APCCP Updates for July/August

In this Issue: 
  • APCCP Changes: Farewell to APCCP Policy Analyst, Shandy Reed 
  • Research Update: Marketing of Unhealthy Food and Beverages in Recreational Facilities
  • Letter to the Editor: Calgary's New Smoke-Free Spaces Bylaw
  • The Public Health Risk of Ecigarettes
  • APCCP Presentation to Community Recreation Stakeholders
  • Wellness Alberta Update
  • Congratulations Dr. Louis Francescutti, CMA President
  • Member Spotlight:  Place, Location, and Access in Community Environments (PLACE) Research Lab

APCCP Changes: Farewell to APCCP Policy Analyst, Shandy Reed

After three exciting and inspiring years supporting the work of the APCCP, Shandy Reed has accepted a new role with the Alberta School Employee Benefit Program. 

As the APCCP Policy Analyst, Shandy managed the day to day operations of our coalition including reviewing and analyzing evidence, engaging stakeholders and collaborating with members to implement comprehensive advocacy strategies, including the Wellness Alberta campaign. Shandy played a key role in the coalition’s collective impact.  On behalf of the APCCP membership, we wish to thank Shandy for her invaluable contributions that have increased our visibility, credibility and the success of the coalition in its work with provincial and national stakeholders

The APCCP will recruit to the position within the coming weeks and hope to make a staffing announcement in November. In the meantime, queries about the Coalition and its work should be directed to Dr. Kim Raine, Member of the APCCP Leadership Team at

Research Update: Marketing of Unhealthy Food and Beverages in Recreational Facilities 

Improving the food environment in recreational facilities is an important APCCP priority. Recreation facilities are well-positioned to promote the health of children by creating opportunity for physical activity and free play. However, such health enhancing opportunities can be undermined by the marketing of unhealthy food within such facilities.
APCCP supporter and researcher, Dana Olstad,  is hoping to address this issue. Take a look at the flyers below for a quick overview of her research:

For an update on the APCCP's position on this issue, check out our latest issue brief on the subject. 

Letter to the Editor: Calgary's New Smoke-Free Spaces Bylaw

Every child has the right to breathe clean air. By taking steps to ban smoking in locations where children gather, such as parks and playgrounds, more children will be protected from the dangers of second-hand tobacco smoke. 

This summer, the City of Calgary took a step in the right direction, banning smoking in Calgary parks and recreation spaces. In response, the APCCP's Dr. Candace Nykiforuk recently published a letter to the editor in the Calgary Sun illustrating the Coalition's support for the city's latest tobacco reduction victory. 


View the original letter here.

The Public Health Risks of Ecigarettes 

Ecigarettes have been demanding a great deal of interest and attention lately. There has been concern that the use and display of ecigarettes can create a culture that once again normalizes tobacco use and the risk they pose to health has not been fully understood. 

The lack of awareness around ecigarettes  seems to be changing with several jurisdictions, including Alberta, issuing reports and statements to draw attention to the public health risks related to these products.

AHS recently released ecigarette documents for consumers and health care professionals. The World Health Organization has also released a statement on this topic

APCCP Presentation to Community Recreation Stakeholders

Alberta communities are uniquely positioned to use policy to create environments that are supportive of healthy living for all residents. On July 30th, APCCP members Dr. Kim Raine and Laura Nieuwendyk (Place Research Lab) along with APCCP Policy Analyst Shandy Reed, presented to Alberta Recreation and Parks Association (ARPA) and ChooseWell stakeholders.  

