Action on Wellness 2010 & 2011

2011 Action on Wellness Symposium

In October 2011, renowned wellness presenters from Australia, the United Kingdom, as well as many other speakers from educational and research institutes in Canada and the United States spoke at the Action on Wellness international symposium.

These experts examined the issues of healthy eating, active living, mental wellbeing and addictions, explained what they’ve studied or implemented in their areas of wellness and how the findings can be translated for practical use in Alberta.

The 3-day symposium featured:

  • David Rocco, host of David Rocco’s Dolce Vita;
  • Alberta’s Top Doc, Dr. André Corriveau; and
  • Canada’s top doc, Dr. David Butler Jones.

There were presentations by the medical expert from CBC Television’s hit show, Village on a Diet, Dr. Ali Zentner, and Executive Chairman of Loblaw Companies, Galen Weston. Weston was the force behind the company's move to include more healthy choices, including its Blue Menu foods, into Loblaw's supermarket chains.

The Action on Wellness international symposium followed on the success of the Action on Wellness forum in December 2010,

2010 Action on Wellness Forum

Action on Wellness 2010 logoIt’s a fact – wellness is a key factor in quality of life.

When we are well – physically, mentally, and spiritually – we are more energetic and more productive.

Poor eating habits, inactivity, drinking, smoking, and other unhealthy behaviours take a toll on our quality of life, our productivity and our health care resources.

From December 1–3, 2010, the Action on Wellness Forum brought together leaders of Alberta’s major employers, industries, communities, educational organizations, and governments to discuss innovative research trends, success stories, current guidelines and policies that address eating, active living, mental wellbeing and addictions.

Pledges to wellness were made at the Forum that focus on improved workplace wellness strategies, better collaboration between industries and more investment from the private sector.

Government also committed to $20 million in renewed funding for wellness activities including: $19.2 for mental health projects in schools; and over $1 million for programs that promote healthy eating and active living in schools and communities.

Read the December 3, 2010 news releases: