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.

2009 Physical Activity Forum

Is Sweat the Best Antidepressant? The Case for Physical Activity as an Antidote for Depression

At the forum, Dr. Guy Faulkner explained how physical activity can help in both treating and preventing depression.

Video of the 2009 Physical Activity Forum

You can view the Edmonton presentation on our YouTube channel.

Is Sweat the Best Antidepressant? (60 minutes)

Panel discussion in Edmonton

This year, our panellists were:

  • Beth Evans, Mental Health and Addiction, Alberta Health Services
  • Brenda Fischbrook-Benoit, Occupational Therapist, Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Dr Rachel Keaschuk, Psychologist, Pediatric Centre for Weight and Health, Stollery Children’s Hospital
  • Emma Rickard, Counsellor, Organizational Health Inc

The Alberta Centre for Active Living and Mount Royal College were proud to co-sponsor this important half-day Physical Activity Forum in Edmonton and Calgary.


Speaker: Dr. Guy Faulkner

Dr. Guy Faulkner is currently an associate professor in the Faculty of Physical Education and Health at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Faulkner also coordinates the activities of the Exercise Psychology Unit.

After completing an undergraduate education in physical education at Sydney University, Australia, Dr. Faulkner went backpacking and spent 10 years in England studying and working in mental health services and then higher education.

After completing a PhD in exercise psychology in 2001 at Loughborough University, U.K., Dr. Faulkner worked for three years as director of the Exercise and Sport Psychology Unit at the University of Exeter in England. Eager to see more of the Commonwealth, Dr. Faulkner moved to Canada in August 2003.

Dr. Faulkner is also:

  • a mentor with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Strategic Training Program in Tobacco Research;
  • an investigator with the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit;
  • a research affiliate of the Alberta Centre for Active Living;
  • founding co-editor of the new Elsevier journal Mental Health and Physical Activity; and
  • co-editor of the book Exercise, Health and Mental Health published by Routledge in 2005.

Broadly, his research has focused on two interrelated themes:

  • the effectiveness of physical activity promotion interventions and
  • physical activity and psychological well-being.

His current research concerns:

  • the physical health needs of mental health service users in relation to antipsychotic medication, weight gain, diabetes and medication compliance;
  • mediated health messages; and
  • the role of physical activity in harm reduction and smoking cessation.

This research is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, CIHR, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, and the Canadian Tobacco Control Research Initiative.