September 21, 2012

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc

Alberta Centre for Active Living

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The have created comic books on health and social issues for youth.  

Transportation commissioners and directors from America's largest cities have announced the release of the second edition of the Urban Bikeway Design Guide, a toolkit for designing safer streets for bicyclists published by the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO).

The purpose of this project was to learn about physical activity participation, physical activity opportunities, sedentary behaviour and caregiver role modeling in after-school programs across Alberta. The Alberta Centre for Active Living surveyed after-school program managers across Alberta and conducted two focus groups. Key findings from these assessments are included in this brief report.

Source: American Journal of Preventative Medicine, 2012, 43: 263-271.
They found increased pedometer steps were associated with the presence of a written policy related to physical activity, amount/quality of staff training, use of a physical activity curriculum, and offering activities that appeal to both genders. Higher servings of FV and whole grains per week were associated with the presence of a written policy regarding the nutritional quality of snacks. 

Journal of Public Health Management & Practice, 2012, Sep;18(5):412-5.
The results of this pilot show that children adapted quite quickly to standing more, and the reports of teachers indicated that they perceived that student ‘focus’ and attention in class was greater.  Although this is a qualitative judgment, the opinions of teachers in this regard for this age group is quite likely to be valid, and indicates that academic focus may not be compromised. 

American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Volume 43, Issue 3, Supplement 2, Pages A1-A4, S85-S152 (September 2012)

To promote healthier eating among Canadians, Health Canada has developed its Eat Well Campaign, with an initial focus on the busy back-to-school time period. The campaign, which is rooted in the principles underlying Canada’s Food Guide, profiles year-round awareness and information to encourage changes in our approach to healthy eating, including the way we shop, prepare foods and select foods when eating out.

This Toolbox gives you free access to a wide variety of resources, tools, and tips on promoting healthy eating through your organization’s networks and communities. 


The year is intended to raise awareness of the contribution that older people make to society. It seeks to encourage policymakers and relevant stakeholders at all levels to take action with the aim of creating better opportunities for active ageing and strengthening solidarity between generations.

J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci (2012) online: August 28, 2012
doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbs069
“My team was able to demonstrate that sedentary and frail senior citizens can benefit from major improvements not only in terms of physical function but also brain function, such as memory, and quality of life,” stated Louis Bherer, PhD, Laboratory Director and Researcher at the University of Montreal.

2012 Volume 10 Issue 3
The Journal has published a special issue themed “Active Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity Between Generations in Europe: Celebrating the European Year 2012.” The articles suggest policy frameworks and profile current programs. 

BMJ Open 2012; Volume 2, Issue 5
Published by BMJ Open, this paper investigates barriers to decision makers’ usage of research evidence from systematic reviews. Important barriers include a lack of familiarity with the material and a negative perception of its utility. 

"The report….. draw(s) a connection between "walkable urban places" and economic success. It vindicates smart growth policies which have made so-called WalkUPs the preferred choice for many residents, shoppers and businesses. "What was perceived as a niche market is becoming the market," (author Christopher) Leinberger says."

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