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U of T experts to discuss the role of exercise in preventing disease

November 22, 2011

Can physical activity help thwart cancer, diabetes, mental illness and heart disease?  Based on mounting evidence, the United Nations this fall answered a resounding yes, calling non-communicable diseases one of the major challenges of the 21st century and pointing to exercise as an integral part of the solution.  On December 1 the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Physical Education and Health will host an expert panel of speakers who will paint a picture of where Canadians are today and how exercise plays a key role in preventing such diseases.


What:                   Physical Activity: The Best Medicine?

Ideas about exercise and preventing disease

Who:                     Guest speaker: André Picard, award-winning author and health journalist

Michelle Brownrigg, Director, Physical Activity & Equity – “Physical activity in Canada: Where do we stand and what does it mean for our health?”

Professor Jack Goodman – “Benefit versus risk: How much exercise is too much?”

Professor Guy Faulkner – “Sweat: The best anti-depressant?

Date:                     Thursday, December 1, 2011

Time:                    6:00 p.m.

Location:             Isabel Bader Theatre, Victoria University, 93 Charles Street West


Members of the public can register for free online.  For media accreditation or to arrange an advance interview with a panelist from the Faculty, please contact Valerie Iancovich at 416.946.3713 or