+ Resolve Article
+ Follow Us
Follow on FacebookFollow on Facebook
Follow on TwitterFollow on Twitter

+ Translate
+ Subscribe to Site Feed
GeoScience Most Shared ContentMost Shared Content

Political activity for physical activity: health advocacy for active transport

, : Political activity for physical activity: health advocacy for active transport. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 8: 52-52

Effective health advocacy is a priority for efforts to increase population participation in physical activity. Local councils are an important audience for this advocacy. The aim of the current study was to describe features of advocacy for active transport via submissions to city council annual plans in New Zealand, and the impact of an information sheet to encourage the health sector to be involved in this process. Written submissions to city council's annual consultation process were requested for 16 city councils over the period of three years (2007/08, 2008/09, and 2009/10). Submissions were reviewed and categories of responses were created. An advocacy information sheet encouraging health sector participation and summarising some of the evidence-base related to physical activity, active transport and health was released just prior to the 2009/10 submission time. Over the period of the study, city councils received 47,392 submissions, 17% of which were related to active transport. Most submissions came from city residents, with a small proportion (2%) from the health sector. The largest category of submissions was in support of pedestrian and cycling infrastructure, design and maintenance of facilities and additional features to support use of these transport modes. Health arguments featured prominently in justifications for active transport initiatives, including concerns about injury risk, obesity, physical inactivity, personal safety and facilities for people with disabilities. There was evidence that the information sheet was utilised by some health sector submitters (12.5%), providing tentative support for initiatives of this nature. In conclusion, the study provides novel information about the current nature of health advocacy for active transport and informs future advocacy efforts about areas for emphasis, such as health benefits of active transport, and potential alliances with other sectors such as environmental sustainability, transport and urban planning and local communities.


PMID: 21619697

DOI: 10.1186/1479-5868-8-52

Other references

Ahmari, S.Al., 2010: Diagnosis of coronary artery anomalies using multidetector CT angiography. Journal of the Saudi Heart Association 22(3): 155-155

Cheng, Q.; Xu, X.; Zu, Q.; Lu, S.; Yu, J.; Liu, X.; Wang, B.; Shi, H.; Teng, G.; Liu, S., 2016: High b value DWI in evaluation of the hyperacute cerebral ischemia at 3T: A comparative study in an embolic canine stroke model. NlmCategory="UNASSIGNED">Previous studies have indicated that the temporal change of relative diffusion weighted imaging (rDWI) signal intensity may help to determine the onset time of a stroke. Furthermore, several studies have indic...

Genkel' , P.A., 1976: Physiological basis for plant adaptation to drought. The differences in drought adaptation between poikiloxerophytes and mesophytes are described. The poikiloxerophytes can withstand considerable dehydration and can turn into the state of cryptobiosis (anabiosis) after having dried up. This ability...

Morinan, A.; Collier, J.G., 1981: Effects of pargyline and SKF-525A on brain N,N-dimethyltryptamine concentrations and hyperactivity in mice. Mice pretreated with the monoamine oxidase inhibitor pargyline showed a dose-dependent increase in hyperactivity for up to 2 h following injections of N,N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT: 0.5-8.0 mg/kg). Hyperactivity was related to a linear increase in w...

Tune, B.M.; Burg, M.B., 1971: Glucose transport by proximal renal tubules. American Journal of Physiology 221(2): 580-585

Donald, D.G.M.; Schutz, C.J., 1977: The response of Eucalyptus to fertilizer application at planting: the Louw's Creek trial. In fertilizer trials with E. grandis started in 1964 in South Africa [see FA 27, 3911], in which growth was significantly improved at 3 yr 8 months, the unfertilized control yielded as much as any treatment on clear felling at 9 yr 3 months. Form...

Dufault, N.S.; D.W.lf, E.D.; Lipps, P.E.; Madden, L.V., 2002: Weather variables related to Gibberella zeae perithecia development. Information regarding weather variables related to Gibberella zeae perithecia development could be useful in developing wheat head scab forecasting systems. Perithecia development on colonized corn stalks and weather variables were monitored withi...

Keidan, S.E., 1954: Progress in rheumatic chorea; a simple test. Lancet 266(6824): 1220-1221

Okami, K.; Hamano, T.; Takeo, T.; Sakai, A.; Onuki, J.; Odagiri, K.; Tamai, Y.; Ohizumi, Y.; Iida, M., 2011: Concurrent chemoradiotherapy with docetaxel for T2 laryngeal carcinoma. To evaluate the efficacy and safety of concurrent chemoradiotherapy with docetaxel (DOC) for T2 laryngeal carcinoma. Twelve patients with T2 laryngeal cancer received concurrent chemoradiotherapy (60-70Gy) with weekly DOC (10 mg/m2) (CCRT group)....

Kane, H.B., 1942: Fast feeder (toad).. Natural History New York, 491: 38-39