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2018 Physical Activity Forum

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

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Speaker: Dr. Valerie Carlson

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 will provide 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 will be presented, along with resources and ideas to support the implementation of these new guidelines into practice.


About our Speaker

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.


AFLCA Continuing Education Credits

If you are a member of the Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association (AFLCA), you can receive 3.0 AFLCA CEC credits by attending our Forum!


Calgary: Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

9 a.m. to 12 noon (sign-in at 8:30 a.m., coffee/tea available)
Kinesiology Block B, Room KNB132, University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive NW

CALGARY Registration

  • Early bird registration fee: $50. After March 16th $60.
  • Online registration can be made by credit card or Interac. Online registration is powered by Karelo.
  • Cancellations:
    • By Mar 30th: $30 refund.
    • By Apr 23rd: $20 refund.
    • After Apr 23rd: sorry, no refunds.

CALGARY Directions


Edmonton: Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

9 a.m. to 12 noon (sign-in at 8:30 a.m., coffee/tea available)
Christenson Communities Lecture Theatre, 2-210 Van Vliet Complex (8810-114 St), University of Alberta

EDMONTON Registration

  • Early bird registration fee: $50. After March 15th $60.
  • Online registration can be made by credit card or Interac. Online registration is powered by Karelo.
  • Cancellations:
    • By Mar 30th: $30 refund.
    • By Apr 23rd: $20 refund.
    • After Apr 23rd: sorry, no refunds.

EDMONTON Directions

  • Christenson Communities Lecture Theatre, 2-210 Van Vliet Centre (8810-114 St), University of Alberta
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