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Active Workplace Audit Toolkit

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Alberta Health Services (AHS) and the Centre for Active Living (CAL) worked in partnership with support from health, wellness, and workplace professionals to develop this evidence-informed toolkit.

The key purpose of this toolkit is to provide an audit tool for workplace champions, human resource professionals, and health and wellness promoters to identify how to support office-based employees to move more and sit less.

This toolkit is organized into four key parts:

  • Part 1: Get started - build the case for an active workplace
  • Part 2: Assess - audit your workplace
  • Part 3: Explore - find resources for action
  • Part 4: Go - plan for change, maintenance, and continuous improvement
Note: Use Adobe Reader to download and ensure the toolkit reads correctly.

This toolkit can provide you with guidance on:

Infographic
This one page document provides a quick overview of the Active Workplace Audit Toolkit that is easy to share with your workplace and colleagues.
Manual Scoring Instructions
This toolkit version includes instructions on how to score the audit tool manually if you do not wish to use the interactive PDF for scoring.

About the Project

The toolkit includes an evidence-informed audit tool with links to resources that can support reducing sedentary behaviour and increasing physical activity in the workplace.

It builds on the Increasing Physical Activity and Decreasing Sedentary Behaviour in the Workplace Systematic Review (developed by CAL in 2015), the Workplace Physical Activity Framework (developed by CAL in 2003), and an environmental scan of workplace physical activity and sedentary behaviour audit tools.

The environmental scan followed a systematic review protocol. It included audits, checklists, or questionnaires for office workplace settings related to either physical activity and/or sedentary behaviour. Many of the tools identified did not include physical activity and sedentary behaviour as two distinct behaviours. This audit tool was developed specifically to address physical activity and sedentary behaviour separately.

A practitioner working group guided and supported the audit tool development. Then office-based workplace champions piloted the audit tool in workplaces of varying sizes across Alberta. Practitioners used the AGREE II tool4 to assess the completeness and transparency of the tool development.

The toolkit will be reviewed annually to ensure links are functional, and the content will be reviewed every three years.

Project Team

The Alberta Health Services and the Centre for Active Living led the development of resources included in the toolkit. An advisory committee of Alberta-based practitioners provided guidance, helpful inputs, and expertise.

Project Leads
  • Erin Gorman, MSc, Chronic Disease Prevention, Alberta Health Services
  • Christina Loitz, PhD, Chronic Disease Prevention, Alberta Health Services
  • Soultana Macridis, PhD, Centre for Active Living, University of Alberta
Working Group Members
  • Tye Babb, Edmonton Southside Primary Care Network
  • Katie Chapman, University of Calgary
  • Alim Gillani, Alberta Health
  • Victoria Grainger, Wellness Works Canada
  • Jackie Killick, Shell Canada
  • Dean Kozak, Alberta Culture, Multiculturalism, and Status of Women
  • Michelle Bairstow, Alberta Health Services
  • Lana Sieben, City of Grande Prairie
  • Lindsay Wright, Be Fit For Life Network

Acknowledgements

The Centre for Active Living thanks the advisory committee members for their hard work, dedication, and involvement in this project. Also, thanks to the practitioners who participated in testing and evaluating this resource.


Contact

If you would like to speak with someone about the Active Workplace Audit Toolkit, please contact the Centre for Active Living.