September 30, 2013

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc

Alberta Centre for Active Living

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This innovative e-learning resource incorporates culturally relevant messages based on the guidelines, for use by First Nations, Inuit and Métis recreation and health workers. To access the interactive e-learning course, community of learning, and resource database, you’ll need to sign up for an account on their Community Pages. 

Every September, about 140,000 Danish school children jump in the saddle during the national Bike to School campaign which has been running annually since 2002. The organizers asked COWI to do an independent evaluation of the last three years’ Bike to School campaigns, and we now have the results. 

Health & Place Available online 18 Sept 2013 In Press

·         We found parent fears associated with children’s independent travel were constructed through complex individual, social and environmental relations.

·         Parents continually negotiated between a desire to allow children independence and the need to limit risk.

·         There was a clear understanding of wider cultural influences on parent constructions of fear.

·         Cultural influences were balanced with personal experience, child attributes and personalities in forming constructions of fear.

·         The presence of others, supportive environmental conditions and a focus on positive outcomes may alleviate somewhat parental fear. 

Children and young people need an environment that is safe and supportive, where they are encouraged to be the best they can be and can enjoy what they are doing….. Parents, coaches and instructors have a major influence on the nature and quality of the environment where children and young people participate. They can significantly influence the decisions children and young people make, including the choice to keep participating or to give up. 

Physical activity is very important during the early stages of a child’s life, and there are many psychosocial benefits of families participating together; research suggests that the behavior of fathers is particularly important in the development of childhood obesity…….. The aim of the 12 month intervention and evaluation based research project was to explore the impact of a six session physical activity intervention on fathers’/male carers’ engagement with their preschool children. 

Evaluation and Program Planning Available online 18 Sept 2013
The purpose was to evaluate the reach, dose, and fidelity of Guys Only Activity for Life (G.O.A.L.), a 7-week pilot intervention conducted from February to March 2011 to increase 6th and 7th grade boys’ moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA). 

January 31, 2014 at the Hilton Lac-Leamy in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada, directly following the Canadian Sport for Life National Summit!  

Journal of the Neurological Sciences Vol 333, Suppl 1, 15 Oct 2013
Moderate aerobic physical activity showed benefit in stabilizing the cognitive status in patients with dementia. 

Am J Prev Med 2013;45(4):501–507
mHealth technologies are increasingly being employed to assess and intervene on PA in clinical, epidemiologic, and intervention research. The wide variations in technologies used and outcomes measured limit comparability across studies, and hamper identification of the most promising technologies. Further, the pace of technologic advancement currently outstrips that of scientific inquiry. New adaptive, sequential research designs that take advantage of ongoing technology development are needed. 

Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport Available online 18 September 2013
The results support the hypothesis of familial aggregation in PA. Further, fathers and mothers had a similar influence on their offspring’s PA levels irrespective of their sex, and equal sibling correlations point towards shared PA habits.

The Physical Activity Exchange conducts applied research focused on physical activity, sedentary behavior, fitness and health in laboratory and various real world settings. We strive to use the best available science to conduct intervention, observational, and evaluation research with populations ranging from pre-school children through to older adults. 

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This approach (integrating the Theory of Planned Behavior into the Public Sector Scorecard) provides the missing link between outputs and outcomes for behavior change as it provides a pathway to understand how change might or indeed does occur. 

A very good design manual with interactive features and case studies (from the USA) 

American Journal of Preventive Medicine Vol 45, Iss 4, Oct 2013, Pgs 386–392
Living in a smart growth community may increase local physical activity in children as compared to residence in conventionally designed communities.

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