March 23, 2012

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc

Alberta Centre for Active Living

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In 2008 VicHealth made a three-year investment in the Streets Ahead program. Targeting children aged four to 12, Streets Ahead aimed to create environments that increased children’s active travel and independent mobility in all aspects of their local community life, with a focus on travelling to and from school.

This document contains a review of the literature in the field of transport and physical activity. The purpose of the project which led to this review was to bring together experts from the fields of transport and physical activity, and complementary fields, to share knowledge and exchange ideas through a series of workshops, to examine the evidence of the role of transport in influencing levels of physical activity and hence its possible contribution to the solution of the health problems caused by the decline in physical activity.

I checked and they list the Cdn Provinces on the registration page.
Join the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals for a free webinar on programs and approaches that engage, empower, and encourage women to bicycle more on a regular basis. Scheduled for Wednesday, March 28, at 3:00 pm Eastern Time.

re:activity is a multi-media memo to parents from Saskatchewan in motion regarding physical activity. And the message? Your kids aren't as active as you think they are. But the good news is that it doesn't take a super hero to make physical activity the easy choice.

Despite clear evidence of the fundamental health benefits to children who undertake regular physical activity, research has found a dramatic decline in children walking to school on their own. In examining the results of three literature reviews and two independent surveys, this report provides evidence of Victorian community attitudes to active travel for children and raises a number of areas for consideration to increase children’s active transport.

Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly Volume 29, Issue 2, April
The aim of the present paper is to describe five fun­damental beliefs of adapted physical activity practices that should be considered in an 8-step research model to create evidence-based research in adapted physical activity.

In this issue we look at the many barriers to investing in public health and examine what needs to be done to overcome these barriers. The articles cast light on a number of different facets of the interaction between health promotion and prevention concepts, our practice, and the decision-making processes in our society.

Foodborne disease outbreaks caused by imported food appeared to rise in 2009 and 2010, and nearly half of the outbreaks implicated foods imported from areas which previously had not been associated with outbreaks, according to research from the CDC….

Diabetes Care February 28, 2012
Interrupting sitting time with short bouts of light- or moderate-intensity walking lowers postprandial glucose and insulin levels in overweight/obese adults. This may improve glucose metabolism and potentially be an important public health and clinical intervention strategy for reducing cardiovascular risk. 

Am J Clin Nutr February 2012 vol. 95 no. 2 437-445
Time spent in sedentary behaviors was positively associated with mortality, and participation in high levels of MVPA did not fully mitigate health risks associated with prolonged time watching television.

Volume 9, Issue 2, February
The latest issue of the journal dedicated to physical activity and health is now available.

Check out this thematic series of papers developed from a satellite meeting of the 9th Annual Meeting of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA).

BMC Public Health 2012, 12:155
Facilitators of project sustainability included an organizational leader supporting the project, availability of funding or external support, and ready-for-use materials with ample room for adaptation. Barriers included insufficient synchronization between regional and community policy levels and preference for other PA projects.

From the CDC online newsroom. The Kenya Ministry of Health, along with researchers in Kenya for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found that smart phone use was cheaper than traditional paper survey methods to gather disease information, after the initial set–up cost….

Despite the increase in transportation costs from 2000 to 2009, the Index shows that people living in location efficient neighborhoods—characterized by access to transit, jobs, and amenities—experienced a smaller increase than those living in car-dependent places.

As you make the transition to a new workplace and new tasks, don’t forget to take care of your health! This article offers numerous tips and insights to help you eat well, be active and feel positive as you move forward with your new job.

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