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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.

2016 Physical Activity Forum

Sweat is the Best Antidepressant: Where do we go from here?


Dr. Guy Faulkner, Professor, School of Kinesiology, University of British Columbia, and Chair, Applied Public Health, Canadian Institutes of Health Research-Public Health Agency of Canada (CIHR-PHAC)

There is consistent evidence that physical activity prevents the onset of depression and that physical activity interventions reduce depression. This reduction is comparable to studies which examined the effects of medication or psychosocial therapy.

An overview of this evidence was presented, followed by considerations of how such evidence has informed clinical practice and challenges that have slowed down the translation of evidence to practice.

Highlights sheet of Sweat is the Best AntidepressantHighlights sheet of Sweat is the Best Antidepressant presentation (key points)

4 pages, PDF

Video of Sweat is the Best Antidepressant in Edmonton
YouTube video of Sweat is the Best Antidepressant presentation in Edmonton
77 minutes, YouTube video
Speaker Dr. Faulkner's slides - condensed version (some Internet content removed due to copyrights)
Speaker Dr. Faulkner's slides
46 slides, 8 pages, PDF

The Alberta Centre for Active Living was proud to sponsor this important half-day Physical Activity Forum in Edmonton and Calgary in May 2016.

Speaker: Dr. Guy Faulkner

Professor, School of Kinesiology, University of British Columbia

Guy Faulkner, PhD, is a Professor in the School of Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia and also a Canadian Institutes of Health Research-Public Health Agency of Canada (CIHR-PHAC) Chair in Applied Public Health.

After completing an undergraduate education in Physical Education at Sydney University, Australia, he 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, 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, he moved to Canada in August 2003 and the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Faulkner is currently an investigator with the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit (OTRU) and a Research Affiliate of the Alberta Centre for Active Living. He serves on the ParticipACTION research committee and is a member of the Research Work Group for their annual Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. He is also the founding editor of the Elsevier journal Mental Health and Physical Activity.

Broadly, Dr. Faulkner’s research has focused on two inter-related themes: the development and evaluation of physical activity interventions; and physical activity and mental health. His work has been funded by agencies such as the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, Prostate Cancer Canada, Metrolinx, Ontario Mental Health Foundation, and Cancer Care Ontario.

If you would like to learn more about Dr. Faulkner’s research, please contact him at [email protected] or follow @guyfaulkner on Twitter.

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