The Physical Activity Benchmarks Program is a joint venture of the Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute, Public Health Agency of Canada, and the Interprovincial Sport and Recreation Council.
We established and now monitor changes of physical activity benchmark indicators to enable governments to be accountable for expenditures with respect to the outcomes and impacts achieved by the investment of public dollars in support of physical activity. The benchmarks/monitoring program serves as a tool to help policy makers measure progress in increasing the population levels of physical activity and provides information for setting policies and strategies for joint action, and monitoring the results of implementation strategies and initiatives within the joint governmental framework entitled, Physical Inactivity: A Framework for Action. (Federal, Provincial and Territorial Fitness and Recreation Committee. (1996). Physical Inactivity: A Framework for Action. Ottawa, ON: Health Canada.) The program supports the information requirements to monitor the progress of toward the joint governmental objective to increase physical activity by 10 percentage point nationally and in each jurisdiction by the year 2010 (Federal, Provincial and Territorial Governments. (2003). Bathurst, NS), and by contributing to stated health, social, and economic aims in the Framework for Action.
Benchmark indicators provide information to track change, measuring whether the physical-activity-related aspects of the quality of Canadian life are improving, deteriorating or staying the same. They also provide information to guide the development of strategies to increase physical activity levels. The Institute established a series of benchmarks indicators during the years 1997-2001. In 2002, we began monitoring the changes to these indicators over time.
The benchmarks program serves as a tool to help policy makers measure progress in reducing population levels of physical inactivity and provides information for monitoring the results of implementation strategies and initiatives within Physical Inactivity: A Framework for Action. (Reference: Federal, Provincial and Territorial Fitness and Recreation Committee. (1996). Physical Inactivity: A Framework for Action. Ottawa, ON: Health Canada.)
The framework supports the information requirements to monitor progress of Physical Inactivity: A Framework for Action toward its objective to reduce physical inactivity by 10% by the year 2003 and contributing to its stated health, social, and economic aims. In addition, the framework supports information required for policy and strategies for joint action.
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Policies and supports
Physical recreation sport
* Environments include: home, work, school, community, health care and other systems with which individuals come into contact.
The program also encompasses
The Physical Activity Monitor is part of the benchmarks/monitoring program. It is an annual telephone survey that tracks changes in physical activity patterns, factors influencing participation, and life circumstances in Canada. As such, it tracks outcome indicators of the efforts to increase physical activity among Canadians.
Survey partners can purchase customized questions and add sample either nationally or for a particular province or region.
To date, twelve waves of the Physical Activity Monitor have been completed:
For each year in the five-year plan, the Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute published an annual Physical Activity Benchmarks report with a new focus to help policy-makers and program leaders to
For a list of reports published so far, see our list of publications.