OCTOBER 1st SESSIONS

7:00 – 7:45 a.m. (OUTDOOR)

A Nature Prescription: Morning Walking Meditation in Lake Louise

Ronna Schneberger, Owner, Guide, Yoga Teacher, EcoYoga Adventures

Enjoy a morning walking meditation along the shore of Lake Louise. Simple, yet proven techniques, will be used to guide you to a place of inner stillness. From this place we connect with nature, well being is enhanced and insights arise organically.

7:00 – 7:45 a.m. (INDOOR)

Meditation, The Power Within

Nalina Kumar, Meditation Teacher

Get your day off to a peaceful start. Join Nalina Kumar, an Edmonton Meditation Teacher who volunteers her time to teach at schools and in the community. She is a presenter at wellness forums, conferences and corporate retreats and will be leading an indoor meditation session for symposium delegates.

GROUP I

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Student Success and Well-Being at Kainai High School

Annette Bruised Head, Principal, Kainai High School

Kainai High School entered into a partnership with EverActive Schools in 2009. Over a five-year period there has been an increase in student success in academic achievement as staff began paying attention to the physical well-being of students. As other district driven initiatives began to unfold, the initial concept from the partnership with EverActive Schools provided the outline of how the school could move forward in increasing their capacity to meet and serve the needs of students and staff.

Meaningful Movie Narratives in Aboriginal Schools

Jason Gondziola, Producer, Cinematographer, Youth Media Educator

This presentation will offer an overview of how educators and youth workers can make use of film, both in and out of the classroom. Workshop facilitator Jason Gondziola has been working with Aboriginal youth in Edmonton and with impoverished inner-city black youth in Montreal for nearly a decade. In this workshop he will share insights, experiences and strategies for engaging youth using digital cinema.

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

The Workplace Health Improvement Project (WHIP) – Lessons Learned

Marlynn Kennedy, Workplace Health Consultant
Charlene Mo, Workplace Health Consultant
Andrea Baker, Workplace Health Consultant, Alberta Health Services

The Alberta Health Services (AHS)Workplace Health Team will describe the Workplace Health Improvement Project (WHIP). The aim of this project was to improve the health of Alberta’s workforce by enhancing employers’ efforts in planning and implementing comprehensive, integrated and effective workplace health promotion programs. The team will share best practices, lessons learned and the practical resources and tools that are now available for workplaces in Alberta.

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Healthy Eating Advice You Can Trust – Registered Dietitians in Workplace Wellness

Karen Boyd, Regional Executive Director, Alberta and the Territories Region – Dietitians of Canada
Helen Haresign, Director, EatRight Ontario

Access to the credible healthy eating advice and coaching of registered dietitians is increasingly becoming a component of a preferred solution for employers seeking to improve employee
wellbeing. This presentation will highlight recent research on the impact of healthy eating advice in workplace wellness programs; the benefits of a dietitian contact centre, and the
possibilities of a private-public- non-profit agency collaboration to support a dietitian contact centre.

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Supporting an Active Alberta: Collaborating for Success

Damien Traverse, Policy and Research Consultant, Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation

Through facilitated discussion this session will explore how vested partners can collectively work towards the vision of the government wide Active Alberta Policy, increasing quality of life, improving health and wellness and enabling strong communities and personal fulfillment.

A Physical Activity Strategy and Change Agenda for Canada

Christa Costas-Bradstreet, Relationship Manager, ParticipACTION

Active Canada 20/20 – A Physical Activity Strategy and Change Agenda for Canada, is the response of a broad cross-section of the physical activity community from across Canada who are concerned about health and quality of life, and who are committed to addressing the urgent national need to increase physical activity and reduce sedentary living. This presentation will provide an introduction to Active Canada 20/20, focusing on the priority actions recommended in the document. It will also provide an opportunity to follow up with leaders in Alberta who have significantly influenced the direction of the strategy through their participation in a provincial consultation and representation on Active Canada 20/20 Steering Committees. A brief overview of the Canadian
Sport Policy and the National Recreation Agenda will also be provided with an emphasis on how the three strategies (with Active Canada 20/20) support and align with one another.

