Friday

March 4, 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
This Transport Canada issue paper reviews the most common barriers and benefits, provides information on general measures that can be taken to encourage active transportation, and also looks at a selection of successful initiatives.

Preventive Medicine Article in Press, Uncorrected Proof
The authors conclude: Rising prices of gasoline may be associated with an unintended increase in leisure PA.

This new Bike to Work Website is maintained by the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center. The Website provides helpful resources for planning and holding your bike to work event. The resource section includes downloads for event organizers, tips for individual riders, facts for the news media as well as information for employers and sponsors.

The New Zealand Transport Agency has released a report that explores how much walking and cycling by New Zealand adults is done mainly for transport purposes, examines the number of adults meeting key health guideline for physical activity through active transport alone, and more.

American Journal of Preventive Medicine Vol 40, Iss 3, March 2011, Pages 353-361
An individual's attitude toward walking evolves over time as a function of past experiences, walking of others along the walking route, limits on distances walked per day, and attitudes toward walking of the other individuals within her/his social network.

CHILDREN
Link to the Report. The purpose of the workshop was to bring together a variety of school travel stakeholders to learn about and identify opportunities for supporting and expanding active and sustainable school transportation initiatives in the GTHA.

COMMUNITY
Enhancing our sense of community by being active, creative, and engaged!

The biennial Lieutenant Governor’s Leadership for Active Communities Award program recognizes the achievements of the individuals and groups that are leading their communities in strategic change that results in increased citizen engagement and high levels of participation in recreation, sport and active living leading to healthier people and communities.

HEALTH GENERAL
December 2010 Health Index Report.  A great example of evaluating non-official statistics. Note the sample size is 1500, unfortunately there are no details on methodology/sampling indicated.

MENTAL HEALTH
Journal of Adolescence Article in Press, Corrected Proof
The findings highlight the role of physical activity in decreasing mental distress among adolescents, especially those living in aversive circumstances at home.

OLDER ADULTS
See page 2 of this newsletter.  Also note that in addition to the revisions, the four documents will be translated into four other languages.

Those working with older adults in long term care, acute care, home care and in the community will acquire the knowledge and skills needed to apply an evidence-based approach to the prevention of falls and fall-related injuries.

OVERWEIGHT/OBESITY
During the past two decades, the prevalence of obesity has increased significantly in Canada and the United States. For men, the prevalence of obesity increased by about 10 percentage points in Canada and 12 percentage points in the United States. Among women, the increase was about 8 percentage points in Canada and 10 percentage points in the United States.

In 2007, the Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS), the most comprehensive health measures survey in Canada, began collecting direct measurements of height, weight, body mass index (BMI), skinfolds and waist circumference from a nationally representative sample of the population. The complementary nature of these surveys has created an opportunity to compare rates of obesity among adults in Canada and the United States.

Discusses public health, physical activity, public policy and more......  “describes the factors that contribute to an environment that leads to obesity, including public policy, the built environment, food supply and distribution, family and cultural influences, technology, and the media. It also offers tools that help professionals start to reverse the obesity epidemic.”

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
These articles were presented at the 2011 Active Living Research Annual Conference, held February 22-24, in San Diego (CA). Articles are available for download at no charge.

RURAL
American Journal of Preventive Medicine Vol 40, Iss 3, March 2011, Pages 312-319
The purpose of this study is to describe adolescent ATS in two predominantly rural states and determine if school neighborhood built environment characteristics (BECs) predict ATS after adjusting for school and individual characteristics.

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