APCCP Updates for January/February 

In this Issue: 
  • Wellness Foundation Update: The New Wellness Alberta Campaign 
  • APCCP Endorsement of Hypertension Canada's Canadian Health Care and Scientific Organization Policy Consensus Statement: Restricting Marketing of Unhealthy Foods and Beverages to Children and Youth in Canada
  • APCCP Research Update: The Built Environment 
  • Member Spotlight: The Canadian Cancer Society
  • Behind the Scenes: APCCP Student Researchers and Volunteers

Wellness Foundation Update: The Wellness Alberta Campaign 

The APCCP is pleased to announce the Wellness Alberta campaign! In our last issue we told you about the momentum that was quickly developing in support of our work to establish a Wellness Foundation in Alberta. Since that time, we have been fortunate to engage a number of new partners in this work including Mr. Jim Gray, a well-known Alberta philanthropist. With the support of Mr. Gray, the APCCP has been joined by a broader group of new supporters including business leaders and other champions from the public and private sector. Together, we are collaborating to launch the Wellness Alberta campaign next month. Between March and August, the APCCP will continue to advocate for a Wellness Foundation as part of the new campaign, as well as continue to take action on our other coalition priority areas. 

As the campaign gets underway we will provide regular updates to campaign supporters and share information about how you or your organization can get involved to support this work. We look forward to working with you as we advance our campaign to secure an Alberta Wellness Foundation. Visit our website often to keep up-to-date on the latest developments.

APCCP Endorsement of Hypertension Canada's Canadian Health Care and Scientific Organization Policy Consensus Statement: Restricting Marketing of Unhealthy Foods and Beverages to Children and Youth in Canada

The Coalition is also excited to inform APCCP supporters of the decision to formally endorse Hypertension Canada's policy consensus statement on the issue of marketing to kids. Hypertension Canada's statement is well developed and complements our ongoing advocacy efforts and formal position in this area.

To learn more about Hypertension Canada and their advocacy efforts, please visit their  website. Or, to brush up on the Coalition's position regarding marketing to children, read our issue brief.

APCCP Research Update: The Built Environment

Policy plays a key role in shaping the built environment. In turn, how our communities are designed and developed can have a significant impact on our physical, social and mental health. To learn more about this topic, check out these recently published articles by APCCP members Dr. Kim Raine and Dr. Candace Nykiforuk: 
Coming to consensus on policy to create supportive built environments and community design
Raine, K.D, Muhajarine, N., Spence, J.C., Neary, N.E., Nykiforuk, C.I.J 
Canadian Journal of Public Health. Canadian Evidence on Built Environment and Health Supplement
2012; 103 (Suppl. 3): S5-S8. 
Partial Abstract: In April 2011, a conference with invited experts from research, policy and practice was held to build consensus around policy levers to address environmental determinants of obesity. The gap between existing policy tools and what can promote health through community design is a major policy opportunity. This commentary represents a consensus of next actions towards creating built environments that support healthy active living.

Creating Neighborhood Groupings Based on Built Environment Features to Facilitate Health Promotion Activities
Donald Schopflocher, Eric VanSpronsen, John C. Spence, Helen Vallianatos, Kim D. Raine, Ronald C. Plotnikoff, Candace I.J. Nykiforuk
Canadian Journal of Public Health. Canadian Evidence on Built Environment and Health Supplement
2012; 103 (Suppl. 3): S61-S65. 
Partial Abstract: Detailed assessments of the built environment often resist data reduction and summarization. This project sought to develop a method of reducing built environment data to an extent that they can be effectively communicated to researchers and community stakeholders. We aim to help in an understanding of how these data can be used to create neighbourhood groupings based on built environment characteristics and how the process of discussing these neighbourhoods with community stakeholders can result in the development of community-informed health promotion interventions.

Examining Aspects of the Built Environment: An Evaluation of a Community Walking Map Project
Candace I.J. Nykiforuk, Laura M. Nieuwendyk, Shaesta Mitha, Ian Hosler
Canadian Journal of Public Health. Canadian Evidence on Built Environment and Health Supplement
2012; 103 (Suppl. 3): S67-S72
Partial Abstract: Interventions that address the built environment present an opportunity to affect behaviours such as physical activity. The purpose of this study was to evaluate a community walking map developed for eight neighbourhoods in the City of Edmonton (COE).

Members Spotlight: The Canadian Cancer Society

Overview of the Canadian Cancer Society: 
The Canadian Cancer Society is a national, community-based organization whose mission is the eradication of Cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with Cancer. This mission is achieved by funding research, providing the public with information about cancer and risk reduction, offering supportive care services to those affected by cancer, and advocating for healthy public policy.

