Thanks to unexpected developments in the Alberta Legislature, Bill 206—the Tobacco Reduction (Flavoured Tobacco Products) Amendment Act
—is now scheduled to receive second reading debate in the Assembly on Monday, May 6 at roughly 3:00 p.m. If passed, this bill will provide the Alberta government with regulatory authority to ban flavoured tobacco products.
We need your help to get this bill approved!
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National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT): Spotlight on the Policy Readiness Tool
The Policy Readiness Tool assesses a municipality's level of readiness for policy change and identifies strategies to support municipalities in policy initiatives specific to their level of readiness. On March 19th, the NCCMT and CHNET-Works co-hosted a fireside chat to promote the Policy Readiness Tool. The webinar presentation attracted over 150 registrants from across Canada and was provided by APCCP member and the Policy Readiness Tool developer, Dr. Candace Nykiforuk and the APCCP Policy Analyst, Shandy Reed. Missed the presentation? You can access it online here.
Interested in learning more about the Policy Readiness Tool and how it can be used to support communities interested in local policy change? Visit the website www.policyreadinesstool.com
Event Recap: Community Conversation with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food in Canada
On March 4th, 2013, the APCCP and its member organization, Growing Food Security in Alberta (GFSA), held a community conversation on the right to food in Canada. As part of this event, more than 60 communities from across Canada came together via webinar to discuss the right to food with UN Special Rapporteur, Oliver De Schutter.
Over 25 people participated in the Edmonton event. In addition to viewing the webinar, the meeting included a lively and informative discussion on how we can make the right to food a reality in Alberta. To learn more about this event and the organizations involved, visit the GFSA website
Member Spotlight: Ever Active Schools
Ever Active Schools Mission:
Ever Active Schools provides provincial leadership that supports healthy, active school communities.
Ever Active Schools is excited to announce a new program presented in partnership with the Alberta Medical Association (AMA) that works towards our mission of supporting and promoting healthy school communities! The AMA Youth Run Club is a school based running program designed to get children and youth (K-12) active.
Why a Youth Run Club?
A recent study published by the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine indicate that bouts of high-intensity physical activity such as running, swimming or playing soccer are superior to longer periods of light and moderate exercise in reducing the risk factors that set kids on a path towards cardiovascular disease.
In the study of 605 Alberta schoolchildren, aged 9 to 17, researchers found that seven minutes a day of intense physical activity was associated with significant reductions in body weight and blood pressure levels, as well as increased fitness.
What is involved in being a part of the Youth Run Club?
If your school already offers a running program, that is great! We can offer free resources, incentives and support through a Run Club Coordinator.
School groups run together one to five times a week.
Participants build their endurance in order to complete a final fun run (choice of the school).
Alberta Medical Association and Ever Active Schools provides all participants with the necessary resources:
A Runner’s Handbook (electronic) when they join and a finisher's prize at the conclusion of the program.
All schools receive the Coach's Handbook and a form letter, which can be altered as necessary and sent home to parents.
Eat. Move. Play. Encourages participants to eat well, stay active, and reduce their screen time.
The Running Log allows participants to track their progress.
The provincial roll-out begins in September 2013! For more information or to register your school please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.