November 30, 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:  Access to research articles will be dependent on your institutional rights.

Based on cyclists' actual routes, the study finds people riding bicycles will go out of their way to use safer infrastructure, such as bike paths and bike boulevards.

As part of TomorrowNOW - Manitoba’s green plan, the Province is moving forward with a three-year, four point Action Plan to support active transportation (AT), focusing on improved provincial coordination in the following areas………

Easter Seals Project ACTION and the CDC Healthy Aging Research Network have developed this new guide to assess signage and walkway availability and conditions in communities. Using the checklist, residents can help their community leaders create safe and well-marked walkways for people of all ages and abilities.

The Province is committed to advancing sustainable transportation in Nova Scotia. The Nova Scotia Moves pilot program is one way the Province is seeking to support community-led sustainable transportation initiatives across the province.

This primer (from the American Public Health Association and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership) is intended to give an introduction and orientation to as to why and how health should be considered in transportation planning and decision-making — in particular through active transportation — and the role that public health practitioners can play.

American Journal of Public Health: December 2012, Vol. 102, No. 12, pp. 2336-2343
doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2012.300762
We recruited 690 city residents injured while cycling in Toronto or Vancouver, Canada. A case-crossover design compared route infrastructure at each injury site to that of a randomly selected control site from the same trip.

In strongly-worded advice, which places significant pressure on the government to increase the extent of safe walking and cycling routes, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) urges local authorities, health bodies, workplaces and schools to do all they can to assist people in active travel.

Active Healthy Kids Canada does not recommend active video games as a strategy to help kids be more physically active. To find out why the evidence points Active Healthy Kids Canada to take this stand, read the details of the full Position on Active Video Games.

Preventive Medicine Available online 28 Nov 2012 In Press, Accepted Manuscript
► Like obesity, characteristics of activity in children vary by sleep duration ► Associations of sleep with activity vary from the school week to the weekend ► Sleep regularity is important for maintaining healthy levels of activity ► Children who maintain adequate sleep across the week have more consistent activity ► This evidence should bolster the promotion of sleep hygiene for children's health.

This one-year project aims to promote a healthy lifestyle,  with a focus on smoking prevention,  responsible alcohol consumption,  healthy diet and physical activity among young people and their families in Poland and Ukraine. Through a train the trainers approach,  local institutions and NGOs in the eight UEFA EURO 2012 host cities will be empowered to activate their communities and promote good health.

Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Available online 29 Nov 2012
Available evidence suggests that pedometers are valid for use in clinical and research settings in people with physical disabilities. Further research examining the validity of pedometers in less heterogeneous populations of people with disabilities is warranted to determine validity for specific disability populations and to determine optimal pedometer placement.

Annals of Epidemiology Available online 21 Nov 2012 In Press, Corrected Proof
Findings provide insight about the unique associations between the timing and type of physical activity and depressive symptoms, suggesting that physical activity within team sport contexts should be encouraged so that young adults may experience less depressive symptoms.

Gait & Posture Available online 28 November 2012 In Press, Corrected Proof
► FOF and activity restriction are independently associated with deterioration in normal and dual task gait. ► Reductions in gait speed and stride length and increases in DSP and step width reflect a more cautious walking pattern. ► Gait changes are most pronounced in those who restrict activities as a result of FOF. ► Some gait changes may be at least partly attributed to stabilizing strategies.

Gait & Posture Volume 37, Issue 1, January 2013, Pages 88–92
We compared the stride characteristics during walking barefoot and wearing socks. ► Young adults did not show significant difference between two walking conditions. ► Older adults were slower with shorter stride length when wearing socks. ► Safety precautions about walking in socks should be considered for older adults.

The keynote and workshop presentations from the day can now be downloaded. The 12th BHFNC annual conference, Innovate to Activate, allowed delegates to explore creative solutions to promoting physical activity and reduce sedentary behavior.

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