July 20, 2012

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc

Alberta Centre for Active Living

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Transportation Research Board News May-June 2012
Features articles that address the planning, design, operation, and maintenance of pedestrian and bicyclist facilities, as well as efforts to integrate these modes into the transportation system.  Articles explore the health benefits of nonmotorized transportation; the business side of bicycling; measuring multimodal mobility; learning from trends in other nations and transferring designs and practices from other nations to the United States; and more.

Preventive Medicine Available online 11 July 2012
Little is known about the contribution that active travel makes to overall physical activity - Our findings indicate that substantial physical activity can be accrued through active travel - Adults who actively travel participate in more overall physical activity

According to a July AmericaWalks article, "Major population shifts in the United States point to changes in American attitudes and behaviors regarding walking. These shifts are likely to result in a substantial increase in both recreational and utilitarian walking.

The After-School Time Period Report looks to answer some of the questions around the issue of After-School time, and address findings from research conducted by SPRA both as part of Saskatchewan After-School (2011) and recent fieldwork involving a series of local, provincial and national consultations, interviews and a literature review relating to ASTP strategy, policy and programming.

American Journal of Preventive Medicine Vol 43, Iss 2, Aug 2012, Pgs 159–167
Potential strategies for promoting children's physical activity should seek to influence children's preference for physical activity and parent rules. Gender-specific strategies also may be warranted.

This series of three new BHFNC fact sheets provide the facts on physical activity and the under-fives. They are ideal for practitioners who want the facts and figures relating to physical activity in the early years.

The report identifies the most prominent issues that arose in the research project from four perspectives: 1) overall; 2) programs now being offered; 3) gaps; and 4) options that would appear to satisfy expressed needs and interests.

Savvy Kids are Safer Kids - Tips for Teaching Pedestrian, ATV and School Bus Safety in the Classroom & Community is a hardcopy guide and online resource list focusing on ATV, pedestrian and school bus safety. This initiative aims to increase awareness of the importance of road/off-road safety and to connect educators, public health staff, parents and community service providers with existing supports to reduce the incidence of high risk behaviours and situations.

American Journal of Preventive Medicine Vol 43, Iss 2, Aug 2012, Pgs 168–175
The physical activity level of parents with young children present in the home was lower than that of those without children. Given the many physiologic, psychological, and social benefits of healthy active living, research efforts should continue to focus on strategies to encourage parents with young children to establish or re-engage in a physically active lifestyle, not only for their own health but to model healthy behavior for the next generation.

There are many more articles that may be of interest in this issue.  Click on the link above to see the full Table of Contents.

Activities, Adaptation & Aging Volume 36, Issue 2, 2012
Interviews were conducted with eight people, 65-81 years old, to discover their reasons for going to a gym for older adults. The first reason to begin exercising was to take control of their lives, but as time passed, they said exercise at an age-qualified gym became an investment in their health and a place for social activity.

Scroll down the page to see the LTPA information. Figure 7.1. Percentage of adults aged 18 and over who met the 2008 federal physical activity guidelines for aerobic activity through leisure-time aerobic activity: United States, 1997–2011

As London counts down the final days before the beginning of the 2012 Olympic Games, The Lancet will publish a major new Series on physical activity, including new analysis that quantifies the global impact of physical inactivity on the world’s major non-communicable diseases.

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