November 4, 2013

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc

Alberta Centre for Active Living

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December 4, 2013, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET

This webinar will address:

* How snow on the ground impacts travel for people with various disabilities

* The effect of snow on travel for people with vision disabilities from a first-hand perspective

*Ideas for expanding snow removal practices which habitually focus on vehicle traffic to include pedestrian and bicyclist

In support of its goal to triple walking, biking and transit travel by 2030, the Massachusetts DOT has issued a Healthy Transportation Policy Initiative ( with several implementation steps……

The Victoria Walks resource Measuring Walking - a Guide for Councils explains the issues and options for measuring pedestrian activity and provides recommended approaches to common scenarios and outlines a range of Victorian case studies. 

According to an Oct. 16th Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article, “Democrat State Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa, who represents the city's south side, will hold walking office hours this weekend -- a chance to get some exercise and discuss issues of concern, she says. The ‘office hours’ will take place along the newly opened Kinnickinnic River Trail. 

"‘I look forward to spending time this weekend walking the newly opened Kinnickinnic River Trail and talking with constituents of the 8th Assembly District about state issues that are important to them,’ she said in a news release. 

A 30-minute documentary that details the health benefits of walking, what makes communities walkable, and how walking and walkability supports a healthier environment, strong local economies and a vibrant community life. Organized in five chapters that are roughly six minutes each in length. 

The Welsh Assembly has passed a world first legislation on active travel that will see a duty placed on local authorities to plan a network of walking and cycling routes and then work to deliver it.

Br J Sports Med published online October 22, 2013


The analysis showed that at the age of 11, better academic performance across all three subjects was linked to the amount of moderate to vigorous physical activity undertaken. Physical activity benefited girls’ performance in science, in particular.  

Thu, Nov 7, 2013 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST

This webinar will provide examples and key resources to starting conversations and relationship building with school board members, school administrators and principals. During this webinar, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership will release new resources to help advocates have those conversations with key school personnel.  

The goal of this project is to equip health and education intermediaries with general knowledge and tools to direct Canadians with a disability towards increased physical activity participation, promoting enhanced Physical Literacy.  

European Review of Aging and Physical Activity, 10(2):95-106 (October 2013)
Following a literature review, the results of 31 studies examining the role of exercise in relation to falls for people 60 years and older living in the community were analyzed. The analysis indicated that exercise interventions conducted for a minimum of one hour/week for 40 hours were successful in reducing the incidence of falls.

J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci (2013) 68 (11): 1433-1438

doi: 10.1093/gerona/glt029

In this socioeconomically homogenous male cohort, higher physical activity since midlife was strongly associated with less frailty in old age. 

The Journals of Gerontology, Series A Biological and Medical Sciences, 68(11): 1426-1432 (November 2013)


As age increased, the number of steps per day decreased. For example, people of both genders ages 60-64 years averaged 4,761-6,127 steps/day; those ages 70-74 averaged 3,124–4,422 steps/day; and people at ages 80-84 took an average of 1,542–2,314 steps/day. 

Take a look at this summary from Alzheimer’s Australia of how physical activity can improve brain health and reduce the risk of dementia. 

Streetmix is a free web app that lets you design, redesign and remix city streets to your heart's content.

Blockee is really easy to use. Just type in an address to generate a Google Street View image (or upload your own photo), and using the blissfully simple editor, drag and drop everything from vegetable gardens to food trucks to bike share kiosks into the street. 

Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise: POST ACCEPTANCE, 11 October 2013
doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000000190
A 4-group RCT evaluated the impact of distinct workplace interventions to increase the physical activity (PA) and to reduce anthropometric parameters in middle-aged women….. Our results show that in the workplace setting, pedometer-based PA intervention with counseling is effective increasing daily life number of steps, while AT is effective for weight loss.

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