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In this issue
  • Protect Alberta Kids from Tobacco
  • APCCP Feature: Model for Capacity Building
  • Advocate for a Levy on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages 
  • Stop Marketing to Kids: 16 and Under Campaign
  • Government of Canada: New Consultations Announced
  • APCCP Issue Brief Updates: Household Food Insecurity and Taxation of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages
  • Membership Spotlight: Alberta Center for Active Living
Protect Alberta Kids from Tobacco
Help protect Alberta youth from tobacco addiction by supporting the online petition for legislation to keep thousands of kids tobacco-free for life.
 
Tobacco is the most widespread and deadly form of substance abuse, resulting in 3,000 deaths each year in Alberta.

Passed in 2013, the Tobacco and Smoking Reduction Act is intended to protect many Alberta youth from tobacco addiction. Unfortunately, the legislation remains largely unimplemented and unenforced. Several sections of this important Act remain in limbo, including:
  • New restrictions on tobacco sales to minors
  • Further restrictions on flavoured tobacco products
  • Extending the provincial smoking ban to all public establishments and all forms of smoking
Taken together, these measures will give many more Alberta kids a fighting chance to remain tobacco-free. These measures are intended to support parents in their efforts to help keep their kids healthy.

We need your help to urge the Alberta government to fully implement and enforce this life-saving law. 

Please visit ProtectAlbertaKids.ca to support our online petition and to send a message of support directly to your MLA. 

Tell your MLA that Alberta kids deserve first-class protection from tobacco.
SIGN THE PETITION
APCCP Feature: Model for Capacity Building
Policy and practice go hand and hand. For successful policy change, you must also engage in practice activities to build community capacity for health.

To help you get started, check out our newly updated community capacity-building tool below!
The Model for Capacity Building tool walks you through the various phases of community capacity building, from networking to supporting and sustaining. In each section you will find helpful resources and questions to guide you through the process.
ACCESS THE TOOL HERE
Advocate for a Levy on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages in Alberta
Sugar-sweetened beverages, like soft drinks and energy drinks, are a major contributor of added sugar in the diet.

Sugar-loaded drinks offer virtually no health benefits and have been linked to chronic conditions that place an enormous burden on Albertan's quality of life and the healthcare system. 

These products are relatively inexpensive, widely available and marketed by an aggressive industry that targets youth. 

What Can We Do? 

The APCCP is calling on the Premier to establish a 50 cent per litre levy on sugar-sweetened beverages to reduce their consumption and generate revenue for Alberta.
 
Revenue generated should be used to fund health promotion initiatives aimed at keeping Albertans healthy and out of the hospital.
WRITE YOUR MLA
Stop Marketing to Kids: 16 and Under
Every year, kids see 25 million food and beverage ads on their favourite websites. Over 90% of these online ads targeting kids and teens are for unhealthy products.
 
Check out the National Stop Marketing to Kid's Coalition's latest initiative: 16andUnder.ca, a satirical lens on the problem of marketing to kids and the harmful impact on their health.
The Stop Marketing to Kids Coalition is calling on the Canadian Government to restrict commercial food and beverage marketing to kids and teens.
Government of Canada: New Consultations Announced 
The Government of Canada recently announced exciting consultations on a number of initiatives related to nutrition and healthy eating.

See below for details:
  1. A food policy for Canada (Deadline: July 27th, 2017)
  2. Restricting unhealthy food and beverage marketing to children (Deadline: July 25th, 2017)
  3. Canada’s Food Guide consultation (Deadline: July 25th, 2017) 
APCCP Issue Briefs Updates
The APCCP has updated issue briefs on the following topics: Stay tuned for our upcoming issue brief on an active transportation plan for Alberta schools! 
Membership Spotlight: Alberta Center for Active Living
The Alberta Centre for Active Living (ACAL) was established in 1989 and focuses on the promotion of physical activity in Alberta.

