October 22, 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.

Call for Host Communities. Deadline: November 1, 2010 – 5:00 pm EDT.
CAAWS is seeking organizations interested in hosting a workshop in their community. A minimum of 15 workshops will be delivered across the country in 2010/2011. Facilitator costs (travel, honorarium) will be paid by CAAWS, and grants of up to $250 are available for each community to cover additional costs (e.g. facilities, and refreshments).

The bicycle Valet Winnipeg was open one hour before kickoff for fans to drop off their bicycles just south of Gate 6, and bikes can be picked up anytime until 30 minutes after the game ends.
Because of the recent challenges with developing AT infrastructure in Winnipeg, this blog has provided links to almost twenty articles related to the controversy. As this involves lawsuits and AT becoming a prominent municipal election issue, these are worthwhile reviewing.

From the Australian Walktober campaign. There are 18 different tip sheets here.

(This) paper aims to show how the physical environment can improve young people’s opportunities for physical activity and that it should be a key focus of policy for Government and local authorities.

Learn about the links between physical activity and cognitive functioning in this review from the University of Western Australia.

Social Science & Medicine Article in Press, Accepted Manuscript
Area level factors may be determinants of physical activity among children and youth in complex ways and parental perception of area social environment may be as important for children's activity levels as ‘independently assessed’ socio-economic conditions.
The report serves as a launching pad for action for practitioners and advocates who are interested in engaging in systems and environmental change approaches in four key arenas: schools, early childcare and education settings, out-of-school-time programs, and communities.

Journal of Adolescent Health Article in Press, Corrected Proof
The main implication of this study is that sport is the major locus of weight status-related differences in physical activity, and in overall daily (energy expenditure), in Australian adolescents. Clearly obese adolescents in Australia are engaging in sport less frequently and in particular, team sports and social sports such as dance.

Health & Place Volume 16, Issue 6, November 2010, Pages 1280-1286
Built Environment  Moderate-Vigorous PA associations varied by BE characteristic, urbanicity, and sex. PA facilities within 3 km buffers and intersection density within 1 km buffers exhibited the most consistent associations with MVPA.

The Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) released the findings from its Alberta Diabetes Cost Model, forecasting a 67 per cent increase in diabetes diagnoses in Alberta – the highest rate increase in Canada. The model shows that without action, the cost and prevalence of diabetes in the province will continue to increase substantially over the next 10 years.

Enabling communities to lead local renewal projects with a neighborhood-wide approach is the most cost-effective way to ensure our villages, towns and cities are fit for the future. This UK report looks at the way that community-led projects can improve health and well-being while creating a sustainable environment. It looks at how partnerships between local authorities and the communities they serve can be created to help move this work forward.

Section 5.16 is dedicated to physical activity.

This Framing Brief suggests how to create frames that can help people see that environments affect health. When people understand that idea, they are more likely to support policies that improve those environments.


The authors found the increase in fast food and other restaurant advertising exposure across all demographic groups (to be) a disturbing trend.

Mental Health and Physical Activity Article in Press, Accepted Manuscript
This paper describes the context in which a theoretically driven physical activity counselling intervention was developed as a pragmatic treatment for primary care patients with depression. The intervention, delivered by Physical Activity Facilitators (PAFs), alongside usual care, was developed and piloted, then compared with usual care within a randomised TRial of Exercise and Depression in the UK (TREAD-UK).

From the Winnipeg Free Press

Health & Place Volume 16, Issue 6, November 2010, Pages 1268-1279
Multivariate analyses identified positive correlates of walking at the site level including yard landscaping and corner-lots, and neighborhood-level correlates including walking destinations, safety from crime, and sidewalks. Both site-level and neighborhood environmental supports appear important in promoting walking among older adults.

The systematic map aimed to review the scope of the quantitative research literature on the relationship between obesity and sedentary behaviour in young people aged 6-16.

This power point presentation's intended audience is local government staff (e.g., city managers; council members; county commissioners; urban and transportation planners; redevelopment administrators; zoning officials; local school district staff and public health practitioners) who want to build the case for investing in obesity prevention at the community level.

Chapter 6 is dedicated to physical activity.

Violence influences where people live, work, and shop; whether parents let kids play outside and walk to school; and whether there is a grocery store or places for employment in the community.

M.A.P. is your manual to implement a full marketing campaign which is made up of a full range of ready to use and adaptable tools and templates that promote physical activity.  Campaign tools and templates have been developed using the theme “Active Is” and are appropriate for use by any organization that wants to promote health through physical activity.

Through Walk BC's Physician Engagement program, registered physicians across BC will provide their patients with information about the benefits of walking, how to get started with a walking program, and local information on programs and opportunities.

Tackling car dependency is not about stopping people owning or using cars – it’s about giving people options, allowing them to decide how they get about and what kind of city they want to live in. This report shows that cities can choose their future.

Physical activity is mentioned a number of times.

F.U.E.L is an after school physical activity program for female youth. It combines fun activities with an opportunity to meet new people and learn more about how to live a healthy lifestyle.

European Journal of Surgical Oncology (EJSO) Article in Press, Corrected Proof
The question whether physical activity imparts any survival advantage to women with breast cancer is in need of further data in the form of an RCT addressing the issues of optimum amount, timing, duration of physical activity and type and stage of breast cancer.

The ♀Take the Lead Grant has been created to help Albertan girls and women become experienced leaders in the sport and recreation fields.  Grant monies could be used for training, course fees, professional development, professional certification, clinics, equipment, travel, lodging, meals, and other training related activities.  The ♀Take the Lead Grant is not intended to support physical activity projects and recreational initiatives.

This session will outline steps and activities that workplaces can lead, promote or support to help employees become more physically active during work hours and work breaks. Get ready to think outside the box when it comes to getting your workers moving!

Created by WalkBC this toolkit has been designed to assist organizations to implement walking programs. Whether you are a big or small workplace, or whether you have a workplace health program or not, you will find all sorts of information to get your workplace walking.

A number of research bulletins from CFLRI.

The Pedometer Challenge Toolkit provides resources for workplaces to help organize a challenge. Information on why it is important, what the benefits are and how you organize one, are all included.

A great resource from Victoria (Aus).

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