Shaping the Future
January 29th-February 2nd, 2018
The Shaping the Future 10 Year Anniversary is shaping up to be the best one yet! We're excited to have a black hole scientist, an international group focused on equity, and many more exciting presenters and keynotes to engage delegates this year.
Check out the Program at a Glance for more session details.
Early bird pricing ends December 21 - register before then to receive your discount - PLUS you'll be entered for a chance to win a 2 night stay at the Fairmont Lake Louise!
Resiliency Summit
2018 Recap

The 2018 Resiliency Summit was a huge success! With presentations across the board ranging from arts to activities to conversations with elders, all of our attendees had something to pique their interests. Check out the full blog recap here!
Alberta Medical Association
Youth Run Club
The cold Alberta weather doesn't have to put a damper on your Run Club this winter! Try indoor relay or endurance-based games to keep runners engaged and having fun. Skill-building drills are a great way to stay active and keep from falling out of pace when you can run outside again.
If you choose to run outdoors, bundle up! Dress in layers and wear moisture-wicking clothing to keep from getting a chill.
Show us your Run Club enjoying the outdoors with a tweet to  @AMAYYouthRunClub!
Mental Health
Three Holiday Wellness Tips
The month of December brings the busyness of the holidays, including a plethora of food and a stray from our usual routines. Keep these tips in mind as we enter this busy season:
Maintain Sleep Routines
Getting a deep and restful sleep is essential for maintaining energy levels during the holidays and will decrease your chances of getting sick. Aim for similar sleep and wake times as you normally would and avoid excess screen time or alcohol consumption in the evenings which can disrupt sleep cycles.
Carve Out Alone Time
Social connection is a rewarding component of the holidays, but sometimes it can be unintentionally draining. Look for opportunities to carve out alone time whenever possible. A simple offer to run an errand for a family member could provide you an opportunity to take a breather from a busy household.
Indulge with Ratios
Food is one of the best things about the holidays! However, we can easily find ourselves in a sugar coma if we're not mindful of what we choose to put in our mouths. There is no time for deprivation during the holidays, so find a ratio (perhaps 80-20) that works for you. Aim to eat nourishing, whole foods 80% percent of your day and allow the rest to be the sweet treats of the season.
Active For Life's
Active Advent Calendar
Our friends at Active for Life have come up with an awesome way to stay active and have fun this holiday season: an active advent calendar! Our Ever Active Schools team is excited to be participating in these fun activities every day. Tweet some photos of your own active December to us @EverActiveAB, and don't forget to tag @ActiveForLife if you use their calendar! Download the cards here.
December 10th is Human Rights Day
Human Rights Day is celebrated internationally every year on December 10th - the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) back in 1948! This year marks the 70th anniversary of that historic document. The UDHR proclaims the inalienable rights of any and all human beings, regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Article 1 of the UDHR states: "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood."
For more information, click here
Winter Activity: Snowshoeing!
Snowshoeing is a great way to stay active in the winter with a minimal cost compared to traditional winter activities like snowboarding or skiing! All you need is warm clothing and footwear, a pair of snowshoes, and an optional set of poles. Not only that, but it's an easy skill to learn - if you can walk, you can snowshoe. It allows you to extend your hiking season all year long - you can use many trails that are untouched by skiiers and snowboarders! - and offers low-impact aerobic exercise. For those who can't walk but still want to snowshoe, all you need is a couple of friends and a Pulk (snow sled)! Check out Disabled Sports USA for more adaptations to help everyone snowshoe this winter.
2019 HPEC Conference: Life is A Journey, Let It Be Active
The Health and Physical Education Council is excited to host the 2019 HPEC Conference: Life Is A Journey, Let It Be Active. Join HPEC May 9 - 11, 2019 at the Red Deer College campus. Hear from Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod from Body Break as the event's keynote speakers!

Register  by February 15, 2019 to receive early bird pricing.  Apply to present  - deadline is December 30, 2018.
For more information, check out  HPEC's website !
New Years Resolutions That Aren't (As) Hard
We all know New Years Resolutions are hard to stick with, especially when you have big goals (like going to the gym every day or eating better!) Try a focused, achievable goal: instead of going to the gym every day, take the stairs once a week. Instead of meal prepping, pick up a healthy cook book and try out a new recipe every week. Or, if you'd rather focus on your mental wellbeing: write down the best part of your week, once a week for the year and put them all in a jar. Then, next year on New Year's Eve, read about what an awesome year you had and remember that there is always something good, no matter how small.
Bighorn Country Survey
The Government of Alberta is looking for input from all Albertans on Bighorn Country: the public lands from the boundary of Banff National Park eastward towards Drayton Valley. This area includes Clearwater County, most of Brazeau County and the current Bighorn Backcountry management area. There are mountains and foothills, rare plan communities, and sensitive wildlife all within this zone! The proposal that Alberta needs your input on is to include new, expanded or amended parks, protected areas and public land use zones. This would provide a range of opportunities to suit the settings and demands of the region. Send in your comments, suggestions and concerns using the online survey link or by emailing or mailing in your feedback until January 31, 2019.
For more information, click here!

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