April 2, 2013

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: http://dx.doi.org/.  Access to research articles will be dependent on your institutional rights.

Video presentations of 45-minute webinars which provide support in making positive changes in Aboriginal communities. PowerPoint files and handouts are also available.

This 16 page .pdf from America Walks -  touches upon the power of walking and walkability for health, business, community, schools, and the environment.

Every Body Walk! is a campaign aimed at getting Americans up and moving. Through the help of our partners, we are working to spread the message that walking 30 minutes a day, five days a week really can improve your overall health and prevent disease. We provide news and resources on walking, health information, walking maps, how to find walking groups, a personal pledge form to start walking, as well as a place to share stories about individual experiences with walking.

“The city of Calgary has seen inner-city neighbourhood real estate prices skyrocket in recent years as people become fed up with long commute times from outer suburbs,” said REIN research analyst Allyssa Epp. in a commentary. “Between 2000 and 2012, the 10 communities that saw the largest spikes in average home prices were in the city’s core and surrounding neighbourhoods.

The CDC is going to produce a Surgeon General’s report that is “a call to action on walking.” That’ll be accompanied by a national campaign for walking. “We want to lend the voice of the Office of the Surgeon General to this particular physical activity,” she said. “It’s easy to do, anyone can do it and it’s fun.”

League of American Bicyclists, March 2013, Washington D.C.

Two great infographics can be found in the right hand (media and  assets) column of this page.  Anatomy of Walking and Health Benefits of Walking.
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior Available online 21 March 2013
The Mighty Moves intervention demonstrated significant changes in gross motor skills among preschoolers.

Preventive Medicine online 24 February 2013 In Press
► This study focuses on the under-researched group of early primary school children (5–7 year olds). ► We capture children’s motivation to play and help adults reconsider value of healthy risk taking. ► Increased physical activity during school breaks, larger than comparable studies, was measured. ► Whether the increases can be maintained remains to be seen; evidence in one school suggests they can.

Active Living Research- Using Evidence to Prevent Childhood Obesity and Create Active Communities: Research Brief February 2013
This information can help legislators, school officials, and other policy-makers make well-informed decisions that can enhance physical activity in youth.

 May 19 - 22, 2014 Toronto, Canada

The Lancet, Early Online Publication, 27 March 2013
The harsh spending cuts introduced by European governments to tackle their crippling debt problems have not only pitched the region into recession — they are also being partly blamed for outbreaks of diseases not normally seen in Europe and a spike in suicides

In early 2013, the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division (CMHA), in partnership with YMCA Ontario and Parks and Recreation Ontario (PRO), launched the Enabling Minds project. The goal is to reduce barriers that prevent people with mental health-related disabilities from accessing physical activity programs and resources at community centres, fitness clubs, parks and other recreation or fitness facilities.

Given the challenges of pharmaceutical treatment for modifiable and non modifiable risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease, a focus on modifiable risk factors such as physical inactivity is warranted…..

A growing body of research points to the importance of designing or retrofitting communities for walkability to accommodate senior citizens and allow them to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle upon retirement. Walkable neighborhoods help seniors remain active, healthy, social and free to move around.

From this website you can download the full report or individual chapters – such as ‘physical activity’.  The user-friendly format addresses risk factors in short chapters with summary tables linking risk factors/exposures and cancers. Shaded boxes in many chapters give definitional and measurement information. Each chapter has an extensive bibliography for further detail on specific cancer-risk factor associations.

A document from Coaching Ireland about the importance of pathways for fundamental movement skills and physical literacy.  Regular physical activity is an essential element of a healthy lifestyle for children and adults, and it is one area of our health over which we have control. The LISPA framework of Lifelong Involvement in Sport and Physical Activity can assist in creating an environment that ensures everyone learns the fundamentals of movement and are provided with a pathway to develop and continue within sport and physical activity.

Appetite Volume 62, 1 March 2013, Pages 173–181
► Do physical activity based labels result in the selection of lower calorie meals from a sample menu? ► Physical activity based labels were effective in influencing the selection of lower calorie meals. ► A majority of participants reported a preference for these physical activity based menu labels.

News Story based on above research paper…… Public awareness posters used by the campaign showed the number of miles a person would have to walk to burn off the calories in a 20-ounce soda, and new research suggests that physical activity–based conversions such as these can actually persuade people to make healthier choices.

Both developed and developing world cities are still struggling to get urban development right, said some of the world’s leading urban experts at the Transforming Transportation conference organized by the World Bank Group and the EMBARQ program of the World Resources Institute (WRI).

Neighborhoods with a mix of residences, offices and retail outlets are now conventionally thought to have a host of benefits, a departure in thinking from the years of urban planning when cities sought to segregate uses of land….. add one more – reduced crime.
Here is a link to the research paper mentioned in the article

These resources are designed to be used by local leaders working to put Complete Streets policies into action. Throughout those pages you can find best practices, suggested activities, and resources to help guide your community through Complete Streets implementation. We provide examples of materials that are used by communities of all sizes from across the country at all stages of policy implementation.

Reconnecting America has launched The Direct Transfer, a new site that compiles news, blog posts and research papers on different urban-focused topics.

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