Physical activity research showcase at KGH Clinical Academic Campus, May 30

The public is invited to a May 30 symposium showcasing international and regional research related to improving physical activity among adults to positively impact obesity and chronic disease, and enhance quality of life.

The symposium is on Monday, May 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon at the Clinical Academic Campus Lecture Theatre at Kelowna General Hospital (1st Floor,  2312 Pandosy St.,  Kelowna).

This event is free, but advance registration is required. The registration form is available online at www.ubc.ca/okanagan/ihlcdp/events.html.

The symposium, titled Research on Motion: Innovative Approaches to Support Physical Activity, features the following presenters:

  • Gregory Kolt, Professor and Head of the School of Biomedical and Health Sciences, University of Western Sydney, New South Wales, AustraliaTitle: Engaging older adults in physical activity: The use of primary care and telephone counselling.
  • Mitch Duncan, Senior Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Institute for Health and Social Science Research (IHSSR), CQUniversity, Rockhampton, Queensland, AustraliaTitle: Using GPS to measure physical activity and travel behaviour.
  • Cristina Caperchione, Assistant Professor, Human Kinetics, Faculty of Health and Social Development, UBC's Okanagan campusTitle: ManUp Project - Utilizing internet and mobile phone innovations to promote physical activity in middle-aged men.
  • Peter Hutchinson, CDSP Manager, Métis Nation British Columbia and Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health and Social Development, UBC's Okanagan campus Title: Ecological concepts of health: Indigenous interactions with land promote health.
  • Kathy Rush, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health and Social Development, UBC's Okanagan campusTitle: Getting around:  Rural older adult challenges and opportunities.

In addition to a live audience, the symposium will be webcast across the region and internationally.

For more information, including speakers' bios and the symposium program, visit: www.ubc.ca/okanagan/ihlcdp/events.html.

This symposium is co sponsored by UBC's Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention, Human Kinetics in the Faculty of Health and Social Development, UBC Library and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

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