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

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:


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

2015 Physical Activity & Sedentary Behaviour in Alberta

This infographic shows the physical activity levels of adult Albertans in 2015 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 is the first year that the Survey has reported on sedentary behaviour time of Albertans.

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

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.

2014 New Physical Activity & Sedentary Behaviour Child Care Standards

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.

2013 Physical Activity in Alberta

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.

2012 Physical Activity in After-school Programs

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.

2012 Sedentary Time in After-school Programs

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.

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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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.