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“Promoting Health through Physical Activity”

Despite the enjoyment with which we work in the arena of physical activity and health, there is a somber feeling within most of us at this time due to the catastrophic loss of life, property and security wrought by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Many of our colleagues and friends lives have been tragically disrupted. In addition to our continuing work in promoting health through physical activity, let us all pledge to promote the physical, mental and spiritual health of those who face tremendous challenges in the days ahead through prayers, abundant donations, words of encouragement and support, and a loving smile.

Steve Hooker, PhD, Director
Delores Pluto, PhD, Newsletter Editor (dmpluto@sc.edu)

IN THIS ISSUE – September/October 2005

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Women and Girls in Sports

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN WASHINGTON: Safe Routes to School National Partnership

RESEARCH NOTES: Evaluation of California SR2S Legislation; Effects of VERB Campaign

REPORTS, SURVEYS, GUIDELINES, RESOURCES: Healthy States Tool Kits on Adult and Youth Obesity; New Updates to CDC's Guide to Community Preventative Services; Shaping America's Health

SCHOOL HEALTH AND WELLNESS: School Nutrition, PA and Wellness Legislation Summaries; School Wellness Policy Guide; Move More School Standards

PROMOTING ACTIVE COMMUNITIES: Get Started Studio; Complete the Streets Website; Healthy Community Code Reform Guide; County Gov't Approaches to Creating Healthy and Active Communites

UPCOMING CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS: Change in venue for GSA, SOPHE, and APHA; Walkable Communities Training; International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health; 2006 CDC Diabetes and Obesity Conference

USC PREVENTION RESEARCH CENTER UPDATE: Arnold School of Public Health 30th Anniversary; Recent Publications


WOMEN AND GIRLS IN SPORTS: "Ensuring the Health of Active and Athletic Girls and Women," edited by Lynda Ransdell and Linda Petlichkoff of Boise State University, details the physical and psychological factors affecting girls' and women's participation in athletics. The textbook is expected to serve as a comprehensive and contemporary resource for coaches, athletes, administrators, students and educators. The book looks at factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport in the United States. It is available through the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport, 1-800-321-0789. Cost is $50; $35 for NAGWS members.

