helps to improve community spirit and 70% think that it makes an area more desirable to live in.

Safe Routes to School: Taking Steps to Increase Physical Activity Levels and Create Healthy, Livable Communities
A 2 page hand out fact sheet.


Growing up in a New Land – Strategies for Working with Newcomers Families
Section 5 is all about Healthy Living and includes suggestions for physical activity.


Wellness Council of America National Conference 2010
8-9 September 2010 Omaha, NB

While many health and wellness conferences have a plethora of speakers and topics to choose from, our conference is set up a little differently. Specifically, this two-day event will focus solely on one topic—physical activity in the workplace. You will be immersed in the nuts and bolts of designing, delivering, and evaluating a great physical activity initiative in your company.

Evaluating Public Transportation Health Benefits
This study conducted by Todd Litman of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute aggregates the findings of several recent studies and concludes that people living in transit-oriented “smart growth” communities enjoy several health benefits, not seen in other communities, including residents drive less, exposing them to a lower risk of fatal vehicle accidents.

Fitness Leadership Diploma – Older Adult Fitness and Wellness Specialization
At Grande Prairie Regional College in Grande Prairie, Alberta, an exciting new program has been launched! Our new diploma program educates students in properly assisting older adults (50+) to be healthfully active, no matter what their capabilities and interests are at any given time.

Health-promoting factors and good health among Canadians in mid- to late life
Click on ‘full text’ at the end of the ‘Findings’ section to read the full article and access the data tables.

Beijing resumes radio exercise sessions
Thousands of workers across Beijing have started exercising twice a day to music on the radio, as the capital resumes mandatory calisthenics after a three-year break, state media said.

International Sport and Culture Association
Created with the aim of providing an alternative to the increasingly performance-based attitude of the international sports federations, ISCA has grown rapidly since its foundation in 1995.

PHAC Healthy Living E-Bulletin Theme: Populations in Isolated, Remote and Rural Areas
Welcome to Healthy Living E-bulletin, a quarterly newsletter designed to keep healthy living stakeholders informed on efforts to promote physical activity, healthy eating and healthy weights across the country.

Putting Smart Growth to Work in Rural Communities
Warning large file 37MB. This report focuses on smart growth strategies that can help guide growth in rural areas while protecting natural and working lands and preserving the rural character of existing communities.

Saskatoon Health Region – Forever… in motion Physical Activity and Healthy Eating Rural Resource Guide

Using Active Living Principles to Promote Physical Activity in Rural Areas
A Master’s Paper submitted to the faculty of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Complete Streets - Supporting safe and accessible roads for everyone: Local advocates toolkit
This toolkit from Minnesota will help you understand the value of Complete Streets and how you can help make Complete Streets part of your community

Introductory PowerPoint on Complete Streets
This presentation was created by Ethan Fawley at Fresh Energy, a member of the Minnesota Complete Streets Coalition. Feel free to use with attribution.

Public Roads Magazine features Complete Streets
From the USA this article addresses incorporating public transportation into the process and how Complete Streets relates to Safe Routes to School and Context-Sensitive Solutions.

Count Us In: Developing physical activity programs for women
This guideline will assist providers with: beginning/developing a program; continuing/retaining your participants and assessing/evaluating the program.

Increasing the Participation of Women and Girls - A Guide for Small Organizations

Prescribing fitness: why a bit of exercise may be the best medicine
“… even for those people who have no health issues or major risk factors, the relationship between activity and health is important…..”

Revolutions for Women: Increasing women’s participation in cycling for recreation and transport. Summary of key findings
This study was established to investigate gender differences in cycling, and identify
successful interventions for promoting cycling for women.

Women with Disabilities: We Know What We Need to Be Healthy
Thirty women with disabilities from across the province of British Columbia participated in this study of how women with disabilities experience being healthy or having a sense of wellness. The study is cross-disability, cross-cultural and represents women from various socioeconomic backgrounds.

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