As Canadians are faced with higher incidences of disease and other health problems linked to sedentary living, health care organizations and governments are realizing the social and economic benefits of investing in proactive preventative measures.
By learning to take better care of our bodies through higher education, research and physical activity, we have a better chance of preventing illness and disease and the need for medical intervention.
Manitoba is a leader in the promotion of physical activity and other healthy lifestyle practices. We were the first province to appoint a Healthy Living Minister. The “Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures” Task Force Report outlines a number of factors that promote healthy living and provide educational resources for families and schools.
The report concentrates primarily on areas concerning nutrition, physical activity and injury prevention - areas that comprise the backbone of this Faculty. The Task Force also mandates daily physical activity and health education, and to hire certified teachers and qualified recreation directors. There is no better time than now to be a student or graduate of one of our undergraduate or graduate programs.
As a further commitment to health promotion, the Faculty is working closely with two levels of governments at the research level. Our research institute: The Health, Leisure and Human Performance Research Institute is partnering with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, the City of Winnipeg and the Province of Manitoba with in motion initiatives. They are new community- and province-wide campaigns that promote physical activity.
Learning is a two-way process: To teach is to learn, and to learn is to teach. Whether it is through writing an essay, doing research work in a lab, teaching a graduate seminar, or studying for a mid-term, our students, faculty, Research Affiliates and staff are committed to enhancing the field of physical health and human performance.