August 31, 2012

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc

Alberta Centre for Active Living

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The impact of snow and the Freeze-Thaw effect is included in this discussion.

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. Three demographic changes, in particular, are likely to promote this “walking revolution:” (1) the aging of the baby boomers, (2) the different transportation priorities of young people, and (3) the decline of the suburbs.

Arch Intern Med. Published online August 27, 2012
In this cohort of healthy middle-aged adults, fitness was significantly associated with a lower risk of developing chronic disease outcomes during 26 years of follow-up. These findings suggest that higher midlife fitness may be associated with the compression of morbidity in older age. 

Link to all of the presentations in the Physical Activity Stream 

American Journal of Public Health: August 2012, Vol. 102, No. 8, pp. 1508-1515
doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2011.300631
Mobility, especially walking and driving, is central to healthy aging. The built environment also affects both types of mobility, but in different ways. New sources of information, such as longitudinal studies and computer simulations, are required to provide the evidence base to develop more effective, integrated public health strategies to enhance mobility in older populations.

Journal of Aging Studies Available online 20 August 2012 In Press, Corrected Proof
► We examine older adults' lived experiences of aquatic activity using interviews. ► Participation was both enabling and constraining. Relationship networks altered. ► Perceptions of the aged body contribute to feelings of frailty in the pool. ► Exposure of participants' bodies created angst and fear of ridicule by ‘others.’ ► Participants internalised social values of the aging body, limiting involvement.
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)  has recently launched an ´Exercise is Medicine® Credential´ that will improve the accountability and quality of exercise instruction offered by fitness industry professionals and to help physicians identify such qualified professionals in the prescription of exercise to patients

Dental Clinics of North America Available online 30 August 2012 In Press, Corrected Proof
Because the current nutrition and activity behaviors of most Americans is far from optimal, much can be gained as dentists develop a better understanding of the difficulties of sustained behavior change and become proficient in counseling approaches that lead to improved oral health for patients.

Launched in May 2012, this is an international peer-reviewed journal founded by Shanghai University of Sport. JSHS publishes original research, scholarly reviews, opinion papers, and research highlights / commentaries in exercise / sport science, physical education and sport coaching, health promotion, and traditional Chinese medicine. JSHS is the first and only academic journal of its type in Mainland China, issued in English at home and abroad. 

A couple of fun (modifiable) posters from the British Heart Foundation.

This Circadian Alert is designed to provide you with easy-to-use knowledge and reference sources to design and establish a healthy exercise program in your extended hours operation.
Encouraging an exercise routine will maximize the health and quality of life of your employees while reducing the operational and medical costs created by unfit and overweight employees.

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