January 25, 2013

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc
Resource Coordinator

 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.

A federally incorporated service business located in Ottawa, Ontario.  This company specializes in the promotion of health and fitness for Aboriginal populations using cultural values. NWTS specializes in creating, adapting and delivering training resources in both English and French for First Nations, Inuit and Métis populations across Canada.

Supporting recreation practitioners in First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities in making positive changes through recreation. Includes information on eight (8) upcoming webinars.

Aurora, 10, had a really good concept — crosswalks where the stripes glow and flash! — and then you built it and it was cool and she was happy (video).

In much of America, walking – that most basic and human method of movement, and the one most important to our health – is all but impossible. Maybe not literally impossible, but inconvenient at best, and tragically dangerous way too often.

Jane’s Walk is a celebration of people and cities taking place all around the world on the first weekend of May.

Final community reports from the 2011 Alberta Walkability Roadshow.

Built on extensive discussions with experts throughout Canada, this charter details how we can create a culture where children choose to use Active Travel.

American Journal of Preventive Medicine Vol 44, Iss 2, Feb 2013, Pages 108–113
Of the various policies and built environment changes examined, the largest effects were seen with mandatory physical education, classroom activity breaks, and active commuting to school.

iSchoolTravel is a resource for students, parents, teachers and school administrative personnel to calculate, track and analyse the success of school or classroom programs that encourage active and sustainable means of students getting to and from school

The Ontario After School Collaborative is pleased to announce the launch of the Ontario After School Portal which is part of the Canadian Active After School Program website. On this site, you will find information about after school programs, and tools and resources to enhance quality in after school programs.

American Journal of Preventive Medicine Vol 44, Iss 2, Feb 2013, Pages 132–138
Conclusions: Sitting time was not associated with obesity cross-sectionally or prospectively. Prior obesity was prospectively associated with time spent watching TV per week but not other types of sitting.

International Journal of Older People Nursing, Early View (January 7, 2013)
DOI: 10.1111/opn.12015
The authors suggested that “preventing hospital-acquired disability may require a shift in organizational values around safety, from a solely protective approach to one that reflects an enabling philosophy emphasizing independence and self-direction. Such a paradigm shift would demonstrate a valuing not only of the absence of falls but also the preservation and restoration of function.”

To overcome…. barriers, a physician might modify an exercise prescription (for example, prescribe aquatics exercise for a person with osteoarthritis or recommend in-home exercise for those lacking transportation to group classes). Another approach was to reinforce the value of exercise for managing a chronic health condition at each patient visit. 

These latest fact sheets provide up-to-date facts and figures on the physical activity behaviors of adults in Scotland and Wales. These fact sheet include information on:
  • the numbers of adults in different age groups meeting the Government’s physical activity guidelines
  • statistics on outdoor recreation
  • data on personal travel
  • sedentary behavior patterns.

Sport Management Review Available online 14 January 2013
As inactivity and obesity levels continue to rise, calls are being made for sport development action to be further directed towards capitalizing on the value of community participation for health and social benefits. This paper seeks to highlight a current disconnect between physical activity and sport management research, and identify opportunities for collaboration.

Here's how it works: During any routine check of vital signs, a nurse or medical assistant asks how many days a week the patient exercises and for how long. The number of minutes per week is posted along with other vitals at the top the medical chart. So it's among the first things the doctor sees.

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