Friday

July 27, 2012

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc

Alberta Centre for Active Living

Note: where possible, we provide the DOI link to research papers in the Info Round-Up.  To use it, cut and paste the DOI into the text box on this webpage: http://dx.doi.org/.  Access to research articles will be dependent on your institutional rights.

ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION
The design manual is divided into five chapters: Basis, Typologies, Geometrics, Amenities, and Processes. Each chapter provides information to assist planners, designers and decision makers in developing a new design approach to enable better and safer active transportation in their communities.

The Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT) was formed in 2006 to give a unified voice to the many groups working for a better cycling and pedestrian environment in Toronto.

CHILDREN
This Pocket Planner, written by the BHFNC, is a great way to encourage children to get at least 60 minutes of exercise every day. Children can follow a four-week path towards their Let’s get active award certificate with fun ideas for ways to be active along the route. For a tougher challenge children can complete all four weekly challenges to earn their Let’s get active challenge award.

This fact sheet (from Active Living Research) highlights findings from the research synthesis School Policies on Physical Education and Physical Activity, including evidence-based strategies for increasing physical activity outside of school time.

CONFERENCES
April 20 - 23, 2013
Banff Centre

HEALTH GENERAL
Prev Med. 2012 Jun 24. [Epub ahead of print]
This study highlights clear evidence of the beneficial effects of numerous healthy lifestyle factors. With a growing body of evidence of the negative effects of sedentary behaviour, this is an important additional factor to be included in future studies. Policy and intervention efforts which target multiple risk factors together are likely to be the best buys in public health.

OLDER ADULTS
Am J Health Promot. 2012 Jul;26(6):333-40.
These findings provide irrefutable evidence of the role of vigorous physical activity in preventing dementia. Quality research on the effects of lower intensities of physical activity will also now be particularly important as many older adults will likely find it difficult to achieve vigorous levels. The promote of physical activity to mid-age and older adults by health care professionals and through mass media campaigns is also essential to capitalize on the insights from this research.

A website from the CDC with links to a great deal of information – look in the left hand column for topic headings.

This series of three booklets is designed to assist those who work with older people to interpret the UK Chief Medical Officers’ physical activity guidelines which were introduced in July 2011.
·         Active older adults
·         Older adults in transition
·         Frailer, older adults

In many respects, Kelleher is no different than many of the other 50-plus adults who competed at the Virginia Senior Games this weekend. She drives her own car, swims four days per week at 5am (she takes Wednesdays off), and competes in meets that are close to home…….

Pedestrian crossings do not allow older people enough time to cross the road, a report published in the journal Age and Ageing warns. The study found that for those over the age of 65, 76% of men and 85% of women have a walking speed slower than that needed to use a pedestrian crossing. There are concerns that being unable to cross roads may deter older people from walking. This may reduce their access to social contacts and interaction, local health services and shops that are all important in day-to-day life.

These latest BHFNC fact sheets cover physical activity in those over 65. Designed for use by practitioners who work with older adults they provide a brief overview of the facts in this area, including:
·         Current levels of physical activity
·         Factors influencing physical activity in older adults
·         Physical activity interventions for older adults

OVERWEIGHT/OBESITY
Fact or Fiction? Evidence page from the National Obesity Observatory.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
Preventive Medicine Volume 54, Issue 6, June 2012, Pages 371–380
This is a systematic review of the effectiveness of physical activity interventions. ► We only included programs targeting socioeconomically disadvantaged communities. ► Interventions targeting groups were effective for adults but not for children. ► Community-wide interventions were effective in producing small changes in activity. ► Evidence regarding effectiveness of interventions targeting individuals is required.

This report identifies the benefits of physical activity for our communities and provides an overview of current literature that support the need to have recreation play a greater role in the physical activity movement. The report outlines some of the challenges facing the recreation field in Saskatchewan from more actively engaging in the provision and development of physical activity opportunities and identifies areas for further collaboration between municipalities, communities, partners and stakeholders.

Our new fact sheets provide practitioners with an overview of the evidence on sedentary behaviors. These provide the facts and figures on this relatively new area of research in easy to use sections. There are three fact sheets in the series
·         What is Sedentary Behavior?
·         Current Levels of sedentary behavior
·         Factors influencing sedentary behaviors

URBAN DESIGN
A website brought to you by the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT), made possible from a grant from the Trillium Foundation.

WORKPLACE
This report from the Conference Board of Canada provides organizations of all sizes with advice on how to demonstrate the positive impacts and outcomes of their investments in health and wellness initiatives. The report includes a metrics checklist as well as some calculations for employers to use. It also provides a sample worksheet for calculating the return on investment of health and wellness initiatives, along with a hypothetical example.

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