Thursday

January 20, 2011

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
American Journal of Public Health – First look ahead of print
Drawing on classic epidemiological methods, psychological and ecological models of behavior change, and the principles of realistic evaluation, we have developed an applied ecological framework by which current theories about the behavioral effects of environmental change may be tested in heterogeneous and complex intervention settings.

CHILDREN
Parents shouldn’t look to the labels on the front of food package for guidance on picking the healthiest products for their kids. This report looked at packages with front of package labeling--symbols that identify healthier products--and found that 84% of products studied didn’t meet basic nutritional standards.

A fact sheet.

The contrast between current obesity and fitness trends and high levels of self-reported physical activity suggests a need for more objective monitoring of activity levels.  The Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS) used accelerometers to collect time-sequenced data on physical activity and sedentary behaviour for a nationally representative sample that included children and adolescents aged 6 to 19 years. 

Launched in 2007, Bikeability is the government’s flagship cycle training program, designed to give people the skills and confidence to ride on today’s roads. The following report presents findings from a survey conducted on behalf of Cycling for England and the Department for Transport to establish attitudes towards cycling, current cycling behavior and awareness of, participation in and experience of Bikeability.

HEALTH GENERAL
American Journal of Preventive Medicine Vol 40, Iss 2, Feb 2011, Pages 207-219
A comprehensive literature review was undertaken to identify evidence-based, peer-reviewed programs, strategies, and resources. The results of this review are presented organized as sexual health, mental and emotional health, injury prevention, tobacco and substance abuse, and exercise and healthy eating.

HEALTHY EATING
Community gardens play a valuable role in creating healthier communities. This fact sheet explains how model policies from NPLAN can help advocates work with local governments to create and sustain these important neighborhood resources.

Bringing a grocery store into an underserved neighborhood not only makes fresh produce and other healthy food more accessible, it can provide living-wage jobs, raise the value of surrounding property, and anchor and attract additional businesses to the neighborhood.

OLDER ADULTS
Expert offers a snapshot of the new horizon for adults ages 50+. Although there’s been tremendous coverage of Boomers turning 65, the fact remains that many millions of people are also turning 50. Those individuals are entering the active-aging market with needs and desires that will help shape the industry, starting now.

OVERWEIGHT/OBESITY
The Society of Actuaries breaks out the economic cost of overweight versus obesity for the U.S. and for Canada. Dividing up the $270 billion economic cost in the U.S., obesity cost the U.S. economy $198 billion and overweight cost $72 billion in 2009. To come to these conclusions, researchers and actuaries Don Behan and Sam Cox reviewed nearly 500 research articles on obesity and its relation to mortality and morbidity, focusing primarily on papers published from January 1980 to June 2009. 

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
(This survey) published on Jan.10 by the Alberta Centre for Active Living reports that 54 per cent of adult Albertans are physically active enough to receive health benefits, down from 58.5 per cent in 2009 and 62.4 per cent in 2007.

American Journal of Preventive Medicine Vol 40, Iss 2, Feb 2011, Pages 149-158
This study provides a systematic review of physical activity interventions and calculates their cost-effectiveness ratios.

This publication is A Canadian peer-reviewed journal of population health and health services research.  This link takes you to the newly released articles on the CHMS PA data and well as many links to related research.

To determine whether Canadians are sufficiently active to obtain health benefits, the 2007 to 2009 Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS) used accelerometers to collect the first time-sequenced objective measures of physical activity for a nationally representative sample of 6- to 79-year-olds.

Psychology of Sport and Exercise - Article in Press, Accepted Manuscript
The purpose of this study was to explore the experiences of obese patients, following participation in a counseling intervention, in order to identify the influences on behavior change in relation to physical activity and diet.

WORKPLACE
Taking Active Breaks at Work
Taking "active breaks" during work hours is easy to do, and it's good for you. In today's working world, there are literally millions of people sitting at work for most of the day, often at desks or "locked on" to their
computers....

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