Friday

March 2, 2012

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc

Alberta Centre for Active Living

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ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION
Gil PeƱalosa. A man capable of inspiring just about anybody, be they a transport planner or an everyday commuter, talks to ECF about Transport Policy, Velo-city Global going to Vancouver and what we should be doing if we want more people cycling…

A basic premise in this report is that cycling should be encouraged because as the number of cyclists increases, the attention of motorists and safety improves; however, an important caveat is that the number of cyclists has to be commensurate with the infrastructure built for cycling to enhance their safety.

CHILDREN
This brief summarizes the growing body of research examining recess, which shows that providing recess during the school day is an effective and efficient way to increase physical activity and improve academic performance among children

OLDER ADULTS
Physicians may recommend that their patients exercise, but in the US, only about 24% of adults 55 years and older reported engaging in “regular” leisure-time physical activity, according to a National Health Statistics Report. What activities will attract more people?

Hearing loss has been linked with a variety of medical, social and cognitive ills, including dementia. However, a new study led by a Johns Hopkins researcher suggests that hearing loss may also be a risk factor for another huge public health problem: falls. 

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
This report examines trends in the prevalence of U.S. adults receiving a physician’s or other health professionals advice to exercise or perform other physical activity among adults who had seen a health professional in the past 12 months.

URBAN DESIGN
Program Open Space creates state and local parks, preserves agricultural lands, and provides playgrounds, ball fields, and other recreational opportunities for Marylanders.

Pedestrian Countdown at traffic signals tells you how long you have to cross the road after the green man light has gone out.  Research on how the technology affects behavior and public perception suggests it will help all users.

The objective of the present study was to help planning and transportation organizations across New York State identify the most appropriate methods that can evaluate the likely impacts of smart growth strategies. Findings support the claims that compact, mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly and transit-friendly designs can reduce vehicle trips, encourage non-motorized modes, decrease average trip length, and reduce daily VMT. Moreover, the study has developed two useful methodologies which can be applied to increase the sensitivity of current modeling tools toward assessing the likely impacts of proposed smart growth strategies.

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