February 18, 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: Access to research articles will be dependent on your Institutional rights.

Data from the 2005 Canadian Community Health Survey were used to compare rates of active and moderately active leisure time (versus inactive) among First Nations people off reserve, Métis and Inuit with rates among non-Aboriginal people.  The abstract or full .pdf can be downloaded from the list of link in the text box on the right side of the page.

Just over twenty years ago, Boulder charted a new direction for transportation in the community with the adoption of the Transportation Master Plan. Since then, Boulder has become one of the country’s leaders in providing a balanced multimodal system. We are pleased to offer a snapshot of where we are today and the journey that led us here.

Includes 6 articles:
·         "How Far Out of the Way Will We Travel?;"
·         "Automated Bicycle Counts;"
·         "Multimodal Travel Choices of Bicyclists;"
·         "Latent Bicycle Commuting Demand and Effects of Gender on Commuter Cycling and Accident Rates;"
·         "Effects of On-Street Bicycle Facility Configuration on Bicyclist and Motorist Behavior;"
·         "Parking Lane Width and Bicycle Operating Space.

These are the first, systematic evidence-based sedentary behaviour guidelines in the world. The Guidelines provide recommendations to Canadian children and youth on limiting sedentary behaviour during discretionary or ‘free’ time in order to reduce health risks.

Appl. Physiol. Nutr. Metab. 36(1): 59–64 (2011)
This article is open access.  The link to the full text can be found in the left hand column.

Appl. Physiol. Nutr. Metab. 35(6): 805–815 (2010)
The present study indicates that cycling to music was just as effective as stationary cycling while playing video games at improving fitness, body composition, and cholesterol profiles in overweight and obese teens, and resulted in increased attendance, vigorous intensity of physical activity, and distance pedaled.

Is good care at home for seniors with chronic health conditions possible? At what cost? To whom? The Change Foundation answers those questions - and asks others - in this discussion paper.

The report says right now obesity is costing Texas businesses $9.5 billion a year in health care, absenteeism, decreased productivity and disability. The Comptroller is urging schools, lawmakers and others to implement more initiatives to prevent and combat obesity..."

Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise: February 2009 - Vol 41 - Iss 2 - pp 459-471
doi: 10.1249/MSS.0b013e3181949333
This document is an update of the 2001 American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Position Stand titled "Appropriate Intervention Strategies for Weight Loss and Prevention of Weight Regain for Adults".

Appl. Physiol. Nutr. Metab. 35(5): 643–649 (2010)
The purpose of this study was to quantify metabolic workloads and estimate caloric expenditure while playing upper-body accelerometer-controlled and classic seated video games…... Although upper-body accelerometer-controlled video games provided a greater exercising stimulus than classic seated video games, these data suggest they should not replace routine moderate or vigorous exercise.

Appl. Physiol. Nutr. Metab. 36(1): 36–46 (2011)
This article is open access.  The link to the full text can be found in the left hand column.

Appl. Physiol. Nutr. Metab. 35(6): 725–740 (2010)
This paper gives an overview of this emerging area of research (sedentary physiology) and highlights the ways that it differs from traditional exercise physiology

Rural youth are an at-risk population for obesity and inactivity, and often face different challenges than kids in urban and suburban environments.

Journal of Planning Literature February 2010 vol. 24 no. 3 231-245
doi: 10.1177/0885412209358047
This article describes the history of HIAs and their relationship to other analogous tools, reviews current theory and practice of HIAs, and discusses the role of HIAs in current planning initiatives. The authors suggest it is important to modify existing HIA tools so that they are perceived by planners as a useful supplement to current planning processes rather than a burdensome additional requirement.

Journal of Public Health Management & Practice. 14(3) May/June 2008.
The articles in this special issue examine the built environment and health.  This links to the table of contents.  Abstracts/Articles only available if you have institutional access – i.e. UofA ejournals.

A ten part video series which explores solutions to the problem of automobile dependency.  It's a visual handbook that will help guide policy makers, advocacy organizations, teachers, students, and others into a world that values pedestrian plazas over parking lots and train tracks over highways.  Cars were then, and this is now.  Welcome to the future.

For the first chapter in our Moving Beyond the Automobile series we'll take a look at Transit-Oriented Development, more commonly known by its "TOD" acronym in transportation industry circles. TOD is a high-density, mixed-use residential area with access to ample amounts of transportation. There are usually many transportation nodes within its core and contains a walkable and bike-able environment.
The new Network will be officially launched on March 8th to celebrate CAAWS’ 30th Anniversary and International Women’s Day. The Network will be a space where women leaders can connect, build their skills, share ideas, discuss issues, find solutions, and take action! The Network will be open to all women interested in leadership in sport and physical activity.

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