Monday

December 2, 2013

By Rosanne Prinsen, MSc

Alberta Centre for Active Living

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ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION
Alberta Walking Survey
In order to know and understand Albertans’ walking behaviours the Alberta Centre for Active Living, in conjunction with Alberta Health Services conducted a survey with the objective of identifying:
         The amount of time Albertans spend walking,
         Where Albertans walk,
         Demographic factors related to time spent walking, and
         The relationship between the size of the geographic location Albertans live in and their time spent walking.

The Canadian Partnership against Cancer has a new tool to help you find active transportation policies from across Canada.  The Canadian Municipal Active Transportation Policy Map is a bilingual, customized, Google map pre-populated with active transportation policies from the Prevention Policies Directory. 

This report has been developed in response to widespread interest for improving both mobility choices and community character through a commitment to creating and enhancing walkable communities.

Presenters, including Coalition Director Roger Millar, will discuss snow removal needs and effective practices.  Discusses effective snow removal strategies to ensure accessibility for all traveling along community roads and pathways, including those with disabilities.

Congratulations to Paul Halupka and Alex Helbach from Chicago's Active Transportation Alliance for pulling together this beautiful take on why women ride.

CHILDREN
Fire Up Your Feet has many ways to motivate your family and your school or PTA group to walk more, play more and find the joys of being physically active. In just three simple steps, you will be fired up and on your way to a healthy school!

Announcing the launch of a new web site for Ontario's after school program staff.  Visit ONafterschool.ca to find policies, manuals, activities, sector news and more….

CONFERENCES
February 12 and 13, 2014 | Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Early-Bird Registration Is Now Open
 
OBESITY/OVERWEIGHT
A ‘healthy people, healthy places’ briefing, this briefing summarizes the importance of action on obesity and a specific focus on active travel, and outlines the regulatory and policy approaches that can be taken.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
The BHFNC annual conference featured a case study zone showcasing examples of physical activity interventions that relate to behaviour change.  The case studies summarized in this booklet are examples of physical activity interventions that:
         have been designed with behaviour change theory and/or models used to underpin the delivery of an intervention
         use behaviour change techniques and principles to initiate and sustain physical activity behaviour at an individual, community or population level
         are making changes to the environment to create more physical activity friendly
         use policy, regulation or incentives to enable or effect physical activity behaviour change

This briefing paper from Public Health England describes social and economic inequalities associated with diet and physical activity and provides possible explanations for these inequalities. (It’s the 1st document listed on this webpage).

If you were unable to attend the event, or would like to revisit the presentations from the day, keynote and workshop presentations are now available to download.

URBAN DESIGN
The new Complete Streets approach puts pedestrians, bicyclists and transit users on equal footing with motor-vehicle drivers. The initiative aims to improve the quality of life in Boston by creating streets that are both great public spaces and sustainable transportation networks. It embraces innovation to address climate change and promote healthy living

Leading Livability: Pilot Transportation Demand Management and Mobility Management Programs of Five Michigan Communities
The recommendations outlined in “Leading Livability” are a result of those discussions, and are designed to produce jobs, spur regional economies and improve quality of life for all Michigan residents in ways that build on local place-making efforts. While the recommendations are specific to the five regions, the lessons can be applied to many communities across the state.

Living Streets commissioned research company Just Economics to bring together the evidence of the commercial and consumer benefits of good walking environments.

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