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Physical Activity & Sedentary Behaviour

Who are we?

The Provincial Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Team (PPASB) work towards improving the health and wellbeing of all adult Albertans through the promotion of physical activity and the reduction of sedentary behavior.

What is physical activity?

Physical activity is moving your body to make your heart rate and breathing increase. You could do this while working, playing, dancing, carrying out household chores, travelling, and while enjoying recreation time

The Canadian physical activity guidelines recommends adults aged 18-64 years should try and get at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per week. It is also a good idea to add muscle and bone strengthening activities on at least two days per week.

Further information on the health benefits and how to get started visit:

Sedentary Behaviour

What is sedentary behavior? Sedentary behaviours include activities in a seated or reclined position with little movement. Examples include sitting in a car, sitting at a desk at work, sitting to watch TV or use a computer (screen time). Sedentary behavior is different from being physically inactive as it is possible to meet physical activity guidelines and still spend a large amount of time sitting. At the moment there are no national guidelines for adult sedentary behaviour in Canada.

Our initiatives

We support a variety of initiatives, below are our key initiatives:

Active Workplace Audit Toolkit: Alberta Health Services (AHS) and the Centre for Active Living (CAL) developed an evidence-informed audit tool for workplace champions, human resource professionals, and health and wellness promoters to identify how to support office-based employees to move more and sit less. More information.

UWALK: is a website that helps Albertans to self-monitor their physical activity through daily step counts and/or physical activity minutes. Users can keep track of their physical activity and participate in virtual challenges with colleagues and friends, or on their own. More information.

WalkABle Alberta: is an initiative that works to create supportive walkable environments where Albertans feel safe and enjoy walking. More information.