Our Work

The Alberta Survey on Physical Activity, the annual Physical Activity Forum, and a body of original resources and publications represent important aspects of the Centre's work.

Centre Resources & Projects

Various work of the Centre address a range of topics such as physical activity at work, fall prevention for older adults, inclusive physical activity, after-school programs, the built environment, and more. Our work provides insight, resources and ideas for current practice. On this page, you will find:

Our Most Recent Work

Sport and Recreation Experiences of Indigenous Youth in Canada

Sport and recreation are popular activities among Indigenous youth in Canada, and participation in such activities may contribute to many holistic benefits for youth.

Through a systematic review, the sport and recreation experiences of over 400 Indigenous youth from various regions of Canada were identified. This infographic provides four main strategies identified by Indigenous youth that can support policy-makers and practitioners to enhance their sport and recreation experiences.

Published March 2018

Download: letter size (8.5x11" / 22x28 cm) or poster size [zip] (25x44" / 64x112 cm).

Are Edmonton Toddlers Meeting the New 24-Hour Movement Guidelines?

How can parents and the environment play a positive role?

As part of the recent release of the new Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for the Early Years (0-4 years), a team of researchers, led by Dr. Valerie Carson at the University of Alberta, investigated if toddlers (1 to 2 years) are meeting these guidelines.

This infographic highlights the new guidelines for toddlers and summarizes the key findings from the studies. Suggestions for what parents and practitioners can do to help toddlers meet the new guidelines are provided.

Published December 2017

Download: letter size (8.5x11" / 22x28 cm) or tabloid size (11x17" / 28x43 cm).

What is Daily Physical Activity?

There are many ways to be physically active. This infographic is designed to help people understand the ways they can accumulate daily physical activity.

This infographic is designed to be used when counselling clients or patients about daily physical activity, or to assist the public in understanding the wide variety of ways to integrate physical activity into daily life.

Published November 2017

Download: letter size (8.5x11" / 22x28 cm) or poster size (26x33" / 66x84 cm).

What does the Alberta Centre for Active Living do?

Since we have expertise in the creation of infographics, we decided to create one to answer that very question.

“We support practitioners and decision-makers by providing high quality research, resources, and information about physical activity,” says Nora Johnston, Director at the Alberta Centre for Active Living. “We created an infographic to show some of the ways we support active living.”

Published November 2017

Download: letter size (8.5x11" / 22x28 cm).

Benefits of Active Transportation

It seems that more individuals, schools, workplaces and communities are embracing active transportation.

We developed this fact sheet to support practitioners in their work on active transportation and to inform the public and practitioners about the benefits of active transportation.

Published June 2017

Download: fact sheet (4 pages).


Websites

Physical Activity @ Work – A better place to work

Physical Activity @ Work – “A better place to work”

Improve your workplace by bringing physical activity into the workday. This user-friendly website helps employers, employees, workplace wellness coordinators and human resources advisors encourage physical activity @ work. This website also offers you a step-by-step planning guide, success stories and many practical ideas. Try the special features, including the videos: Yoga @ Your Desk, Stretching @ Your Desk and Exercising Your Hands and Wrists @ Your Desk.

Physical Activity for All – Creating inclusive communities

Physical Activity for All – “Creating inclusive communities”

This website provides practitioners, decision-makers, community leaders, and advocates with strategies for ensuring physical activity opportunities are accessible to all. It includes information about inclusive communities, useful research, and using an ecological approach for creating change.

Rural Route to Active Aging – A better way of life

Rural Route to Active Aging – “A better way of life”

This website promotes healthy, active lifestyles for older adults living in rural areas. It includes information benefits of physical activity for older adults, practical tips, success stories, guides for active aging and links to other resources. The information on this website supports practitioners, decision-makers, community leaders, and older adults themselves who live and work in rural areas.


Infographics and Fact Sheets

Benefits of Active Transportation (2017)

This fact sheet was created to support practitioners in their work on active transportation. It informs the public and practitioners about the benefits of active transportation.

The Fact Sheet includes information about how active transportation can help to:

  • increase physical activity levels,
  • reduce the risk of developing chronic health problems,
  • provide economic benefits for individuals and the broader community,
  • increase social relations and sense of community,
  • reduce emissions, and
  • prevent active transportation injuries.

Download: Fact sheet (4 pages, PDF)

Physical Activity in Alberta, 2017

This infographic shows the physical activity levels of adult Albertans in 2017 and is part of the Alberta Survey on Physical Activity.

The Centre has published the Alberta Survey on Physical Activity every second year since 1993 to monitor the status of physical activity in Alberta. For the first time, the Survey reported on ownership and use of a consumer-based physical activity tracker by Albertans.

Physical Activity & Sedentary Behaviour in Alberta, 2015

This infographic shows the physical activity levels of adult Albertans in 2015 and is part of the Alberta Survey on Physical Activity.

This is the first year that the Survey has reported on sedentary behaviour time of Albertans.

