December 17, 2010

By Rosanne Prinsen MSc

Alberta Centre for Active Living

Welcome to the final Physical Activity Information Round-Up for 2010. We’ll be taking a couple weeks off for the holidays. From all of us here at the Centre, we'd like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year!

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.

People drive for many trips that are short enough for walking and cycling, partly because they are links in a multi-trip chain and partly due to barriers to non-motorized travel. The
portion of short trips by non-motorized modes can be increased by improved sidewalks  and paths, better crosswalks, bike lanes, traffic calming and traffic speed controls, bicycle parking, and improved traffic education and enforcement.

An info sheet from the city of Minneapolis.

A great new initiative in the USA.  The National Center for Safe Routes to School has launched a new feature which gives local Safe Routes to School programs the ability to collect Parent Survey responses online in both English and Spanish. The online Parent Survey option is a free service that streamlines the data collection and submission processes, and saves local programs administrative time and money. 

This booklet from Tasmania presents suggestions, hints and tips on physical activity for children aged 0-5 years.

(UK) The main aim of this research was to provide very robust and reliable information from partnership schools on the proportion of pupils receiving 2 hours of curriculum PE, and the proportion of pupils participating in at least 3 hours of high quality PE and school sport in a typical week.

Published November 2010, this guidance focuses on road design and modification, covering 20 mph limits, 20mph zones and engineering measures to reduce speed or make routes safer. Recommendations include - making routes commonly used by children and young people safer. This includes routes to schools and parks.

BioMed Central Public Health 2010, 10:653
Lifestyle interventions for patients at high risk of diabetes, delivered by a variety of healthcare providers in routine clinical settings, are feasible but appear to be of limited clinical benefit one year after intervention. Despite convincing evidence from structured intensive trials, this systematic review showed that translation into routine practice has less effect on diabetes risk reduction.

Physical Activity is mentioned 42 times in this 80 page document.

A guide to the issues involved in transferring ownership and management of public space from local authorities to community groups.  The report also highlights benefits of shared community open spaces, for physical activities, providing accessible green routes for walking and cycling including safe routes to school for children; reduce the urban heat island effect in summer through cooling and shading…..

Do you feel like you are not getting the true views and opinions of the public you are engaging with? Maybe you feel you see the same faces at all meetings and are not hearing from all the groups or individuals in your community. If so, and you are committed to tackling the health inequalities within your area, perhaps it is time to try something different.

The report indicates that health disparities play a significant role in health system costs. It states that ongoing spending on acute care and programs encouraging a healthy lifestyle is not enough to improve the overall health of Canadians, particularly those who live in or close to poverty.

Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly Volume 28, Issue 1, January
Although literature has addressed medical and psychological barriers to participation, little is known about the social barriers that youth encounter. This qualitative study explored sociocultural barriers to physical activity from the perspective of 17 youth with CHD.

Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly Volume 28, Issue 1, January
This study descriptively measured the universal accessibility of "accessible" fitness and recreational facilities for Ontarians living with mobility disabilities. The physical and social environments of 44 fitness and recreational facilities that identified as "accessible" were assessed using a modified version of the AIMFREE.

This plan “outlines five key strategies to drive improvements in our health system. Specific actions and clear performance measures support the strategies that will help us achieve our ultimate goal of becoming the best-performing publicly funded health system in Canada.”

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has unveiled Healthy People 2020, the nation’s new 10-year goals and objectives for health promotion and disease prevention, and “myHealthyPeople,” a new challenge for technology application developers. 

Published 30 November 10. This White Paper replaces Choosing Healthier Lives. It sets out the Government's long-term vision for the future of public health in England.

You’re standing in line at the grocery store checkout counter, waiting to pay for your potato chips, extra creamy ice cream and frozen chicken wings. Then you see it. A tabloid headline screams, “Lose 15 pounds in a week!”

Each year the OHPE invites organizations and individuals working in health promotion in Ontario and across the country to reflect on the past 12 months and muse about the coming year. This is the first part of the reflections piece and the final OHPE feature for 2010. The second half of the reflections will run on the January 7, 2010.

1966 film by Les Drew & Kaj Pindal, (9min 35s)

A webcast recording of a falls seminar.

International Journal of Obesity 2010 Oct 26. [Epub ahead of print]
Reilly JJ, Kelly J.
A relatively large and fairly consistent body of evidence now demonstrates that overweight and obesity in childhood and adolescence have adverse consequences on premature mortality and physical morbidity in adulthood

VicHealth’s strategy for health in sport is multi-pronged. We are focusing our attention on finding ways to enable the sports sector to lead and innovate, to increase participation rates in sport, and to create sporting environments that are healthy, safe and inclusive for all in our community.

"Dashing through the snow (on foot, not in a sleigh!) = 330 calories
Jumping for joy = 330 calories
Sawing down the Christmas tree = 270 calories
Sledding = 270 calories
Chopping wood = 240 calories
Shoveling snow = 240 calories
Shopping on December 24th = 150 calories..."

The casebook presents an impressive collection of stories that highlight the depth and breadth of knowledge transfer activities in Alberta.

2010 publication from the New York City Department of Design and Construction.  The guidelines are the City’s first publication to focus on designers’ role in tackling one of the most urgent health crises of our day: obesity and related diseases including diabetes.
Chapter 2 Urban Design: Creating an Active City
Chapter 3 Building Design: Creating Opportunities for Daily Physical Activity
 (Free to download – you just have to provide a bit of information – nothing personal though.)

GWL Realty Advisors, a Canadian consulting group, recently released a report that examines the growing interest in living in dense urban areas. The study uses census data and polls to look into why the market for apartments and urban properties in Canada is booming. The report suggests that short commutes and proximity to transit are factors attracting apartment dwellers to certain properties.

In September 2010, the Ontario Public Health Association (OHPA) hosted a discussion forum entitled “Taking Action on the Built Environment: Building Healthy Public Policy.” The purpose of the forum was to provide an opportunity for public health and other professionals working on the built environment to discuss how to shape and advance policies in order to create healthier, more equitable, and more sustainable communities.

Designed to build understanding of the transit oriented development (TOD) concept and good practice in the Queensland context. It has been written for practitioners, including urban planners, urban designers, transport professionals, local and state government officers and industry representatives and developers.


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