June 10, 2011

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc

Alberta Centre for Active Living

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The New Zealand report examines pedestrian rates both before and after facility implementation, and analyzes accompanying factors such as safety, delay, and directness. It also highlights an expected pedestrian-usage model, based on before and after data analysis, for planners and funding agents to use when planning new or improved facilities, and for use in project evaluation.

Research from New Zealand by Turner et al. (2009) indicates that there is a safety benefit of at least 10% by installing mid-block cycle lanes, and that the presence of other road features, such as flush medians, influence cycle safety……  the provision of cycle lanes reduce crashes by around 10% and the installation of an advanced limit line at intersections for cyclists (storage facility) reduces crashes by around 27%.

This campaign humorously highlights the essential dos and don’ts of safe, responsible biking.  Video clips included.

This article offers tips for parents to help them guide their children towards potential work opportunities. It also speaks directly to teenagers and younger kids about some of the possibilities!

A study by researchers at Royal Holloway, University of London reveals that primary school children cannot accurately judge the speed of vehicles travelling faster than 20 mph. 

Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Vol 92, Iss 6, Pages 905-912
The authors conclude: Sets of quantitative measurement variables obtained with this mobility battery provided sensitive prediction of future injury falls and screening for multiple subsequent falls by using tasks that should be appropriate to diverse participants.

Journal of Pain and Symptom Management Article in Press, Corrected Proof
It is recommended that most prostate cancer patients be encouraged to exercise regularly by their clinicians and significant others. Where possible, this exercise should be group-based and include some resistance training. Future research in this area should directly compare group- and home-based, as well as resistance, aerobic, and combined resistance and aerobic training to better elucidate the most effective forms of exercise for this population and what factors affect initiation and adherence to such programs

International Journal of Medical Informatics Article in Press, Corrected Proof
In comparison to the Internet, newspaper and television media have more favorable associations with recommended levels of lifestyle behaviors that may be critical in efforts to decrease obesity in the United States.

This year’s theme is Active Living in the Outdoors, which promotes the numerous and varied benefits of getting active in Alberta’s beautiful great outdoors.

The NOPA database compiles information for the WHO European Member States to monitor progress on nutrition, diet, physical activity and obesity. The country information contains national and subnational surveillance data, policy documents, action to implement policy and examples of good practice in programs and interventions.

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