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In this issue
  • 2018 APCCP Strategic Priorities
  • Alberta Centre for Active Living: 2018 Physical Activity Forums 
  • Member Spotlight: Action on Smoking and Health 
  • Welcome: APCCP Practicum Student Manuel Escoto 
  • New Publications from our Team
  • In the News: Alberta's Nutrition Report Card
2018 APCCP Strategic Priorities
The APCCP advocates for healthy public policy to reduce chronic disease in Alberta. For 2018, the APCCP is focusing on the following strategic priorities:
  • Social policy to reduce household food insecurity in Alberta
  • Student nutrition through a comprehensive school health lens
  • An active transportation plan for Alberta schools
  • Smoke-free Alberta communities and the Campaign for a Smoke-Free Alberta
  • Mandated, resourced and monitored implementation of healthy food and beverage guidelines in Alberta recreation facilities
Learn more about the APCCP
Alberta Centre for Active Living: 2018 Physical Activity Forums 
 
Register for a Forum
 Member Spotlight: Action on Smoking and Health
Action on Smoking & Health (ASH) has been a leader in Canada’s tobacco control movement for the past four decades. From securing local smoking bylaws to achieving global precedents on flavoured tobacco, ASH has played an active role in the creation of a predominantly smoke-free society in Canada.
 
Despite the tremendous gains that have been made in tobacco control, executive director Les Hagen remembers fighting some tough battles to ban smoking in restaurants and bars and to restrict the sale and marketing of tobacco to youth.
 
“We’ve come a long way on tobacco with less than one in six Canadians who are now regular smokers versus one in three in the 1980s” said Les Hagen, executive director.  “Our success with policy measures such as smoking bans, marketing restrictions and tax increases have created a non-smoking culture. This cultural shift took decades of heavy lifting with strong resistance from a very well-resourced tobacco lobby. Hopefully this progress will inspire others to create social change to further improve the quality of life in Alberta and Canada. A strong vision, persistence and perseverance can go a long way toward achieving the end result even if you are up against Big Tobacco.”

ASH believes that one of its most important achievements has been helping to transform Canada’s Marlboro Country.  Traditionally, Alberta has had one of the highest smoking rates in Canada and the tobacco industry had a strong marketing presence at major events like the Calgary Stampede, Spruce Meadows, and several music festivals. Alberta’s smoking rates are now roughly on par with the national average and we have some of the strongest tobacco legislation in Canada. The Marlboro Man is no longer welcome in Alberta thanks in large part to ASH and its partner organizations like APCCP.
 
Learn more about ASH
Welcome: APCCP Practicum Student
The APCCP is pleased to welcome Manuel Escoto to the coalition as a practicum student. Read on to learn more about the newest member of our team.
 

Since 2011, Manuel has been focused on developing his policy, research and advocacy background. He has volunteered with local organizations such as Public Interest Alberta, Friends of Medicare and the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights. Professionally, Manuel has grown his policy, research, communications and advocacy skills during his time with the Edmonton Social Planning Council, the Legislative Assembly of Alberta and the Kidney Foundation of Canada.  

Currently, Manuel is completing his Masters in Public Health (Health Policy & Management) part-time at the University of Alberta and he joins the APCCP as a practicum student until September 2018.

In this role, Manuel is leading APCCP’s scan on policy to address household food insecurity in Alberta. This scan investigates both federal and provincial income-based policies that impact household food insecurity in Alberta and will identify strengths and gaps in current policies. This work will provide the foundation for APCCP to raise awareness around the need to address food insecurity in Alberta and to identify and promote evidence-based policies.

Welcome Manuel! 
New Publications
Check out the following publications from APCCP team members:

Adoption and diffusion of zoning bylaws banning fast food drive-through services across Canadian municipalities
Nykiforuk et al., BMC Public Health 

Healthy food procurement and nutrition standards in public facilities: evidence synthesis and consensus policy recommendations 
Raine et al., Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada 

Stories of policy change: City of Hamilton’s healthy food and beverage policy
Atkey, Elliott-Moyer, Freimanis & Raine, Canadian Journal of Public Health
In the News: Alberta's Nutrition Report Card
Last week, the APCCP chatted with the Edmonton Journal about a new study on sugary drink consumption in schools and Alberta's nutrition report card: 

Learn more about Alberta's Nutrition Report Card
News
Calgary not so high on public consumption of cannabis: survey
Calgary Herald, February 2018

Council lobbies for federal sugar tax
St. Albert Gazette, February 2018

Advocates hope food policy will cook up growth for Alberta agriculture
Edmonton Journal, January 2018

Close workplace smoking ban loopholes, advocacy group urges Alberta government
CBC News, January 2018

Group says levy on sugary drinks will help Albertans kick their sweet tooth
CTV News, December 2017
Events
Move more, sit less, sleep soundly: 2018 physical activity forum
Alberta Center for Active Living 
May 1st & 3rd, 2018, Calgary & Edmonton 

APHA 75th anniversary: In defense of public health
Alberta Public Health Association 
May 9th, 2018, Calgary 

Public Health 2018
Canadian Public Health Association
May 28-31st, 2018, Montreal

Canada's Food Guide: A healthier Canada through effective nutrition policy
University of Calgary
June 18th-19th, 2018, Calgary 
Resources
Heart & Stroke 2018 heart report
Heart & Stroke, 2018

The health and economic impact of a tax on sugary drinks in Alberta
Alberta Policy Coalition for Chronic Disease Prevention, 2017

Alberta's 2017 nutrition report card on food environments for children and youth 
University of Alberta, 2017

Healthy public policy: diffusion infographics
PLACE research lab, 2017
ABOUT US: The APCCP is composed of 17 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.
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