March 9, 2012

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc

Alberta Centre for Active Living

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Volume 53, Issue 3, 1 September 2011, Pages 178–181
Laboratory studies of adult walking behavior have consistently found that a cadence of 100 steps/min is a reasonable threshold for moderate intensity. The purpose of this study was to determine cadence patterns in free-living adults, and in particular, time spent at increasing cadence increments including 100 steps/min and beyond.

This PAG Unit outlines a simple method for assessing the benefits of proposals to improve facilities for cycling and/or walking. It can be used for the appraisal of both standalone schemes and road schemes which incorporate cycling and walking facilities

Health Evidence assigned this a Review Quality Rating of 6 (moderate)

Urban Forestry & Urban Greening Available online 28 February 2012
This study examines the physical qualities of a garden environment and the behavior they bring out in 7- to 12-year-olds suburban children…. The garden fostered social interactions by offering plentiful materials in a varied space. The multiple affordances for a variety of actions in a garden made it basically a child-friendly environment. Consequently, activities in a garden environment appeared to promote the children's Zone of proximal development (ZPD).

Health Evidence assigned this a Review Quality Rating of 7 (moderate)

In this article researchers acknowledge a need for a unified global approach to physical activity guidelines for children 0-5 years. This is currently unavailable, and there are notable inconsistencies in recommendations across the globe.

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.

The NCD Alliance is advocating for a global physical activity target.

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