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  • Alan G Knuth, Inácio Crochemore M Silva, Vincent T van Hees, Kelly Cordeira, Alícia Matijasevich, Aluísio J D Barros, Iná Santos, Ulf Ekelund, Pedro Curi Hallal (Brazil) - Research Article

    818. Objectively-measured physical activity in children is influenced by social indicators rather than biological lifecourse factors: Evidence from a Brazilian cohort

    Learn about the long term effects of a range of biological and social factors on children's physical activity levels.

  • Deborah Salvo, Olga L. Sarmiento, Rodrigo S. Reis, Adriano A.F. Hino, Manuel A. Bolivar, Pablo D. Lemoine, Priscilla B. Gonçalves, Michael Pratt (United States) - Research Article

    802. En que lugares son los latinos físicamente activos y por que es importante? Resultados del estudio IPEN adultos en Bogotá, Colombia; Cuernavaca, México; y Curitiba, Brasil

    Take a look at new findings from the International Physical Activity and Environment Network across three locations in Latin America in the latest GlobalPANet Spanish commentary.

  • Ruth Jeanes, Justen O’ Connor, Laura Alfrey (Australia) - Research Article

    686. Sport and the Resettlement of Young People From Refugee Backgrounds in Australia

    Take a look at this new research on the views of sport development and resettlement staff around supporting the participation of young refugees in sport.

  • Tess Kay and Oliver Dudfield, Commonwealth Secretariat (United Kingdom) - Policy Document

    577. The Commonwealth Guide to Advancing Development through Sport

    This Guide has been produced by the Commonwealth Secretariat to provide support for governments and stakeholders seeking to strengthen the contribution of sport to development and peace work.

  • WHO Regional Office for Europe (Denmark) - Policy Document

    570. Physical activity promotion in socially disadvantaged groups: principles for action. Policy summary

    The WHO Regional Office for Europe has developed this guidance on promoting physical activity in socially disadvantaged groups, with a focus on the role of healthy environments.

  • Street Games (United Kingdom) - Strategy Document

    569. StreetGames: Scoping Exercise Into Young People’s (14-16) Attitudes & Engagement In Sport

    Gain insight into how to increase participation in sport amongst young people in disadvantaged communities.

  • Bunde-Birouste A., Nathan S., McCarroll B., Kemp L., Shwe T., Grand Ortega M. (Australia) - Research Article

    485. Playing for change – improving young Australian migrant’s lives through football

    This report includes Football United impacts measured through the Australian Research Council (ARC) funded study, conducted by the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and other Football United monitoring and evaluation (M & E) results.

  • Andrea Torres, Olga L. Sarmiento, Christine Stauber, and Roberto Zarama (Colombia) - Research Article

    474. The Ciclovia and Cicloruta Programs: Promising Interventions to Promote Physical Activity and Social Capital in Bogotá, Colombia

    Find out about these interesting and effective active travel interventions in South America.

  • Active Living Research (United States) - Guideline

    430. Factsheet: Do All Children Have Places to be Active?

    Learn about physical activity disparities amongst ethnic and racial minorities and lower income communities.

  • Oyeyemi AL, Adegoke BO, Sallis JF, Oyeyemi AY, De Bourdeaudhuij I. (Nigeria) - Research Article

    429. Perceived crime and traffic safety is related to physical activity among adults in Nigeria

    Previous research has explored the association between crime, traffic safety and physical activity, but seldom in low-middle income countries. In a first of its kind, this study documents whether perceived neighbourhood safety is associated with physical activity behaviours amongst Nigerian adults.

  • Paul Moon (Australia) - Strategy Document

    391. Links between Maori cultural well-being and participation in sports: a literature review – 2012

    This literature review explores various dimensions of the relationship between participation by Maori in sports and aspects of culture.

  • Lisa wood et al (Australia) - Research Article

    376. Sense of community and its relationship with walking and neighborhood design

    The aim of this study is to examine the association between sense of community, walking, and neighborhood design characteristics. The current study is based on a sub-sample of participants (n = 609) from the US Atlanta SMARTRAQ study who completed a telephone survey capturing physical activity patterns, neighborhood perceptions, and social interactions. Objective measures of neighborhood form were also computed.