For a list of PA related observances and events, visit the PA links section of our website at http://prevention.sph.sc.edu/PAlinks/index.htm
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SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL NATIONAL PARTNERSHIP: Bikes Belong Coalition recently announced that Deb Hubsmith of Marin County, California, has been selected to coordinate the Safe Routes to School National Partnership. This fast-growing network of organizations and professional groups is working to set goals, share best practices, secure funding, and provide detailed policy input to implementing agencies for Safe Routes to School, a new $612 million federal program. Bikes Belong is also asking bicycle and pedestrian groups across America to join the partnership by signing the Memorandum of Understanding. Go to www.bikesbelong.org and click on Safe Routes to School for more information. [Centerlines]
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EVALUATION OF CALIFORNIA SR2S LEGISLATION: In 1999, California passed a bill to authorize funding for construction projects to increase pedestrian and bicycle safety and active transportation to and from schools. To evaluate these improvements, 862 parents from 10 elementary schools were surveyed after construction was complete in their area. The results of the analysis showed that 15% of the children who passed a construction project on their way to school increased their walking after the project was completed. This suggests urban design changes are associated with walking or biking to and from school. Boarnet, Anderson, Day, et al. Evaluation of the California Safe Routes to School legislation: Urban form changes and children's active transportation to school. Am J of Prev Med, 28(2S2):134-140, 2005.
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EFFECTS OF VERB CAMPAIGN: Three thousand one hundred and twenty 9 to 13 year olds throughout the United States were surveyed using random digit dial methods to determine the effects of CDC's VERB campaign. A significant positive relationship was detected between awareness levels of the VERB campaign and levels of self-reported free-time physical activity. Children who were aware of the VERB campaign (74%) reported more physical activity compared to children who were not aware of the campaign. Huhman, Potter, Wong, et al. Effects of a mass media campaign to increase physical activity among children: Year-1 results of the VERB campaign. Pediatrics, 116(2): 277-284, 2005.
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For additional summaries of recent research on promoting physically active lifestyles, visit the Research Updates section of our website at http://prevention.sph.sc.edu/updates/index.htm
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HEALTHY STATES TOOL KITS ON ADULT AND YOUTH OBESITY: The Council of State Governments released two new publications during the Trends Summit on Obesity. The Summit brought together state leaders from around the country to forge new policy approaches to combat obesity in the United States. The tool kits provide policymakers with data and trends of adult and childhood obesity, and policies being implemented and to be considered for the future, such as urban design, SR2S, and more. For more information, please click here http://www.healthystates.csg.org/Publications/. [Healthy States e-Weekly from The Council of State Governments]
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NEW UPDATES TO CDC'S GUIDE TO COMMUNITY PREVENTIVE SERVICES: Recent updates to the CDC's Guide to Community Preventive Services include reviews of school-site and worksite interventions to promote a healthy weight. Various combinations of nutrition and physical activity interventions and interventions that reported weight-related outcomes were reviewed. Reviews of interventions in the health care system and in community settings are pending. This information is available at the Guide's website: www.TheCommunityGuide.org and click on obesity.
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SHAPING AMERICA'S HEALTH: The American Diabetes Association (ADA) announced the creation of Shaping America's Health: Association for Weight Management and Obesity Prevention, with a mission to prevent excess weight and obesity and facilitate a better scientific understanding of weight management. The new organization will issue new clinical guidelines and address public health challenges through evidence-based initiatives. Its first initiative is Shaping America's Youth (SAY). SAY has developed a national registry of nearly 2,300 childhood physical activity, nutrition and weight management programs, and a searchable database of 1,000 programs. For more information about the new organization, visit http://www.obesityprevention.org
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SCHOOL NUTRITION, PA AND WELLNESS LEGISLATION SUMMARIES: This new resource from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation lists legislation that has been introduced and summarizes bills that were passed by states in 2005 to address obesity, nutrition and physical activity. It includes legislation that addresses PE, school foods, food marketing, menu labeling, BMI reporting in schools, access to walking and cycling, industry liability, health education, and other issues. You can find the report at http://www.rwjf.org/files/research/July%202005%20-%20Report.pdf. Also, the National Conference of State Legislature's website has an update and overview of 2005 legislation focused specifically on childhood obesity policy options at: http://www.ncsl.org/programs/health/ChildhoodObesity-2005.htm.
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SCHOOL WELLNESS POLICY GUIDE: The Mississippi Local School Wellness Policy Guide for Development was completed in May 2005 and is currently being promoted to schools throughout the state with strong support from the Mississippi Department of Education and the State Board of Education. The guide is part of a comprehensive effort to improve the health and achievement of Mississippi children and provides sample language for schools to use in developing their own local policies. An online version of the Mississippi Guide available at: www.mde.k12.ms.us/HealthySchools/Initiatives.html
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MOVE MORE SCHOOL STANDARDS: The Move More: North Carolina's Recommended Standards for Physical Activity in School were unveiled in August 2005. The "Move More School Standards" provide recommendations on ways students, families, principals, teachers, school staff, school board members, superintendents and community leaders can make school a place that supports and encourages physical activity and physical education. Though the implementation of the "Move More School Standards" is voluntary, local education agencies can use the recommendations to craft physical activity policies that will contribute to students' well-being and health. Download the standards at http://www.EatSmartMoveMoreNC.com
