McMaster to host major conference on health and exercise

In an age of information overload and conflicting health news, McMaster’s leading exercise and health researchers—together with some of North America’s highest profile health journalists and authors—will participate in a free public event on the science behind cardiovascular, skeletal and brain health.

Just the Facts Please: An Exercise in Achieving Optimal Health will take place Wednesday, December 6th from 7 – 10 p.m. at the McMaster Innovation Park.

“This unique event brings together high-profile journalists and commentators with leading kinesiology researchers to discuss exercise and health from a broad perspective,” says Martin Gibala, a professor in the Department of Kinesiology who has organized the event. “It is a rare opportunity for the public to engage with so many prominent influencers under one roof.”

Below is the list of speakers and topics to be discussed:

Pop Culture and Twisted Science: Timothy Caulfield, Professor, University of Alberta
Exercise & Cardiovascular Health: Making Every Minute Count: Martin Gibala, Professor of Kinesiology, McMaster
Exercise & Musculoskeletal Health: The Unique Benefits of Strength Training: Stuart Phillips, Professor of Kinesiology, McMaster
Exercise & Brain Health: Preventing Cognitive Decline: Jennifer Heisz, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, McMaster
Lessons for Personal Health: How to Move Better and Live Longer:Gretchen Reynolds, Writer and Phys Ed Columnist, The New York Times
Lessons for Public Health: The Exercise Prescription: André Picard, Health Reporter and Columnist, The Globe and Mail

“The research coming out of kinesiology is far-reaching and has the ability to improve the mental and physical health and well-being of all generations,” says Rob Baker, McMaster’s vice- president of research.  “What’s equally as important as these discoveries is our researchers’ commitment to sharing their knowledge with the broader community.”

The event, which is moderated by Steve Buist, a long-time reporter with the Hamilton Spectator, will include a Q & A with panelists. It is supported by the Department of Kinesiology, the Faculty of Science and McMaster’s Research Office.

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