July 26, 2013

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc

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. 

Mathematica Policy Research and the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities at Stanford University conducted a randomized controlled trial of Playworks, a nonprofit organization that delivers a safe, healthy recess in low-income elementary schools in 22 U.S. cities. They collected data from students, teachers and school staff at the schools that participated in the trial. The findings are reported in four research briefs; this is the fourth of those briefs.

AM J Prev Med Volume 45, Issue 2, August 2013, Pages 150–157
Higher school-day MVPA was associated with higher daily MVPA among U.S. youth with no evidence for same-day “compensation.” Increasing school-based physical activity is a promising approach that can improve total daily physical activity levels of youth.
Australasian Journal on Ageing Article first published online: 3 JUL 2013
DOI: 10.1111/ajag.12076
Ten people with moderate to severe dementia living in two care facilities engaged in water exercises for strength, balance, agility and flexibility over 12 weeks. Evaluations were performed by a registered nurse. Scores showed that participation in the intervention reduced behavior problems and improved psychological well-being.
The renewed Yukon Active Living Strategy (2012) is portrayed in a one-page overview (page 18) and builds upon the original Strategy’s vision. Three guiding principles: Health Equity and Inclusion, Informed Decision Making, and Shared Responsibility and Collaboration embody the beliefs upon which the renewed Strategy stands.

Available online 18 July 2013 In Press, Corrected Proof
Physical activity during and after cancer treatment has beneficial effects on a number of physical and psychosocial outcomes. This paper aims to discuss the existing physical activity guidelines for cancer survivors and to describe future research directions to optimize prescriptions…… In conclusion, current physical activity guidelines for cancer survivors are generic, and research is needed to develop more personalized physical activity guidelines.

Here’s yet another reason to get off the couch: new research findings suggest that regularly breaking a sweat may lower the risk of having a stroke…..

The WHO/Europe has launched a policy summary and full report on promoting physical activity in socially disadvantaged groups. Scientific evidence shows that physical inactivity is a leading risk factor for ill health, and that these groups tend to have low levels of activity…... Owing to the wide range of target groups and possible interventions, the guidance avoids prescriptive recommendations. Nevertheless, socially disadvantaged groups may need more intensive support at all stages of a project, delivered through a variety of strategies that go beyond information provision.

AM J Prev Med Volume 45, Issue 2, August 2013, Pages 217–227
Although studies are limited, on balance, LTPA prior to, during, and after pregnancy may be important for reducing the risk of postnatal depression. Further research is required to determine the optimal dose and domain of physical activity for reducing postnatal depressive symptoms as well as to examine the link between sedentary behavior and postnatal depressive symptoms.

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