  • Orana Regional Organisation of Councils (Australia) - Case Study

    142. Sharing the Load to Shed the Load

    The purpose of this booklet is to provide councils and communities with the information and encouragement needed to take a stance in addressing healthy weight and physical activity issues at bith loca land regional levels. This booklet features 6 physical activity projects that have worked well in Orana Region's rural communities to address overweight and obesity, improve self esteem, strengthen social connections and promote community action. It also offers a section of information for Local Government and further helpful resources and contact details. See http://www.oroc.com.au/assets/

  • Living Streets (United Kingdom) - Website

    148. Making the case for investment in the walking environment

    Living Streets is the national charity that stands up for pedestrians. It works to create safe, attractive, enjoyable streets where it’s great to walk. At Living Streets, they believe streets are worth fighting for. With supporters, Living Streets works to create streets that really put people first. When there are streets we want to walk in, lives are transformed - we are healthier, happier and more sociable. See http://www.livingstreets.org.uk/?cID=651

  • Australian Government (Australia) - Guideline

    207. Creating Places for People – an urban design protocol for Australian cities

    Creating Places for People is a collaborative commitment to best practice urban design in Australia. The protocol is the result of two years of collaboration between peak community and industry organisations, States, Territories, Local Governments, and the Australian Government. See http://www.urbandesign.gov.au/

  • Australian Sports Commission (Australia) - Strategy Document

    126. Multicultural Youth Sports Partnership Program

    The Multicultural Youth Sports Partnership Program will provide grants to support the costs associated with community sport around Australia. The grants will create opportunities for young people from culturally diverse backgrounds to engage with sport and physical activity. See http://www.ausport.gov.au/news/releases/story_429202_increasing_sport_participation_with_multicultural_youth_grants

  • Heart Foundation (Australia) - Research Article

    147. Creating Healthy Neighbourhoods – Consumer Preferences for Healthy Development

    The Heart Foundation is interested in what the community thinks about healthy neighbourhoods. In October 2009 a Newspoll telephone survey was commissioned to find out whether healthy neighbourhood features influence their decision about where to live. See http://www.heartfoundation.org.au/driving-change/current-campaigns/local-campaigns/Pages/creating-healthy-neighbourhoods.aspx

  • Australian Government (Australia) - Strategy Document

    93. Australian Sport: The Pathway to Success

    Australian Sport: The Pathway to Success takes a holistic approach to our sporting system that is aimed at strengthening sport as a whole. See http://www.health.gov.au/internet/budget/publishing.nsf/Content/budget2010-sport-pathways10.htm

  • Global Advocacy for Physical Activity (GAPA) (United Kingdom) - Guideline

    106. ‘NCD Prevention: Investments that Work for Physical Activity’

    Investments that work for Physical Activity is a complementary document to the Toronto Charter for Physical Activity and identifies seven best investments to increase population levels of physical activity to reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases and promote population health. See http://www.globalpa.org.uk/pdf/investments-work.pdf

  • Premier's Council for Active Living NSW (Australia) - Guideline

    103. NSW Developer's Checklist with Case Studies

    This Checklist is a companion document to the Premier’s Council for Active Living (PCAL) publication “Development & Active Living: Designing Projects For Active Living – A Development Assessment Resource & Navigational Tool.” See http://www.pcal.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/114786/DevChklst_wcasestud_Feb_2011_Lres_18.02.pdf

  • NSW Department of Planning (Australia) - Policy Document

    84. NSW Department of Planning Position Statement Planning for Active Living

    This position statement affirms the commitment of the Department of Planning to pursue initiatives to support the continuing creation and maintenance of environments supportive of active living. See http://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=btRhhN-HQA8%3d&tabid=471&language=en-US

  • Sustrans (United Kingdom) - Website

    356. Quality Streets

    Why do we need Quality Streets? According to the Sustrans campaign, quality streets are needed because they are the key to unlocking a communities' potential. On a quality street, you would know your neighbours and their children and they will know you. On a quality street, you are happy to let your children play out, and that's where you'll find them instead of parked in front of the computer. And if there were more quality streets, more people could choose to walk or cycle rather than drive. See http://www.sustrans.org.uk/resources/in-the-news/Quality-streets-for-all

  • Foster, S et al (Australia) - Research Article

    254. Neighbourhood design and fear of crime

    This study, part of the RESIDE project in Perth, WA examined relationships between neighbourhood design and residents’ fear of crime in new suburban housing developments, finding supportive evidence for walkable neighbourhoods linked to perceived safety.

