September 3, 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.

Active Transportation – Canada
Twenty-five (25) new items were posted on the Active Transportation-Canada Website on August 20, and a further 26 on August 31st. Too many potential resources for me to highlight individually in Info Round up. Surf over and check out the great resources!

Active Transportation Fact Sheets (from Go For Green)
Health Benefits
Environmental Benefits
Safety and Active Transportation
Built Infrastructure
Barriers to AT
Economic Benefits

Walking and Cycling to Health: A Comparative Analysis of City, State, and International Data
American Journal of Public Health First Look, published online ahead of print Aug 19th
doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2009.189324
Together with many other studies, our analysis provides evidence of the population-level health benefits of active travel. Policies on transport, land-use, and urban development should be designed to encourage walking and cycling for daily travel.

Active School Transportation Is Catching On
Even though almost two-thirds of Canadian families live close enough for the children to walk to school, only about one-third of children actually do that. Combine the rides young people typically receive to get to school with the many hours they spend watching TV and playing video games: the result is a very high level of inactivity, and often accompanying health problems, particularly obesity.

October is International Walk to School Month
Register now and plan ahead for your school or group Walk to School Event in October 2010!

Reviewing Sport and Recreation Programs With a Child
Reviewing Programs Together is a resource designed to enable parents/guardians to provide valuable feedback to program leaders about the quality of their child’s sport and recreation programs, by using the following: 1. Program Checklist, and 2. Ask your Child questionnaire.

Call to action on physical activity
A report to the Toronto Board of Health

San Francisco Burden of Disease & Injury Study: Determinants of Health: Physical Inactivity Home Page

Understanding and Promoting Physical Activity (CDC)
You need to download the .pdf to read the document.

Sport and Recreation with Children who have Disabilities
This brochure explains alternate terminologies, defines common disabilities, and provides guidelines to help with integration and inclusion, and how to adapt programs to include a person with a disability.

Developing the Diversity-Competent Organization: A Resource Manual for Non-Profit Human Service Agencies in Peel and Halton Regions
The manual focuses on what an organization has to do, at the structural or systems level of the organization, in order to have organizational capacity to serve diverse groups in a manner that is socially and culturally appropriate for those groups.

Active Aging Week: September 20 - September 26, 2010

Gerotechnology: Research and Practice in Technology and Aging
includes concepts from the basics of gerotechnology-person-environment fit-to the core activity fields-computer and assistive devices and their practical applications-to models, or prototypes for technical development and its application to everyday life.

An examination of the demographic characteristics and dietary intake of people who meet the physical activity guidelines: NSW Population Health Survey data 2007
This report first investigates whether being physically active is associated with healthy dietary behaviours, and then describes the sociodemographic profile of physically active people who do not engage in healthy eating behaviours.

NSW Premier's Council for Active Living: Why active living?
See how active living creates health, economic, environmental and social benefits.

Play for life....join a sporting club
This is a neat idea! The Australian Sports Commission has launched this new campaign to increase participation in sport and physical activity.

Gender Equity in Sport and Recreation
This brochure primarily focuses on gender equity as it pertains to girls and young women in community recreation settings. It outlines goals, guidelines, and success factors for gender equitable programs.

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