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Date: Wednesday 16 November 2016

Time: 17.00 to 18.00 hrs.

Congress Theme: Active People

Chair: Prof. Dr. Fiona Bull, International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH)

Global Matrix 2.0: International Results from 38 Countries (35 Mins)

-        Dr Mark Tremblay, the Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group (HALO)

Inaugural Thai Report Card on the Physical Activity of Children and Youth (15 min)

-        Dr Pairoj Saonuam, Director of Healthy Lifestyle Promotion Section, ThaiHealth Promotion Foundation


Over the past two years, the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance worked with leaders in 38 countries to create report cards on the physical activity of children and youth, using a common set of nine indicators (overall physical activity, organized sport participation, active transportation, active play, sedentary behaviour, schools, family and peers, community and environment, and government strategies and investments), harmonized benchmarks and grading scheme, and a common report card development and presentation protocol.  The 38 countries represent approximately 20% of the world’s countries, 40% of the world’s land mass, and 60% of the world’s population.

This session will present the culmination of this work in the form of two presentations and a recognition ceremony. The first presentation will describe the report card process employed and the countries involved, and present the overall findings in the form of the Global Matrix 2.0, building on the much smaller, but similar process used with 15 countries in 2014. The Global Matrix 2.0 will compare and contrast countries and world regions across the nine indicators and highlight who is leading and who is lagging. Recommendations on how to “improve the grade” will be made based on insights from the global findings.

The second presentation will focus specifically on the report card findings presented in the inaugural Thai Report Card on the Physical Activity of Children and Youth. The methods used to collect the Thai data and summary of findings will be presented and the implications discussed. Recommendations based on the first report card results will be forwarded.

The final segment of this plenary session will publicly recognize the report card leaders from each of the 38 participating countries. This recognition ceremony will include the presentation of certificates and gifts, as well as group photo opportunity, followed by an opportunity for engagement with local, international and social media. Individual poster presentations on each of the country’s report cards will be available throughout the conference.

Dr. Mark Tremblay is the Director of 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, Chief Scientific Officer of the ParticipACTION Report Card, 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. Dr. Tremblay has published more than 290 papers and book chapters in the peer-reviewed literature. He has delivered over 600 scholarly conference presentations, including more than 140 invited and keynote addresses, in 19 different countries. Dr. Tremblay received an honorary doctorate from Nipissing University and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his leadership contributions to healthy active living in Canada.

Dr Pairoj Saonuamis the director of Healthy Lifestyle Promotion Section, responsible for 3 major strategic areas of ThaiHealth, including the physical activity plan, the healthy diet plan as well as the social communication plan. Before joining ThaiHealth he was the epidemiological as well as montoring and evaluation expert and executive at the ministry of public health, Thailand. He has published numerous scientific literatures domestically and internationally as well as responsible for several public health projects in Thailand.



Date: Thursday, 17 November 2016

Time: 09.00-10.30 hrs.

 Congress Theme: Active Place

Chair: Professor Jim Sallis

Keynote Speech 1: Can urban design policy deliver active city co-benefits?  Evaluation of a policy natural experiment – the RESIDE study

-         Professor Billie Giles Corti, University of Melbourne, Australia

Keynote Speech 2: Cities can be transformed, and they need to be!

-         Mr Gordon Price, Simon Fraser University, Canada


Interest in "active cities" is growing, fueled by growing evidence about health, environmental sustainability, and economic co-benefits. In this co-keynote a leading researcher will describe how evidence can be used to develop urban policies that deliver active cities. An experienced urban planner and policy maker will share lessons from creating change in a major city.

Professor Billie Giles-Corti, is a Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor and National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Senior Principal Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne, and directs the McCaughey VicHealth Community Wellbeing Unit in the Centre for Health Equity. In 2017, she will take up a position as RMIT’s Urban Futures Enabling Platform Director and co-lead of the Healthy Liveable Cities Group within RMIT’s Centre for Urban Studies.  Her presentation will summarize evidence from the groundbreaking RESIDE study, which is a long-term evaluation of the impacts of the Western Australian Liveable Neighbourhood urban design guidelines and discuss the types of evidence with most policy impact and reflect on the role of research partnerships and evidence to deliver healthy, liveable and more sustainable cities.