  • Department of Infrastucture and Planning (Australia) - Guideline

    363. Transit oriented development guide

    Transit oriented development: Guide for practitioners in Queensland is designed to build understanding of the transit oriented development (TOD) concept and good practice in the Queensland context. It has been written for practitioners, including urban planners, urban designers, transport professionals, local and state government officers and industry representatives and developers. A successful TOD will respond to local context and opportunities. See http://www.dlgp.qld.gov.au/resources/guideline/tod/guide-for-practitioners.pdf

  • Let's Move (United States) - Strategy Document

    353. New Food Markets and The Healthy Food Financing Initiative

    A key part of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative to combat childhood obesity, the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) will help revitalize neighborhoods by eliminating “food deserts,” locations with limited access to affordable and nutritious food, within seven years. See http://www.letsmove.gov/blog/2010/10/15/opening-near-you-new-food-markets-and-healthy-food-financing-initiative

  • Seaman, Peter J et al (United Kingdom) - Research Article

    270. It's not just about the park, it's about integration too

    This paper provides interesting new evidence from qualitative research looking at why people in urban areas choose to use, or not use, local public greenspace. It found that improving access to greenspace for all in urban communities needs to take account of social cohesion and broader community factors as well as providing high quality resources such as parks, footpaths, activities and lighting.

  • Red Dust Role Models (Australia) - Website

    329. Red Dust Role Models

    Red Dust Role Models is a non-profit health promotion charity that seeks to improve the health and wellbeing of disadvantaged youth in remote communities. See http://www.reddust.org.au/

  • Titze, S (Austria) - Research Article

    247. Associations Between Intrapersonal and Neighborhood Environmental Characteristics and Cycling

    These latest findings from the RESIDE study, a longitudinal study in Perth examining associations between neighbourhoods and health, cross-sectionally investigates the relationships of perceived neighbourhood environmental attributes and intrapersonal factors to cycling. Findings suggest attractive neighbourhoods, low traffic speed and increased street connectivity are associated with increased levels of cycling.

  • Healthy Cities Illawarra (Australia) - Case Study

    25. Child Friendly by Design Project

    The Child-Friendly by Design (CFbD) Project based in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia commenced in 2008 as part of Communities for Children (CfC) Shellharbour, which is supported by the Australian Government under the Stronger Families and Communities Strategy. See http://www.healthyillawarra.org.au/healthycities/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=71&Itemid=80

  • Public Health Law and Policy (United States) - Guideline

    308. Opening School Grounds to the Community After Hours: A Toolkit for Increasing Physical Activity

    School districts, local governments, and community-based organizations can share the costs and responsibilities of opening school property to the public after hours through joint use agreements. This toolkit looks at increasing physical activity through Joint Use Agreements. See http://changelabsolutions.org/publications/opening-school-grounds-community-after-hours

  • Liverpool JMU Centre for Public Health (United Kingdom) - Research Article

    283. Urban Green Space and Public Health Fact Sheet

    Urban green space is defined as any vegetated land within, or adjoining an urban area.The extent of urban green space is difficult to estimate as it may include a wide variety of amenities (such as allotments, playgrounds, canal towpaths as well as parks). Public parks only represent about one third of all urban green space in the UK. There are inextricable links between human beings and the natural environment Urban green spaces impact positively on the health of local populations in many ways. See http://www.cph.org.uk/showPublication.aspx?pubid=618

  • Eime, R. M. et al (Australia) - Research Article

    227. Transition in participation in sport and unstructured physical activity

    This study provides perspectives on physical activity and sport participation from teenage girls in rural Victoria and helps us understand factors which influence motivation and participation in this population group often at risk of declines in physical activity.

  • Centre for Epidemiology and Research (Australia) - Epidemiological Report

    321. NSW Population Health Survey 2009

    This summary report on adult health presents the first results from the 2009 New South Wales Population Health Survey and compares those results with previous years. Seehttp://www.health.nsw.gov.au/resources/publichealth/surveys/hsa_09summary.pdf

  • Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council (Australia) - Case Study

    26. 10 out of 10 deadly health stories

    The 10 out of 10 Deadly Health Stories – nutrition and physical activity booklet presents 10 successful nutrition and physical activity programs from NSW Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs). See http://www.ahmrc.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=63:10-out-of-10-deadly-health-stories&catid=57:chronicdisease&Itemid=61