Research & Community

Community-based research supports our shared health.

An opportunity to move research from the lab to the community, the Reh-Fit Centre hosts and collaborates on a variety of research studies.

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Research at Reh-FitĀ 

We believe research is fundamental to building community health. Research at the Reh-Fit aso informs evidence-based results of our exercise programs. Findings can also lead to broader advances to what we know about disease prevention and rehabilitation.  

There are five primary goals of research at the Reh-Fit Centre:

  • Evaluation of existing programs and the prospective outcomes of new programs;
  • Preparation and scientific examination of data on Reh-Fit Centre members;
  • Establishment of effective liaisons with appropriate university faculties;
  • Enhancement of the Centre’s integrity/credibility in lifestyle and cardiovascular disease management within the medical/government communities, and
  • To advance the scientific knowledge base on prevention and rehabilitation.

Research Setting

Reh-Fit provides a unique research setting because it is:

  • Community-based;
  • Provides access to participants and programming for a wide range of health and fitness levels, and
  • The Centre has the facility, programs, and staff to collaborate on and conduct research studies related to many areas of health and fitness.

Proposals are accepted for review from a variety of sources, including:

  • Faculties of recognized universities
  • Hospitals
  • Multi-centered organizations

Applications are reviewed to ensure that the studies are consistent with the Centre’s mission and vision. Applications are also evaluated for ethics approval, PHIA compliance, adequate funding, and equipment and staff requirements.

Current Research Opportunities 

Finding Memories Through Music and Movement in Cognitive Impairment

Courtney Addison, B. Kin.
Perceptual Motor Integration Lab
Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management
University of Manitoba

A study looking at the relationship between music and movement. We are interested in seeing if and how movement performance and anxiety change in healthy older adults and individuals with mild-to-moderate cognitive impairment.

Two 1-hour virtual sessions through Zoom. The first will be for familiarization about the study and eligibility. Session 2 will include a simple computer task while listening to music. We will measure anxiety, and you will fill out a short questionnaire before, between and after each condition. Testing will take place online at a location convenient for you. To thank you for your participation, you will receive a small honorarium for your time.

Participation is voluntary and information is kept confidential.

If interested or would like more information, please contact Courtney Addison at: (204) 793-3945 addisonc@myumanitoba.ca

Centre on Aging: Online Exercise

Research study exploring older adults’ and fitness service providers’ experience with online exercise classes during the COVID-19 pandemic: A follow up study

The Centre on Aging is conducting a research project with older adults about online exercise classes. The goal of this study is to learn about experiences with online exercise during the course of the pandemic. By participating in this survey, you will have the opportunity to enter a draw for a $50 gift card.

Anyone 65 years or older who resides in Manitoba is eligible to participate. You do not need to have participated in any online classes to participate in this study, as we are also interested in the experience of those who have chosen not to participate in any online exercise classes.

Participants will be asked to complete a short survey assessing your experiences with physical activity during the COVID-19 pandemic, and in particular, about online exercise classes. The survey will take a total expected time of about 15-20 minutes and will include questions pertaining to demographics and your experiences with online exercise classes.

Please feel free to share this email with anyone 65 years or older that you feel might be interested in participating in this study.

If you would like more information about the study or if you have any questions, please send us an email at Online.Exercise@umanitoba.ca.

This study is being conducted by the Centre on Aging at the University of Manitoba. It has been approved by the University’s Research Ethics Board (REB 1). They can be contacted at humanethics@umanitoba.ca, if you have any issues with this study.

