EDMONTON –The Alberta Centre for Active Living (the Centre) and the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta are pleased to announce the appointment of a new Director of the Centre, Ms. Nora Johnston, commencing March 24th, 2014.
It’s not uncommon for a government to back an initiative that encourages people to get active, or one that helps boost the economy – but what about one that does both? The province is stepping up to fund UWalk, a University of Alberta program that encourages people to track their physical activity using a website, app or pedometer, set goals and complete challenges. The idea is based off of Australia’s 10,000 Steps program, which was also overseen by the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation’s dean, Dr. Kerry Mummery.
Imagine a series of university undergraduate courses dedicated to nothing but mountains. Courses that include the study of glaciers, snow, and rock; of plants, animals, and whole ecosystems; of mountain culture, literature, and history. Now imagine taking such a course in a remote backcountry setting in the Canadian Rockies, or high in the European Alps, where your pencil case is supplemented with a backpack, a rope, and an ice axe.