Archive for category Physical Activity

Drinking water in our parks

Sustain in the UK launched a new campaign to get drinking fountains provided in every public park.

It’s a grassroot campaign where concerned individuals can download and do a survey in a local park. After visiting a local park to check out the drinking water supply citizens are encurraged to filling in a short Survey Monkey survey by 30th September 2009.  Sustain will use this information to build up a picture of drinking water in parks across the UK.

Also help is provided if the water supply in local parks is not good enough.  A template letter and information on finding the correct contact details are available.

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Ny norsk rapport om fysisk inaktivitet

Yngvar Ommundsen og Anita A. Aadland har for den norske kreftforening og sundhedsmyndighederne i Norge skrevet en interessant rapport, som hedder:

Fysisk inaktive voksne i Norge
Hvem er inaktive – og hva motiverer til økt fysisk aktivitet?

Rapporten viser bl.a. at 76% af de inaktive nordmænd ønkser at blive aktive. Flere træner, men meget tyder på at den generelle hverdagsaktivitet går ned.

Hent rapporten her.

Weight of the Nation

A highly interesting conference was held in Washington DC in July 2009 to provide a forum to highlight progress in the prevention and control of obesity through policy and environmental strategies.

Program Objectives:
1. Highlight strategies that overcome barriers to the primary prevention of obesity for youth and adults in communities,
medical care, schools, and workplaces.
2. Provide economic analysis of obesity prevention and control efforts.
3. Share promising, emerging, and best practices for setting specific policy and environmental initiatives
impacting obesity.
4. Highlight the use of law-based efforts to prevent and control obesity.

Program highlights:
Report on Cost Burden of Obesity
Improving Health Outcomes: Integrating Obesity Prevention in Health Reform
Nexus between Transportation and Obesity Prevention
Nexus between Food Systems and Obesity Prevention
Collaboration Fosters Healthy Places and Healthy People
Innovative Policy Initiatives at the Local Level
Focusing State Health Departments on Obesity Prevention
Improving Access To Healthy Places and Healthy Foods – Impact of Federal Legislation on Obesity Prevention and Control

Find the program including speaker names here.

From August 14’th a webcast from this event will be available here.

Transport Knowledge and Planning Practice – Linking Academia and Practice in a 3-day Seminar

The University of Amsterdam is organizing an international seminar on the gap between academically developed transportation models and daily urban planning practice. In a three-day set up October 14-16th 2009, we will bring together leading scholars and practitioners (both model developers and urban planners) that have dealt with, or are dealing, with bridging this gap.

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Playground Markings Increase Physical Activity

A new study shows the benefits of adding playground markings encourage kids to move more.

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Pedestrians, cyclists among main road traffic crash victims

The first global WHO assessment of road safety finds that almost half of the estimated 1.27 million people who die in road traffic crashes every year are pedestrians, motorcyclists and cyclists.

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Kids and the Media: What We Know, What We Don’t Know, and What We Need to Find Out (Quickly!)

The media may influence virtually every health concern that parents and pediatricians have about children and adolescents — aggressive behavior, drug use, early sexual activity, obesity, eating disorders, school achievement, language development, suicide.

Considerable research has been done in the past 50 years that documents the media’s ability to teach children and adolescents attitudes and beliefs that may influence their behavior. Media can also be powerfully pro-social.

Clinicians need to understand the potential of media to influence young people and ask 2 key questions at health visits: How much entertainment screen time does the child or teen spend per day? Is there a TV set or Internet connection in the child’s or teen’s bedroom? Public policy suggestions for mediating harmful effects of media are also presente

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Computer-tailored physical activity behavior change interventions targeting adults: a systematic review

16 computer-tailored intervention studies published from January 1996-2008 were identified. Ten of which found significant positive effects of the computer-tailored interventions on physical activity or weight reduction outcomes.

The evidence of effectiveness for computer-tailored physical activity interventions is inconclusive. They have potential to reach large groups of people however there is uncertainty whether reported effects are generalizable and sustained.

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Objectively measured physical activity of U.S. adults

For the first time objective physical activity data are available on a nationally representative sample of U.S. residents.

Physical activity levels measured objectively by accelerometer demonstrated that Hispanic men are, in general, more active than their white and black counterparts. This appears to be in contrast to self-reported physical activity previously reported in the literature and identifies the need to use objective measures in situations where the contribution of light intensity and/or unstructured physical activity cannot be assumed homogenous across the populations of interest.

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Stair Design and Obesity: The Need for a Change

Some simple changes in the design and location of staircases could help to make buildings more “physical activity friendly” and contribute to the fight against obesity, according to a new article in the Southern Medical Journal.

Changing stair design to encourage their use requires a set of interventions on both architectural and legislative levels to create physical environments that support active living.

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