The Manulife Prize for the Promotion of Active Health, valued at $50,000 CAD, is offered each year by McGill University to a Canadian academic whose research has contributed to understanding how factors such as physical activity, nutrition, fitness, or psychosocial context can influence personal health and well-being (with research taking place within the last five years).
McGill University's Desautels Faculty of Management has served as the home and administrator for the Prize since 2016.
The Bloomberg Manulife Prize was founded in May 2011 by Toronto-based investment manager Lawrence S. Bloomberg and corporate sponsor Manulife Financial. Motivated by a strong common desire to improve our lifestyle choices, the founding partners joined forces to create an influential prize that will have the power to bring real and lasting change to the way we live. To accomplish this goal, they decided to recognize and support the researchers who are already having a profound impact on the health and well-being of their fellow citizens. In this context, McGill University is the ideal organization to serve as a home and administrator.
Corporate sponsor, Manulife Financial, continues to finance the Manulife Prize.
Researchers across McGill, and especially researchers from the McGill Centre for the Convergence of Health and Economics, have a long tradition of ground-breaking work that promotes health and physical activity among people of all ages, as well as innovative research that is improving the quality of life for those suffering from chronic ailments.