October 8, 2013

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc

Alberta Centre for Active Living
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Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport Available online 26 Sept 2013
Recreational cycling is a plausible way to accumulate sufficient health-enhancing physical activity. The majority of recreational cyclists do not cycle in organized rides. Targeted efforts are needed to exploit the full potential of recreational cycling for public health. 

The purpose of this report is to synthesize the scientific literature that has examined the association between school-based physical activity, including physical education, and academic performance, including indicators of cognitive skills and attitudes, academic behaviors, and academic achievement. 

This BHFNC practice briefing suggests practical strategies for promoting physical activity with children aged 6-11. The resource is split into three sections looking at:

* promoting physical activity in schools and the community

* promoting physical activity to children specifically within the school setting

* promoting active travel to children. 

Establishing and implementing high-quality physical education (PE) programs can provide students with the appropriate knowledge, skills, behaviors, and confidence to be physically active for life. High-quality PE is the cornerstone of a school’s physical activity program. 

This report, offers recommendations as a ‘blueprint’ for the next steps Edmonton can take in seeking ongoing community vitality, and recommends courses of action for supporting and enhancing the viability of mature neighbourhoods and neighbourhood institutions. 

BMC Public Health 2013, 13:787
To conduct a systematic review to determine what is known about economic evaluations of actions to promote better physical health in individuals identified as having a clinically diagnosed mental disorder, but no physical co-morbidity. Systematic searches of databases were supplemented by hand searches of relevant journals and websites.  

A Health Evidence Review gave this research a Review Quality Rating of 10 (strong). 

European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation 2010, 17:127–139
doi: 10.1097/HJR.0b013e32832ed875
In this review, key definitions and theoretical aspects, which underpin the measurement of physical activity, are briefly discussed. Methodologies particularly suited for use in epidemiological research are reviewed, with particular reference to their validity, primary outcome measure and considerations when using each in the field. 

Transl Behav Med. 2013 Jun;3(2):172-9
doi: 10.1007/s13142-012-0190-z
The release of new Canadian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines led to increased guideline adoption on service organizations' websites. However, adoption was not universal. In order for the uptake of the new guidelines to be successful, further efforts need to be taken to ensure that service organizations present physical activity guidelines on their websites. Comprehensive, active dissemination strategies tailored to address organizational barriers are needed to ensure online guideline adoption. 

Br J Sports Med Published Online First 30 April 2013
Green spaces include parks and other open areas that may encourage active lifestyles, explain the authors of a new study. The results of an earlier release from the study found that people 45 years and over who lived in areas with more than 20% green space within a 1 kilometer (3,280 feet or 0.6 mile) radius of their homes were significantly more likely to walk and participate in moderate-to-vigorous physical activities.

A Health Evidence Review gave this research a Review Quality Rating of 5 (moderate). 

TBM is an international peer-reviewed journal that offers continuous, online-first publication. TBM's mission is to engage, inform, and catalyze dialogue between the research, practice, and policy communities about behavioral medicine. We aim to bring actionable science to practitioners and to prompt debate on policy issues that surround implementing the evidence. 

A Health Evidence Review gave this research a Review Quality Rating of 10 (strong).

A Health Evidence Review gave this research a Review Quality Rating of 10 (strong). 

A Health Evidence Review gave this research a Review Quality Rating of 9 (strong). 

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