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Changing Attitudes, Changing Behaviours: How ‘Preventable’ is Helping Citizens Prevent Injury

Kathy Belton, Associate Director
Liza Sunley, Communications Coordinator, Alberta Centre for Injury Control & Research

Injuries in Alberta are unacceptably high with our province having one of the highest injury rates in Canada. Injury accounts for more premature deaths than any disease in the province. ‘Preventable’ is a campaign that changes attitudes about injuries and encourages people to think differently about the risks they are willing to take.

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Moving to Wellness Post-Disaster: What Have We Learned from a Wildfire Research Program?

Dr. Judith C. Kulig, Professor and University Scholar, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Lethbridge

This presentation will focus on the findings generated from a research program with four communities affected by wildfires (Lost Creek Fire, McLure Fire, Mallard Fire and Slave Lake Fires). The discussion will focus on the impacts of the fires as well as individual and community recovery processes including the building of resiliency.

GROUP II

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

WHY ACT NOW

Sangita Sharma, Endowed Chair in Aboriginal Health, Aboriginal and Global Health Research Alberta Group at the University of Alberta

The only way to change the chronic disease rates of future urban Aboriginal populations is to work with the youth today! This session will provide an overview of the WHY ACT NOW project which is led by Aboriginal and Global Health Research Group at the University of Alberta. Using a bottom-up community-based participatory approach, working with urban Aboriginal youth aged 11 – 23 in Edmonton by partnering with schools and a community organization, this initiative’s goal is to develop, implement and evaluate a sustainable and “community-owned” health intervention to address health issues faced by urban Aboriginal youth.

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

‘NSTEP, Leading the Way to Wellness Through an Innovative Schoolbased Approach

Deb Hymers, Founder, Director, ‘NSTEP

‘NSTEP (Nutrition Students Teachers Exercising with Parents) is a ‘made in Alberta’ school based program, designed to support educators, parents and the community to integrate the concepts of healthy eating and active living into their daily lives. Based on a comprehensive school health approach, ‘NSTEP’s innovation is the individual classroom support given to each teacher with Alberta cross curriculum linkage in core math, science, social studies and language arts.

Farm To Cafeteria Canada – Bringing Local, Fresh Food Into Our Hospitals, Schools and Universities

Catherine White, Advisory Committee Member, Farm To Cafeteria Canada

Farm to Cafeteria programs connect farm to fork bringing local, nutritious and sustainably produced foods into public agencies – places where we learn, work, are healed and play. Farm to School, Farm to Campus and Farm to Hospital are all Farm to Cafeteria programs. Linking farms to health care facilities, campuses and schools is a simple idea that has inspired the spread of Farm to Cafeteria programs. These programs offer great potential to address two of the major challenges of our society: concern about the diet and health of our population and concern about the sustainability of current regional and institutional food systems.

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

How Research Can Impact Wellness Practice and Policy in School Communities

Marg Schwartz, APPLE Schools Manager, School of Public Health, University of Alberta
Paul J. Veugelers, Principal Investigator, REAL Kids Alberta

Research can be used to impact practice, improve health outcomes and stimulate changes to the school community culture and environment. The latest research on economic benefits of school health promotion, connections between health outcomes and leadership skills, current physical activity habits and strategies to impact comprehensive school health implementation will be presented. This session will summarize the data and process evaluation gathered from the REAL Kids Alberta Evaluation, APPLE Schools project and the Healthy Schools-Healthy Futures initiative.

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Fostering Local Action for Healthy Living: Lessons from Alberta Communities

Janet Naclia, Program Manager, Active Community Strategy
Lisa McLaughlin, Program Manager, Communities Choose Well, Alberta Recreation and Parks Association

Fostering community action to enhance wellness is an essential health promotion strategy. But what does this look like in practice? Together, ARPA’s Communities ChooseWell and Active Community Strategy programs have supported over 300 Alberta communities to foster healthier lifestyles. Come and hear what participating communities have identified as common challenges they face in helping residents to eat better and be more active, factors that contribute to their success, and examples of healthy living initiatives currently popular in Alberta. They will also explore how community action to foster healthy living can be better supported in Alberta.

