Volume 12, Number 4 October 8, 2004

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U of S creates ParticipACTION archives and website

U of S President Peter MacKinnon celebrates the University’s creation of an archives and website for Canada’s historical ParticipACTION fitness promotion program.
Photo by Peter Beszterda

The University of Saskatchewan announced Sept. 27 it has established a historic archives and an interactive website on ParticipACTION – the internationally respected pioneer Canadian program that promoted an active, healthy lifestyle.

The collection of resources is one of the world’s largest related to successful strategies for physical activity and health promotion.

The collection – comprised of more than 1,000 TV, radio and print messages, extensive educational resources and information on successful strategies – is also being made available, in both English and French, via www.participaction.com.

In making the announcement, U of S President Peter MacKinnon said: “This is a significant collection for the University Archives. Students and faculty will benefit considerably in terms of research from this donation. Given the faculty and alumni who were involved in ParticipACTION from the start, this collection also represents an interesting aspect of University history. Moreover, through www.participaction.com, health and physical activity leaders around the world will be able to benefit from this unique Canadian success story.”

ParticipACTION’s national Board Chair, Marilyn Knox of Toronto, said: “The University and leading citizens from Saskatoon provided invaluable support over many years.

Former ParticipACTION President, Russ Kisby expressed his enthusiasm for the new archival resource and website. “Thanks to the co-operation of the University of Saskatchewan,

ParticipACTION’s legacy will continue to make a difference for many years to come”, he said.

For 30 years, ParticipACTION was the physical activity conscience of Canadians. The organization also played a direct role in helping to establish similar national campaigns in some 25 countries worldwide.

A long-running series of newspaper public service ads caught people’s attention in the 1970s and ’80s with humour and messages that hit home.


For more information, contact communications.office@usask.ca


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