March 17, 2011

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc

Alberta Centre for Active Living

Note: Info Round up is going on vacation and will return Friday April 1st.

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The City of Delhi, India published this detailed guidebook that describes the role of non-motorized modes in an efficient and equitable transport system; defines minimum requirements for the design, size and maintenance of sidewalks, crosswalks and other pedestrian facilities; and describes international best practices for enhancing the pedestrian environment.

Health & Place Volume 17, Issue 2, March 2011, Pages 519-524
Interventions to improve negative perceptions of walkability among those living in high walkable areas may be a relevant public health intervention to increase physical activity and support weight maintenance.

Preventive Medicine Article in Press, Accepted Manuscript
Pedestrians in lower SE areas appear less likely to climb stairs than pedestrians in high SE areas. Nevertheless, a stair climbing intervention was equally effective in both areas.

Healthy school communities promote wellness and strive to create environments that foster lifelong health and wellness. The approach used to create active, healthy school communities is often referred to as the health promoting school approach or Comprehensive School Health −APPLE Schools follows this approach.

Health & Place Volume 17, Issue 2, March 2011, Pages 545-550
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.

Journal of Pediatric Nursing Article in Press, Corrected Proof
This pilot investigation assesses whether barriers to children's healthy eating and physical activity reported by parents on a newly developed brief pediatric obesity screening and counseling tool are related to healthy eating and physical activity behaviors.

International Journal of Gerontology Article in Press, Corrected Proof
The purpose of this study was to investigate fatigue and habitual physical activity in older people aged 65 and over living in rest home and to examine the relationship between these two variables.

Health & Place Volume 17, Issue 2, March 2011, Pages 633-640
An interesting finding is the significant independent contribution of frequency of journeys from the home. Beyond age, BMI, and physical function, higher frequency of trips was associated with higher levels of physical activity. Even among our sample with low physical function, the frequency of trips outside was associated with higher levels of physical activity at all ages.

Health & Place Volume 17, Issue 2, March 2011, Pages 458-469
This systematic review aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the literature concerning the relationship between the physical environment and PA in older adults

A great website from the Ontario Government linking to many resources.

Psychology of Sport and Exercise Article in Press, Accepted Manuscript
Forming implementation intentions of maximal specificity is crucial for behaviour change. Implementation intention interventions might become more effective if individuals are trained to form specific implementation intentions, especially to specify ‘when to act’.

Applied Research in Quality of Life - Published online: 28 October 2010
DOI: 10.1007/s11482-010-9132-4
Residents living in neighbourhoods of varying built form and thus varying levels of walkability in three communities in New Hampshire were surveyed about their levels of social capital and travel behaviours. Comparisons between the more walkable and less walkable neighbourhoods show that levels of social capital are higher in more walkable neighbourhoods.

In evaluating thousands of public spaces around the world, PPS has found that successful ones have four key qualities: they are accessible; people are engaged in activities there; the space is comfortable and has a good image; and finally, it is a sociable place: one where people meet each other and take people when they come to visit.

Future studies should try to confirm if and clarify why the association between physical activity level and health-related quality of life differs among these middle-aged women of different races/ethnicities. If confirmed, this association would imply that health care professionals and those who design public health interventions may need to vary their promotion methods and messages to encourage physical activity among women of different races/ethnicities.

Strong interagency partnership is essential to guide worksite wellness policy and program development in state government. State health plans, public health agencies, and personnel agencies each play a role in that partnership.

Offering Information to Employees About Healthy, Active Living
Getting quality information about healthy, active living into the hands of Albertans is a big challenge. Employers can play an "active" role by offering practical and helpful information to all employees in a variety of ways, with a range of key messages.

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