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Being Well in the Second Half of Life

Judy Steiert, Owner, Elderquest Options

Wellness in the second half of life relates to alignment with one’s purpose or calling. Discovery of this purpose and its evolution as we age leads to greater quality along with quantity of life.
The strategic directives to create safe, supportive, healthy and positive environments that encourage interaction and mental well-being among elders while reducing social isolation. Senior wellness programs and innovative ways to demonstrate effectiveness of programs will be addressed in this presentation.

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Psycho-Social Recovery; It Takes a Village…

Dr. Michael Trew, Chief Mental Health Officer, Alberta Health Services

The southern Alberta flood of 2013 had an incredible impact on the physical landscape, and we are only starting to see the effects of this on the social and emotional landscape. Rebuilding lives
is not just an individual’s task, but truly one of the community at large. This session will review some of the approaches which have been taken to this point, with indicators of both success
and concern.

GROUP III

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Working Together to Create a Healthy School and Community in Alexander First Nation

Noreen Willows, Juli Yellowbird and Jody Kootney
Research Committee, Alexander First Nation

Alexander First Nation in Alberta has been involved in several community-based research projects focused on creating healthy school and community environments. The Alexander Research Committee was developed to oversee research within the community, ensuring that it is developed in a participatory way in partnership between the community and the local university. This unique committee has developed successful practices and research outcomes, which will be presented from three of the research projects currently operating in Alexander First Nation.

Move & Play Through Traditional Games

Megan McKinlay, Outreach Coordinator, University of Calgary

The Alberta Native Friendship Centres Association and the Be Fit For Life Network collaborated on this project to share traditional games with our partners in Alberta. This resource is designed to support the sharing of these games with children, youth, and families. The games in the resource link traditional culture and values to physical literacy and fundamental movement skills. This project hopes to continue to communicate the history and culture of traditional games and how the skills and values are still important today.

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Engaging Employees Through an Integrated Wellness Strategy.

Janet Crowe, Director-Wellness and Work Life Solutions, TELUS

This presentation will show how TELUS has built a culture of physical and mental wellbeing and the positive impact of this measure (along with other human resources initiatives) on their overall employee engagement. The presenter will describe how their wellness program has evolved over the years and has become more strategically focused and integrated with TELUS’ larger human resources and overall organizational strategy, what some of the various initiatives look like and their measure of success.

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Community Partnerships, Schools, and the Health and Wellness of Canadian Children

Felicia Ochs, Youth Resiliency Coordinator
Emily Keane, Associate Superintendent
TBD – Health Promotion Coordinator
Parkland School Division/Alberta Health Services

Today’s children and youth arrive at the doorsteps of schools throughout Canada with diverse social-emotional and health concerns. Many school communities are struggling to meet both the academic and health needs of these children. Learn how one Alberta school division is using a comprehensive school health approach to take on these challenges.

Educating for Life-long Health

Lil Rueck, M.Ed, Healthy Schools – Healthy Future, Manager, School of Public Health, University of Alberta

The Healthy Schools-Healthy Future Initiative is building community networks with healthy school communities through a partnership model. 17 rural schools in Alberta, are in their second year of implementing comprehensive school health. This session will focus on how the various partners have assisted in building the professional capacity of school health facilitators and establishing, sustainable comprehensive school health practices for the future.

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Wellness Needs of Young Adults in Post-Secondary Institutions: Differences and Commonalities

Debbie Bruckner, Director, SU Wellness Centre, University of Calgary
Kandi McElary, Director Wellness Services – LIVE WELL, Mount Royal University

This presentation will share surveillance data on 18-24 year olds who attend post-secondary institutions, highlighting differences and commonalities of health behaviours, knowledge and
perceptions. Through this interactive session we will explore why these difference/commonalities exist, what is influencing these outcomes and what can we learn from this.

