Physical activity is showcased

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 noon, at the Clinical Academic Campus Lecture Theatre in Kelowna General Hospital.

This event is free, but advance registration is required. The registration form is available online at

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, Australia

Topic: 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, CQ University, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia

Topic: Using GPS to measure physical activity and travel behaviour.

• Cristina Caperchione, assistant professor, Human Kinetics, Faculty of Health and Social Development, UBC’s Okanagan campus

Topic: 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

Topic: 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 campus

Topic: Getting around, rural older adult challenges and opportunities.

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

For more information about the symposium, visit the website


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