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National Kinesiology Week 2020!

Updated: Apr 10

National Kinesiology Week 2020!! It’s coming up soon! National Kinesiology Week runs from November 23-29 with the goal of celebrating Kinesiologists and getting the word out about Kinesiologists and what we do!

This year the week is in support of Mental Health! Follow along with me as well as the Canadian Kinesiology Alliance to learn more about how being active can help your mental well being. Kinesiologists are here to help those who are struggling to achieve the recommended minimum level of physical activity and to adopt an active lifestyle. Sometimes we need someone in our corner to show us the way!

What is a Kinesiologist?

Kinesiologists are human movement specialists and in Ontario we are a regulated health care professional!

You can find Kinesiologists working in a variety of roles in health promotion, sports training, rehabilitation, occupational health and safety, ergonomics, disability management, research and sports medicine.

Join me on Tuesday November 24 at 6pm when I will give a talk about Kinesiologists and my journey getting to where I am today! You can join me on Zoom by following this link

Or listen in on facebook live on my facebook page @carriedoll.kin

During this talk, I will speak about the scope of practice of Kinesiology, what it means to be a regulated health care profession, what area of Kinesiology I work in, my career journey and what I am doing currently.

What are the benefits of seeing a Kinesiologist?

Many studies have shown that a structured and supported exercise program can

  • Reduce the risk of high blood pressure and heart disease by 40% ( Cardiorespiratory fitness is an independent predictor of hypertension incidence among initially normotensive healthy women.
Barlow CE et al. Am J Epidemiol 2006; 163:142-50))

  • Reduce the incidence of type 2 diabetes by 50% and be twice as effective as standard insulin in treating the condition (Reduction in the incidence of type 2 diabetes with lifestyle intervention or metformin. DPP Research Group. New England Journal of Medicine 2002; 346:393-403.)

  • Help the function of muscles for people affected by Parkinson’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis

  • Decrease depression as effectively as pharmacological or behavioural therapy ( Exercise treatment for depression: efficacy and dose response.
Dunn A et al. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2005. )

  • Reduce the risk of stroke by 27%

  • Reduce the risk of colon cancer by 60% (Physical activity and colon cancer: confounding or interaction? Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise:
June 2002 – Volume 34 – Issue 6 – pp 913-919.)

  • Reduce the mortality and risk of recurrent cancer by 50% (Physical activity and survival after breast cancer diagnosis.
Holmes MD et al. JAMA 2005; 293:2479.)

  • Reduce the likelihood of developing Alzeimer’s disease by almost 40% compared to those who are less active. (The Role of Physical Activity in the Prevention and Management of Alzheimer’s Disease – Implications for Ontario. Ontario Brain Institute. 2013.)

What does exercise have to do with Mental Health?

There are 6 common features of good mental health - a sense of self, a sense of purpose, of belonging, contribution, enjoyment and resilience.

The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has said that just 15 minutes of Higher intensity exercise or an hour of lower intensity exercise a day can reduce the risk of major depression!

It has been shown that adding an extra 35 minutes of physical activity daily may help people at risk for depression to protect against future episodes. Meaning, our genes are not our destiny! For those who are genetically vulnerable, being physically active has the potential to mitigate their added risk.

Along with getting physically active, joining an exercise class - virtually or in-person- can give a sense of belonging!

Examples of high intensity activity:

  • aerobic exercise

  • Dance

  • Exercise machines

Examples of lower intensity activity:

  • yoga,

  • Stretching

  • walking

Join me on Thursday November 26 at 8pm for a virtual LifeStretch class. This is a stretch mobility class. You can register for class by following this link

Want to learn more about National Kinesiology Week?

Head over to the Canadian Kinesiology Alliance(CKA) website (, or their facebook page.

National Kinesiology Week runs from November 23-27. Check out the CKA facebook page each day of that week to see what a day in the life of a Kin looks like for some kins from across the country! Yours truly will be featured on Friday November 27!

Alight! Enough with the sitting and reading already!!! Go run around your block or clean your home! Move your body! And remember With A Kin You Can! :D

Carrie Doll Kinesiology: Providing in-home and online exercise prescriptions to Kitchener, Waterloo, Elmira, St.Jacobs, Conestoga and area.

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