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News from May 2016

Perspectives in Exercise Health & Fitness October 2016

May 30, 2016

The biennial Perspectives in Exercise, Health and Fitness Conference takes place October 27 – 30, 2016. Bringing the latest research to practice, Perspectives draws hundreds of Canada’s most qualified exercise professionals and researchers to share ideas, learn and network.

This year’s program includes in depth symposiums, panels and pre-conference sessions in leadership and older adult fitness. Conference topics include heart rate variability, over-training, and concussions; long term athlete development and HITT research. Packed with over 35 seminars, presentations and workshops delivered by internationally respected exercise-science researchers and practitioners, this conference is a must-attend for the serious exercise professional.

Perspectives qualifies for professional development credits from ACSM, AFLCA, CSEP, and NSCA

Held at the Delta Lodge, Kananaskis, the biennial Perspectives in Exercise, Health and Fitness Conference takes place from October 27 – 30.

Perspectives Conference room booking is available now.

or call: Call 1–888-591–6240 with the conference code PEH016.

Marriott hotel(s) offering your special group rate: Delta Lodge at Kananaskis for 154 CAD – 249 CAD per night

Call for Bako Award Nominations

May 29, 2016

At each Perspectives in Exercise Health and Fitness conference, we recognize outstanding leaders in the exercise, health and fitness industry.

The Bako award recognizes outstanding leadership in memory of the dedication, support and leadership which Dr. Erwin E. Bako, a former physician and member of the board for the Alberta Medical Association in the 70’s and 80’s, brought to the profession of fitness and lifestyle consulting.

To be qualified nominees must:
– be currently working in the exercise, physical activity and fitness industry in Alberta
– demonstrate outstanding leadership and commitment to professionalism

To nominate an outstanding individual please provide a statement of support (maximum 750 words) for your nomination choice. A minimum of two supporting letters (from colleagues, clients, employers, etc.) must be provided with the nomination. The award will be presented at the Perspectives in Exercise Health and Fitness Conference in October. Include a brief cv of the nominee, and outline your relationship to the nominee with your submission.

Meaningful contributions to the exercise profession through activities such as research, creation of new programs or an outstanding level of service in the field; practicing exercise prescription to the highest possible standard.

Past recipients of the Bako Award include Art Quinney, Gord Bell, Don Watts, Dru Marshall and Tish Doyle-Baker.

Submit your nomination online

CALL for Presentations: INCITE Sessions at Perspectives

May 28, 2016

Call for Posters and Incite-ful Presentations

Ten minutes.
One Poster.
Four PP slides.


Nine minutes and fifty seconds of you, delivering your “incite-ful” research.


An enlightening verbal presentation delivered to a forum of your peers and exercise professionals who will take your ideas and research directly to practice.

The Incite-ful forum

The Incite-Ful forum is a means for you to bring your outcome-centred health and/or fitness related research, projects and programs to those who can use it: other researchers, certified exercise and fitness practitioners. Test your ideas, your oral presentation skills and be a part of the only exercise and health industry forum for researchers and professionals.

Your research should be meaningful for qualified exercise practitioners to use in their practice. Topics include (but are not limited to): Mental Health/Motivation, Exercise Prescription (cradle to grave), Physical Assessment and/or Rehabilitation, Fundamental Movement Skills and Physical Literacy, Workplace Wellness.

Suggested Format:
* Slide 1 Introduction (Poster in ppt format),
* Slide 2 and 3, highlight background and/or methods,
* Slide 4 results and discussion.
* At 9 minutes and fifty seconds the hook comes out!

The Goal is to bring researchers and practitioners together to share ideas and to INCITE research into action.
Submit your proposal

Perspectives is sponsored by the AFLCA.

Find Your Inner Warrior WIN House Charity Workout

May 5, 2016

Sweating has never been so much fun! Join AFLCA spartan and obstacle race specialists
Danielle Smith (River City Fitness) and Barb Bouwman (Johnny B Fitt) as they lead you through a heart pumping, high energy workout, sure to bring out the warrior in you. Everyone and all fitness levels are welcome. No registration necessary. Donations of $10 will be taken at the door. All proceeds will go to Edmonton’s WIN House, providing emergency shelter to women and children fleeing domestic abuse.

Every year the Provincial Fitness Unit of Alberta/AFLCA host an evening workout session for charity as part of their annual Fit Rendezvous Conference. The workout is open to the general public, and all proceeds go to the chosen charity. This year, we have chosen Edmonton’s WIN House. We hope you can help us spread the word, so we can raise funds for a worthy cause.

Charity Workout information and Flyer


  • In 2014/2015 Edmonton’s WIN House provided shelter to 267 women, 365 children and fielded over 2,000 crisis calls (WIN House)
  • On average, Albertans sit for more than 8 hours a day (2015 Alberta Survey on Physical Activity, Alberta Centre for Active Living)