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GET STARTED STUDIO: The Active Living Resource Center (ALRC) is introducing the Get Started Studio. This interactive process gets you and your local organization directly involved with the ALRC staff as you start making your neighborhood or community more walkable and bicycle friendly. Rather than giving you off-the-shelf resources, the ALRC will offer guidance on solving your local problems with regard to creating or improving pedestrian and bicycle access and transportation. ALRC is particularly interested in working with communities that are striving to create active living opportunities for underprivileged youth. For more information, go to:
http://www.activelivingresources.org/get_started_studio.php. [Centerlines]
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COMPLETE THE STREETS WEBSITE: A new website was launched to offer advocates, volunteers and industry leaders information on how to create complete streets across America. The site includes a chart of existing policies, model language for how to get to Complete Streets, and early success stories. Visit the site at www.completethestreets.org. [BikeLeague News]
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HEALTHY COMMUNITY CODE REFORM GUIDE: International City/County Management Association (ICMA) has published "Creating a Regulatory Blueprint for Healthy Community Design," a guide for local government officials and their staff as they consider reforming zoning and development codes to encourage more physical activity in their areas. The guide covers code reform challenges, models and benefits to the community. To download the guide and for more information, go to: http://icma.org/activeliving [Centerlines]
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COUNTY GOV'T APPROACHES TO CREATING HEALTHY AND ACTIVE COMMUNITIES: The National Association of Counties (NACo) Center for Sustainable Communities and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) jointly designed a survey to understand how local government leaders view their role in enabling active living and healthy eating. Most county government officials are very concerned about the threat of childhood obesity and inactivity but want more information about how community design impacts access to physical activity opportunities and healthy food. Officials suggested various activities they can implement to make an impact on the problem, including requiring neighborhood streets have pedestrian access to school, sponsoring health and physical activity programs and considering neighborhood proximity when planning new school sites. To read the report, "County Government Approaches to Combating Youth Obesity, Encouraging Physical Activity, and Creating Healthy Communities," go to http://www.naco.org/ and search for "youth obesity." [Smart Growth Online]
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CHANGE IN VENUE FOR GSA, SOPHE, AND APHA. Due to the hurricane damage in New Orleans, three major public health related conferences have been moved. GSA will be Nov. 18-22 in Orlando Florida (www.geron.org); SOPHE will be Dec. 8-10 in Philadelphia, PA (www.sophe.org); and APHA will be Dec 10-14 in Philadelphia, PA (http://www.apha.org/meetings/).
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WALKABLE COMMUNITIES TRAINING: The National Center for Bicycling & Walking (NCBW) will hold a three-day Walkable Communities Training on November 3-6 in and around San Jose, CA. Participants will visit some of the most walkable and bike-friendly communities in the country, and learn about the basics of how communities like these are created. The cost is $495 plus travel and hotel expenses but a $75 discount will be given to those who travel to the site using only public transportation! Contact Bob Chauncey with your questions and interest in registering at bob@bikewalk.org or 410-570-5765.
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INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND PUBLIC HEALTH: The International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health will meet April 17-20, 2006 at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta Buckhead in Atlanta, Georgia. Abstracts for posters are due December 2, 2005, For more information about submitting abstracts and registration, go to http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/ICPAPH/
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2006 CDC DIABETES AND OBESITY CONFERENCE: The 2006 CDC Diabetes and Obesity Conference will be held May 16-19, 2006 at the Adams Mark Hotel in Denver, Colorado. This first time conference collaboration between CDC's Division of Diabetes Translation and CDC's Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity will discuss issues concerning both diabetes and obesity. Go http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/conferences/index.htm for info about this conference.
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For a more complete list of conferences and workshops, visit the PA links section of our website at http://prevention.sph.sc.edu/PAlinks/index.htm.
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ARNOLD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH 30TH ANNIVERSARY: The Arnold School of Public health has provided a critical link between research, education and practice for 30 years. Please join us for the 30th Anniversary Celebration on Friday, October 14, 2005 in Columbia, SC. The PRC will be hosting a Fun Walk with our special guest, Mark Sanford, Governor of South Carolina, that morning. We hope to see you there, too! Go to http://www.sph.sc.edu/ to register before Sept 30th.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS: Hooker SP, Wilson DK, Griffin SF, Ainsworth BE. Perceptions of environmental supports for physical activity in African American and white adults in a rural county in South Carolina. Prev Chronic Dis [serial online] 2005 Oct. Available from: URL: http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2005/oct/05_0048.htm.

Writers: Lara Peck, Delores Pluto

This and past issues of the “University of South Carolina Prevention Research Center Notes” are available on our website at http://prevention.sph.sc.edu/Newsletter/index.htm.

To submit an item, please e-mail Delores Pluto at dmpluto@sc.edu.

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This publication was supported by Cooperative Agreement Number 5-U48-DP-000051 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the CDC


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