November 2, 2012

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc

Alberta Centre for Active Living

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Get Together and Play! is the slogan of this new campaign in Victoria (AU)  from the Parent's Jury and other physical activity organizations.

Volume 15, Issue 7, November 2012, Pages A507
Although there is a vast body of literature on physical activity in adults with type 2 diabetes only 8 studies met the inclusion criteria. Evidence on patient-relevant endpoints was scarce, as most studies focused on HbA1c as their primary endpoint. We found no effect of increased physical activity on HRQoL and adverse events in patients with type 2 diabetes. Conclusions for other endpoints could not be drawn. Thus, there is a great demand for further studies with patient relevant primary endpoints.

Value in Health Volume 15, Issue 7, November 2012, Pages A461
A total of 932 abstracts screened; 169 articles retrieved; 36 reviewed. This review provides insight into the range of designs, interventions, and outcome measures used in studies testing methods to improve PA in chronic disease. Results identify promising interventions, with implications for improving research methods and outcomes.

Health Council of Canada has launched its new Health Innovation Portal, a website that highlights innovative health care practices, policies, programs and services from across Canada.  The user-friendly, searchable database features over 240 innovative practices, with a range of keyword search options and intuitive outputs, such as dynamic PDFs of practice descriptions and links to original source material.

Mental Health and Physical Activity Webinar
November 14, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. EST
If you are interested in participating in the webinar forum, email

In 2009 to 2011, 67.1% of Canadian men and 53.7% of Canadian women aged 18 to 79 were overweight or obese based on results from the Canadian Health Measures Survey.

Based on their measured body mass index (BMI), 31.5% of Canadian children and youth aged 5 to 17 years were overweight or obese in 2009 to 2011.

Among Canadians aged 15 to 69, 47.3% are categorized as having a “Fair” or “Needs improvement” health benefit rating based on their aerobic fitness, with even higher numbers for Canadians aged 40 and over.

Among Canadians aged 15 to 69, 30.1% have a grip strength rating that “Needs improvement”.  For both men and women, a rating of “Needs improvement” was more likely in younger adults than older adults.

Despite the major housing market downturn that began in 2006, housing expenses in the 2006 to 2010 period were 52 percent higher for the typical household living in the 25 largest U.S. metro areas than they had been in 2000. And as gas prices rose over the past decade, and development favored suburban locations over primary cities, transportation expenses increased 33 percent as well. As a result, the combined housing and transportation expenses for households in the largest metro areas rose 44 percent between 2000 and 2010 — about 1.75 times the growth of income over this time period.
Reminds me of the VAMPIRE Index published in Australia in 2008.

The purpose of this report is to present and describe an analytic tool for prioritizing TOD investments that has been developed by New Jersey Future: an inventory of the state’s transit stations, populated with key data items pertaining to each station and the area surrounding it.

Preventing Chronic Disease Vol 9 October 11th 2011
Overall, this study provides evidence that sit-stand devices can be implemented within work settings, and are generally well received by workers, but do not sustain a non-sitting behavioral pattern.

Check out the (Australian) Heart Foundation's range of resources to assist any sized workplace develop a workplace wellness program

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