Introducing Fit Talks, a virtual series bringing together experts from the fields of health and fitness to educate, inspire, and support your overall well-being.

The inaugural Fit Talks will take place Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 7 pm.

Age is Just a Number: Frailty and the Importance of Biological Age

Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Time: 7 pm
Presenter: Kevin Boreskie

Find out why frailty status might be more important than chronological age. This presentation will cover what frailty is, how it is typically assessed, why it might be relevant to you or a family member, and what research has identified as the best interventions so far.

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Kevin Boreskie is a PhD Candidate in Applied Health Sciences and a Medical student at the University of Manitoba. The majority of his research has focused on the use of frailty and physical activity status as risk factors for cardiovascular disease. He is currently funded by a CIHR Doctoral Award and was recently recognized with a 2020 Graduate Student Achievement Award as well as a 2020 Emerging Leader Award from the University of Manitoba.

The Importance of Exercise after Menopause

Date: Thursday, November 19, 2020
Time: 7 pm
Presenter: Nolan Turnbull

Menopause is accompanied by key physiological changes that leave up to 80% of women with psychological or physical symptoms. Muscle mass naturally declines as we age and women are more vulnerable to muscle loss. Since women in North America spend up to 40% of their lives in menopause it is important to find ways to counteract loss of muscle mass and manage symptoms to maintain quality of life. Exercise may have physical and mental health benefits for women throughout menopause. This talk will discuss safety considerations for women at various stages of menopause, types of exercise, and benefits of exercise on various aspects of health.

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Nolan Turnbull is a Master of Science student at the University of Manitoba. His research is focused on how age of menopause impacts muscle mass and frailty status in post-menopausal women. Nolan works at the Reh-Fit Centre as a Fitness Professional, is a Kinesiologist and Clinical Exercise Physiologist, and has an interest in chronic disease management and prevention. Nolan serves as an advocate for physical activity and wellness across the lifespan on three national committees including the Fountain of Health initiative™ Speakers Bureau, Exercise is Medicine Canada on Campus, and the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology Student Committee. Nolan’s goal is to improve quality of life and create better health outcomes for all Canadians.