June 24, 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.

In 2010, APBP  posted a survey to gather information about women cycling…..  the survey went viral garnering more than 13,000 responses. Although not a scientific survey, the responses offer much interesting and useful information.

For the first time, a comprehensive and easy to follow guide identifies actions that will improve safety and mobility for bicyclists and pedestrians at intersections and interchanges.  The Guide provides tools and techniques to improve bicycle and pedestrian transportation using basic guiding principles for common intersection types. The focus is on intersections and interchanges where transportation safety and mobility issues can be most challenging.

National Association of City Transportation Guide is an interactive document that provides state-of-the-practice solutions for on-street bicycle facilities, based on the best national and international practices, policies, and programs. The Guide can be adopted by individual cities, counties, or states as either a stand-alone document or as a supplement to other guidance documents.

In 2005, Congress approved the (NTPP), providing a total of $100 million to four U.S. to determine how investments in walking and biking can increase the number of people who walk and bike. The time of reckoning has arrived, as last month more than 20 House and Senate offices participated in briefings about the success of the program. The results? From 2007 to 2010, the four communities reported an average increase in walking by 22% and bicycling by 49%!

Share the street campaign video by Vélo Québec

This toolkit includes a check list that can be used as a self-assessment tool to help identify important transportation issues in any community or municipality.

The Network for a Healthy California — Children's Power Play! Campaign develops and tests a variety of resources to help educate, motivate, and empower 9- to 11-year-old children to eat fruits and vegetables and be physically active. The materials are research-based, educator-friendly, and appealing to children.

The (Ontario) project will focus on identifying the possibilities for enhancing and encouraging use of active and sustainable travel options for students and staff, such as walking, cycling, and carpooling. Stepping It Up began rolling out school-based activities at participating elementary schools in fall 2009. By the pilot project’s end in December 2011, 30 schools will be participating.

Produced by Statistics Canada these publications features short informative articles on interesting health topics from various health data sources.  Including Physical activity during leisure time, 2010

This product presents comparable time-series data for a range of health indicators from a number of sources including the Canadian Community Health Survey, Vital Statistics, and Canadian Cancer Registry. The application is designed to give quick access to recent trends that can be customized by indicator or by geography.
Option#1 is a large table with each indicator shown as a subset of the data

Option #2 allows you choose the indicator (for instance LTPA)

Could taking a walk outside be part of a prescription to improve your mental health?

Intergenerational physical activity is much more than seniors and children exercising at the same time. It includes programs and activities that bring people of different age groups together in a meaningful way.

ICAA’s communications guidelines show how to more effectively reach and portray people 50 years and older. ICAA CEO urges media, marketers, public relations and health professionals to promote a more realistic and comprehensive picture of older adults in North America.

Obesity in Canada provides an overview of the prevalence of obesity among adults, children and youth, and Aboriginal Peoples (First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples); the determinants and impact of obesity across the country; as well as Canadian and international lessons learned in obesity prevention and reduction

Blog by Dr. Arya M. Sharma regarding the release of the CIHI report Obesity in Canada. 

Overall, according to self-reported measures, physical activity has increased among both men and women since 1997, with 39% of men and 29% of women meeting the recommended levels in 2008 (at least 30 minutes of at least moderate intensity activity at least 5 times a week) compared with 32% and 21% respectively in 1997.

AJPH First Look, published online ahead of print Jun 16, 2011
Doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2011.300201
The implementation of recent tax-based measures in Canada has provided a timely and unique opportunity to study the advantages and limitations of using tax regimes for public health initiatives.

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