February 11, 2011

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc

Alberta Centre for Active Living

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Health & Place Article in Press, Accepted Manuscript
Conclusion: When school (location) decisions are made, the number of physical activity facilities surrounding the school should be considered to encourage physical activity in 12th grade girls.

Scroll down the page – it’s the 3rd from the bottom.

Social Science & Medicine Article in Press, Accepted Manuscript
We hypothesize that poorer children may have more unstructured time, which they fill with television time but also with outdoor play time; and that children in public housing may be likely to have access to play areas on the grounds of their housing facilities.

This is a brief introduction to the Theory of Change and how SMARTRISK adapted it for its needs. The authors encourage other organizations that work to make social change to investigate the theory further to determine whether they may find it a useful exercise to work through as well.

Older Canadians who have fully retired from work report worse general health, more chronic health conditions and were less physically active than their counterparts who remain at work.

Preventive Medicine Article in Press, Accepted Manuscript
New research from Catrine Tudor-Locke
Conclusion: Accumulating approximately 8,000 steps/day is a good proxy for 30 minutes of daily MVPA, while accumulating 7,000 steps/day every day of the week is consistent with obtaining 150 minutes of weekly MVPA.

Computers in Human Behavior Article in Press, Corrected Proof
These results suggest that barriers posed by high levels of computer use are surmountable. Efforts to increase efficacy in overcoming barriers to exercise may be more practical and have a greater impact on physical activity levels than trying to decrease computer use among adults.

This new DVD, produced by the Middlesex-London Health Unit in partnership with Dr Michelle Mottola, Director of the Exercise and Pregnancy Lab at UWO, answers many of the questions women have about the safe and healthy ways to be active during pregnancy.

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