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2013 Alberta Survey on Physical Activity

January 15, 2013

The 2013 Alberta Survey on Physical Activity reports that 59% of adult Albertans are physically active enough to receive health benefits. This is up from 54% in 2011.

Dr. Christina Loitz, a co-author of the survey and Knowledge Translation Specialist at the Alberta Centre for Active Living, said, “Although the increase in activity since 2011 is not statistically significant on its own, the upward trend from 2011 to 2013 is positive. However, the historical survey data since 1995 still shows on overall downward trend in physical activity participation by Albertans.”

Among other findings, the 2013 survey indicates 73.9% of Albertans do some walking for leisure, transportation or work. “Although walking is popular, Albertans generally do not walk enough to attain a moderate level of physical activity,” noted Loitz.

In addition to the survey findings, the Concise Report on the survey offers several recommendations to boost the physical activity levels of Albertans, in three key areas:

- physical activity at work;
– encouraging older adults to be physically active; and
– strategies to increase walking time by Albertans of all ages.

Judith Down, Director of the Alberta Centre for Active Living, said, “Eighty-nine percent of Albertans know that physical activity improves their health and prevents many chronic diseases. The challenge to those of us working to increase physical activity is to create environments that support and encourage Albertans to be more active, so that they will gain health and other benefits.”

Alberta Centre for Active Living, http://www.centre4activeliving.ca/publications/surveys.html