April 8, 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.

BEAT is a joint initiative between the BC Recreation and Parks Association and the Union of BC Municipalities and is funded through the BC Healthy Living Alliance.

British Journal of Sports Medicine – published online first
This editorial summarizes the health benefits and risks of cycling and describes current controversies and evidence challenges for cycling policy and promotion. It provides a useful snapshot for those trying to promote cycling for both active commuting and recreational purposes.

The scheme encourages employers to loan bicycles and cycling safety equipment to employees as a tax-exempt benefit for the purpose of cycling to work. Under the scheme, employers buy cycling equipment from suppliers approved by their scheme administrator, and hire it to their employees. At the end of the loan period, the employer may choose to give the employee the option to purchase the equipment. Employees who participant in schemes run by Alliance members, on average, save up to 40% of the total cost of a new bike. To date over 400,000 people have taken advantage of the scheme, which involves over 2,220 bike retailers and 15,000 employers. is designed to increase the awareness and understanding of Active Transportation in Nova Scotia and provide an accessible system for sharing best practices, research and policy information.

Whether it is in the backyard, at a local park, or on a mountain top, just get outside and get active!

The outdoor environment is increasingly being recognized as an effective venue for increasing physical activity and reducing sedentary behaviors among children and youth.

J American College of Cardiology, 2011; 57:1604-1610
A single measurement of low fitness in mid-life was associated with higher lifetime risk for CVD death, particularly among persons with a high burden of CVD risk factors.

This NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre report presents a range of information on obesity, physical activity and diet, drawn together from a variety of sources………..

The basis for the Minding Our Bodies: Physical Activity for Mental Health project is that the research evidence for physical activity’s beneficial effects upon people’s physical and mental health is convincing.

Results suggest that a change in diet consisting of foods free of artificial food colorings and high in these micronutrients may help to alleviate the severity of ADHD.

Although promising, more nutrition-based intervention studies are required to firmly establish effective diet-based treatments for people diagnosed with depression.

The file includes information on the health of Canadians aged 45 and over by examining the various factors that impact healthy aging, such as general health and well-being, physical activity, use of health care services, social participation, as well as work and retirement transitions.

A short, two page checklist.

From the UK - a nationwide program‚ supporting people aged over 50 with physical activity‚ healthy eating and mental well-being.

In February the BHFNC held two Active Ageing Events learning seminars for professionals with an interest in promoting physical activity with older adults. The seminars were designed to provide examples of 2010 Active Ageing event case studies…

With a fun story, lively illustrations and loads of safety tips, this book is a great resource for encouraging and teaching about intergenerational falls prevention.  (Note: costs $ to order.)  The link takes you to free .pdfs to download.

Health Promotion International 2011
doi: 10.1093/heapro/dar018
A literature review identified nine potential areas for policy intervention at local government level, including the walking environment and food policy.

This leaflet pulls together the tips that emerged from the BHFNC 10th Annual Conference for engaging primary care professionals with the physical activity agenda.

ACDPA welcomes the opportunity to provide input to the development of a National Urban Policy for Australia. Our comments will focus on the potential for a national urban policy to help prevent chronic disease by influencing levels of physical activity and obesity and facilitating access to healthier foods.

The Clean Air Partnership (CAP), in partnership with the Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA), examined ten public health units in Ontario that are trying to create healthier and more sustainable communities by working through the land use planning processes in their districts/regions.

This (full) report examines the ways in which ten public health units in Ontario are working to influence land use and transportation planning processes to help create healthy and sustainable communities. It is intended as a tool for professionals in the public health sector. (Note: large document 232 pgs).

Whatever your experience, starting or continuing regular physical activity throughout menopause can help you enjoy this time in your life.

Public Health Article in Press, Corrected Proof
Approximately 70% of respondents who usually walked or cycled to work achieved greater than 80% of the recommended guidelines for physical activity through their active commuting.

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