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Tobacco Reduction in Alberta – A Strategic Overview and Connectionto Wellness

Andrew Douglas, Manager, Addiction and Mental Health Branch, Alberta Health

On November 19, 2012, Creating Tobacco-free Futures: Alberta’s Strategy to Prevent and Reduce Tobacco Use, 2012‑2022, was publicly released. This presentation will provide an overview of the strategy, discuss implementation to date and illustrate connections to wellness.

Reducing Alcohol Misuse – How Canada’s Low Risk Drinking Guidelines Can Help Communities and Individuals Consider a Culture of Moderation
Naomi Parker, Program Consultant, Addiction Prevention Unit, Alberta Health Services

Alcohol use is part of the landscape of most communities across the globe. This session will explore the impact of alcohol in communities, health and workplaces and how Canada’s Low Risk Drinking Guidelines can be used to help communities and individuals adopt a culture of moderation.

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

An Interactive Discussion on the Built Environment and Health: What Are the Links? PART 1

Dr. Karen Lee, Director, Built Environment, New York City Dept of Health and Mental Hygiene; Associate Clinical Professor, University of Alberta School of Public Health, WHO Collaborating Center for NCD Policy
Dr. James Talbot, Chief Medical Officer of Health, Alberta Health

Non-communicable diseases (NCD) are now the leading causes of death globally. Obesity and type 2 diabetes are epidemic and continue to rise. There is now ample evidence that the built environment – our human-made environment including buildings, streets, neighborhoods and their amenities – impacts risk factors such as physical inactivity. This session will start with a presentation on award-winning, innovative work being done in jurisdictions like New York City to translate the health evidence into policy and practices. The presentation will be followed by a facilitated interactive discussion on the built environment and current NCD epidemics, particularly about opportunities and challenges for translating the research into policy and practice in Alberta. We will also discuss opportunities for rebuilding healthier communities after the flooding in Southern Alberta.

GROUP IV

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

KidTribe Fitness Party!

Kellee McQuinn, Founder, KidTribe

Get up, stand up and put your hands up because this fitness par-tay is sure to raise the roof! Tackle the childhood obesity epidemic and learn KidTribe’s turn-key techniques for creating a positively contagious environment where being healthy is cool. Activate heart rates and empower your staff and students with high-octane games, esteem-building exercises, peace-promoting contests and hip-hoppin’ hoops. Pump up your playlists with fresh (and clean) songs that will motivate and invigorate the kids. Get nutty about nutrition education with organic raps. Designed for immediate implementation, filled with humor and inspiration, this workshop will leave you glowing and ready to get going with a whole new set of tools. Become the role model you want to be! With KidTribe, there’s never a dry armpit in the house!

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Creating a Campus Free from Violence: One Step at a Time

D. Gaye Watson Warthe, Chair, Department of Social Work and Disability Studies, Mount Royal University

Intimate partner violence affects the physical and emotional well being of young adults who are in the highest risk age group for experiencing violence. From data collection to a peer-facilitated
prevention program, this presentation will discuss a range of strategies that contribute to a healthy and supportive university campus.

Peer Mentoring as a Novel School-based Approach for Promoting Wellness in Schools

Jonathan McGavock, Research Chair, Manitoba Institute of Child Health

This session will review state of the art research experiments demonstrating the efficacy of peer mentoring approaches for achieving mental, emotional and physical health outcomes in children and adolescents. The presenter will explore different models of peer mentoring programs and finish with an interactive session designing a peer mentoring program with the audience.

