We live our days on a 24 hour cycle. Most of that time is spent in intervals of physical activity, sedentary behaviour (like sitting and screen time) and sleeping. As such, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) recognized that it needed to modernize how it monitors the physical activity levels of Canadians. So we expanded the scope of our surveillance to include all intensities of daily activity. As a result, we developed a list of key indicators that highlight the different components of daily activity and organized them in a framework called the Physical Activity, Sedentary behaviour and Sleep (PASS) Indicator Framework. Reporting on a range of indicators gives a much clearer picture of how active Canadians really are and provides Canadians and health professionals with the information needed to develop effective policies and programs for a healthy and active population.
We were able to work with HeroX to draft challenge guidelines, promote the challenge to a targeted audience of interested parties, and ultimately draw a crowd of innovators from across the globe to submit proposals to address our challenge. We were quite satisfied with the number and diversity of both individuals and proposals that the challenge drew.