The Alberta Centre for Active Living regularly receives physical activity information from various sources, including listservs, websites, personal contacts, and e-mails.
These resources are useful for people who need evidence-based physical activity information for their work.
The information listed has been cut and pasted from its original source and is provided as information only.
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.
Welcome to the final Info Round-Up for 2012. We’ll be taking
a couple weeks off for theholidays. From all of us here at the Centre, we'd
like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy
and Healthy New Year!
This study by the Oregon Transportation
Research and Education Consortium indicates that shoppers who arrive by
walking, cycling or public transport tend to spend less per trip but make more
trips per month and so spend more in total than automobile shoppers.
The latest Travel Actively report from the Active Travel
Consortium, More people more active, shows that over the last four years two
million people have been encouraged to be more active by walking and cycling
for everyday journeys.
In Jeff Speck's excellent new
book, Walkable City, he suggests that there are ten keys to creating
walkability. Most of them also have something to do with redressing the
deleterious effects caused by our allowing cars to dominate urban spaces for
This is the final version of the
draft guidance from May 2012. The National Institute for Health and Clinical
Excellence (NICE) has produced new guidance urging people to travel on foot or
bike rather than by car for short journeys.
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy,
bicycles played a few key roles in recovery and morale boosting.On the Lower East Side of New York,
volunteers generated electricity with their bikes, offering free cell phone
charging….. bicycles were an important source of transportation when roads and
trains were blocked and out of commission to cars.
Studies on independent mobility suggested that children who
have the freedom to play outdoors and travel actively without adult supervision
accumulate more physical activity than those who do not. Further investigation
of children's active travel to leisure-related destinations, measurement of
diverse sedentary behavior beyond simply screen-based activities, and
consistent thresholds for objectively measured sedentary behavior in children
will clarify the inconsistent evidence base on associations of active travel
with sedentary behavior and weight status.
Sustrans has released a report calling for the (UK) Government
to introduce more stringent measures in schools to encourage children to cycle
more. Currently, just 2% of children cycle regularly, despite the
recommendations from health experts that the easiest way to increase activity
in children is to include walking and cycling in their daily routine.
The Welsh Government is placing a duty on local
authorities to assess the sufficiency of play and recreational opportunities
for children in their areas. It sets out criteria for assessing play
opportunities in each local authority area including audits of open spaces,
play and recreation provision, traffic, transport and community initiatives. The
assessments will be used to develop local authority action plans to improve
play opportunities for all children across Wales. The deadline for the
completion of assessments is 1 March 2013.
The beneficial effects of increased PA and decreased
sedentary behavior are extremely important in youth with diabetes because of
the markedly increased long-term risk of cardiovascular disease in this
population compared to persons without diabetes. This review aims to
comprehensively summarize the epidemiologic, observational research published
and listed in PubMed between 1970 and 2012….
This paper outlines the broad roles of municipal recreation
(II), the roles that it can and does play in supporting sport (III), the key
shifts in sport in terms of policy and focus (IV), the nature of the
partnership and common challenges (V), and key areas in which collaborative approaches
may take place (VI).
The participants with relatively minor degrees of
disability and with the least visible disabilities were the ones who most often
reported negative experiences regarding PE. This suggests the experiences were
not generated solely by the actual physical or sensory limitations, but equally
by how well the participants’ challenges were understood by their teachers and
to what degree adaptations were implemented.
In February 2009, the Ministry of Health launched the NSW
Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service®, as part of New South Wales’
response to the Australian Better Health Initiative. The GHS is a telephone
based service supporting NSW adults make sustained improvements in healthy
eating, physical activity and achieving or maintaining a healthy weight.
An active lifestyle helps preserve gray matter in the brains
of older adults and could reduce the burden of dementia and Alzheimer's disease
(AD), according to a study presented today at the annual meeting of the
Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).
The multifaceted fall prevention program with exercise
intervention improved functional performance at 3-months for community-dwelling
elders with risk of fall, but did not reduce falls over 1-year follow-up. Fall
incidence might have been decreased simultaneously in both groups by heightened
awareness engendered during assessments, education, referrals, and
In an age-friendly community, there are walking trails
with hard-pack surfaces, suitable for a walker or a baby stroller. There might
be lights for nighttime safety, and benches for a quick rest. The benches would
have armrests to aid the user in getting up or down.
This report outlines the evidence that exists showing how
more physical activity can have beneficial effects on society. It contains
chapters on physical health, mental health, education and employment,
antisocial behaviour and crime and social cohesion.
This briefing summarizes NICE's recommendations for local
authorities and partner organizations on how to encourage people to be
physically active. It is particularly relevant to health and wellbeing boards.
"This program builds on the Small Communities Transit
Fund launched in 2010, making $1 million in federal Gas Tax funding available
to cost-share active transportation projects with eligible municipalities over
the next two years," said the Honourable Ron Lemieux, Local Government
This new report by Reconnecting America describes why and
how to create more complete communities where everybody, including non-drivers,
has convenient access to services and activities. It defines and discusses
various accessibility indicators and defines “Opportunity Areas,” based on
whether a neighborhood achieves walkability and density thresholds needed for a
complete, multi-modal community.
This study indicates that during the 2007-2012 period
houses located in more accessible and multi-modal neighborhoods exhibited
greater price stability than those located in lower-density,
This report discusses reasons to implement complete
streets and how it relates to other planning innovations. Complete streets can
provide many direct and indirect benefits including improved accessibility for
non-drivers, user savings and affordability, energy conservation and emission
reductions, improved community livability, improved public fitness and health,
and support for strategic development objectives such as urban redevelopment
and reduced sprawl.
Aging population, rising fuel prices, increasing
urbanization, improving travel options, increasing health and environmental
concerns, and changing consumer preferences are reducing demand for automobile
travel and increasing demand for alternatives. Automobile travel will not
disappear but at the margin (compared with current travel patterns) many people
would prefer to drive less and rely more on walking, cycling, public transport
and telework, provided they are convenient, comfortable and affordable. This
paper discusses ways that transport policies and planning practices can respond
to these changing demands.
The Healthy Built Environments Program has completed a
major scholarly literature review examining the role of the built environment
in supporting human health as part of everyday living. The principal aim of the
Review is to establish an evidence base that supports the development,
prioritisation and implementation of healthy built environment policies and
practices. The Review identifies current gaps in the evidence to inform future
research directions. It includes an annotated bibliography of key research
articles and a glossary of terms…….
Active employees are productive employees. The tools and
resources found here are designed to encourage physical activity in the
workplace. This is an Australian resource that references the Centre’s
Workplace Audit Tool.