CHAIR: Dr. Jonathon Fowles, PhD, CSEP-CEP, Professor, Acadia University
Scientific Lead, Exercise is Medicine Nova Scotia
Faculty Liaison, Exercise is Medicine On Campus @ Acadia University
Director, Centre of Lifestyle Studies Acadia University
Professor School of Kinesiology
Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology representative:
Dr. Adam Upshaw
"Exercise is Medicine Canada is a tremendously important and timely initiative that will serve to promote Canada's Physical Activity Guidelines that were prepared by the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology. CSEP recognizes and values that EIMC will encourage cooperation between health care workers and certified members of CSEP in promoting an active healthy lifestyle for Canadians."
- Dr. Earl Noble, Past President, Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology
College of Family Physicians of Canada representative:
"If exercise was a drug, it would be one of the most effective and safe drugs available to help prevent and treat many chronic diseases including heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, osteoporosis and even depression! Encouraging more family physicians to assess, prescribe and counsel patients about physical activity is therefore an important goal of the Exercise is Medicine Canada Task Force. The Task Force is actively supported by the Sport and Exercise Medicine Committee of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC)."
- The College of Family Physicians of Canada- Sport and Exercise Medicine Committee
Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine representative:
- Dr. Renata Frankovich, Past President, Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine
Canadian Physiotherapy Association representative:
Dr. Kristin Campbell, BScPT, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, University of British Columbia
- Mr. Rob Werstine, Past President, Canadian Physiotherapy Association
Dietitians of Canada representative:
Dr. Chris Shields
- Dr. Tim Welsh, President, Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport and Exercise Psychology
Reh-Fit Centre representative:
Clinical Exercise Professional Representative:
Ms. Sue Boreskie, MPE, CSEP-CEP, Chief Executive Office
“The Reh-Fit Centre of Winnipeg, Canada’s first certified medical fitness facility, has applied the idea of exercise is medicine to build community health since it opened in 1979. Through its inter-disciplinary team of over 60 professionals, 300 health and fitness programs and services, and the latest exercise equipment in a safe, welcoming setting, thousands of people have filled their exercise prescriptions at the Centre, to maintain their health, or prevent or manage chronic disease, through regular healthy, active living that improves quality of life and longevity while relieving pressure on our health care system. The Reh-Fit supports and applauds the efforts of Exercise is Medicine Canada, which is working with health professionals to promote increased physical activity to reduce chronic disease in Canadians.”
- Mr. Albert Krahn, Chair, Board of Directors, Reh-Fit Centre
Dr. Scott Howitt DC
"The Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences Canada [RCCSS(C)] is pleased to collaborate with its partners on the Exercise is Medicine Canada initiative (EIMC). The RCCSS(C) recognizes and is a proponent of the goals of EIMC. Chiropractic Sport Specialists will continue to act as role models in exercise by implementing this national strategy to unify all health care professionals in assessing and prescribing physical activity to aid in the treatment and prevention of chronic disease. The RCCSS(C) holds an influential position in providing guidance to Chiropractors and their patients to achieve the Exercise is Medicine Canada vision."
- Dr. Scott D. Howitt, CSCS, MSc, RKin, DC, FRCCSS(C), FCCPOR(C)
Sports Specialist, Rehabilitation Specialist, Chiropractor, Kinesiologist
Canadian Kinesiology Alliance representative:
Ms. Kathie Sharkey
"The CKA/ACK and our many thousands of professional members are supportive of important initiatives such as Exercise is Medicine Canada (EIMC) that seek to improve the health and wellness of all Canadians."
- Marie-Claude Leblanc, President, CKA/ACK Board of Directors
Canadian Family Practice Nurses Association representative
The Canadian Family Practice Nurses Association (CFPNA) understands the importance of health promotion and disease prevention over the lifespan. Exercise is Medicine is a natural fit providing patients the information and encouragement along the way to achieve goals of physical activity. Family practice nurses (also known as primary care nurses) work alongside with health care professionals to strategize the best outcomes for patients. Improved physical activity for patients leads to better mental health outcomes. The primary care nurse is the first contact patients have in a clinic setting so being able to prescribe exercise is the best medicine.
"As a practicing Physician Assistant, I know how important physical activity is to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Prescribing moderate exercise as part of a daily routine is crucial to preventing illness and managing chronic disease. The Canadian Association of Physician Assistants fully supports Exercise is Medicine Canada in their promotion of physical activity to patients and providers."
- Chris Rhule, MHS, PA-C, CCPA, National President, Canadian Association of Physician Assistants
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