The Alberta Centre for Active Living regularly receives physical activity information from various sources, including listservs, websites, personal contacts, and e-mails.
These resources are useful for people who need evidence-based physical activity information for their work.
The information listed has been cut and pasted from its original source and is provided as information only.
Note: Where possible, we provide the DOI link
to research papers in the Info Round-Up.To use it, cut and paste the DOI into the text box on this webpage: http://dx.doi.org/. Access to research articles will be dependent
on your institutional rights.
‘Active Travel and Health' group has produced three briefings on walking and
cycling for local authorities. The briefings are in the form of short Powerpoint presentations and
bring together all the latest evidence, policy and ideas on active travel. They
are designed to help local authorities make the case for action to increase
walking and cycling. They have been produced in consultation with local
authorities and with the input of a wide group of people interested in active
The damage done
by suburban sprawl fueled by this (automobile) “inexpensive” form of
transportation is finally being challenged; We now know about the health risks
of inactive lifestyles so typical of an autocentric way of life. The best
cities in the world are those that are walkable - but also those which have
high rates of cycling as a daily form of transportation….
Statement for a Walkable America: By 2020, walking in everyday life is embraced
across America. Streets and neighborhoods are safe and attractive public places
that encourage people of all ages, abilities, ethnicities, and incomes to walk
for exercise, recreation, and transportation. Walkable community policies
promote health, economic vitality, environmental sustainability, and social
The project is
being spearheaded by Dr. Farnaz Sadeghpour in the Schulich School of
Engineering and is designed to teach engineering students the importance of
engaging with the community and users before designing solutions to real-life
civic problems. The nice side-benefit to the project is that it gathers data on
winter cycling in Calgary.
Cdn J of Public Health Vol 103, No 9
(2012) Suppl 3
The articles in this supplement present
current Canadian evidence supporting the impact of the built environment on
health, particularly with regard to child health and obesity. Collectively,
these works represent the contributions of multidisciplinary teams of
researchers from all five regions of Canada and offer evidence linking various aspects
of built and food environments (defined around neighbourhoods and schools) and
community design, and their impact on active transportation, physical activity,
diet and obesity.
Most associations between the built
environment and physical activity were in the expected direction or null. Land
use mix, connectivity and population density and overall neighborhood design
were however, important determinants of physical activity. The built
environment was more likely to be associated with transportation walking
compared with other types of physical activity including recreational walking.
The floor of our city is our “common
wealth” – it belongs to all of us. Whether we paint it, or make it beautiful
for special community events, or pave it permanently with patterns and emblems,
we are celebrating our shared places and claiming the public realm for
pedestrians – for all of us – to socialize, to celebrate, and to enjoy
ARPA has created Physical Literacy and
You (PLAY) Alberta to support, engage and connect Alberta communities in their
efforts to use Physical Literacy as a resource for health and community
Improvements were observed between 2005
and 2008 in terms of the proportion of adolescents having specific risk factors
for T2D. The cause of these changes could not be determined. Continued
monitoring of adolescent lifestyle habits and monitoring of exposure to health
promotion programming is recommended.
To help grow strong, vibrant, and
innovative communities by harnessing the power of collective impact through
collaborative online training, resources, and shared experiences for leaders at
This British Heart Foundation booklet is
full of tips and tricks for lowering your stress levels and keeping your body
and mind healthy. It comes with a planner to help you pinpoint likely ‘danger
spots’ for stressful situations and plan in some stress-busting activities
This NICE guidance is for all those
involved in helping people to change their behavior. It is particularly aimed
at those who commission, design, investigate and deliver interventions to help
people change their behavior – or who encourage or support behavior change as
part of their role. This includes those who provide training on behavior
change. The guidance may also be of interest to policy makers and researchers,
as well as people who want to change their behavior.
Facilitating the movement from knowing,
to agreeing, to doing and finally, to maintaining a new behavior, depends on
more than just creating the perfect health communication campaign. For
sustained change to happen, a campaign must be deployed with complementary
behavior change strategies such as social engagement, behavioral economics and
community-based social marketing. In recent years these strategies have gained
considerable momentum and are now being widely recognized as key health
communication allies for creating sustainable behavior change.
This article examines a unique data set
from 712 US men who passed a rigorous physical exam in the 1940’s. These men
participated in a survey 50 years later….. The striking finding from this study is that the
single strongest predictor of later-life physical activity was whether the man
had played varsity sport in high school. High school sport participation was
also linked to fewer visits to the doctor in later life.
LRS wants to make Leicestershire,
Leicester and Rutland the most sporting and physically active place in England
2025. Working with partners we want to provide physical activity opportunities
to encourage people to move more often. Use the pages in this section to find
out how healthy you are and what things you can do to live a healthy life.
Systematic Observation of Play and
Recreation in Communities - is a highly
reliable observation instrument that can be used to collect data across diverse
geographic settings and seasons by different users and has potential as a
This website gives individuals six
options for tracking their eating and physical activity. The Physical Activity
Tracker catalogs the frequency of any activity entered, whether exercise or
occupation. In addition, there are places to track body weight, top 5 goals and
recipes. The website is provided through the US Department of Agriculture.
From the British Heart Foundation. This
simple guide to getting active includes information about why you should be
active, and tells you how much and what type of activity you need to do to help
your heart. It comes with a challenge chart to help you track your activity
over a week and set yourself a goal for the future.
A list of questionnaires that have been
used to assess sedentary behaviour in the peer reviewed literature, provided in
no particular order.Where possible
they’ve included links to the questionnaires themselves.
Incorporating existing social media
tools and motivational stories from young adult African American women in
Internet-based tools may increase the feasibility, acceptability, and success
of Internet-based physical activity programs in this high-risk, understudied