Friday

January 7, 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.

ABORIGINAL
There are a number of articles related to Aboriginals in this latest CDC publication.

ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION
The presentations from the Nov 22nd-24th ACT Canada Sustainable Mobility Summit in Ottawa have been recently released and are available for viewing.

Bridges are critical links in transportation network. As veteran Seattle bike and pedestrian planner Peter Lagerwey says about all bridges, large and small: 'If you can't get across the bridges, nothing else matters.'

American Journal of Preventive Medicine Vol 40, Iss 1, Jan 2011, Pages 25-32
The intensities of bus stops, grocery stores, offices, and retail stores in participants' neighborhoods were associated positively with transportation walking

In July we published an article on a surprising trend in New York City — as bicycle use skyrockets, bicycle accidents are dropping. When many bicyclists are on the road, cycling safety improves substantially.  Now comes data from Portland, Oregon, that suggests encouraging bicycle use leads to greater traffic safety in general.

Built Environment, Vol. 36, No. 4, December 2010, pp 391-414
This paper provides a broad overview of the role walking and cycling can play in making our cities healthier.

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

Journal of Adolescent Health Article in Press, Corrected Proof
In Fall 2007, six focus groups were conducted with 36 youth.  Leadership capacity was facilitated through teamwork, community assessments, and policy work. Youth gained leadership confidence while successfully advocating for community-level change.
Here is a link to the HEAC program website.

Health & Place Article in Press, Accepted Manuscript
Connected street networks provide direct routes to school but when designed for heavy traffic, the potential for children to walk to school is reduced. This highlights the importance of carefully considering school siting and, particularly, street design in school neighborhoods.

CHRONIC DISEASE
The Get Fit for Active Living - Diabetes program (GFAL-D) is designed to help individuals over the age of 55 living with diabetes better manage their disease through regular physical activity sessions and healthy lifestyle education.

A great 4 minute advocacy video linking chronic disease and the built environment.

COMMUNITY
This monograph provides a hands-on guide for professionals so they can do economic impact studies that measure the economic return residents receive on park and recreation department investments. These studies are relatively simple to do, and they do not require hiring external consultants.

DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH
Latest Health Council of Canada report says healthy lifestyle not enough; tackling determinants of health have a stronger impact on Canadians' health

HEALTH GENERAL
A webpage from Alberta Health Services with a number of good discussion papers.

This report from NHS Health Scotland provides a picture of the gap between people’s lifestyles and how healthy they say they are.  The researchers compared what respondents thought about their health with their actual reported behaviour for a number of different behaviours which affect health including alcohol consumption, diet, physical activity and weight.

OLDER ADULTS
A qualified personal trainer can design safe exercise programs appropriate to the client, whether frail or athletic. The two-part guide contains qualifications to look for and questions to ask a prospective trainer.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
Fit Facts™ from the American Council on Exercise® (ACE®) are concise, one-page health and fitness information sheets – more than 100 fitness facts in all – each covering a different health or fitness topic. Fit Facts contain valuable how-to information and tips. (Be sure to use the list of links to topics in the left hand nav column)

Rated 8 or Strong.  Click on “view quality assessment” to see how it got that rating.

From Sport England. The fourth year of the survey, started in mid October 2009 and ran continuously for 12 months until the middle of October 2010. The full year results were published on 16 December 2010

The following evidence provides an answer to the question “Who ya gonna call?” to increase physical activity and reduce healthcare costs for the American public.

American Journal of Preventive Medicine Vol 40, Iss 1, Jan 2011, Pages 76-93
Interventions integrating physical activity into organizational routine during everyday life have demonstrated modest but consistent benefits, particularly for physical activity, and these are promising avenues of investigation. The proportionately longer-term outcomes available in these studies compared with individual-level studies suggest that physical activity promotion strategies at the organizational level may be more sustainable.

URBAN DESIGN
International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2010, 7:57
doi:10.1186/1479-5868-7-57
Results demonstrate that placing importance on choosing neighborhoods that are considered to be easily walkable is an important contributor to body weight.

Good health depends on healthy environments, settings and living conditions. Interest is growing in how the design of the built environment can promote health and prevent many 21st century public health concerns…

This feature length documentary explores the ravages of suburban sprawl, what America has lost as a result, and the perils faced if we don’t change the way in which we build our cities.

WOMEN
The CWHN is pleased to announce the appointment of Caryn Duncan as Executive Director. Caryn brings more than 20 years of experience in community organizations to the CWHN. She values the key role that the community sector plays in furthering social justice and equality, and is committed to addressing barriers to accessing health care in her work.

WORKPLACE
Rated 9 or Strong.  Click on “view quality assessment” to see how it got that rating.

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