Friday

February 25, 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
Journal of Medical Internet Research Vol 12 No 4 2010
Adding online community features to an Internet-mediated walking program did not increase average daily step counts but did reduce participant attrition. Participants with low baseline social support used the online community features more than those with high baseline social support. Thus, online communities may be a promising approach to reducing attrition from online health behavior change interventions, particularly in populations with low social support.

The only professional membership organization for the discipline of pedestrian and bicycle transportation.  Our members are dedicated to making bicycling and walking a viable transportation option in the United States, Canada, and around the world.

If you are planning a physical activity campaign in 2011, consider using the iCANwalk Pledge as a tool to motivate participants and help you measure the success of your campaign.

Examines the elements that promote or discourage walking in a neighborhood

Provides a basic framework in which local built environment decisions are made and steps to identify opportunities for policies to improve walkability

Injury Prevention doi:10.1136/ip.2010.028696
These data (from a Montreal study) suggest that the injury risk of bicycling on cycle tracks is less than bicycling in streets. The construction of cycle tracks should not be discouraged.

It’s all part of the $20 million in capital investments promised last year as the city prepares to rewrite its transportation plan for the next decade. As the title of these investments imply, the city’s engineering department is focusing now on “active transportation,” not just cycling, to ensure pedestrians get their due as one of the largest and most sustainable participants in the city system.

CHILDREN
See new links listed for 2010 – #1 Methodology and #2 PA levels

CFLRI Lifestyle Tips

The new Healthy Kids website (Australia) provides information, resources and ideas on physical activity and healthy eating for children and young people.

CFLRI Research File

International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2011, 8:5
doi:10.1186/1479-5868-8-5
There is some evidence to suggest that ATS is associated with a healthier body composition and level of cardiorespiratory fitness among youth. Strategies to increase ATS are warranted and should be included in whole-of-school approaches to the promotion of physical activity. 

HEALTH GENERAL
“We cannot invite people to assume responsibility for their health and then turn around and fault them for illnesses and disabilities which are the outcome of wider social and economic circumstances.”

The information in this appendix is based on interviews that were conducted for Stepping It Up, where selected (key) horizontal initiatives were brought to the attention of the consultant. In many cases, their formation derived from the interviews has been supplemented with details and quotes from the corresponding websites. 

MISCELLANEOUS
This resource documents the evidence that recreation, parks, sport, active living, arts, culture and heritage are essential, and that our programs and services DO make a difference in the lives of the individuals, 'families' and communities we serve!

OLDER ADULTS
The principal goal of the Building Healthy Communities for Active Aging Award program is to raise awareness across the nation about healthy synergies that can be achieved when communities combine and implement the principles of smart growth with the concepts of active aging.

OVERWEIGHT/OBESITY
Includes the well known Obesity Trends state map for each year from 1999 – 2009.  The visual changes are stunning!

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
On the eve of the 2011 Canada Games, federal, provincial and territorial ministers responsible for sport, physical activity and recreation agreed to take action in a number of areas at their annual meeting held February 10 and 11 in Halifax.

A complementary document to The Toronto Charter for Physical Activity: A Global Call to Action. This document identifies seven best investments to increase population levels of physical activity which, if applied at sufficient scale will make a significant contribution to reducing the burden of non-communicable diseases and promote population health

It provides suggestions and ideas for action at all levels; from students and parents, to school councils and divisions/authorities, that can strengthen the school and home environment to support children and youth to lead active, healthy lifestyles. 

RESEARCH STUFF
Different stakeholders have different information needs because they make different types of decisions. The information communicated to stakeholders must address their needs and concerns. In addition, information disseminated to stakeholders should emphasize key findings for action and include recommendations that are useful. In general, improving stakeholders’ use of health information requires that it is available, accessible, relevant, and useful.

This guide has been developed for practitioners working for councils and public health organisations who have been given the task of evaluating the impact of a project or initiative. It will take you through the process of designing, implementing and disseminating an impact assessment and will also provide information on the range of tools and help that is available.

URBAN DESIGN
For decades, communities have tested the waters of innovation by designing streets to accommodate more than vehicular traffic. Bike and bus lanes are nothing new, but it was only about six years ago that urban planners began promoting street designs that accommodate all those who could potentially use a particular roadway………

Highways do not—and, except for brief periods in our nation’s history—never have paid for themselves through the taxes that highway advocates label “user fees.” Yet highway advocates continue to suggest they do in an attempt to secure preferential access to scarce public resources and to shape how those resources are spent.

With many shared goals and valuable resources to direct toward neighborhood revitalization efforts, public health and redevelopment agency staff make powerful allies. This fact sheet is designed for redevelopment professionals to show how partnerships with public health staff can increase the impact of redevelopment projects, improving residents’ health while strengthening the local economy.

Eat Smart, Move More South Carolina, a state-wide obesity prevention coalition, has produced a Complete Streets Toolbook and a Complete Streets Advocacy Manual to help South Carolinians push for pedestrian-, bicycle-, and transit-friendly infrastructure in their towns.

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