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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