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.
Why Exercise is Medicine
Date: Thursday, November 26, 2020
Time: 7 pm
Presenter: Dr. Jonathon Fowles
Dr. Fowles will be talking about ‘Why Exercise is Medicine’ – the evidence for why moving more is so important to preventing and treating numerous conditions. Dr. Fowles will identify the physical and mental health benefits of physical activity and explain the differences and effects of reducing sedentary behaviour, increasing regular physical activity, and exercising to improving your health. This session will provide you with some practical messages to help you make your best move for your health.
Dr. Jonathon Fowles is a researcher, practitioner and advocate, whose work has focused on implementation of physical activity guidelines into practice. He has spearheaded initiatives with many national and regional organizations to increase physical activity counseling by health care providers and to improve the standards and use of exercise professionals to assist Canadians to be active.
Exercise and Cancer: Guidelines and Practical Advice
Date: Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Time: 7 pm
Presenter: Dr. Kristin Campbell
Exercise can reduce the risk of cancer and help during and after cancer treatment. Join us for a discussion with Dr. Kristin Campbell, Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia, about new guidelines and practical advice.
Kristin Campbell, BSc, PT, PhD is a licensed physical therapist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia. She also holds an appointment in the Cancer Control Program at the BC Cancer Research Centre. She is a member of the Oncology Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.
10 Steps to Better Health
Date: Thursday, December 3
Time: 7 pm
Presenter: Dr. Paul Oh
Why are some people healthy and others not? What can we do on a daily basis to reduce our risk of developing health problems? This session will describe ten top ideas in personal health behaviours and risk factor management to help us live longer and better.
Paul Oh is the Medical Director and GoodLife Fitness Chair in the Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Rehabilitation at the University Health Network in Toronto. His clinical and research work focuses on the design, delivery and implementation of programs to prevent and manage heart disease, diabetes and other chronic conditions.
Improving Health by Sitting Less and Moving More
Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Time: 7 pm
Presenter: Dr. Travis Saunders
Physical activity remains one of the best ways to improve our health. But over the past 15 years, research has shown that the amount of time we spend sitting also has an important impact on our health.
HIIT to Get Fit: Physiological Basis of Interval Training in Health and Disease
Date: Thursday, December 10, 2020
Time: 7 pm
Presenter: Dr. Martin Gibala
Interval training refers to an intermittent style of exercise in which bouts of more intense effort are interspersed with recovery periods. The potential of the method beyond high-level athletes has been recognized for decades. A resurgence of scientific interest has advanced our understanding of the physiological responses to interval training, including in people with cardiometabolic diseases. This session will consider the potential for brief vigorous physical activity to enhance health and fitness, including simple, practical approaches that do not require specialized equipment.
Dr. Martin Gibala is a professor and the Faculty of Science Research Chair in Integrative Exercise Physiology at McMaster University. His research examines the mechanistic basis of exercise responses in humans, and associated health impacts. Dr. Gibala’s science communication efforts include a bestselling book on the topic of time-efficient exercise, The One-Minute Workout: Science Shows a Way to Get Fit That’s Smarter, Faster, Shorter (Penguin Random House). He also codeveloped a massive open online course, Hacking Exercise For Health. The surprising new science of fitness, which is freely offered by McMaster University though the Coursera platform.
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.
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.
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.
Coping with COVID-19
Date: Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Time: 7 pm
Presenter: Erin Roach & Jessica Van Loon
Struggling with the “new normal” during the pandemic? You’re not alone! In this half hour session, learn the basics on how to care for your mental health during these unprecedented times. Community resources will also be reviewed.
Erin Roach is a registered Occupational Therapist working with River Heights/Fort Garry My Health Team. Erin holds a great deal of experience in supporting individuals with chronic disease and mental health diagnoses. Erin’s primary focus and interest is in mental health and supporting individuals by way of group education/therapy and goal setting.
Jessica Van Loon is a registered Occupational Therapists working with the River Heights/Fort Garry My Health Team. The majority of her work experience has been set in the community and primary care setting. Jessica has a keen interest and focus on geriatrics and frailty care. Her main goal is to improve her client’s quality of life and help client’s reach their own personal goals.