September 23, 2013

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc

Alberta Centre for Active Living

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This video compares a city to a human circulatory system 

From Liveable Ottawa this advocacy video presents economic rationale for active transportation 

The Pedestrian Safety Guide and Countermeasure Selection System is intended to provide practitioners with the latest information available for improving the safety and mobility of those who walk. The online tools provide the user with a list of possible engineering, education, or enforcement treatments to improve pedestrian safety and/or mobility based on user input about a specific location. 

Preventive Medicine, Available online 13 September 2013


·         We examined the impact of 3 motivational strategies on physical activity during PE.

·         This cluster randomized trial involved 288 students (mean age 13.6 years).

·         Promoting choice can increase activity and decrease sedentary behavior in PE. 

Am J Prev Med 2013;45(4):386-392
Researchers compared physical activity of children in a neighborhood designed to be more compact and walkable and those in more conventionally designed communities. Children in the smart growth neighborhood got 46 percent more exercise – or 10 extra minutes – than those in the conventional neighborhoods.

Journal of Pediatrics Published online Sept 16th
doi: 10.1542/peds.2013-1488
Across the quadrennial surveys, significant increases were identified in number of days with at least 60 minutes of PA, daily consumption of fruits and vegetables, eating breakfast on weekdays and weekends, and BMI. Television viewing and consumption of sweets and sweetened beverages decreased across this same period. These same patterns were seen in all racial/ethnic groups.   

Preventive Medicine Available online 6 September 2013 In Press
(This study assessed) the impact of a 3 year (2006–2009) community-based intervention for obesity and chronic disease prevention in four diverse “Healthy Alberta Communities” (HAC).
(Nykiforuk, Plotnikoff, Raine – authors)

Encouraging older adults to become and stay active has developed into an important public health priority. While the physical and emotional benefits of exercise are increasingly well known, just 40 percent of older adults are engaged in regular leisure-time physical activity. 

Helping the community of Airdrie live an active lifestyle.  “To increase and sustain a physically active Airdrie by encouraging and promoting activities that support a healthy lifestyle” 

This review from the University of Canberra makes ten recommendations for any future Australian program for promoting physical literacy. 

From the creator of 23 and ½ Hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health Dr. Evans reviews some of the science around how our typical days have shifted and our health impacted with technology and culture. It is also a call to action about how to "Tweak your Week." 

·         Distance: how far can you walk in 20 minutes?

·         Destinations: is everything you need on a daily basis within that distance?

·         Density: are there enough people in the area to support the businesses and facilities you need for daily needs? 

The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) is the leading organization promoting walkable, mixed-use neighborhood development, sustainable communities and healthier living conditions. 

CNU’s street design manual was created in partnership with the Institute of Transportation Engineers. This recommended practice is being used by planners, city leaders, engineers and advocates to create walkable streets that are safe and inviting for all users. 

Metro planners are looking at how people use the system's park-and-ride lots. While they help people at the region's edges access transit, many commuters in closer-in areas drive very short distances to Metro stations because good pedestrian and bike connections don't exist.

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