June 1, 2012

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Established in 2006, the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health in Prince George, B.C., is working to establish achievable, Aboriginal-specific health promotion goals in British Columbia as part of its national mandate. 

This CFLRI Research File article examines cycling trends in North America, detailing cycling rates, funding and safety over the last two decades.

This 164 page document is not intended to be a summary of Danish road standards, but to provide inspiration and motivation for creating more and safer bicycle traffic – in Denmark as well as the rest of the world.

Greeting fellow cyclists in Europe and abroad. With Velo-city Global fast approaching, we had a chat to our members in Quebec about the cycling situation in Canada…….

New data released by the League of American Bicyclists, Sierra Club, and National Council of La Raza (NCLR) highlights the tremendous economic benefits of bicycling and its importance as a safe transportation choice that should be available to every U.S. resident.

To promote safety during National Bike Month, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) reminds drivers to stay alert, share the road safely, and be aware of all roadway users, including bicyclists.

Whether you’re going to work, school or the corner store, active transportation is one of the easiest ways to get more activity into your life. This CFLRI Lifestyle Tip article provides you with reasons why you should bike!

Proposed amendments would expand the Highway Traffic Act to boost forms of active transportation and help create designated bicycle pathways on existing roads… "The proposals will amend the act’s definition of traffic to include bicycles… it means municipalities would have the power to make bylaws that regulate bicycle traffic and adapt the bylaws to the specific needs of their communities …"

A provincial cycling advocacy organization created to unite cycling organizations from across Ontario and work with and on behalf of municipalities to enhance their ability to make their communities more bicycle- friendly…..

Includes links to 4 main resource sections – Community, School, Community Change and Workplace.

Slowing speed limits from 30mph to 20mph contributes to increasing cycling and walking by up to 12%. 20 mph increases physical activity and reduces traffic.

This interactive map will allow you to zoom into any area of Alberta and see Comprehensive School Health/ Healthy School Community-related contacts.

One side benefit of Safe Routes is that, when the trip to school is made safer for kids, a community's overall health and well-being improves…

BMO survey cites costs, hectic family schedules, and access to facilities as top barriers for youth participation in sports - Participation in sports by youth aged 15-18 has declined from 77 per cent to 55 per cent since 1992….

…. offers brief summaries of eight programs that measured their walking and bicycling numbers and found an increase.  The resource aims to assist and inspire Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs to measure student travel patterns to look for possible changes over time and measure the progress of their activities.

A new research brief from Active Living Research summarizes research on physical activity in after-school programs and examines how policies can help after-school programs more effectively promote physical activity and prevent obesity among children.

The After School Hours Project will work to provide opportunities and resources for rural communities to support healthy living through after school programming.

An online package with several downloadable elements on School Siting to encourage bicycling and walking; "Smart School Siting: Fact Sheet," "Model School Siting Policies" and an overview; by the National Policy & Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity.

Richard Florida, a professor at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, uses the term “community attachment” when describing walkable public spaces. Florida also notes how urban parklands have developed into evidence of a community’s overall attractiveness….

Find out about inclusive strategies for people who experience disability or health conditions.

This article will discuss the shift towards preventative medicine, the efficacy and limits of traditional health promotion campaigns, the efficacy and limits of digital interventions, and then look at the future of hybrid campaigns that both promote and foster change.

The Institute of Medicine evaluated prior obesity prevention strategies and identified recommendations to meet the following goals and accelerate progress.
·         Integrate physical activity every day in every way
·         Market what matters for a healthy life
·         Make healthy foods and beverages available everywhere
·         Activate employers and health care professionals
·         Strengthen schools as the heart of health

Our new site provides a wealth of peer-reviewed research on environmental and policy strategies that can help increase physical activity among children and parents in the U.S., and reverse the nation’s obesity epidemic. As we launch this site, our goal is simple: to make it easier for you to find the evidence you need to inform your work.

Aside from the new look, we’ve also redesigned the site with the needs of advocates, practitioners and policy-makers in mind.

This tool from HEPA Europe provides a protocol and method for a detailed compilation and communication of country level policy responses on physical inactivity.

Patient Education and Counseling Available online 4 May 2012 In Press, Corrected Proof
A three year lifestyle study was delivered to middle aged overweight patients by a nurse practitioner (NP) administering lifestyle counseling and a general practitioner (GP) using usual care methods. This study compares and evaluates the effects of the NP lifestyle counseling and the GP usual care on improving the patient’s physical activity (PA) and dietary behaviors.

ACSM'S Health & Fitness Journal:  March/April 2012 - Volume 16 - Issue 2 - p 34–36
doi: 10.1249/01.FIT.0000413038.00495.c1
The use of medications, whether prescription or over the counter, is common in people with active lifestyles. The health and fitness professional should be aware of how certain medications may affect his or her client’s ability to exercise.

Working together to reduce injuries in sport and physical activity

Initial results indicate: both producers and users of research evidence are interested in improving their KT skills, particularly those related to the application of research evidence.
Already 8m (UK) residents live in towns which are adopting or have adopted this policy. Most importantly, through democratic debate those communities have decided that "20's Plenty Where People Live". And it is those same communities who have then changed their behaviour to drive slower in residential streets and where people walk and cycle.

The Mosaic Staircase, San Francisco, CA is a great example of how to take an existing staircase and make it interesting.

Healthier Work is a new (Australian) government service established to support employers to develop health and wellbeing initiatives within their workplace. Healthier work aims to build the capacity of workplaces to develop and implement programs, policies and practices that lead to healthy environments and sustained employee healthy lifestyle changes.

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