August 2, 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.

The purpose of the Compendium is to provide sustainable transportation practitioners, and others in related fields, with an up-to-date listing of research and findings about the key attitudes, perceptions and misperceptions of Canadians towards targeted sustainable transportation actions.

A fun and informative blog that covers all things cycling.

Did you hear? Canada is the first country in the world to have guidelines that suggest limiting the amount of time children and youth spend sitting or being sedentary each day.

CFLRI Bulletin #2. The 2010 Physical Activity Monitor asked parents whether their children (ages 5 to 17 years) participated in sport during the prior 12 months leading up to the survey. According to their definition, 75% of children and youth participate in sport.

CFLRI Bulletin #3. A follow up to Bulletin #2 above. They further asked parents whether their children primarily engage in sport in structured or unstructured environments, make use of a coach, train or compete for their sport. This bulletin describes these findings.

Welcome to the Urban Transportation Image Bank.  The Image Bank endeavors to provide photographs that illustrate the many facets of sustainable urban transportation in Canada. Free to use.

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American Journal of Preventive Medicine Vol 41, Iss 2, August 2011, Pages 174-177
Sedentary time in older adults can be reduced following a brief intervention based on goal setting and behavioral self-monitoring.

Preventive Medicine, In Press, Accepted Manuscript
We conclude that physicians have an important role in helping their obese patients overcome barriers to PA. It is clear that most physicians have some knowledge about the environment and PA, but fewer do not routinely interact with their obese patients about environmental concerns. We recommend the development of targeted information and useful tools to assist physicians to help their obese patients.

PA case studies from rural New South Wales. This booklet features 6 PA project that have worked well in rural communities to address overweight and obesity, improve self esteem and strengthen social connectedness and promote community action.

This site supports the (Physical Activity) Taskforce's objectives by providing an industry specific information resources portal that promotes and encourages active lifestyles.

CFLRI Research File July.  Despite the known benefits of regular physical activity, Canadians still do not achieve the recommended levels. This article summarizes the data found in two published reports from a study that examined current fitness levels of Canadians.

"Exercise is medicine" is an expression that a trainer friend of mine likes to use. I completely agree. But like medicine, it's very important to know what to prescribe. Prescribing too much medicine or the wrong medicine can be dangerous. The same is true with exercise.

CFLRI Lifestyle Tip July. As a nation we are less fit than we were 25 years ago.

American Journal of Preventive Medicine Vol 41, Iss 2, August 2011 pp 174 - 235
There are a number of articles in this journal issue concerning sedentary behavior.
·         Sedentary Behavior and Dietary Intake in Children, Adolescents, and Adults: A Systematic Review
·         Adults' Sedentary Behavior: Determinants and Interventions
·         Health Risks, Correlates, and Interventions to Reduce Sedentary Behavior in Young People
·         Sedentary Behaviors and Subsequent Health Outcomes in Adults: A Systematic Review of Longitudinal Studies, 1996–2011
·         Measurement of Adults' Sedentary Time in Population-Based Studies
·         The Descriptive Epidemiology of Sitting: A 20-Country Comparison Using the International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ)

This (Australian) National Urban Policy sets a vision for our cities to deliver future prosperity and wellbeing for our communities and reinforces the Council of Australian Governments’ (COAG) national objective to ensure Australian cities are globally competitive, productive, sustainable, liveable, socially inclusive and well placed to meet future challenges and growth.

Maturitas Article in Press, Corrected Proof
Engaging in housework and farm work are determinants of physical function in postmenopausal women, which may help them maintain independence in daily living.

American Journal of Preventive Medicine Vol 41, Iss 2, August 2011, Pages 136-145
In men, full-time employment, even in sedentary occupations, is positively associated with physical activity compared to not working, and in both genders job type has a major bearing on daily activity levels.

If you are an employer interested in helping your employees find more efficient and sustainable ways of commuting to work, this guide is written for you. 

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