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Exercise is Medicine @ Guelph kept busy over the Fall 2014 and Winter 2015 semesters!
In fall 2014, we launched a “10 Weeks to Fitness” program on campus, in partnership with the Guelph Office of Intercultural Affairs. This program was aimed at International Students, and a new way to “get fit” was presented each week for ten weeks, so students could try a variety of different ways to exercise.
In March, we held our second annual EIMC @ Guelph Speaker Series. Speakers included a skeletal muscle physiologist, a physiotherapist and a cancer rehabilitation specialist. This very successful evening was open to the public! Topics included the health benefits of exercise; a historical perspective and population data; current research for exercise prescription and for determining exercise guidelines for clinical population; and exercise prescription in primary care and physical activity for health in practice.
Other events included workshops with the Health and Performance Centre, seminars and workshops at the Guelph Science Olympics and Ms. Infinity Conference, and a series of workshops at Centennial CVI High School. We also provided well received information sessions at the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre.
This year, Exercise is Medicine @ Guelph aims to expand further! In addition to the events already established, our goal is to coordinate a second installment of “10 Weeks to Fitness” and to put on more high school workshops. We will also continue our partnerships with the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre, the Move More Feel Better initiative, and the Alzheimer’s Society. We also hope to create new partnerships within the community!
EIMC @ Guelph is excited to continue developing and looking forward to future initiatives and spreading awareness of Exercise is Medicine!
Exercise is Medicine Canada @ Guelph launched in 2013 and looks forward to growing more this year! In cooperation with the Guelph Family Health Team, EIMC @ Guelph began the Exercise Prescription Pad Initiative, in which practicing physicians in Guelph prescribe exercise to their patients.
EIM @ Guelph was on hand to answer questions at the annual Human Health and Nutritional Sciences Symposium. We also offered seminars at local high schools to discuss the importance of exercise through the life stages. Along with the University of Guelph Red Cross, we ran a Zumba-thon in support of the Red Cross International Disaster Relief Fund.
In March, we held an EIMC @ Guelph seminar with speakers including a skeletal muscle physiologist, a cardiovascular physiologist and a sports medicine physician. Topics included the health benefits of exercise; a historical perspective and population data; current research for exercise prescription and for determining exercise guidelines for clinical population; and exercise prescription in primary care and physical activity for health in practice. The goal of this evening was to raise awareness of EIM and the initiative in Guelph, while providing information to the public from both the research and clinical perspectives.
Our EIMC @ Guelph volunteers participated at the Minds in Motion program at the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre with the Canadian Alzheimer's Society. In June, we facilitated the Movement for Life information session at the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre, which has researchers from the University of Guelph and University of Waterloo discuss active living to enhance mobility, strength and balance. This October we are creating a month-long display at the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre to promote physical activity for the aging.
At the University of Guelph Science Olympics, an event for local high school students, we instructed a workshop to measure cardiorespiratory fitness and a cycling fitness challenge. We are also pairing up to help facilitate the HK 5K Run at the University of Guelph during Alumni Weekend. EIMC @ Guelph is excited to continue developing and looking forward to future initiatives and spreading awareness of Exercise is Medicine!
Exercise is Medicine Canada @ Guelph was launched by graduate and undergraduate students in conjunction with the Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences in September, 2013. The club operates under a task force structure, with 3 major student-led groups focusing on physician outreach, on-campus programming, and off-campus programming. Preliminary meetings with Campus Health and Student Wellness have established connections with existing exercise prescription and promotion programs on campus. These connections will facilitate the primary goal of EIMC @ Guelph during its first year, which is to provide health care providers on campus with the exercise prescription tools for diverse populations readily available through Exercise is Medicine and Exercise is Medicine Canada.
EIMC @ Guelph has already run outreach sessions with older adults and organized presentations for high school exercise science classes including information on careers in exercise physiology and cases studies on exercise prescription. Events to be held in the new year include a promotional event providing students with tools to measure cardiorespiratory fitness, a cycling fitness testing challenge at the local Science Olympics, and a community EIM symposium with several speakers and instructional sessions on exercise prescription for health care practitioners and students.
Long-term goals of EIMC @ Guelph include expanding the promotion of exercise for disease prevention and treatment on and off campus and establishing positions for human kinetics students and graduates in exercise prescription roles on campus. The future directions for EIMC @ Guelph are limitless and we are excited to extend the reaches of Exercise is Medicine to the Guelph community.
Check out "Exercise is Just What the Doctor Ordered" article published on The University of Guelph homepage!
Thursday, March 27th, 7-9 pm
Exercise is Medicine Canada @ Guelph is excited to present a 2 hour seminar featuring three cutting edge speakers. Come to the science complex atrium on the University of Guelph campus on Thursday, March 27th from 7-9 pm for an evening of collaborative education on the current research and role of exercise prescription in medicine.
Presenting on the background of health benefits of exercise will be Dr. Graham Holloway, faculty in the Human Health and Nutritional Sciences department researching muscle physiology.
Second, Dr. Philip Millar will present on the roll of Exercise is Medicine in the management of clinical cardiovascular populations. Dr. Millar is a researcher with University Health Network, and is a cardiovascular physiologist.
Third, Dr. Margo Mountjoy, a sports medicine physician practicing at the Health and Performance Centre, faculty in the department of Family Medicine at McMaster University, and prominent member of several International Sports organizations, will present on the clinical application of Exercise is Medicine, with a focus on inactivity of youth.
The goal of the evening is to raise awareness of Exercise is Medicine, while providing information to students, community members, and physicians from both research and clinical perspectives.
Please take the time to RSVP your attendance at the following link, and we hope to see you on March 27th!
Thank you so much,
The EIMC@Guelph team