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New Resource--2015 Alberta Survey on Physical Activity, Alberta Centre for Active Living

On Monday, March 9th, the Alberta Centre for Active Living published the 2015 Alberta Survey on Physical Activity, including an infographic.

This is the first time that the survey investigated both physical activity and sedentary behaviour. Results help to demonstrate that increasing physical activity and decreasing sedentary behaviour should be a priority for Albertans.  

Here are some relevant points:

  • sedentary behaviour has been associated with poor health, independent from physical inactivity
  • one-third of Albertans sit for 10 hours or more a day
  • the average Albertan sits 9 hours per weekday and 8.25 hours on weekend days
  • only 60% of Albertans (self-reported) are physically active enough to get health benefits
  • physical inactivity and sedentary behaviour are risk factors for many chronic physical and mental health conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, hypertension, colon cancers, breast cancer, diabetes, depression and anxiety

Individuals, workplaces, communities, organizations and policy- and decision-makers can all take steps to support and promote active living. The report includes recommendations in three key areas:

  • active transportation, e.g., walking, cycling, wheeling
  • leisure time activities, e.g., dog walking, outdoor fun, sports, and active time with others
  • workplace practices, e.g., active breaks, standing more often, using the stairs and fitness facilities, encouraging walking meetings or challenges

View and share (#movemoreAB) the report, executive summary and infographic: