This week our Hospital is joining others across Canada to celebrate National Kinesiology Week (November 23-29).
Kinesiologists are regulated health professionals who study human movement and the relationship between physical activity and health. Kinesiologists are committed to enhancing quality of life through the promotion of physical activity and workplace health and safety, the prevention and management of injury and chronic disease, and the overall improvement of health and performance. They are leaders in the prevention of injury and chronic disease; they work with people of all ages and every level of function and physical ability to assess, track, manage and achieve a broad range of personal health goals. Exercise is used to prevent and manage injury and manage chronic disease.
Kinesiologists ultimately aim to encourage the health and wellbeing of individuals through the implementation of movement and exercise. They work with patients to reach their health and personal lifestyle goals. Through body composition testing, the assessment of physical abilities, and the instruction of proper exercise form, Kinesiologists ensure that patients are motivated and have the resources required to be healthy and move efficiently.
In a health care system that focuses on remedial care, Kinesiologists are becoming increasingly valued as health care providers who focus on preventative care. Many chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and heart diseases can be prevented with a healthy lifestyle including a balanced diet and regular exercise. Kinesiologists have been specially trained as exercise therapists to remove barriers and encourage individuals of all abilities to remain active through all stages of life.
There are Kinesiologists working in Programs and Services throughout our Hospital, including Cardiac Rehabilitation (Sarah Chadwick, Katherine Chisholm, Duncan Hutchison, and Casey Ruberto), the Regional Bariatric Care Centre & Peadiatric Healthy Living Program (Debbie Walsh), the Maternity Centre (Keri Gerlach), and the Transitional Care Unit (Shannon Baysarowich).
So this week, please join us in thanking our Kinesiologists for their important contributions to patient care.