Friday

August 26, 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. 

ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION
American Journal of Preventive Medicine Vol 41, Iss 3, Sept 2011, Pages 241-250
This study estimates differences between Germany and the U.S. over time in population levels of daily walking and cycling at different health-enhancing thresholds across sociodemographic groups.

BMJ 2011; 343:d4521
doi: 10.1136/bmj.d4521
The objective of this large study (n= 181, 982) was to compare the risks and benefits attributed to those who travel by bicycle, using a share bicycle initiative, to those who travel by car in the city of Barcelona, Spain in 2009. The introduction of this initiative saw a 30% increase in the number of residents cycling with 11% of the population in Barcelona subscribing to the scheme.
If you choose to walk for some journeys in London, you'll discover there are loads of benefits.

CHILDREN
This website focuses on the importance of physical literacy and the need to create fun ways for children to learn fundamental movement skills. The website is designed to provide information and tools for parents.

American Journal of Preventive Medicine Vol 41, Iss 3, Sept 2011, Pages 258-265
Availability of parks is associated with higher levels of physical activity among children and adolescents. Few studies examine actual park use and park-based physical activity in these populations.

Findings from the Canadian Health Measures Survey reveal that among Canadian children and youth, only 4% of girls (vs. 9% of boys) achieve the recommended levels of daily moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity.

This information booklet is designed to give early years practitioners and health professionals help with using these guidelines effectively and to provide practical tips.

This information booklet is designed to give early years practitioners and health professionals help with using these guidelines effectively and to provide practical tips.

Empirical examinations of the efficacy of community-based programs to increase and sustain physical activity among youth are lacking. This study describes changes in vigorous physical activity during a 3-year period among children aged 9 to 13 years (tweens) in Lexington, Kentucky, following introduction of the VERB Summer Scorecard (VSS) intervention.

COMMUNITY
This manual has been designed to be used as a tool to implement an unstructured free play program in your community. In this manual you will find an introduction to unstructured free play, steps to establish an unstructured free play program in your community, and a wide variety of games and activities.

HEALTHY EATING
The enhancements to the Alberta Nutrition Guidelines for Children and Youth and the new resources make it easier to select the healthy choice using the Choose Most Often, Choose Sometimes or Choose Least Often categories for food or beverages.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation encourages Canadians to follow a healthy diet, to eat fresh and cook at home whenever they can, to follow the recommendations in Canada’s Food Guide, and to make healthy choices wherever they are. But this can be easier said than done……..

OLDER ADULTS
Physical activity questionnaire developed with a grant from the U. S. National Institute on Aging. Designed to assess current level of activity (occupational, household and leisure) of community-dwelling older persons, aged 65 and older, through self report of a one week period.

Neurobiology of Aging Article in Press, Corrected Proof
This study examines the association between sodium intake and its interaction with physical activity on cognitive function over 3 years in older adults residing in Qu├ębec, Canada.

OVERWEIGHT/OBESITY
There are a number of articles in this issue on the topic of obesity and children.
“The articles presented in this collection address a selection of the most important and understudied aspects of childhood obesity interventions, the ethical implications of what we recommend or implement.”

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
The project is titled "Understanding community investment in recreation spaces," and looks to help the province understand that utilization of municipal recreation spaces (indoor and outdoor) is essential for promoting healthy and active living among Albertans.

No comments: