Thursday

September 23, 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/ Access to research articles will be dependent on your Institutional rights.

ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION
The purpose of this project was to use the Program Evidence Tool developed by Towards Evidence-Informed Practice (TEIP) to conduct a review of the evidence to identify “best practice” information to inform the interventions that would support the work of the Active Transportation Niagara Network


The Federal Highway Administration has issued report that details effective and strategic applications to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety and mobility drawn from the findings of an extensive international scan. The review identifies Complete Streets policies as key to supporting livable communities and safe transportation options.

CHILDREN
Following Lord Coe’s announcement that the Games of the XXXth Olympiad would be a games for the ‘youth of the world’, Loughborough College and the British Heart Foundation National Centre for Physical Activity and Health (BHFNC) formed a partnership to address an Olympic inspired legacy for children and young people and the Flames programme was born.

In September 2010, Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers of Health agreed to focus efforts on curbing childhood obesity and promoting healthy weights as a critical first step in helping Canadians live longer, healthier lives.

CHRONIC DISEASE
Type 2 diabetes shouldn’t stop you from participating in regular exercise. The benefits to your heart, lungs, muscles and regulatory systems are well worth the effort.

MISCELLANEOUS
Developed for advocates, evaluators, and funders who want guidance on how to evaluate advocacy and policy change efforts. This tool takes users through four basic steps that generate the core elements of an advocacy evaluation plan, including what will be measured and how.

OLDER ADULTS
Uniquely designed for adult learners, the Fall Prevention Awareness training curriculum helps home health aides reduce falls and minimize injury to their clients by increasing their awareness of the risk factors for common falls and by enhancing their communication skills.

The International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) and the Section on Geriatrics (SOG) of the American Physical Therapy Association have recently entered into a Promotional Partner Agreement that will have the two organizations collaborating to benefit the health of individuals aged 50 and above.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise: Sept 2010 - Vol 42 - Issue 9 - pp 1776-1784
doi: 10.1249/MSS.0b013e3181d479f2

This study provides valuable information about data collection, metabolic responses, and accelerometer output for common physical activities in a diverse participant sample.  Based on their findings, the authors state linear regression models are inappropriate for accurately predicting METs from accelerometer output.

The American Journal of Medicine Article in Press, Corrected Proof
The systematic displacement from a very physically active lifestyle in our natural outdoor environment to a sedentary, indoor lifestyle is at the root of many of the ubiquitous chronic diseases that are endemic in our culture.

American Journal of Preventive Medicine Vol 39, Iss 4, October 2010, Pages e13-e20
On any given day, most U.S. adults reported performing predominantly sedentary and light activities. The greatest prevalence for reported moderate activities was food and drink preparation for both men (12.8%) and women (37.63%), and overall only 5.07% report any vigorous-intensity activity.

American Journal of Preventive Medicine Vol 39, Iss 4, October 2010, Pages 305-313
Little progress has been made during the past 10 years in increasing physical activity levels in the U.S. There is much room for improvement in achieving recommended levels of physical activity among Americans, particularly among relatively inactive subgroups.

RURAL
This collection of 12 case studies helps put to rest the idea that livability is an exclusively “urban” idea. Small cities, towns and rural regions across the country are transforming themselves into more livable communities.

URBAN DESIGN
This document provides technical guidance on the building, rebuilding, repair and rehabilitation of city streets with the intent of balancing the needs of all users

The Healthy Places program works to create a built environment that encourages walkability, bikeability and physical activity.

$1.66 Billion in Avoided Public Health Costs from Building Walkable Communities, Close to Work and School


WOMEN
A one page handout for partners on the link between fall-related injuries and osteoporosis. Created by the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors and Falls Free™ Coalition. The handout is modifiable for your use in promoting fall prevention.

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