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Celebrating Kinesiology Week October 17-21


These professionals study human movement, and this week, it’s their time to shine. “It’s our passion to provide the clients of RQHR with appropriate forms of exercise for treatment and rehabilitation from injury or disability, and to promote physical activity and exercise as a way of managing or preventing chronic disease and disability,”said Shauna Diewold, an exercis therapist in the region.

Kin Week
Front row (L-R): Chantell Betteridge, Lorraine Banadyga, Jennifer Borisko, Shauna Diewold, Shalon Fleming and Kristin McKeil. Back row (L-R): Sherry Chestney, Tara Popil and Barry Haukaas. Missing: Betty Fornwald, Julie Wermie, Jennifer Landgraf, Raelynn Jaramillo-McKenzie and Sam McClement.

Kinesiology professionals that are certified by the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology (CSEP) work within the RQHR to provide exercise therapy services within the Adult Program, Functional Rehabilitation Program, Children’s Program, Bariatric Program and Extended Care/Veteran’s Program.

FACT…Physical inactivity is a leading cause of death in Canada.

Did you know that 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise per week in bouts of ten minutes or more (i.e., walking, jogging, biking, swimming) reduces your risk of death by treating and preventing heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke and more. It is also beneficial to add muscle and bone strengthening activities using major muscle groups at least two days per week. The more physical activity you do, the greater the health benefits! (

Meeting these guidelines not only provides powerful health benefits but also reduces your chance of developing the conditions below by the first figure in the list below; more physical activity and exercise leading to physical fitness can reduce your chances by the second figure listed. (

  • Reduce incidence of hypertension by 33 - 60%
  • Reduce incidence of diabetes by 25 - 58%
  • Reduce incidence of CVD by 33 - 50%
  • Reduce risk of stroke by 31 - 45%
  • Reduce risk of colon cancer by 30 - 60%
  • Reduce mortality and risk of recurrent breast cancer by 25 - 50%
  • Reduce risk of developing Alzheimers by 40%
  • Decrease depression as effectively as medications or cognitive behavioural therapy
Ask your health care professional how you can benefit from an exercise prescription. Check out the physical activity guidelines at, the global initiative at or RQHR’s Facebook page for daily lifestyle tips.