December 16, 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.

Welcome to the final Info. Round-Up for 2011. We’ll be taking a couple weeks off for the holidays. From all of us here at the Centre, we'd like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year!

A discussion paper.  The Australian Heart Foundation (SA) commissioned this discussion paper to bring together the evidence around the financial benefits to retailers and residents in making commercial streets more walking and cycling friendly.

Preventive Medicine In Press, Accepted Manuscript
► We analyzed walking behavior from a population based survey of sport and physical activity. ► 68% of the participants report walking for 10 minutes or more during the previous week. ► 24% of the participants report walking at a pace likely to be moderate intensity. ► Time spent walking briskly for personal transport was a predictor of leanness. ► Time spent working at home was negatively associated with leanness.

The Active Toy Guide features a variety of toys that encourage kids to play in a physically active way. Some are electronic and some are suited for indoor and outdoor play. Categories are for kids 0-5

The bottom line: even if you are using active video games and other technical aids to become more active, you also need to participate in other activities and exercises that improve your flexibility, strength and endurance.

WASHINGTON, DC (November 3, 2011) — Congressman Ron Kind (WI) and Senator Mark Udall (CO) introduced the Healthy Kids Outdoors Act today to support state, local and federal strategies to connect youth and families with the natural world, improve children’s health and support future economic growth and conservation efforts.

SPANS 2010 is the fourth in a series of school-based surveys of NSW school students and provides valuable trend information on physical activity and nutrition in years K, 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10.

Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport In Press, Corrected Proof
The purpose of this study was to determine the levels of physical activity (PA), lesson context and teacher interaction students receive during physical education (PE) in secondary schools in New South Wales, Australia.

Journal of the American Dietetic Association Vol 111, Iss 12, Dec 2011, Pg 1852-1860
This instrument provides a standardized method to analyze and compare the comprehensiveness and strength of written nutrition and physical activity policies in child-care centers.

The LIN web site has been relaunched with a new graphic design and improved functionality for users. At the same time, a revitalized LIN is reaffirming its connection to the recreation and parks sector by reinstating its original name - Leisure Information Network (LIN).

Delta Ottawa City Centre February 7-10, 2012
The conference will take stock of advances that have been made with regard to integrated action for chronic disease prevention in Canada; the successes, the challenges, the gaps, and our opportunities. In recognition of the multi-factorial causes of chronic diseases, the emphasis will be upon ‘what works’; how are sectors coming together for collaborative action on chronic disease prevention.

If passed the soda tax would return 85 percent of all revenues back to communities. That 1.445 billion equates to an average of $233 per student in new funding that communities across the state will be able to use in their classrooms and to ensure that their children are healthy and will live brighter futures.

This report quantifies the nutritional content and full array of marketing practices that promote sugary drinks to children and teens. In the first section……

Annals of Behavioural Medicine, 2011, Online First.
DOI: 10.1007/s12160-011-9320-y
Find out more about the links between sedentary behavior and mental health in this new workplace health study.

Organizations that can clearly and accurately articulate their financial story and resource needs are better positioned to make a strong case for support. In both good times and bad…. Use the worksheet on the back to capture a snapshot of your nonprofit’s strengths and weaknesses.

Show me the Evidence was conceived as a way of showcasing some of the high-quality and relevant research supported by Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). This premier issue presents three stories about initiatives that have the potential to improve the delivery of health services to Canadians….

Alongside traditional policy responses there are also innovative solutions which include new ways addressing ageing that may involve new technology and new processes. In the area of health, a life course approach includes an increased focus on prevention and the promotion of healthy lifestyles at all stages of life to keep people active and prevent or mitigate chronic disease.

Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2011 Oct;92(10):1581-6
The objective was to evaluate measures of strength and balance and falls incidence in participants attending fall prevention exercise classes taught by volunteer peer leaders, paid professional (Age Concern Otago group), or a comparison class (comparison group).

Disabil Rehabil. 2011 Sep 29. [Epub ahead of print]
The impact of supervised Tai Chi on fall prevention can not be explained by a differential effect on balance, gait and fear of falling. It appeared to be related to an increase of general self-efficacy, a phenomenon which is not seen in the conventional physiotherapy program.

Parkinsonism & Related Disorders Vol 18, Supl 1, Jan 2012, Pages S114-S119
No significant effects were found for UPDRS-motor score, Freezing of Gait and Quality of Life. Overall, MbM-therapy appears promising for the improvement of gait and gait-related activities in PD. Future studies should incorporate larger groups and focus on long-term compliance and follow-up.

In an effort to reduce pejorative portrayals of overweight and obese persons in media reporting, he Canadian Obesity Network has created an Image Gallery that provides a collection of photographs that portray obese individuals in ways that are positive and non-stereotypical.

A 9 minute YouTube video. A Doctor-Professor answers the old question "What is the single best thing we can do for our health" in a completely new way.
Dr. Mike Evans is founder of the Health Design Lab at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of Toronto, and a staff physician at St. Michael's Hospital

This guide is intended to assist families in creating memories through active experiences.
Use the information provided to create the right experience for your family.

This article looks at the rates of participation in sport and physical recreation across Australia for people aged 15 years and over, by selected characteristics and by selected activities. The article also looks at Australians who had reported low or no exercise and who would therefore not be meeting the National Physical Activity Guidelines.

Although the health benefits of physical activity are well-established, high rates of physical inactivity among Canadians continue to persist….

Here's how to turn exercise excuses into heart rate-boosting opportunities this holiday season.

American Journal of Preventive Medicine Vol 42, Iss 1, Jan 2012, Pages 14-20
Physical activity decline was evident during young adults' transition into early adulthood, with declines being steepest among men who entered a college/university.

American Journal of Preventive Medicine Vol 42, Iss 1, Jan 2012, Pages 81-88
Given the strength of evidence for telephone-delivered physical activity and dietary change interventions, greater emphasis on dissemination studies is warranted.

AIHW figures indicate that, compared with people in metropolitan areas, those living in regional and remote areas were 1.16 times more likely to be sedentary…… Although rural residents are often perceived as being more active than urban residents, due to a larger proportion working in labor intensive occupations such as agriculture, forestry and fishing, the same study found that only 43 per cent of men and eight percent of women engaged in occupation-related physical activity.

A week-long (24-29 June, 2012 in Boston) institute designed to train investigators and practitioners tangible skills that can be used to measure many of the aspects of the built environment that are believed to have an effect on health.

Highlights neighborhood-level changes to the built environment that can have a positive influence on the health of community residents, especially in low-income communities. The profiles demonstrate how health practitioners, community members and many others can work together to improve community well-being by making changes to the built environment.

Creating Places for People does not take a one size fits all approach. It provides broad principles for urban design that take into account the unique characteristics of a location, people’s enjoyment, experience and health, and encourages excellence and collaboration in the design and custodianship of urban places.

A physical activity policy is a written document which includes a statement of intent about how a company proposes to address physical activity issues in the workplace.

A sample workplace policy.

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