The Centre is unique in Canada and is known nationally and internationally for effective knowledge mobilization and advocacy. ACAL is a research centre in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta and receives operational grant support from Alberta Culture and Tourism.
 
The mission of ACAL is to promote active living by bridging research, practice and decision-making. 

The ACAL website is the main vehicle for distributing work and resources such as: The centre's primary continuing education event is the Physical Activity Forum, which is held annually in May. 
 
The 2018 Active Living Research Conference 
 

From February11-14th 2018, ACAL will be co-hosting the Active Living Research Conference in Banff. 

This will be the first time this conference is held outside of the United States. The theme of the 2018 conference, “Future-Proofing Activity: Application Across Sectors” focuses on anticipating the future of physical activity, and creating environments, programs and policies that will minimize the effects of shocks and stressors of the future state when it comes to physical activity and active living.

The theme challenges presenters and participants to consider the future of activity across all sectors, and reflect upon applications that will minimize the detrimental effects of technology while maximizing the beneficial effects by way of intentional design. For example, how could “big data” be used to inform active living research and policy? How can we plan for active communities that incorporate connected and automated vehicles?

Early bird registration is available until November 10, 2017, and abstracts will be accepted until August 24, 2017.
News
Young Albertans Need More Protection from Deadly Tobacco, Health Coalition Says
Edmonton Journal
June 26th, 2017

Legalizing Cannabis Survey: Have your Say on How it Affects Alberta
Government of Canada
Deadline: July 21st, 2017

Health Canada Considers Sweeping Ban on Junk Food Ads Aimed at Children and Teens
CBC
Jun. 10, 2017 

Canadian Children are Consuming Five Times More Sugar than They Should
Globe and Mail
Jun. 5, 2017

Our Kids Should Be Protected from Junk-Food Ads
 The Globe and Mail
Jun. 1, 2017


Most Food and Drink Endorsed by Music Stars is Unhealthy
Digital Journal
May 31, 2017

Diabetes Canada Calling on New Brunswick Premier to Impose ‘Soda Tax’
Global News
Apr. 7, 2017
 
School Nutrition Program Expanding Across Alberta
CBC
Apr. 5, 2017
 
Opinion: Health Care Must Emphasize Prevention
Edmonton Journal
Mar. 31, 2017
Events
Active Living Research 2018 
Active Living Research, Elsevier, Alberta Centre for Active Living
Feb 11-14, 2018 | Banff, Alberta
 
Shaping the Future 2018
Ever Active Schools
Jan. 30 – Feb. 4,
2017 | Alberta
 
Community ChooseWell Healthy Community Awards
Are there good things happening in your community to promote wellbeing through physical activity and/or healthy eating?

If so, nominate your community for a Healthy Community Award!

Nominations for the 2017 Communities ChooseWell Healthy Community Awards are now being accepted until July 14, 2017!

Learn more here
Tools & Resources
Community Mental Health Action Plan: Edmonton and Area
Edmonton And Area Chapter
 
2017 Stroke Report
Heart & Stroke

5 Actions Government can Take to Protect Children from Food and Beverage Marketing
Stop M2K Coalition

Model for Capacity Building
Alberta Policy Coalition for Chronic Disease Prevention
 
Getting Started: How to Promote Healthy Eating in Your Recreation Setting
Nutrition Resource Centre

Engage, Innovate and Collaborate: Key Ingredients to Healthier Food in Recreational Facilities
Dietitians of Canada
 
Evidence to Guide Action: Comprehensive Tobacco Control in Ontario (2016) Report
Public Health Ontario
 
Purchasing Power: 10 Lessons on Getting More Local, Sustainable, and Delicious Food in Schools,
Hospitals and Campuses.
Food Secure Canada
 
The “Feed Our Sport!” Initiative
The Wellness Movement
 
Infographic: The Role of Schools in Promoting Physical Activity
Active Living Research
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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