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

The Canadian Adaptation of Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do It! (MEND): a Program to Promote Childhood Healthy Weights

Nora Johnston, Acting Executive Director, Wellness Branch, Alberta Health
Harry MacMillan, CEO, Healthy Weight Partnership
Farah Bandali, Manager, Healthy Childhood Growth, Alberta Health Services
Carol Rodgers, Dean, College of Kinesiology, University of Victoria
Karen Strange, MEND BC Provincial Manager, Childhood Obesity Foundation

Mind, Exercise, Nutrition… Do It! (MEND), a program designed to address childhood overweight and obesity, is recognized as an innovative, multi-component program that has shown positive health outcomes that are sustained post-programming. This presentation will showcase Alberta’s Canadian adaptation of MEND. The MEND models in Saskatchewan and British Columbia will also be profiled.

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

The City of Calgary Helps Employees Wake Up! and Get a Better Sleep

Teresa Steinhauer, HR Advisor, City of Calgary
Lorene Beckett, Senior Advisor, Homewood Human Solutions

We all know a good night’s sleep is fundamental to mental, physical and emotional well-being. Come and learn how the City of Calgary’s integrated Wake Up! Campaign provided over 15,000 employees and their families with resources and advice on what to do to get better sleep and feel more rested.

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Wellness Works: Where is the Evidence? The Sun Life – Ivey Canadian Wellness ROI Study

Dr. Michael J. Rouse, Strategy Professor, Ivey Business School at Western University

Sun Life Financial engaged the Ivey Business School to explore the question rigorously: where is the evidence that wellness strategies work? Professor Michael Rouse shares Phase 1 findings – a meta-analysis of global wellness program research. A Phase 2 treatment and control group study has been launched. Two years of wide-ranging data will be analyzed and findings to date will be shared.

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

An Interactive Discussion on the Built Environment and Health: What Are the Links? PART 2

Dr. Karen Lee, Director, Built Environment, New York City Dept of Health and Mental Hygiene; Associate Clinical Professor, University of Alberta School ofPublic Health, WHO Collaborating Center for NCD Policy
Dr. James Talbot, Chief Medical Officer of Health, Alberta Health

Non-communicable diseases (NCD) are now the leading causesof death globally. Obesity and type 2 diabetes are epidemic and continue to rise. There is now ample evidence that the built environment – our human-made environment including buildings, streets, neighborhoods and their amenities – impacts risk factors such as physical inactivity. This session will start with a presentation on award-winning, innovative work being done in jurisdictions like New York City to translate the health evidence into policy and practices. The presentation will be followed by a facilitated interactive discussion on the built environment and current NCD epidemics, particularly about opportunities and challenges for translating the research into policy and practice in Alberta. We will also discuss
opportunities for rebuilding healthier communities after the flooding in Southern Alberta.

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. (OUTDOOR)

Healthy Parks, Healthy People!

Anne-Marie Syslak, Executive Director, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society Southern Alberta Chapter (CPAWS SAB)

Join the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society to explore the link between wilderness and health. As part of this fun, interactive workshop, participants will go outside and experience first-hand some of the benefits of being in nature and the importance of parks and wilderness areas.

OCTOBER 2nd SESSIONS

7:00 – 7:45 a.m. (OUTDOOR)

A Nature Prescription: Morning Walking Meditation in Lake Louise

Ronna Schneberger, Owner, Guide, Yoga Teacher, EcoYoga Adventures

Enjoy a morning walking meditation along the shore of Lake Louise. Simple, yet proven techniques, will be used to guide you to a place of inner stillness. From this place we connect with nature, well being is enhanced and insights arise organically.

7:00 – 7:45 a.m. (INDOOR)

Meditation, The Power Within

Nalina Kumar, Meditation Teacher

Get your day off to a peaceful start. Join Nalina Kumar, an Edmonton Meditation Teacher who volunteers her time to teach at schools and in the community. She is a presenter at wellness forums, conferences and corporate retreats and will be leading an indoor meditation session for symposium delegates.

GROUP V

12:45 – 1:45 p.m.

