Friday

December 9, 2011

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc

Alberta Centre for Active Living

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ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION
“Given the reputation of the Netherlands as a cyclist's paradise, you might think that its extensive cycling infrastructure came down from heaven itself, or was perhaps created by the wave of a magic wand. Not so. It was the result of a lot of hard work, including massive street protests and very deliberate political decision-making."

Walking, cycling and public transit are emphasized in an update to Coquitlam’s strategic transportation plan, a document that seeks to increase alternate modes of commuter travel in the municipality.

In brief, Level of Service (LOS) suggests that whenever the city wants to change some element of a street -- say by adding a bike lane or even just painting a crosswalk -- it should calculate the effect that change will have on car traffic. If the change produces too much congestion, then a great deal of time, money, and additional analysis must go toward the project's consideration."

CHILDREN
National Center Releases “Getting Results” Resources.  Three-part Series Shows Communities Are Seeing Benefits of SRTS Programs.

Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport In Press, Corrected Proof
The pedometer, a practical, relatively inexpensive tool, is suitable for the identification of less active children and has some utility to assess the relative intensity of activities in the context of a school day.

CHRONIC DISEASE
In the (UofA)  PADL our goal is to understand the physiological changes that occur in the body and to devise effective physical activity and behaviour modification strategies that stop the disease, or lessen its impacts on the quality of life for those with the disease.

Archivos de Bronconeumología (English Edition) In Press, Corrected Proof
The Yale Physical Activity Survey may be a valid tool to classify, but not to quantify, physical activity performed by COPD patients. The summary index of this questionnaire, based on seven short questions, shows the best validity properties. This suggests that it should be considered as a screening tool to identify patients at risk for sedentarism.

CONFERENCES
We are pleased to provide here highlights of the 12th annual Walk21 Conference that took place in Metro Vancouver on Oct 3-5, 2011. The theme was "Transforming the automobile city: walking steps up!" The Walk21 Metro Vancouver Society hosted 540 delegates from 24 countries who spent three glorious days exploring innovative approaches to designing and building communities where walking is an essential and preferred method of transport.

HEALTHY EATING
Making sense of nutrition information on food labels can be confusing. With the introduction of the Healthy U Food Checker, the job of choosing healthy, nutrient-rich foods just got easier! This unique online tool helps take the confusion away by allowing you to compare the nutrition information you find on packaged foods to the Alberta Nutrition Guidelines. 

OLDER ADULTS
Ageing Research Reviews In Press, Uncorrected Proof
 doi:10.1016/j.arr.2011.11.002
► Physical exercise therapy improves mobility and physical functioning in elderly patients suffering from mobility problems, disability and/or multi-morbidity. ► This positive effect is of great value in a population of already physically impaired elderly. ► High intensity exercise seems to be somewhat more effective in improving physical functioning than low intensity exercise. ► No conclusions about the most effective type of intervention can be drawn.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
J Public Health (2011) First published online: September 20, 2011
doi: 10.1093/pubmed/fdr075
They found the majority of public health interventions assessed are highly cost-effective. Physical Activity is an intervention that is discussed.

URBAN DESIGN
Renowned active transportation expert Dan Burden had kind things to say about Collingwood. He praised the town's Urban Design Manual, calling it "one of the best I've seen in all of North America.

The good news is that there is great pent-up demand for walkable, centrally located neighborhoods in cities like Portland, Denver, Philadelphia…….

Smart growth is about the nuts and bolts: the stuff most of us don’t often think about that has a lot to do with our quality of life. Smart growth addresses the way we move from one place to another and what those places are like.

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