November 19, 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.

This article touches on the relevance of the social determinants model to Aboriginal health and highlights recent NCCAH activities to illustrate how a social determinants framework can influence policy, research and practice. It concludes with next steps, and provides links to related resources.

Alta Planning + Design, a national firm specializing in multi-modal transportation, greenways, bike sharing, and related fields, is joining forces with the Durham, North Carolina office of Greenways Incorporated…. The combined group will operate under the name ‘Alta/Greenways’……

The LIFE CYCLE Best Practice Handbook provides a collection of over cycling best practices from around the world. It offers food for thought for European traffic planners and others seeking solutions for reducing the personal, social and economic costs of insufficient physical activity in their communities.  Be sure to look at the links to other resources in the left hand column as well.

Welcome to LIFE CYCLE, a source of practical ideas to inspire life-long cycling habits.

We’re launching an exciting project that will combine the transportation expertise of the National Complete Streets Coalition with a powerful public health framework for creating healthier environments…… The ‘Policy’ piece of the three step process is pretty obvious: adoption of Complete Streets policies help create the political will to change the built environment to create a safe environment for active travel.

As more and more studies are being released it is becoming very apparent that the children in nature movement is sweeping the world by storm. These studies are proving that early childhood development can be facilitated with the use of these playgrounds.

Minister Algukkaq announced support for nine new initiatives for research on physical activity and childhood obesity through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

There are lots of resources here! Be sure to check out the (OST) Program Research and Evaluation Database.  “We believe that out-of-school time supports and opportunities are essential to healthy learning and development.  Therefore, our out-of-school time work strives to promote quality, accessibility, and sustainability of out-of-school time (OST) programs and activities across the nation. Our OST resources support the work of practitioners, policymakers, and researchers.”

Preventive Medicine Article in Press, Uncorrected Proof
Maternal permissive parenting was associated with higher levels of physical activity than authoritative parenting, but associations differed by child gender and type of physical activity. Maternal logistic support was associated with girls' physical activity, while paternal logistic support was associated with boys' physical activity. Health professionals could encourage parents to increase logistic support for their children's physical activity.

This article explains some of the differences between physical activity and physical education. It outlines the different benefits each provides and helps you understand your role as a parent in supporting physical activity and physical education in your child’s school.

Whether traveling on foot, by bicycle, or on the bus, students deserve to feel safe as they make their way to school each morning. A new report from the National Center for Safe Routes to Schools shows how Safe Routes to School programs can make the areas around schools more secure for students.

This presentation looks at the PLAY deficit, the implications and the need to take action to support the return of PLAY to the public policy agenda.  Presentation from the 2010 Alberta Recreation and Parks Association Conference & Energize Workshop

Operating in the United States, Canada and Israel, Trips For Kids® (TFK®) has opened the world of cycling to over 60,000 at-risk youth through mountain bike rides and Earn-A-Bike programs.

The Lancet, Article in Press, Corrected Proof
This is the third in a Series of five papers about chronic diseases.  In this report we present an assessment of public health strategies designed to tackle behavioural risk factors for chronic diseases that are closely linked with obesity, including aspects of diet and physical inactivity, in Brazil, China, India, Mexico, Russia, and South Africa. England was included for comparative purposes.

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.

Policy change at the federal, state and local level is essential to reversing the childhood obesity epidemic by 2015. Unfortunately, no single policy change will sufficiently achieve this goal; a range of policies that work to improve both healthy eating and active living among children and families will be necessary….We will update this section frequently to bring you the latest information about policy action related to childhood obesity.

The case reports presented here have been provided by the health promotion
practitioners who have provided their insights and lessons learnt into how to initiate  physical activity interventions built around the 10,000 steps-a-day theme.

Preventive Medicine Article in Press, Uncorrected Proof
A 1-year moderate-to-vigorous aerobic exercise program prevents declines in the physical aspects of QoL in postmenopausal women. Exercise may have a potentially important advantage for breast cancer prevention compared to other lifestyle or biomedical interventions.

Principles and Approach for Successful Private/Not-for-Profit Partnerships in Physical Activity and Sport.  The aim of the Partnership Protocol is to assist not-for-profits in the fields of sport and physical activity to find, implement and sustain effective partnerships with the private sector, while respecting their own missions and mandates

The term “complete streets” can evoke a bustling urban or town center, with streets that sport colored bike lanes, tree-lined sidewalks, and other investments in infrastructure. How to apply this term to rural roads, however, is not as clear. Currently, transportation specialists are rethinking the term in relation to the unique challenges on rural roads, and recommending new design standards that promote safer (and sometimes cheaper) rural roads for all.

The Great Recession has highlighted a fundamental change in what consumers do want: homes in central cities and closer-in suburbs where one can walk to stores and mass transit. Such 'walkable urban' real estate has experienced less than half the average decline in price from the housing peak..."

ProMOTION Plus, British Columbia's organization for girls and women in physical activity and sport, celebrates its 20th anniversary this month.

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