Traffic Safety Within Aboriginal Communities: Building Partnerships to Reduce Traffic-related Injuries

Bev Littlechilds, Traffic Safety Consultant, Alberta Transportation, Office of Traffic Safety
Tanis Willier, Health Director
Norien Norbert, Maternal Child Health Outreach Program, Sucker Creek First Nation

A partnership with the Sucker Creek First Nation was established in 2012. Through this partnership a variety of traffic safety initiatives have been developed to reduce traffic related injuries. One focus has been on improving the rates of knowledgeable and qualified drivers within the community. The initiative was focused on youth and young families. These initiatives increased the confidence levels of the participants, creating new opportunities to seek employment opportunities and education outside the community.

12:45 – 1:45 p.m.

Fueling Active Children and Youth

Brian Torrance, Director, EverActive Schools

EverActive Schools and the Alberta Schools’ Athletic Association are working towards promoting nutritional food and beverage offerings at Alberta school sporting events. They are also working on policies to support hosting healthy sporting events. Learn how we can contribute to fueling Alberta’s children and youth.

School’s Out, Let’s Move! The Importance of Being Healthy in the After School Hours

Katelynn Theal, After School Hours Coordinator, EverActive Schools

Why have those three hours immediately after school ends and before dinner time begins become so critical? The presenter will discuss research surrounding these critical hours and present on lessons learned in some rural communities of Alberta that have taken a community development approach to addressing this issue.

12:45 – 1:45 p.m.

Mental Health and the Socially Supportive Workplace: Shedding Light on Hidden Issues

Morgan Craig-Broadwith, Manager, Workplace Mental Health program, Canadian Mental Health Association

This session will help participants understand their valuable contribution to their colleagues’ well being at work. Information is presented from a co-worker perspective, shedding light on hidden issues that contribute to conflict and lack of understanding. This workshop will help show how everyone in the workplace can contribute to building a supportive environment.

12:45 – 1:45 p.m.

Addressing the Ecological Determinants of Health

Dr. Trevor Hancock, Professor and Senior Scholar, University of Victoria, School of Public Health and Social Policy

The ecological determinants of health are as fundamental to the health of the population as the social determinants, with which they interact. In this session, learn more about the state of our ecosystems and natural resources, the societal forces driving change in the ecosystems (both positive and negative) and consider the major human health implications of declining ecosystem functioning. Also hear about an alternative, more healthy and sustainable future and a proposed set of actions for getting us there.

12:45 – 1:45 p.m.

A Naturalized Play Space – Planning Beyond Traditional Ideas

Stacie Pederson, Health Promotion, Alberta Health Services

Through the coordination and partnership of stakeholders in the community of Stettler, Alberta, a naturalized playground has been created to fill a need for young children and their families to be active while experiencing and connecting with nature through play. When was the last time someone played badminton or chess outdoors downtown?

Social Observation of Urban Activity: Lessons from China on How to Use Public Spaces
Patricia K Doyle-Baker, Associate Professor, University of Calgary

Observation from urban spaces suggests wellness can be supported in multifunctional spaces that can accommodate a number of activities if the participant is willing. This presentation will explore examples of activity, cultural influences and outcomes in the built environment.

12:45 – 1:45 p.m.

Making a Community Investment for Lifelong Health Return

Lorna Milkovich, Executive Director, Red Deer Primary Care Network

This presentation will highlight how the Red Deer Primary Care Network has worked effectively with Red Deer community-based organizations in creating capacity and sustainable opportunities for physical activity for all ages.

Happiness 101 – A Workshop Designed To Take You on the Path to Happiness

Shannon Kearny, Mental Health Counsellor, Red Deer Primary Care Network

Principles and lessons learned in community engagement and action to promote health will be shared. Participants who attend this interactive session will learn and experience recognized
interventions leading to greater happiness.

12:45 – 1:45 p.m. (OUTDOOR)

Nature and Nurture

Gareth Thomson, Executive Director, Alberta Council for Environmental Education

In this outdoor session participants will explore a bit of the natural area around Lake Louise – and examine the connection between nature and wellness

GROUP VI

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.

