April 29, 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.

Health, wellness, exercise, relieving stress and having fun are excellent reasons to ride your bike to work - everyday!  However, if you, or someone you know needs one more reason to Bike to Work, why not try this free widget to calculate the money you will save just on fuel.

Even though almost two-thirds of Canadian families live close enough for the children to walk to school, only about one-third of children actually do that. Combine the rides young people typically receive to get to school with the many hours they spend watching TV and playing video games: the result is a very high level of inactivity, and often accompanying health problems, particularly obesity.

This report addresses the need for comprehensive, reliable, and current information about fast food marketing and how it affects young people. We focus our analyses on the twelve restaurants with the highest sales and advertising to youth in 2009 and document three components of their marketing plans….

Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, 2011, 36:291-297
doi: 10.1139/h11-002
Our data highlight important methodological considerations when measuring physical activity in preschoolers and the need for preschool-specific physical activity guidelines for Canadian children.

This brief summarizes research on playgrounds and how playgrounds impact physical activity among children. For the purposes of this brief, a playground is defined as a small,  publicly owned, outdoor area that features play equipment and provides recreational physical activity for younger children.

Respiratory Medicine Article in Press, Corrected Proof
Conclusion: Physical activity is not related to adult-onset asthma in this cohort of French middle-aged women

This resource describes accessibility as much more than making sure wheelchairs can reach the upper decks of a conventional playground design. It looks at how inclusive play must be a fundamental consideration beginning at the playground design conceptualization stage so that children of all abilities can fully enjoy the benefits of play.

There is a need to minimize environmental barriers to child and youth participation in organized recreational, sport and cultural activities. This approach includes accessibility, costs, transportation, locations of activities, availability of necessary aides or support personnel and organizational supports or accommodations. This is particularly important for low-income families. 

 The “It’s more than a Game” federal election campaign is led by the Sport Matters Group (SMG)- a voluntary group of sport leaders, including over 60 national and provincial sport and physical activity leaders, who care about the future of sport and physical activity in Canada and the fulfillment of sport’s important contributions to our society.

A case study that describes the CMHA Grey Bruce Branch experience creating the Let It Grow garden program. The document, captures the experience of building a successful community garden program with employment opportunities for participants and other information for organizations that may want to start their own garden.

Schizophrenia Research Article in Press, Corrected Proof
Present findings provide further support for routinely incorporating physical activity within rehabilitation programs and clinical assessments.

This document speaks to the value of building capacity within the community mental health sector to promote healthy eating as an essential element of recovery, through building and strengthening community partnerships.

CDC supports research and dissemination on ways to help prevent falls among older adults.

At Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (Ontario).  Be sure to looks at the documents under the meeting proceedings.

Developed by the Highway Safety Research Center at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Select your desired module title to view the associated video and downloadable handouts. If you are unable to work through an entire module in one sitting, you can always return at a later date and fast forward the video to where you last left off.

A 120 pg document from the UK.  Diet and nutrition are key factors that impact on the health of older people and a healthy diet and lifestyle can help prevent disease, particularly chronic disease. In general, healthy eating advice for older people is similar to the rest of the population. However, the physiological changes associated with ageing result in older people having some specific nutritional needs that differ from the rest of the population.

The ideas on the following pages were generated through a call for oral presentation and poster session proposals for the January 20, 2011 symposium, What Must New York Do Now to Prevent Obesity? The ideas are subdivided into the following four categories: Children (places to learn and play), Food Systems, Neighbourhoods and Workplaces.

American Journal of Preventive Medicine Volume 40, Issue 5, May 2011, Pages 514-521
Adherence to the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines was associated with reduced all-cause mortality risks among U.S. adults, after controlling for sociodemographic characteristics, BMI, smoking, and alcohol use.

It is the mission of the Decatur Active Living Division to provide leisure and support services that contribute to the quality of life of the citizens of Decatur. We are committed to enhancing the lives of individuals and families, contributing to the City’s economic development, preserving and promoting an appreciation for our green spaces and celebrating diversity while bringing us together as a community

Read about the results from the eat well be active program in South Australia. The aim of ewba was to contribute to the healthy weight of children and young people (018 years).

American Journal of Preventive Medicine Volume 40, Issue 5, May 2011, Pages 522-529
Parks have been proposed as a feature of the built environment that may promote increased physical activity. Little, if any, research has investigated the role of the park social environment in promoting physical activity within parks, however.

Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research: March 2011 - Vol 25 - Iss 3 - pp 689-693
doi: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e318207eae9
This is the first study to determine the percentage of V̇O2max and caloric expenditure elicited by different Wii Fit™ video games at different game levels in adults. Findings suggest that the Wii Fit™ can be used as an effective activity for promoting physical health in this population (young women).

RESEARCH STUFF is a non-partisan web-based project funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Manitoba Health Research Council to make the latest evidence on controversial health policy issues available to the media.  This site links journalists with health policy experts to provide access to credible, evidence-based information.

(CRUNCH) is an internationally-unique, five-year program examining the effects of complex, neighbourhood-level, population-based interventions on health and its determinants, particularly for children. It is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Public Health Agency of Canada

The standards are organized into eight volumes by discipline. Each volume contains a design section, specifications and drawings as required, plus any other guidelines or manuals appropriate to that discipline.

For the first time in history, the United Nations' Human Settlements Program (UN-HABITAT) has adopted a resolution formally recognizing the role public spaces that are green, safe and socially inclusive, play in sustainable urban development. The resolution calls upon governments to implement urban environmental planning, regulation, and management that fosters the development of quality urban public spaces and advances the agenda on place-making in cities.

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