September 16, 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.

A list of 25 programs, services, and other resources that you can use to help promote health and well-being with your Aboriginal clients.

This briefing paper presents an overview of the contemporary debate on cycling. It summarizes the transport issues facing NSW, presents an account of the state of cycling in NSW and in Sydney in particular, and compares cycling in Sydney with the other Australian capital cities and with selected international cities.

Scroll down the webpage a bit to find more information and a link to the document itself.

Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport Article in Press, Corrected Proof

The authors conclude: boys expended more energy during active gaming compared to sedentary activities. Whilst Energy Expenditure during Active Video Gaming is game-specific, AVGs are not intense enough to contribute towards the 60 min of daily moderate-to-vigorous physical activity that is currently recommended for children.

This is American but lots of the information is still useful.

Kananaskis, Alberta November 5-7, 2010
Perspectives in Exercise Health and Fitness bring together the fitness community to learn the latest in fitness-related research, industry best practices and practical workshops.

Highlighting 25 resources that you can use to help promote health begins with Health Nexus programs, expands to our partners, and to organizations, and services, and useful resources and reading.

Health promotion and ill-health prevention are key government priorities, but it is widely recognised that most general practices could be more proactive in engaging with the wider public health agenda. As the first point of NHS contact for most patients, general practice is in a unique position to promote the health and well-being of practice populations.

Illness, fear, low literacy, foreign languages and cultures, and many other factors can make it difficult for your staff to communicate with patients….. The toolkit can help organizations improve communication with all patient populations and many of the questions are specifically focused on common communication problems, such as culture, language and health literacy gaps.

The toolkit is designed to help those who teach groups of children and adults about healthy eating and physical activity, and encourage individuals to take action to maintain and improve their health.  This Toolkit is a joint collaboration between Health Canada and the  Public Health Agency of Canada.

We all know that eating well and exercising are wonderful for our bodies. Healthy lifestyles help us to manage our weight and reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases such as certain types of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis.

Three years ago, Maylene Fong, of Vancouver Coastal Health, faced her biggest hurdle as a clinical nurse specialist — to create a diabetes prevention program aimed at high-risk adults from the ground up. The only firm parameter was the budget. Maylene had to determine the program scope, staffing and programming.

Pages 8 and 9 discuss physical activity.

Sleep Medicine Volume 11, Issue 9, October 2010, Pages 934-940

The authors conclude: Aerobic physical activity with sleep hygiene education is an effective treatment approach to improve sleep quality, mood and quality of life in older adults with chronic insomnia.

Journal of Obesity Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 786827

The participants became more aware of their health and wellbeing after the pilot program, which was successful in increasing time spent walking for recreation and improving fibre intake.

The chapters follow a series of evidence based recommendations to better engage older people in activities to prevent falls by addressing the many barriers to acceptance and adoption of falls prevention advice.

A new release from Statistics Canada.  Physical Activity is mentioned a number of times.

Journal of Aging Studies Article in Press, Corrected Proof
The aim of this paper is to study what kind of ageing identity is constructed and what kinds of roles in old age are available for the readers of magazines aimed at readers over 50 years of age….. Talk of activity emphasized physical activity, but also being mentally active and curious even in old age.

Interacting with Computers Article in Press, Accepted Manuscript

In this paper we describe a case study in which we examine how to develop playful persuasive solutions to motivate older adults to maintain or increase their social and physical activities. By including various stakeholders (older adults, family, and care givers) and by designing for transitions in life we intend to create solutions that can be used by many different user groups. Based on a playful interaction framework and user studies we are designing playful persuasive solutions that incorporate social and physical activities as mutual motivators. Furthermore, the persuasive solutions should be relevant for the life transitions of losing partners or friends, of having to move to a care facility and of declining physical and cognitive capabilities…….

Exercise Medicine seeks to use exercise as a health tool to drive health improvement. Preventing ill health and disease with regular exercise is much more cost-effective than treating conditions with expensive drugs or surgery. Additionally, exercise is a key factor  in the management strategy of most chronic medical conditions, and improves quality of life and function, whilst reducing healthcare costs.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recently released new Global Recommendations on Physical Activity for Health. This is the first time that physical activity recommendations have existed at the international level. The recommendations will provide policy makers at national and regional levels with clear, comprehensive and evidence-based guidelines on the dose-response relationship between physical activity and health.

Psychology of Sport and Exercise Volume 6, Issue 3, May 2005, Pages 313-334

Social Science Research Article in Press, Accepted Manuscript
The primary objective of this study is to describe the methods used to quantify the proportion of Canadians engaging in physical activities at the intensities and durations required to either maintain or enhance their health.

Preventive Medicine Article in Press, Accepted Manuscript

The total amount of LTPA shows a graded and continuous association with better self-rated health. The benefits of LTPA on self-rated health increase with the intensity of the activity.

The focus of the SPARColl work plan is on walking.A major focus of SPARColl work plan is a community walking intervention, Walking for Wellbeing in the West.

Health & Place - Article in Press, Corrected Proof

The findings support the notion that a more walkable neighborhood is also a place, where residents feel safer, and provides further evidence endorsing a shift away from low density, curvilinear suburban developments towards more walkable communities with access to shops, parks and transit.

Am J Clin Nutr. 2010 Jul 28. [Epub ahead of print]

Interventions based on physical activity and dietary counseling, usually combined with supplementary weight monitoring, appear to be successful in reducing GWG. The results are of particular interest with respect to the objective of preventing excessive GWG.

The promotion of physical activity is mentioned a number of times.

Preventive Medicine Article in Press, Accepted Manuscript

The authors conclude that declining levels of physical activity at work may help explain the rising prevalence of overweight and obesity in Canada.

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