pdf file, 2 pages Published: 2003 GeoOrigin: Alberta
Assessing physical activity may be complex and challenging, as there is no universally accepted "gold standard" method for measuring it. On page 5 of this WellSpring issue, the article presents helpful information about measuring physical activity using pedometers, including what people should know before using them as well as their advantages and limitations.
pdf file, 4 pages Published: Jun 2005 GeoOrigin: Alberta
This WellSpring issue focuses on Canada on the Move, a web-based physical activity research platform for research, evaluation, and partnership developed by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism, and Diabetes. This initiative (which focuses on walking) aims to improve the health of Canadians. The web site also provides resources such as pedometer tracking tools to allow users to follow their own progress over time.
book file, 37 pages Published: 2006 GeoOrigin: International
The NICE physical activity public health intervention guidance covers four common methods used to increase the population's physical activity levels: brief interventions in primary care; exercise referral schemes; pedometers and community-based walking.
This resource is also available in the Centre library: Physical Activity--Participation [file cabinet], ID #1117
Tudor-Locke, C.E., & Myers, A.M. (2001). Methodological considerations for researchers and practitioners using pedometers to measure physical (ambulatory) activity. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 72, 1-12.
The Canadian Physical Activity Levels Among Youth (CANPLAY) study by the CFLRI collected pedometer data on a national sample of approximately 6,000 children and youth (ages 5-19).
This study measured the number of steps children take when participating in organized and unorganized physical activities both inside and outside school.
Key results are as follows:
Children who participate in organized physical activity or sport outside school take more steps than children who participate in organized activities at school.
Children who participate in sedentary activities (e.g., watching television, playing video or computer games) between the end of the school day until dinner time take fewer daily steps than those who do not participate in these sedentary activities.
Children who participate in general outdoor play, organized physical activity or unorganized physical activity between the end of school and dinner time take more steps per day than children who do not.
Children whose parents report being more active than other adults take more steps per day than children whose parents report being less active than other adults.
pdf file, 4 pages Published: Dec 2007 GeoOrigin: Alberta
Suggests ways to help make walking a positive experience and how to overcome any personal impediments to the exercise. Offers advice on setting motivating goals. Discusses the use of pedometers and other methods of monitoring a walking program. Includes links to related resources.
de Blok, B.M.J., de Greef, M.H.G., ten Hacken, N.H.T., Sprenger, S.R., Postema, K., & Wempe, J.B. (2006). The effects of a lifestyle physical activity counseling program with feedback of a pedometer during pulmonary rehabilitation in patients with COPD: A pilot study. Patient Education & Counseling, 61, 48-55.
PDF file, 1 page Published: Jun 2008 GeoOrigin: Alberta
This article discusses the PANDA Project: community-based research to help people with diabetes live healthy lifestyles. Plans include developing an Albertan dietary plan and creating tools to promote participation in physical activity.
PDF file, 1 page Published: Dec 2008 GeoOrigin: Alberta
The long-term health risks for children with overweight or obesity have been well-established. Typically one thinks of cardiovascular disease or Type 2 diabetes, but one of the other significant risks is developing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). It’s estimated that 10-25% of children with overweight or obesity have NAFLD.
Currently, there are no evidenced-based guidelines for how to treat NAFLD in children. This Research Update article explores recent research in establishing healthy eating and physical activity guidelines for treating NAFLD in children.
pdf file, 4 pages Published: 2011 GeoOrigin: Alberta
This fact sheet is written for teachers and those who work with children and youth. You will find information and practical tips on how to use pedometers to promote physical activity and reduce sedentary time.
PDF file, 4 pages Published: Oct 2013 GeoOrigin: Alberta
This issue of WellSpring highlights UWALK, a province-wide initiative that aims to increase the physical activity of Albertans through walking. UWALK includes a free, interactive website UWALK.ca that helps people set personal goals, track their physical activity, create walking challenges with friends or groups, stay motivated, and keep active.