Wednesday

November 10, 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
Dog Walking: Great Physical Activity for You and Your Best Friend 

CHILDREN
These booklets are part of a suite of resources for participants on the popular BHFNC course ‘Physical activity for children and young people with long term medical conditions’.  They are designed to be a supportive tool for professionals, such as PE teachers and play/youth workers, to hand out to parents/carers if they express concerns about their child engaging in school PE lessons or other physical activity sessions.
Booklets include:
         Physical activity: What if my child is overweight?
         Physical activity: What if my child has asthma?
         Physical activity: What if my child has a congenital heart condition?
         Physical activity: What if my child has diabetes?
CHRONIC DISEASE
This project outlines the economic and health burden of preventable disease in Manitoba and provides stakeholders with important evidence for investing in primary prevention activities at the provincial, regional, and local levels…… The analysis focused on three key risk factors, each substantially associated with chronic disease – tobacco smoking, physical inactivity, and overweight/obesity.

MISCELLANEOUS
A health literacy resource from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  This 11-part Toolkit provides a detailed and comprehensive set of tools to help you make written material in printed formats easier for people to read, understand, and use.

Browse through over 150 billion web pages archived from 1996 to a few months ago. To start surfing the Wayback, type in the web address of a site or page where you would like to start, and press enter. Then select from the archived dates available

OLDER ADULTS
Alzheimer's and Dementia Volume 6, Issue 6, November 2010, Pages 448-455
Study results from National Long Term Care Survey data provide evidence supporting the potential for exercise to lower the risk of dementia.

Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Volume 91, Issue 11, November 2010, Pages 1705-1711
The authors conclude: the Nijmegen Falls Prevention Program (NFPP) for persons with osteoporosis was effective in decreasing the number of falls and improving balance confidence. Therefore, it is a valuable new tool to improve mobility and independence of persons with osteoporosis.

OVERWEIGHT/OBESITY
Read the OECD Report on the scale and characteristics of the obesity epidemic, and influences and interventions that make a difference.  Scroll half way down the page to download the executive summary and see the County Facts for Canada.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
The latest supplement of the Journal of Physical Activity and Health (JPAH) features presentations from the 3rd International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health.

As with the two previous surveys (2008 and 2009), the 2010 survey shows there is a
difference between Australian s reported heart health risk behaviors and their  perceptions of meeting the guidelines for these activities.

RESEARCH TOOLS
This guide, produced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, provides an overview of how statistical information can be used to make well informed policy decisions. Throughout the guide references are made to other resources, relevant training courses and associated frameworks that provide more detail.

Information on using focus groups, online surveys and much, much more.
This handbook provides a first-stop shop for anyone interested in the theory and practice of delivering performance audits. It is intended for: evaluators working to support accountability and learning in the public sector; those seeking to commission or use such services; and researchers interested in the unfolding practice of evaluating in the public interest.

WORKPLACE
This resource was designed to provide workplaces with information needed to plan, promote and implement a multi-strategy approach to physical activity programming in the workplace.

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