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Making the Case for Natural Playgrounds.
Adam Bienenstock http://www.naturalplaygrounds.ca/adam-bienenstock
Natural Playgrounds http://www.naturalplaygrounds.ca
Mon, 2010-01-04
This article addresses the myths around natural playgrounds and offers suggestions on their construction.
Best Practice/Case Studies
Canada Walks (http://www.canadawalks.ca/)
Canada Walks (http://www.canadawalks.ca/)
Sat, 2011-01-01
This webpage highlights a number of walkability resources that focus on best practices and case studies in communities from across Canada.
Neighbourhood Environment and Physical Activity Among Youth: A Review
Ding Ding, James Sallis, Jacqueline Kerr, et al.
American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Sat, 2011-01-01
“The best use of the present review may be to identify the neighborhood environmental attributes that are most strongly supported, because such findings can inform environment and policy change priorities being pursued for chronic disease prevention. More confidence can be placed in studies in which environmental variables were measured objectively. The most supported correlates for children were traffic speed/volume, access/proximity to recreation facilities, mixed land use, residential density, and walkability. The most supported correlates for adolescents were land-use mix and residential density. Because these associations have been supported for both youth and adults, there is growing empirical support for policies that target these environmental conditions.”
A study of community design, greeness, and physical activity in children using satellite, GPS and accelerometer data
Estela Almanza, Michael Jerrett, Genevieve Dunton, Edmund Seto, Mary Ann Pentz
Fri, 2011-09-16
This study examined relationships between greeness, exposure and free-living physical activity behaviour of children in smart growth adn conventionally designed communities.
Where do the Children Play? The Significance of Natural Environments. Presentation from the 2011 National Recreation Summit, Lake Louise, Alberta
Jane Hewes http://www.galileonetwork.ca/earlylearning/?q=content/jane-hewes
Grant MacEwan University www.macewan.ca/‎
Fri, 2011-10-28
This presentation highlights the importance of involving children in the design of natural playgrounds.
BC Recreation and Parks Association (https://www.bcrpa.bc.ca/)
BC Recreation and Parks Association (https://www.bcrpa.bc.ca/)
Sun, 2012-01-01
“Walk BC® encourages individual and group walking to increase overall health in communities through a range of programs that promote walking. This site helps communities and individuals increase awareness of the importance of a physically active lifestyle and support and promote walking as a key factor in increasing overall health and well-being. Walk BC® was created through a joint initiative between the Heart & Stroke Foundation of BC & Yukon and the BC Recreation & Parks Association (BCRPA). It was one of four initiatives under the Physical Activity Strategy. Funding was provided by the BC Healthy Living Alliance, with support from ActNow BC. The Walk BC® initiative is now managed solely by the BCRPA.”
Neighbourhood Design, Travel, and Health in Metro Vancouver: Using a Walkability Index
Laurence Frank, Andrew Devlin, Shana Johnstone, et al.
University of British Columbia, School of Population and Public Health
Sun, 2012-01-01
Walkability Workbook
Walkable and Livable Communities Institute
Walkable and Livable Communities Institute
Sun, 2012-01-01
This publication is described by the authors as “…a free set of documents and slide presentations providing guidance on everything needed to organize community walkability workshops, conduct walkability audits and prioritize changes for a better built environment.” The workbook is broken into five main components, including The Facilitators Guide, Educational Slide Presentations, Notes Section, Walkability Toolbox, and The Walking Audit Survey Tool.
Natural Playgrounds: Best Choice in a Tight Economy.
Natural Playgrounds Company http://naturalplaygrounds.com
Mon, 2012-01-02
This website provides useful information on what natural playgrounds are, what they cost as well as links to educational resources.
Benefits of Connecting Children with Nature: Why Naturalize Outdoor Learning Environments.
Natural Learning Initiative www.naturalearning.org
North Carolina State University www.ncsu.edu
Mon, 2012-01-02
"This InfoSheet discusses the benefits of connecting children to nature and presents examples of simple ways to naturalize outdoor learning environments in childcare centers."