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.


Living Actively with a Chronic Condition:

How practitioners can support individuals living with cancer, chronic heart failure, or stroke In alignment with the release of 10 new chapters of our Physical Activity Counselling Toolkit, this year's Physical Activity Forum focussed on the science and best practices around being physically active when living with one of the following chronic conditions: cancer, chronic heart failure, or stroke.

Each of the three presenters provided a 30-minute presentation followed by a brief question period.

Cancer and Physical Activity

Kerry Courneya, PhD, is a Professor and Canada Research Chair in Physical Activity and Cancer in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation at the University of Alberta. His research program focuses on the role of exercise after a cancer diagnosis, including how it may help cancer patients prepare for treatments, tolerate and respond to treatments, recover after treatments, and improve long-term outcomes. Among his many research positions, Dr. Courneya is also the study co-chair of a multinational trial on colon cancer, a steering committee member of a multinational trial on prostate cancer, and the co-lead of a provincial study on breast cancer.

Click here for a copy of Dr. Courneya's slides. (PDF)

Chronic Heart Failure and Physical Activity

Bob Haennel, PhD, FACSM, is the Dean of the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta. He is also a member of the research advisory committee for the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute. Dr. Haennel's current research program includes an examination of the impact of exercise training in the rehabilitation of heart failure patients who have undergone cardiac resynchronization therapy; an assessment of daily activity in heart failure patients with preserved versus reduced ejection fraction; and an examination of high intensity interval training in the rehabilitation of patients with congenital heart disease.

Click here for a copy of Dr. Haennel's slides. (PDF)

Stroke and Physical Activity

Patricia (Trish) Manns, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Alberta. Her research focuses on: 1) increasing knowledge of activity behaviour and its relation to functional and health outcomes in persons with neurological conditions (primarily stroke and multiple sclerosis and stroke); and 2) the development of strategies to change and maintain activity behaviour. Prior to Dr. Manns’ appointment at the University of Alberta in 2003, she completed graduate work at the University of Saskatchewan and Oregon State University and worked clinically as a neurological physical therapist in both Canada and the United States.

Click here for a copy of Dr. Manns's slides. (PDF)

Visit our Physical Activity Forum main page to see other forums and topics related to physical activity.