April 5, 2012

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc

Alberta Centre for Active Living

The Round-Up will return on April 20th

Note: where possible we provide the DOI to link to research papers in the Info Round up.  To use it, cut and paste the DOI into the text box on this webpage: Access to research articles will be dependent on your Institutional rights.

Safe Communities Central Alberta and the Red Deer Primary Care Network worked with some community partners to create a series of bike, walk and roll videos which promote safety and injury prevention.

The results from the Attitudes towards Transport survey conducted in 2011 have been released by the Department for Transport. This report presents statistics on attitudes towards transport in Great Britain during 2011 and discusses trend changes since 2010. It covers attitudes towards road use, congestion and sustainable travel, among other topics. The report raises a number of points which relate to physical activity.

While more intervention research is needed to build a solid knowledge base of the health benefits of cycling, the existing evidence reinforces the current efforts to promote cycling as an important contributor for better population health.

The European Journal of Public Health, 2012, Advance Access
In one of the first studies of its kind, this article seeks to establish the proportion of the Catalonian population who meets the daily recommended physical activity levels through using walking as a form of active transport, the proportion who could meet physical activity recommendations if they replaced short motorised trips with walking and the economic advantage of such changes.

Toronto Public Health has released this new report entitled.  It summarizes the Toronto-and GTA-specific findings of a residential preferences survey that was conducted for Toronto Public Health (TPH) by Dr. Larry Frank and his team at Urban Design 4 Health. 

The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure in Northern Ireland has released the Young People and Sport 2010 survey results. These are part of the findings from the 2010 Young Persons’ Behaviour and Attitudes Survey (YPBAS). The YPBAS is a school-based survey carried out among 11–16 year old students. A total of 4,070 pupils were surveyed.

The document provides a basis for the development of a set of voluntary global targets on NCDs, including the target of a 10% relative reduction in the prevalence of insufficiently physically active adults.

The legacy document sets out for the first time the breadth and depth of the sporting, economic, regeneration and community legacy that will be delivered after the Games.

Health Promot. Int. (2012) First published online: January 6, 2012
doi: 10.1093/heapro/dar093
The Community Health and the Built Environment (CHBE) project investigated the role of place in interventions for chronic disease prevention in order to identify contextual factors that may foster or inhibit intervention success.

J Strength Cond Res. 2011 Nov;25(11):3198-204
This article summarizes research to date on the use of recovery beverages after aerobic activities and provides the following recommendations for practitioners on the optimal formula and timing of use for endurance and team-sport athletes.

J Strength Cond Res. 2011 Dec;25(12):3456-60.
When the results from men and women were combined, chocolate milk and Gatorade produced a similar time to fatigue. But when separated by gender, the men were able to sustain their shuttle run for 1.5 to 2 minutes longer after drinking chocolate milk vs. Gatorade. The women demonstrated no difference in performance between the two beverages, for which the researchers had no answers but suggested it worthy of future study

This UK evidence briefing is designed for professionals who require a detailed review of the evidence base available for physical activity in older adults.

A fitter future for all outlines a ten year strategy which seeks to tackle the prevalence of obesity across Northern Ireland.

March 2012 Volume 13, Issue Supplement s1, pages 1-132
A Special Issue of the journal Obesity Reviews focuses on obesity prevention measures in early childhood.

The Alberta Get Outdoors Weekend will be an annual event marked during the second weekend of April each year. During this weekend, Albertans are invited to get outside even for a few minutes to enjoy some fresh air and physical activities suitable to them.  The goal is to get outside and enjoy an activity which will benefit the mind, body and spirit and at the same time experience the natural beauty of our province.

There is preliminary evidence that tailored-print interventions are a promising approach to promoting physical activity in adult populations. Future research is needed to further identify key factors relating to efficacy and to determine if this approach is cost-effective and sustainable in the long-term.

Medical Journal of Australia, 2012, 196: 337-340
This research makes a clear, compelling case that prevention through promoting healthier lifestyle needs to be a key policy priority for governments in order to impact incidence rates of cancer as well as other chronic diseases.

Brought to you by ParticipACTION - April 9-13, 2012

Implementation Science 2012, 7:20
Public health practitioners often draw on forms of knowledge other than formal research literature. Using interviews and focus groups, this study published in Implementation Science aimed to gain a better understanding of how tacit knowledge is used to inform program initiatives in public health organizations. The authors conclude that tacit knowledge is used to identify opportunities, bring together teams and plan program details, a finding that is useful in guiding knowledge translation strategies.

The UK evaluation report presents an assessment of the delivery of the project as well as findings from an employee survey conducted in each organization. 

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