The Quality and Quantity of Snacking Among Canadian Youth

Elaine Jones-McLean, Senior Analyst/Researcher, Public Health Agency of Canada

This presentation will describe snacking among Canadian youth aged 15 – 17. It will cover frequency of snacking by age, sex groups across normal, overweight and obese weight status; types of most commonly consumed foods/beverages and contribution of snacks to the overall intake of key nutrients.

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.

Developing a Strategy for Student Mental Health: The Importance of Both the Process and the Product

Kandi McElary, Director of Wellness Services, Mount Royal University

Developing a mental health strategy in an educational setting is an impactful initiative. Balancing the needs between producing the product – a report – and honouring processes that facilitate
community engagement can sometimes seem competitive. Both these elements impact the end result; the changes that ultimately take place within the setting.

University Professors and the Stressed Out Student: Successes and Challenges

Dr. Khatija Westbrook, Associate Professor, Head Therapist – Cougar Athletics, Mount Royal University
Christine Brownell, Assistant Chair – Department of Nursing, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health and Communication Studies, Mount Royal University

University professors find themselves on the front lines with students facing mental wellness challenges, yet have little training to deal with these situations. Two professors share their journey of training as shamanic life coaches, and the infiltration of this training into their work in the classroom and with individual students.

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.

Walking in Alberta

Christina Loitz, Knowledge Translation Specialist, Alberta Centre for Active Living
Sandra Delon, Healthy Living, Population and Public Health, Alberta Health Services
Cally Davies, Research Associate, UWALK

This presentation will discuss current walking trends, share lessons learned from a series of community engagement walking projects and discuss a new provincial walking initiative. The Alberta Centre for Active Living, Alberta Health Services and UWALK have teamed up to share information, provide recommendations and facilitate a discussion on how we can support walking in Alberta.

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.

Advancing Wellness Across Alberta School Communities: Fostering a Sense of Belonging and Connectedness

Elizabeth Coldbeck, Project Lead, Alberta Healthy School Community Wellness Fund

Discover how safe and supportive environments have been advanced in school communities across Alberta using a comprehensive school health approach. Success stories will be shared highlighting key elements needed to create a sustainable culture of wellness, where the student voice is fostered in developing a sense of belonging and connectedness.

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.

Building Healthy Communities After Devastation

Dr. Lawrence Frank, Director of the Health and Community Design Lab, Professor in Sustainable Transportation, University of British Columbia

This session will provide an overview of recently developed evidence-based software tools designed to quantify a range of health impacts of contrasting ways in which communities are developed or redeveloped. Data and evidence used to develop the tools and current state of the knowledge on social, mental, and physical health outcomes and the equity impacts of contrasting approaches to community design will be conveyed. Ways in which evidence based tools can be used within consultation processes to help gain consensus among a range of stakeholder interests in response to contrasting scenarios will be discussed. Examples will be provided where differing health outcomes are shown in relationship with varying levels of land use mix, density, street network design, and retail density, sidewalk provision and transit service levels. Key issues unique to redevelopment processes within stressed post disaster settings will provide a backdrop to the session. The session will conclude with a discussion of potential applications of these health impact assessment tools, their limitations, and plans for their further expansion.

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.

Body Image and Wellness: The Links Between Weight-Related Issues

Dr. Shelly Russell-Mayhew, Associate Professor and Registered Psychologist, Faculty of Education, University of Calgary

Obesity and eating disorders are major public health concerns and messages about ‘healthy weights’ are inconsistent or may even cause harm. The presenter will discuss how body image addresses the entire continuum of weight-related issues in a complementary way by optimizing healthy eating/active living without triggering weight preoccupation.

2:15 – 3:15 p.m. (OUTDOOR)

Human ‘n’ Nature

Joanne Barwise, Environmental Educator, Environment and Sustainable Resources Development

Research is telling us that early experiences with nature help the human brain grow “furry neurons” that can last a lifetime. After looking at the research, participants will be going outside
and immersing themselves in activities that they can use in their practice and personal life to feel better. This is an experiential session so dress for the outdoors. Caution: You may be transformed, have a change of opinion, or get hooked on nature.