If you would like to participate, please click on the link below:

www.surveymonkey.com/r/57JMV2G

Michelle M. Porter, PhD, Professor | Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation | Director, Centre on Aging | 338 Isbister Building | University of Manitoba | Winnipeg, MB CANADA | R3T 2N2

michelle.porter@umanitoba.ca  |  www.umanitoba.ca/aging  |  https://twitter.com/CoAPorter  |  https://www.facebook.com/CentreOnAging.umanitoba/

Community Affiliations

  • Exercise is Medicine Canada: Calling on physicians to assess and review every patient’s physical activity program at every visit.
  • Heart Academy: International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences.
  • IHRSA: The ‘International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association’ is the trade association serving the health and fitness club industry. IHRSA’s mission is to grow, protect and promote the health and fitness industry, and to provide its members with benefits that will help them be more successful.
  • Medical Fitness Association: Provides industry standards, educational programs, benchmarks, outcome measurements, professional development and networking opportunities for the medical fitness industry.
  • The Cardiac Sciences Program: The Cardiac Sciences Program was established in 2004 at the St. Boniface Hospital. The program integrates cardiac surgery, cardiology, cardiac anesthesia, cardiac intensive care and cardiac rehabilitation resources under one umbrella to improve the coordination and delivery of cardiac services to the people of Manitoba.

 

Awards & Recognition 

  • 2020 Medical Fitness Association Certified Facility of the Year. Bob Boone, CEO and President of the international association, said,  “The Reh-Fit contributes significantly and consistently to the advancement of the medical fitness industry through its programs, services, and dedication to the well-being of its clients. It exemplifies a standard others should strive for.”

  • Manitoba Runners’ Association Hall of Fame: The Heart Throbs Running Club was inducted into the Manitoba Runners’ Association Hall of Fame in April 2018.

  • Imagine Canada Standards: In spring 2013, the Reh-Fit Centre achieved Imagine Canada Standards certifying that the Centre has demonstrated excellence in five key areas: financial accountability & transparency, fundraising, staff management, board governance, and volunteer involvement.

  • 2012 Medical Fitness Association Facility of the Year: In November 2012, The Reh-Fit Centre was selected as the “2012 Facility of the Year” by the Medical Fitness Association (MFA). This international award is presented annually to a medical fitness facility that clearly serves as a benchmark for the industry, and whose results others can emulate. Michael Richmond, Chairman of the MFA, says that the Reh-Fit Centre was chosen because it is an exceptional facility. “The Reh-Fit contributes significantly and consistently to the advancement of the medical fitness industry through its more than 300 programs and services.”
  • Recreation Connections Manitoba Award of Merit: In February 2013, the Reh-Fit Centre received an Award of Merit for Recreation Connections Manitoba. The award recognizes the innovative programming, community participation, and service excellence in a state-of-the-art facility designed to enhance the quality of life of Manitobans.
  • Certified Medical Fitness Facility: In May 2012, the Medical Fitness Association recognized the Reh-Fit Centre as Canada’s first and only certified medical fitness facility. Certification is a seal of approval that a facility has met the highest standards of quality and service and offers a safe and effective health and wellness experience.
  • Heart & Stroke Award: In 2012, the Reh-Fit Centre won the The Heart & Stroke ‘Big Heart Award’. This award is to thank people who have made the attempt to save lives and who took the time to be trained in CPR.
  • Canadian Safety Standards: The Reh-Fit is certified with Safety Matters!, a recognition program which verifies that we meet the Canadian Fitness Safety Standards.
  • Regional Winner of the Speaking of Food and Healthy Living Award: The Dietitians of Canada and Kraft Canada presented this award to our Healthier Weight program in 2011.
  • BOMA BESt: Received in 2011, BOMA BESt certification recognizes our efforts to go green by applying measures that save money and the environment while adding facility comfort.
  • Certificate of Recognition: In 2007, the Reh-Fit Centre received a certificate of recognition from the Manitoba Council of Aging for its outstanding contributions toward seniors.
  • Smart Award for Health and Wellness: In 2006, the Centre received a Smart Award for its $12-million expansion and renovation, which gave the City a state-of-the-art facility and enhanced the Reh-Fit’s ability to deliver on its commitment to support the well-being of the citizens of Manitoba.
  • City of Winnipeg Accessibility Award: The Access Advisory Committee of the City of Winnipeg presented this award in 2006 to the Reh-Fit Centre in recognition of the effort and detail that went into the renovation and expansion of our facility, making it accessible and inclusive.