Mr Gordon Price is Director Emeritus of the Simon Fraser University City Program. He is an (honorary) urban planner who was on the City Council of Vancouver, Canada for 15 years when the city was transformed by prioritizing walking, bicycling and transit use. Today half the trips in the city are by those modes; vehicles will soon be in the minority.  Mr Price will describe how these changes were achieved in one of the world's most liveable cities and recommend how to make Asian cities more activity-friendly and sustainable.


Date: Friday, 18 November 2016

Time: 11.00-12.30 Hrs.

Congress Theme: Active People and Active Policy  

Chair: Dr. Robert Sloan

Keynote 1: Behavioral Economics – Evidence for Chronic Disease Prevention

-         Dr. Eric Finkelstein, The Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, Singapore

This presentation will provide an introduction and overview of the role of traditional and behavioral economics in preventing chronic disease. The presentation will cover the theoretical motivation for why these strategies are likely to be effective, present results of a literature review on their effectiveness and results from Dr. Finkelstein’s recent studies. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of how these strategies, combined with an increase in wearable technology, are likely to further promote healthy behaviors in the future.

Dr. Finkelstein is Professor of Health Services and Systems Research at the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, Singapore and the Executive Center Director of the Lien Centre for Palliative Care. His research focuses on the economic causes and consequences of health behaviors, with a primary emphasis on the use of traditional and behavioral economic incentives to influence those behaviors in ways to improve the public’s health.  Recent research has also focuses on conducting studies to better understand the complicated decisions that revolve around end of life care. He has published over 140 manuscripts and 2 books in these areas. Based on Google scholar, he has an h-index of 42 and his publications have been cited over 11,000 times, including in the landmark Supreme Court decision upholding the U.S. Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). Dr. Finkelstein is widely cited by both academics and the media and he frequently consults with industry and government on economic and public health issues.

Keynote 2: Making Active Transport Bankable

-         Dr. Lloyd Wright, Asian Development Bank, Philippines

Active transport investments have often lacked the financial critical mass to work as a bankable stand-alone project.  From ADB’s experience, active transport investments have shown to be realizable when implemented as part of an integrated package.  In particular, the integrated public transport initiatives being developed and financed in project cities such as Karachi (Pakistan), Metro Manila (Philippines), Vientiane (Lao PDR), and Yichang (People’s Republic of China) provides a way forward for active transport.  Integrating walking and cycling in a synergistic package of transit, transportation demand management, and traffic management are proving to be an effective mechanism to deliver sustainable mobility as well as meet economic investment criteria.

Dr Lloyd Wright is the Senior Transport Specialist, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department of ADB.  He assists in the implementation of ADB’s Sustainable Transport Initiative, which seeks to catalyze innovative projects demonstrating the potential of sustainable transport modes. He is particularly supporting the development of new initiatives for quality public transport systems and non-motorized transport integration.



Date: Saturday, 19 November 2016.

Time: 14.00-15.00 Hrs.

Congress Theme: Active People Chair: Dr Charlie Foster

Keynote: Physical Activities and Technology

-        Professor Kevin Patrick, University of California, San Diego

Technology is ubiquitous and has changed the way we live. Physical activity research and promotion are in the midst of marked change as researchers, public health practitioners, and clinicians grapple with this new reality. In this presentation Dr. Patrick will describe major new initiatives including Precision Medicine and Health Data Exploration (hdexplore.calit2.net) and will examine how technology is transforming the way we will study and promote physical activity.

Dr.Kevin Patrick Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and Director of the Center for Wireless and Population Health Systems at the Qualcomm Institute at UCSD. He is a Senior Advisor to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Active Living Research Program and a past president of the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research. He has served on the Secretary's Council for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and on the Armed Forces Epidemiology Board. His research explores how to use mobile and social technologies to measure and improve environmental exposures and health-related behaviors for individuals and across populations.


Note: Plenary sessions will feature distinguished academics, advocates, experts, policy specialists and community leaders in the field of physical activity, built environment and issues related to public health.


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