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Research from the Alberta Centre for Active Living

Workplace Physical Activity Framework

Much of the information in Physical Activity @ Work is based on the research in the Workplace Physical Activity Framework published by the Alberta Centre for Active Living in 2003:

Plotnikoff, R.C., Fein, A., Milton, L., Prodaniuk, T., & Mayes, V. (2003). Workplace physical activity framework. Edmonton, AB: Alberta Centre for Active Living.

The Workplace Physical Activity Framework provides a blueprint for a workplace physical activity initiative by setting out an ideal Program Standard that targets the workplace at multiple levels. Use the Program Standard with the Audit Tool to continuously assess and improve a workplace physical activity initiative.

The Workplace Physical Activity Framework recommends a multi-level approach (see the ecological models’ links below) to effectively promote physical activity in the workplace.

Links to Other Research

Theories and Models of Human Behaviour

These theories and models can guide the development of your workplace initiative.

  • Behavior Change Theories and Models: These descriptions of behaviour change models and theories are from the U.S. Surgeon General's Report on Physical Activity and Health (Chapter 6: “Understanding and Promoting Physical Activity”). This document includes information about the following behavior change models:
    • Learning Theories
    • Health Belief Model
    • Transtheoretical Model
    • Relapse Prevention Model
    • Theory of Reasoned Action and Theory of Planned Behavior
    • Social Learning/Social Cognitive Theory
    • Social Support
    • Ecological Approaches

  • Toward a Comprehensive Model of Physical Activity: In this research abstract, Spence and Lee (2003) describe how the ecological model can be applied to physical activity.

  • An Ecological Approach to Creating Active Living Communities: In this research abstract, Sallis, Cervero, Ascher, Henderson, Kraft & Kerr (2006) describe how an ecological approach can be used to create and active community.

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