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8th ISPAH VIRTUAL CONGRESS (VANCOUVER 2021)
Vancouver proudly hosted the 8th International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH) Congress, October 12 to 14, 2021.
The ISPAH Congress represents the world’s largest forum related to physical activity and public health. ISPAH is recognized as the leading global society focusing on promoting physical activity across the lifespan.
The 8th ISPAH Congress brought together thought-leaders, policy makers, community leaders, Indigenous Elders, and researchers from all over the world for conversation, debate, and innovation based on the theme of “The Wholistic Approach to Health and Wellness through Physical Activity: Body, Spirit, and Mind.” A key objective of the conference was to advance our knowledge of the benefits of physical activity for optimal health and well-being across the lifespan. There was also a special focus on improving our understanding of health disparities globally and wholistic wellness within Indigenous communities.
This year owing to the global COVID-19 pandemic we worked to create a virtual conference recognizing that many were not able to attend in person. For those that were interested in travelling, we also held a smaller safely distanced IN-PERSON Satellite Meetings on Friday October 8, 2021 (UBC Robson Centre).
Our updated format was designed to help ensure the safety and wellbeing of our delegates and also allow the attendance of delegates from around the world.
The Congress was designed such that virtual sessions were held in three different time zones allowing for a wide participation of delegates from around the world. All VIRTUAL sessions were recorded to allow for the viewing at a later time by registered delegates.