Priorities in Advocacy:
Priority areas for advocacy in Alberta and the Northwest Territories include tobacco reduction legislation, policies to support family members caring for an ill or dying loved-one, and policies to reduce exposures to occupational and environmental carcinogens.  Currently the Canadian Cancer Society’s advocacy efforts for tobacco reduction legislation are in collaboration with the Campaign for a Smoke-Free Alberta; a coalition of prominent health organizations working together to reduce tobacco use in Alberta. Despite a decline in overall smoking rates in recent years, the smoking rate among Alberta youth remains disturbingly high. In order to prevent and reduce youth tobacco use the Campaign for a Smoke-Free Alberta is advocating for a ban on all flavoured tobacco products and the implementation of a retail licensing system with effective controls on tobacco product sales to minors. Candy flavoured tobacco products are specifically marketed to appeal to youth and can act as a starter product for kids. These products increase the likelihood of addiction by making harsh tobacco products more palatable. CSFA believes that legislation focusing on access and products that appeal to youth will help reduce tobacco use and improve the health and quality of life of all Albertans, particularly for children and youth.
The Campaign for a Smoke-Free Alberta is currently engaging key Ministers, MLAs, government officials and interested Albertans to build support for this legislation. To learn more and get involved in this campaign visit Also, be sure to find us on Facebook and Twitter (@smokefreeab).

Behind the Scenes: APCCP Student Researchers and Volunteers 

From Left to Right,Top to Bottom: Walie Aktary, Michelle Brewster, Kayla Atkey, Kareema Batal and Christa Engel. 

The APCCP has a great team of student staff and volunteers who work behind the scenes to help with the Coalition's daily activities such as social media, research and administrative tasks. Take a look at the profiles below to learn more about our dynamic student team: 

Walie Aktary
Walie is a Master's student at the UofA School of Public Health and a Research Assistant for the APCCP. His upcoming thesis research will focus on using school based intervention strategies to address childhood obesity in Canada.

Michelle Brewster 
Michelle is currently finishing her undergraduate degree in Physical Education at the University of Alberta. She is completing her practicum with Coalition member Dr. Kim Raine, assisting with a study that is looking at food environments in recreational facilities. She is also supporting the Coalition's work to explore the marketing of unhealthy food and beverages in Alberta recreation facilities. 

Kayla Atkey
Kayla is a 2nd year Masters student in the School of Public Health and a Research Assistant for the APCCP. She is passionate about the use of public policy to create healthier, more equitable, environments and is currently engaged in thesis research exploring policy solutions to address food insecurity.

Kareema Batal 
Kareema is a volunteer for the Coalition and an undergraduate student in Nutrition and Food Science with a minor in Food Policy. She is interested in food security and policy changes around food and health. She is actively involved on campus as the Dietitians of Canada Student Representative and is working on a campus-wide study on local food purchasing behaviours. 

Christa Engel
Christa is an undergraduate student majoring in Nutrition and Food Sciences and a Coalition volunteer. She is interested in evidence-based policies, and how those policies affect our environments and our decisions. In the future, she is looking forward to a career assisting people in maintaining a healthy relationship with food.

The APCCP is composed of 15 member organizations representing a broad range of practitioners, policy-makers, researchers, and community organizations who work to coordinate efforts, generate evidence, and advocate for policy change to reduce chronic diseases in Alberta. To see who our members are click here.

Upcoming Events

The Right to Food in Canada: A Community Conversation in Edmonton
Food Secure Canada 
March 4, 10:00 am - 11:30 am, MST
4-036, Edmonton Clinic Health Academy, University of Alberta, Edmonton

Hosted by Growing Food Security in Alberta & the APCCP

2013 Physical Activity Forum: Physical Activity to Promote Brain Health
Alberta Centre for Active Living
May 14, Edmonton, 9:00 am - Noon, MST
May 15, Calgary, 9:00 am - Noon, MST

Tobacco Free Futures Conference 
Alberta Health Services and the Canadian Cancer Society
March 18-19, 2013
Westin Hotel, Calgary

Promoting Healthy Weights Using Population-based Interventions in Canada: Insights from an Evidence Brief and a National Stakeholder Dialogue 
McMaster Health Forum, McMaster University
February 27, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm, EST

Strategies to Reduce Alcohol-Related Harms and Costs in Canada: A Report Card on Provincial Policies
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Online Webinar
March 6, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm, EST

StairClimb for Clean Air
Alberta Lung Association
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Edmonton, Alberta

Chronic Disease Prevention: Nutrition Action Required for Change
Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (OCDPA)
Online Webinar
March 18, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, EST

Spotlight on KT Methods & Tools: 
The Policy Readiness Tool from the University of Alberta's School of Public  Health

National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT)
Online Webinar
March 19, 1:00-2:30 pm, EDT
Funding Opportunities

Multi-sectoral Partnerships to Promote Healthy Living and Prevent Chronic Disease - Invitation to Submit a Letter of Intent
Public Health Agency of Canada
Goal of funding is to advance innovative, multi-sectoral approaches to promote healthy living and prevent chronic disease.

2013 Alberta Survey on Physical Activity (Includes Infographic)
Alberta Centre for Active Living

How Can Parents Increase Children's Physical Activity? 
Wellspring, Alberta Centre for Active Living 

Understanding Canada's Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines
Middlesex-London Health Unit  & the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

Evaluating Outcomes of Community Food Actions: A Guide
Public Health Agency of Canada

When Parents Champion Physical Activity for Kids
School of Public Health, University of Alberta

Dialogue - Explorations and Perspectives Newsletter
Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance  (OCDPA) 

Tobacco Use in Canada: Patterns and Trends
Propel Centre for Population Health Impact, University of Waterloo

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