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News from the Alberta Centre for Active Living

Alberta Centre for Active Living:  2008 Physical Activity Forum on Childhood Obesity

Dr. Mark Tremblay (Senior Scientific Advisor on Health Measurement at Statistics Canada and the Director of Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario) and a panel of experts will discuss "Preventing Childhood Obesity: Big Picture Strategies."  Mark your calendars! Space is limited at each event and registration opens soon. The Centre is pleased to present three ways to attend this year's Physical Activity Forum and more information on all three events is available at http://tinyurl.com/2sg6ej:

  • Edmonton Event: May 15, 2008, 8 a.m. to noon,  University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta
  • Calgary Event: May 14, 2008, 9 a.m. to noon, Mount Royal College, Calgary, Alberta (This event is in partnership with Mount Royal College.)
  • Videoconference: May 15, 2008, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., For Albertans outside Calgary and Edmonton (This event is in partnership with the Alberta Healthy Living Network.)

WinterActive Alberta Initiatives

  • Winter Walk Day, February 6, 2008--Safe, Healthy, Active People Everywhere (SHAPE) and your local Be Fit For Life Centre are sponsoring the WinterActive winter walk. They hope to encourage schools, community groups, work groups and individuals to walk on February 6 and count themselves in!  Pre-register at http://www.shapeab.com and a package full of ideas and tips will be sent to you (as well as a participant award for everyone in your school who walks).
  • Healthy Active School Communities, Winter Edition--This resource provides information about promoting healthy, active lifestyles in the home, school and community.  Challenge students to lead active and healthy lifestyles. Download this and other Healthy Active School Communities resources in English and French from http://www.everactive.org.
  • Partner with your Pooch--As obesity levels in pets continue to be a health issue, we hope that your dogs will join us on the Winter Walk Day.  Encourage your friends and family to walk their dog as a healthy physical activity!  If you don't have a dog, borrow a neighbour's or better yet, invite your neighbour to join you for a walk.  For a Canadian study on dog walking as a way to increase physical activity, visit http://www.activekidsns.ca/article29.cfm.