Dr. Kim Raine discussed the importance and potential impact of healthy public policy in community settings and shared the results of two recent surveys that assessed decision‐makers and public support, knowledge, attitudes and beliefs related to a range of different policy interventions that could address healthy eating, active living, tobacco use and alcohol misuse in our province. Laura Nieuwendyk provided an overview of research projects that have been undertaken in the Policy, Location and Access in Community Environments (PLACE) Research Lab (led by Dr. Candace Nykiforuk) to provide examples of the impact that community environments can have on resident’s health choices and made suggestions for ways in which communities can take action to create healthier environments. Last, Shandy Reed introduced participants to the Policy Readiness Tool ( This interactive resource is a user-friendly, evidence-based tool developed to help communities use policy to create healthier communities by assessing the level of readiness for policy change within their municipality or organization and determining key advocacy strategies for encouraging policy change at the local level. 

To view the presentation recording, click here.

Wellness Alberta Update

The Wellness Alberta campaign is still going strong! To date, almost 90 organizations representing over one million Albertans have endorsed the campaign.

To review the current list, please click 
To read the most recent campaign update, read the enewsletter here

Congratulations Dr. Louis Francescutti, Canadian Medical Association (CMA) President 

The APCCP would like to congratulate Dr. Louis Francescutti, incoming CMA president. Dr. Francessutti is a well-known and highly respected injury prevention advocate and APCCP collaborator through his involvement in the Wellness Alberta campaign team.  

Read about his new appointment and planned emphasis on a preventative approach in this recent Calgary Herald article.

Member Spotlight: Place, Location, and Access in Community Environments (PLACE) Research Lab

Where a person lives, when and how they access the resources necessary for daily life, and the policies that shape their physical, social and economic environments play an important role in shaping their health. Considering this, understanding the relationships between people, policy and place is essential for health promotion and public health.

The purpose of the
Policy, Location, and Access in Community Environments (PLACE) research lab is to contribute to a better understanding of the people-policy-place relationships in chronic disease interventions and prevention initiatives. Led by principal investigator and APCCP co-founder, Dr. Candace Nykiforuk, the PLACE lab focuses its research activities in three key areas:

(1)   program and policy initiatives, including (i) how they evolve; and (ii) how they shape particular settings (e.g., neighbourhoods, schools, workplaces, communities);
(2)   community-based studies of opportunities for and barriers to healthy choices in the built and social environment; and,
(3)   knowledge exchange, or interactions between research and practice to support knowledge sharing and use.

Within these three areas, the PLACE lab is involved in a range of research projects. Current examples include the evaluation of a tool to access municipal readiness for policy change, exploring the impact of community investment in recreation spaces, and understanding the seasonal facilitators and barriers to unstructured free play amongst children.

Since the APCCP was founded in 2009, the PLACE lab has played a key role in the research and advocacy activities of the Coalition. Examples of Coalition projects the PLACE lab has contributed to include the development of
Decision-Maker Knowledge, Attitudes and Beliefs Surveys and the creation of the Policy Readiness Tool.

The APCCP is composed of 13 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 

International Symposium on Wellness 
Lake Louise, Alberta, October 1-2nd, 2013

ARPA and IFPRA Annual Conference and Energize Workshop
Lake Louise, Alberta, October 24-26th, 2013

Parkland Institute's 17th Annual Fall Conference
Edmonton, Alberta, November 22-24, 2013 

**Save the Date:**

CDPAC Conference:
Ottawa, Ontario, April 8th-11th , 2014


Activity Benefits and Cost Savings
BHF National Centre for Physical Activity and Health

July 2013 CDPAC Position on Health Impact Assessments
Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada

Frontline Health Atlas: Working with the Social Determinants of Health
Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA)

Healthcare in Canada: What Makes Us Sick? 
Canadian Medical Association 

Making the Case: Tools for Supporting Local Alcohol Policy in Ontario
Centre for Addition and Mental Health

The Impact of Initiatives to Limit the Advertising of Food and Beverage Products to Children: A Systematic Review
Written by Sarah Galbraith-Emami and Tim Lobstein, Obesity Reviews

Working with Grocers to Support Healthy Eating
Health Canada

Promoting Physical Activity in Socially Disadvantaged Groups
World Health Organization 

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