New resources from APHA:
From the American Journal of Public Health and Public Health Newswire:
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The January 2013 and the December 2012 issues of the American Journal of Public Health are now available online. Highlights include:
Formative process evaluation for implementing a social marketing intervention to increase walking among African Americans in the positive action for today’s health trial
Evaluation of an education, restraint distribution, and fitting program to promote correct use of age-appropriate child restraints for children aged 3 to 5 years: A cluster randomized trial
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Additional new resources and updates:
The White House has released an updated fact sheet on drugged driving. Learn why this issue continues to threaten public safety, and what can be done to address it.
NHTSA releases new analyses of 2011 traffic fatalities, but improvements not seen across all modes.
A new study classifies adults by level of active transportation, which in turn was "associated with more-favorable cardiovascular risk factor profiles, providing additional justification for infrastructure and policies that permit and encourage active transportation."
NIH shared a new video on safe street crossings for kids.
New book on cycling addresses the connection to public health
In November 2012 MIT Press published "City Cycling," a book that examines the many different aspects of cycling trends and policies across the globe. Bicycling is booming in many of the world's cities, for many reasons, including health and environmental benefits. It reports on cycling trends and policies in North America, Europe, and Australia, and offers information on such topics as cycling safety, integration of cycling with public transportation, and promoting cycling for women and children.
"City Cycling" emphasizes that bicycling should not be limited to those who are highly trained, extremely fit and daring enough to battle traffic on busy roads. The chapters describe ways to make city cycling feasible, convenient and safe for commutes to work and school, shopping trips, visits to friends, and other daily transportation needs. One important theme throughout the book is the need to make cycling possible for everyone, as a matter of social justice and equity in transportation policy. That requires special attention to the needs of women, children and older adults, who are underrepresented among cyclists, and whose share of cyclists has even been falling in the United States. Equity and social justice in transportation policy demand that all modes of transportation made accessible and safe for all groups, especially those who are vulnerable, such as children and seniors. The rise in cycling in the United States has been dramatic and encouraging, but it has been focused mainly among young and middle-aged men. Infrastructure, programs, and government policies must be improved to broaden the appeal of cycling, so that it is more socially inclusive and provides greater mobility, independence and physical activity for all groups, not just for recreation, but for daily, utilitarian travel.
National Health Impact Assessment Meeting coming in September
Building on the success of the Inaugural Health Impact Assessment meeting in April 2012, the second annual National Health Impact Assessment Meeting will convene policymakers, public health professionals, HIA practitioners and others with an interest in learning more about HIAs. It will be held in Washington, D.C. from Sept. 24-25, with post-conference discussions held on Sept. 26. The conference registration begins in February.