October 29, 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.

An article summarizing the assessment of Aboriginal people eating habits and nutrient intakes from food using data from the Canadian Community Health Survey, Cycle 2.2, Nutrition (2004).

A sustainable and healthy future for Australia requires action to encourage more 
Australians to use active transport—walking, cycling and using public transport—more cost effective than structured exercise programs.

American Journal of Preventive Medicine Vol. 39, Iss  5, Nov 2010, Pages 457-459
The BiWET is a reliable and time-efficient audit instrument to determine accurately and relatively quickly the physical characteristics of an area or route, which is potentially useful for the study of the relationship between the built environment and physical activity behavior.

Transport Policy Volume 17, Issue 6, November 2010, Pages 496-504
This paper describes the results of structured interviews with senior and middle-level administrators from public, private, and community groups in a rapidly developing region in Queensland, Australia, to assess the perceived barriers and enablers to active transport. Key themes emerged relating to infrastructure delivery, public transport services, walk- and cycle-friendly community attributes, political leadership and government coordination, and societal travel norms and culture

Newly launched website/program.  Lots of great resources!


In Bulletin 3 of this series, perceptions about the number of supports and facilities to be active in Canadian communities were explored. This bulletin investigates whether Canadians would be more active if more supports and facilities were available: If we build it, will they come?

Communities can offer a number of different facilities and supportive services to promote and encourage physical activity (PA) and sport among residents. This Bulletin #1 of this CFLRI report series examines Canadians’ perceptions about the number of such facilities and supports in their local communities.

Bulletin 2 of this series describes Canadians perceptions about the number of supports and facilities available in the community to promote or encourage physical activity (PA) and sport.

Health Canada and Food & Consumer Products of Canada has launched the Nutrition Facts Education Campaign, designed to help Canadians make healthier food choices by better understanding and using the Nutrition Facts table, particularly the % Daily Value.

More than a century of life has taught Tom Pederson how to handle stress: get along with everybody, stay away from grouches and don’t bother worrying.

Preventing Chronic Disease 2010;7(6).
Conclusion: Widespread dissemination of a program to prevent falls can promote active aging among people who would otherwise be at risk for a downward cycle of health and functionality. Creating partnerships among different delivery sectors is needed for building community infrastructure to enhance the health of older adults.

Read on to learn about key factors for wellness and exercise instructors in program planning and working with individuals with dementia.

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.

Little is known about the effectiveness of community-based physical activity programs that serve older adults or the extent to which these programs use best practices. In this project, investigators at the National Council on Aging, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Washington at Seattle, sought to identify and disseminate best-practice physical activity programs, study their impact on older adults and provide a directory of such programs.

Although it’s common to stereotype overweight or obese people as unhealthy, and thin or “average-weight” people as “automatically” healthy, the experts are quick to point out that body weight alone is not an indicator of good health.

Journal of Urban Economics Article in Press, Accepted Manuscript
The results imply that the proliferation of Walmart Supercenters explains 10.5% of the rise in obesity since the late 1980s, but the resulting increase in medical expenditures offsets only a small portion of consumers’ savings from shopping at Supercenters.

Cross Currents Autumn 2010 | Vol. 14 No 1
Despite the known benefits, community agencies often lack the resources to develop programs for consumers, who frequently face social and financial barriers to physical activity. That need led to Minding Our Bodies, an initiative of the Canadian Mental Health Association – Ontario division…..

This report was commissioned by the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association (ARPA) with the primary purpose of examining trends in the public funding of Alberta’s   recreation, sport, and parks sector,….. The report includes a quantitative analysis of historical expenditures and sources of funds and an overview of changes over time in funding policies and approaches.

Implementation Science 2010, 5:78
Conclusion: New researchers should consider developing an end-of-grant KT plan with strategies that move beyond passive dissemination to incorporate innovative means of collaboration with the end user to craft the message, package the information and share the research findings with end users.

By planning, designing, and constructing Complete Streets, communities of all sizes - whether rural hamlets, small towns, or booming metropolises - are able to provide the quality access to jobs, health care, shops, and schools their residents deserve, while also achieving greater economic, environmental, and public health benefits.

There are some lifestyle choices you can make that may reduce your risk of developing breast cancer. One of these is being physically active…..

The relationship between physical activity and breast cancer risk reduction is likely as result of a combination of mechanisms, and that these mechanisms may differ depending on sub-groups of the population.

Preventing Chronic Disease 2010;7(6)
Conclusion: The presence of workplace physical and cultural supports is related to more active commuting behavior and may especially encourage active commuting among women.

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