What Can You do Today to Improve the Accessibility of Your Facility? (2015)

Part of the AIMFREE project, this infographic shows 12 simple changes you can make today to help raise awareness and facilitate change to make your facility more accessible for people experiencing disability. Produced in partnership with The Steadward Centre for Personal & Physical Achievement, University of Alberta.

New Physical Activity & Sedentary Behaviour Child Care Standards (2104)

This infographic highlights the steps in developing and implementing physical activity and sedentary behaviour accreditation standards in Alberta child care settings. It also highlights findings from a pilot study that evaluated the impact of these standards. Next steps for researchers and practitioners are also noted.

Research conducted by the Behavioural Epidemiology Lab, Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, University of Alberta.

Physical Activity in Alberta 2013

This infographic shows the physical activity levels of adult Albertans in 2013 and is part of the Alberta Survey on Physical Activity.

The Centre has published the Alberta Survey on Physical Activity every second year since 1993 to monitor the status of physical activity in Alberta. This Alberta survey series is part of the Centre's strategy of providing credible and user-friendly physical activity information to researchers and practitioners.

Physical Activity in After-school Programs (2012)

This infographic shows physical activity recommendations for after-school programs in Alberta and how we can increase the quality and time spent in physical activity after-school programs.

Sedentary Time in After-school Programs (2012)

This infographic provides recommendations on reducing sedentary activities in after-school programs in Alberta.

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Research and General Reports

In addition to the Alberta Survey on Physical Activity, the Centre produces other research and general reports that support increasing physical activity and/or reducing sedentary behaviour.

2016 Healthy Active Schools Symposium Evaluation Report

The Healthy Active School Symposia (HASS), presented by Ever Active Schools, are events designed to provide Alberta school communities with the knowledge, skills, and resources to enhance student wellness. HASS are a catalyst for sustained change within the participating school communities. This evaluation examined the success and impact of HASS on Alberta school communities.

Physical Activity in the Workplace Resource Compilation (2015)

The Centre completed a systematic review on workplace interventions that focus on increasing physical activity, reducing sedentary behaviour, or both.

This series of reports provides practitioners and decision-makers with information on choosing and implementing effective workplace physical activity and sedentary behaviour interventions. Summaries 1 to 4 include a description of the interventions, tools and implementation recommendations.

2015 Healthy Active Schools Symposium Evaluation Report

The Healthy Active School Symposia (HASS), presented by Ever Active Schools, are one day events designed to provide Alberta school communities with the knowledge, skills, and resources to enhance school health. This evaluation examined the success and impact of HASS on Alberta school communities.

2015 Healthy School-Community Partnerships Evaluation

Partnerships and services are an essential component for student achievement and the health of everyone in the school and surrounding community. The overarching goal of this evaluation was to assess and document the experiences of collaborating in school-community partnerships within Alberta.

2014 Healthy Active Schools Symposium Evaluation Report

The Healthy Active School Symposia (HASS), presented by Ever Active Schools, are one day events designed to provide Alberta school communities with the knowledge, skills, and resources to enhance school health. This evaluation examined the success and impact of HASS on Alberta school communities.

2013 Alberta Walking Survey

This survey examined the current walking status of 1607 adult Albertans from Edmonton, Calgary, Mid-sized cities (Lethbridge, Red Deer, Fort McMurray and Grande Prairie) and other parts of Alberta.

2012 What's Happening in After-school Programs? Findings from an Environmental Scan of After-school Programs in Alberta

The Centre surveyed after-school program managers across Alberta to learn about physical activity participation, physical activity opportunities, sedentary behaviour and caregiver role modeling in after-school programs.

2012 Sacred Circle Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative (SCADI): Evaluation Report

This report assessed the effectiveness of the SCADI as a promising practice focused on diabetes prevention and health promotion among urban/off-reserve Aboriginal Peoples. It also evaluated the approaches focused on diabetes prevention and health promotion among urban/off‐reserve Aboriginal Peoples.

2010 Built Environment Project (BEEP)

This project explored the relationship between the neighbourhood environment, physical activity, food choice and obesity. It explored what factors influenced the development of health-promoting neighbourhoods, how residents perceived neighbourhood environments, and how neighbourhood factors might be related to body mass index.

  • 2001 Alberta Physical Education Study
    • Investigators: Linda Thompson, PhD, John C. Spence, PhD, James Mandigo, MA, Dru Marshall, PhD, Janice Causgrove Dunn, PhD, Marg Schwartz, & Nancy Melnychuk, PhD. Research Assistants: Jamie Covey & Joanne Gesell. (27 pages)
  • 1996 Canadian Active Living Challenge Program Evaluation
  • 1993 Alberta Active Living Survey

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Events

2011 Built Environment Forum

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) Alberta/NWT regional office, Alberta Health Services, Alberta Centre for Active Living and the Alberta Policy Coalition for Cancer Prevention hosted the Built Environment Forum in January 2011. The overall goal of the meeting was to provide a forum for the sharing of information on the built environment by stakeholders and key informants. A report and video presentations of the speakers are available.