Active Living is a way of life in which physical activity is valued and integrated into daily living.
The Centre uses a population-health approach to promote and support physical activity participation. Using this approach challenges the Centre to move beyond an individual and behavioural view of health, toward creating social and physical environments that support physical activity for Albertans of all ages, abilities, and cultures.
"Personal health practices and coping skills" is one of the twelve key factors (determinants) which influence population health, and it is commonly associated with lifestyle choices. This factor refers to those actions by which individuals can prevent diseases and promote self-care, cope with challenges and develop self-reliance, solve problems and make choices that enhance health. The factor of personal health practices and coping skills is interrelated with the other key factors such as income, social status, social support networks, education, and working conditions.
Definitions of lifestyle include not only individual choices, but also the influence of social economic and environmental factors on the decisions people make about their health (Public Health Agency of Canada, 2014).
At the Alberta Centre for Active Living, we believe that supportive environments help people to make healthy lifestyle choices, including the choice to be more physically active and less sedentary.
The Alberta Centre for Active Living's business plan is reviewed and advanced annually at a planning meeting involving the Executive Management Group (EMG), Advisory Board, funders, partners and staff. Particular attention is given to how the business plan supports the implementation of the Active Alberta policy.
Upon approval of the business plan by the EMG, a team action plan is developed by staff, identifying actions to accomplish each strategy.
Download our 2015-2018 Business Plan Summary (3 pages, PDF).
The Alberta Centre for Active Living was established in 1989 and focuses on the promotion of physical activity in Alberta. The Centre is unique in Canada and is known nationally and internationally for effective knowledge mobilization and advocacy. The Centre is a research centre in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta and receives operational grant support from Alberta Culture and Tourism.
Our 2015-2016 annual report highlights the Centre's key activities & projects, and it includes a consolidated financial statement.