January 28, 2011

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc

Alberta Centre for Active Living

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10 out of 10 Deadly Health Stories – Nutrition and physical activity
This booklet presents the stories of ten successful nutrition and physical activity programs from NSW Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs).

America Walks - Strategic Campaign Plan 2011 – 2013
A Campaign Plan to coordinate and invigorate walking in America.

A translational research intervention to reduce screen behaviours and promote physical activity among children: Switch-2-Activity
Health Promotion International Advance Access
doi 10.1093/heapro/daq078

The majority of research into increasing physical activity at the population level is conducted in situations which do not reflect the realities of the populations concerned. There needs to be a shift to conducting translational research such as this which tests the real-world effectiveness of programs, following established efficacy of more rigorous trials. In the population group of young people, this study adds evidence of what can work well in the school setting; interventions targeting families should also be examined.

Bringing the community together to promote physical activity in youth: Results from the first year of Project InterActive
Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
Volume 13, Supplement 1, December 2010, Pages e13-e14
Project InterActive is an example of a successful community-focused intervention for increasing physical activity in young people. Nevertheless, new strategies for reducing television watching in participating children are clearly required.

Childhood obesity and proximity to urban parks and recreational resources: A longitudinal cohort study
Health & Place Volume 17, Issue 1, January 2011, Pages 207-214
The authors conclude that children with better access to parks and recreational resources are less likely to experience significant increases in attained BMI.

Fundamental movement skills in children and adolescents: Review of associated health benefits
Sports Medicine, Volume 40, Number 12
This systematic review examined the relationship between FMS competency and a range of psychological, physiological, health and behavioural benefits in children and adolescents.

Health Promotion Intervention in Low Socioeconomic Kindergarten Children
The Journal of Pediatrics Article in Press, Corrected Proof
A kindergarten dietary-physical activity intervention applied by the kindergarten teachers, had no effect on body mass index changes between the groups, but improved nutrition and physical activity and preferences, improved fitness, and decreased the percent of overweight children. This intervention may play an important role in health promotion, prevention and treatment of childhood obesity.

Healthy homework pilot study: Qualitative findings from a physical activity and nutrition intervention for primary-aged children
Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
Volume 13, Supplement 1, December 2010, Pages e12-e13
We conclude that compulsory homework designed to teach children to be active and eat well at home is a promising method for promoting healthy lifestyles in children and their families.

Multiple risk factor interventions for primary prevention of coronary heart disease
This Cochrane review looks at the effectiveness of multiple risk factor interventions for coronary heart disease. Implication for practice: The use of ’health promotion’ techniques for one-to-one, work site or family-orientated information and advice on a range of lifestyles (exercise, smoking cessation, diet) given to people at relatively low risk of cardiovascular disease is not particularly effective in terms of reducing the risk of clinical events.

Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults with Spinal Cord Injury
In February 2011, SCI Action Canada will launch their key national initiative: the Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults with Spinal Cord Injury. These are the first national guidelines to be developed for Canadians with any type of disability.

Relationship between physical activity and disability in low back pain: A systematic review and meta-analysis
PAIN Article in Press, Corrected Proof
It is often assumed that patients with pain-related disability due to low back pain (LBP) will have reduced physical activity levels, but recent studies have provided results that challenge this assumption.

Summary of the Updated American Geriatrics Society/British Geriatrics Society Clinical Practice Guideline for Prevention of Falls in Older Persons
J Am Geriatr Soc 59:148–157, 2011.

Links to the Complete Recommendation
The Guideline for the Prevention of Falls in Older Persons was originally published in May 2001. The present publication updates the earlier guideline by evaluating evidence and analyses that have become available since 2001 and by providing revised recommendations based on these evaluations.

Canadian Physical Activity Guides - updatedLinks to each of the new guides, background information, glossary, press release and more.

How Much and What Type of Physical Activity Do I Need Every Day?
This article tells you about how much and the types of physical activity you need to keep healthy. You'll also find out how to start slowly and build up the amount of activity you do every day.

Instruments to assess physical activity in patients with osteoarthritis of the hip or knee: a systematic review of measurement properties
Osteoarthritis and Cartilage Article in Press, Accepted Manuscript
For studies measuring physical activity as a risk factor for developing OA or as a protective factor against functional decline there is not enough evidence for any instrument to conclude that it has adequate measurement properties.

Multicultural Resource Kit: Giving Communities a Sporting Chance
The aim of this resource is to strengthen your organization’s ability to diversify, and to acknowledge the benefits to both providers and the community. It will ensure that all community members—including those from culturally diverse backgrounds—have the opportunity to participate, feel welcome and enjoy taking part in physical activity.

National Foundation on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition Establishment Act
An Act - To establish a National Foundation on Physical Fitness and Sports to carry out activities to support and supplement the mission of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

OCDPA's Evidence-Informed Messages: Active Living and Physical Activity
This information package is designed to provide supportive evidence for the Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance’s messages on social and environmental support for active living and physical activity in order to address physical inactivity. The supporting evidence provided in this backgrounder relates to increasing the availability of and accessibility to supportive environments to active living and physical activity.

Participation in Sport and Physical Recreation, Australia, 2009-10
Approximately two thirds (64%) of Australians aged 15 and over participated in at least one sport or physical recreational activity in the last twelve months, according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). This participation rate has fallen from 66% when the survey was last undertaken in 2005-2006.

US National Physical Activity Plan
The Plan aims to create a national culture that supports physically active lifestyles. Its ultimate purpose is to improve health, prevent disease and disability, and enhance quality of life.

NSW department of planning position statement planning for active living
This position statement affirms the commitment of the Department to pursue initiatives to support the continuing creation and maintenance of environments supportive of active living in its own activities, in partnership with other agencies in Government and in the guidance and direction it gives to other participants in the operation of the planning system.

Our Cities Ourselves: 10 Transport Principles for Urban Life
The successful city of the 21st Century will be replete with choices, including non-motorized, post-fossil fuel travel options. Citizens of the world do not want to sit in bumper-to-bumper traffic. They do not want to walk in mud, nor feel threatened on a simple bike ride to work. They want to be in cities that provide for creative interaction, affordable living and healthy movement.

Residents' diverse perspectives of the impact of neighbourhood renewal on quality of life and physical activity engagement: Improvements but unresolved issues
Health & Place Volume 17, Issue 1, January 2011, Pages 300-310
Few studies have been published on the reactions of residents to modifications of their residential landscape. We explored residents' experiences of home zone remodelling and construction of a new cycle-walkway in a deprived neighbourhood with a particular focus on aspects of quality of life and physical activity participation.

The Value of Urban Design: The economic, environmental and social benefits of urban design
The Value of Urban Design examines international evidence relating to eight core elements of urban design: connectivity, density, mixed-use, adaptability, high-quality of public realm, integrated decision-making, user participation.

How Office Buildings can Accommodate More Cyclists
Get some tips for workplace health promotion in this new publication from Bicycle Victoria and Colliers International.

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