Alberta Health Services is dedicated to health-promoting social and physical environments that enhance wellness and promote healthier behaviours. Evidence shows that communities that are more walkable reap benefits in the areas of health, the environment, transportation management, social cohesion, fuel dependency, safety and happiness. The Alberta Walkability Roadshow was an initiative that was being used to address these issues. Launched in September 2011, Alberta Health Services recognized the diversity of communities in Alberta and worked with them to support them in their dedication to make their communities more walkable. Provincial in scope but local community in focus, the goal of the initiative was to assist communities in developing a plan specific to their own community that encouraged and inspired the best possible environments where people chose to walk.
The International Charter for Walking provided the strategic direction and detailed descriptive actions for this initiative. The Roadshow used the Charter to benchmark walking within the communities, identified achievements, opportunities and challenges as the foundation for the generation of ideas, initiatives, inspiration and action for improving the walkability of communities in Alberta.
Alberta Health Services would like to thank the Health Promotion Disease & Injury Prevention team for their support of this initiative.
Alberta Health Services would like to thank its funding partner: This one-year grant funded initiative is supported by a grant from Alberta Health and Wellness (AHW), through the Alberta Cancer Legacy Fund (ACPLF). Alberta Health Services (AHS) would like to acknowledge ACPLF for their support and pursuit in the prevention of cancer and chronic conditions. Their belief in health promotion activities supporting the communities was instrumental.