The mission of the Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute is to enhance the well-being of Canadians through research and communication of information about physically active lifestyles to the public and private sectors.
The Institute takes an integrated and comprehensive approach to understanding the physical activity behaviours of Canadians by focusing on the individual, the social and physical environments, and policy level factors.
Our vision is that more Canadians become active enough to reap targeted health benefits and more Canadians achieve guidelines for recommended levels of physical activity.
How can this be achieved? It requires
- a balanced use of strategies to support physical activity—policy, environmental change, strong programs, awareness and education, skill development, capacity building, research and evaluation.
- major settings supporting people's decision to be active "at home, at work and at play"—home, work, school, sport and recreation system, health care system;
- all segments of society being more active—children, women and men, older adults, low-income earners, aboriginal peoples, new Canadians.
For this vision to come true, individual Canadians must take charge of their own health, and society must support individual effort—through supportive, workplaces, schools, and communities.
On the research front, we will endeavour to
- place a greater emphasis on research and policy focusing on the environmental supports required to increase population levels of physical activity;
- understand the relative impact of individual, social and physical environmental factors on access and adherence to an active lifestyle. This will help us to tailor appropriate interventions to increase access and adherence;
- understand the dose-response relationship between frequency, intensity, duration, type of activity and health-related quality of life. In other words, how much, how often, how long, how hard, how, and for what benefit.
Not a small task! But the Institute is dedicated and committed to taking up the challenge to help achieve the vision of a healthier, more active Canada.