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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.

2018 Physical Activity Forum

Move more, sit less, sleep soundly: An integrated approach for healthy children and youth.


Dr. Valerie Carson, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation, University of Alberta and CIHR New Investigator Salary Award Recipient

We all want our kids to be strong and healthy. But with the many demands of today's fast-paced culture, it can be a daunting task to find a healthy balance between vigorous physical activity, low activity, and sleep.

Sleep, sedentary behaviour, and physical activity are the three “movement behaviours” that combined together make up the entire 24-hour period. Each fall on a continuum of movement ranging from little movement to high movement.

Traditionally, movement behaviours have been studied and promoted in isolation. Recent research has highlighted the natural interactions between sleep, sedentary behaviour, and physical activity. In line with the growing and compelling evidence on this topic, the Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines: An Integration of Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour, and Sleep for the Early Years (0-4 years) and for Children and Youth (5-17 years) have recently been developed.

This presentation provided an overview of the new guidelines and the evidence that informed them. In addition, findings on the proportion of young Canadians meeting the new guidelines were presented, along with resources and ideas to support the implementation of these new guidelines into practice.

Highlights sheet of Move more, sit less, sleep soundly.

Highlights of Move More, Sit Less, Sleep Soundly

7 pages, PDF

Video of Move more, sit less, sleep soundly in Edmonton is available on our YouTube channel.

YouTube video of Physical Activity Forum in Edmonton

45 minutes, YouTube video

Dr. Valerie Carson's slides

Dr. Valerie Carson's slides

40 slides, PDF

The Alberta Centre for Active Living was proud to sponsor this important half-day Physical Activity Forum in Edmonton and Calgary in May 2018.

Speaker: Dr. Valerie Carson

Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation, University of Alberta and CIHR New Investigator Salary Award Recipient

Valerie Carson, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Kinesology, Sport, and Recreation at the University of Alberta and holds a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) New Investigator Salary Award. She is also a member of the ParticipACTION Research Committee for the Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth.

Dr. Carson’s research to date has focused on the three main areas related to physical activity and sedentary behaviour among young people (birth to 17 years). These areas include understanding the links with health, establishing measurement methods, and identifying important factors that influence the behaviours. Her current research primarily targets children in the early years (birth to 4 years). Most recently, she has co-led the development of the new Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for the Early Years (0-4 years), as well as the children and youth guidelines.

Dr. Carson likes to stay active by engaging in a variety of outdoor activities across all the seasons.

You can read more about Dr. Carson’s research on Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation News.

Thank you to our distinguished 2018 panelists!

Thank you to our panelists!

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