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Making Movement a Movement: Efforts from Canada to enhance childhood physical activity worldwide

9 Dec 2016, 4.00PM–5.00PM
Lecture Theatre A1, Cottrell Building, Stirling Campus
Professor Mark Tremblay, University of Ottawa
Making Movement a Movement: Efforts from Canada to enhance childhood physical activity worldwide


Professor Mark Tremblay has a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Sports Administration and a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education degree from Laurentian University. His graduate training was from the University of Toronto where he obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the Department of Community Health with a specialty in Exercise Science.

Prof. Tremblay is the Director of Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research (HALO) at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute and Professor of Pediatrics in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, Chair of the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance, Chair of the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines Committee, Founder of the Sedentary Behaviour Research Network, and former Dean of Kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan.

Prof. Tremblay has published more than 330 scientific papers and book chapters in the areas of childhood obesity, physical activity measurement, exercise physiology, sedentary physiology and health surveillance. His h-index is 48 and his published research has been cited >10,000 times according to Scopus. He has delivered over 700 scholarly conference presentations, including more than 140 invited and keynote addresses, in 20 different countries.

Prof. Tremblay received an honorary doctorate from Nipissing University, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, and the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology Honour Award for his leadership contributions to healthy active living in Canada. Dr. Tremblay’s most productive work has resulted from his 28-year marriage to his wife Helen, yielding four wonderful children.


The low levels of habitual childhood physical activity and their high levels of sedentary behaviour are global public health concerns. Efforts to seek solutions to this behavioural dysfunction and the resulting health consequences have been underway in Canada and elsewhere for many years.

This presentation will highlight two initiatives and profile two new networks that have emerged from this work.

First, the very recent results from the “Global Matrix 2.0” will be summarised. The Global Matrix 2.0 is an international collaboration that engaged 38 countries from 6 continents to create country report cards on the physical activity of children and youth, following a harmonised data collection, synthesising and grading process. The results of this two-year initiative allowed for the comparison of grades for Overall Physical Activity, Organized Sports Participation, Active Play, Active Transportation, and Sedentary Behaviours, as well as the level of support from Family and Peers, Schools, Community and the Built Environment, and Government Strategies and Investments. The findings were released in Bangkok, Thailand on November 16th.

The second initiative is the development and launch of the Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth: An Integration of Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour, and Sleep. This world first recognises the inseparable and co-dependent nature of all movement behaviours and provides a public health and communications platform to convey that the whole day matters.

Finally, a brief introduction to the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance and the Sedentary Behaviour Research Network will be provided, as conduits for future research, surveillance, and knowledge mobilisation. 

It is an open seminar and all are welcome.

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