Friday

February 3, 2012

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc

Alberta Centre for Active Living

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ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

An essential resource and tool for government officials, advocates, and those working to promote bicycling and walking. The Benchmarking Project is an on-going effort by the Alliance for Biking & Walking to collect and analyze data on bicycling and walking in all 50 states and the 51 largest U.S. cities.

According to 'Economic and Health Benefits of Bicycling,' the spending of recreational cyclists generates $364.8 million in direct and indirect impacts to the State of Iowa. And that's just the economic aspect. When it comes to health, bicycling saves the state $73.9 million in healthcare costs for those who cycle recreationally, while bicycle commuters cash in on another $13.2 million in health care cost savings..."

Preventive Medicine Available online 16 December 2011 In Press, Corrected Proof
We argue that there are social, commercial and environmental drivers of cycling rates and agree that there is an urgent need to take action to promote both cycling and build environments to support cycling.

The purpose of this resource is to educate decision makers, planners, engineers, and citizens on signalized intersection enhancements that can improve pedestrian safety and convenience. This resource is intended to summarize a wide array of potential treatments for a variety of signalized intersections; not all of the treatments summarized in this   resource are appropriate for every signalized intersection. 

Recently, I won a fellowship and got to spend six months living life on two wheels in the world’s most bike-friendly cities. I brought home ten lessons, and thousands of photographs, for Cascadia [author's community].

A marketing piece designed by the Copenhagen Public Health Department.

CHILDREN

From the Edmonton Sport Council.  A page with information and links relevant to fundamental movement skill development.

The National Center for Safe Routes to School will be coordinating the first-ever National Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 9, 2012.

This article discusses physical activity recommendations for preschoolers and also offers several ideas on how to support and encourage your preschooler to be active.

CHRONIC DISEASE

The ABCD project involves two quality improvement interventions…. and 2) Lifestyle behavioral support intervention called Healthy Eating and Active Living in Diabetes (HEALD-PCN).

CAPTURE is a freely accessible, web-based repository that Canadian public health practitioners and program managers can use to find and share practice-based evidence. Not just limited to published literature or best practices, CAPTURE provides a platform for collecting and disseminating the full breadth of activity across Canadian public health.

COMMUNITY

Creating new communities involves far more than building homes and roads.  It is the residents of a community that bring a place to life and help it to gain its own particular identity.  However, much more is known about the physical and environmental challenges involved in building new settlements, than about how to plan, design and develop services and supports that can help new residents come together, share common interests, agree on local priorities and work together to create a sense of community.

CONFERENCES

In the London Olympic Year of 2012 the Congress will be an event that will not only highlight the latest research evidence and best practice on physical activity and active ageing, but also highlight the needs of an often excluded but growing population group world-wide, the oldest old.

Vancouver, BC June 26 – 29th, 2012
Velo-city Global is the world’s premier international cycling planning conference. The four day event offers delegates from around the world a chance to share best practices for creating and sustaining cycling-friendly cities, where bicycles are valued as part of daily transport and recreation. 

OLDER ADULTS

Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Vol 93, Iss 2, Feb 2012, Pgs 237–244
The authors conclude that Exercise is beneficial to increase gait speed, improve balance, and improve performance in ADLs in the frail older adults.

Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Vol 93, Iss 2, Febr 2012, Pgs 344–350
The authors conclude that Mobility-limited older adults can complete this customized ETT protocol, allowing for the identification of acute cardiac instability and the achievement of optimal exercise parameters.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

According to Blair, the most important message to come from his research is that physical inactivity is the single largest health problem of our generation… "It's a bigger health problem than obesity," said Blair, who says that when it comes to improving health, exercising more trumps eating less. "Being fit eliminates the mortality risk of being obese."

RURAL

A new research report by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy demonstrates that, AT is a part of life even far beyond urban centers…….  kids, seniors and working people walk and bicycle at rates that are not so different from what you find in metropolitan areas

URBAN DESIGN

This paper sets out how to plan, design and develop successful and socially sustainable new communities. The ideas and examples are drawn from a large scale review of evidence about what makes communities flourish, with practical examples and approaches from new settlements around the world.

How do we deal with the economic, social and environmental challenges of large areas that cannot be solved through local action? This guide outlines a new approach to large scale urban design and includes our step-by-step guide to a new workshop-based process.

Read the article about this new publication here.

We advocate a return to the historic understanding of the street network as a fundamental framework for safe, livable communities, where the human scale of the individual and the act of walking represent the basic unit of design.

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