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Tuesday, November 15, 2022 — 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM EST

Dr. Paul Oh, cardiologist and medical director of the Cardiac Rehabilitation and Secondary Prevention Program at the UHN-Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, discussed the evolution and future of exercise as a key component of health promotion and care, particularly for people at risk for, or living with, chronic conditions.

The presentation examined the collaborative role of clinical care and community services in exercise as part of health promotion and care, and as an opportunity for collaborations across medical disciplines.

The lecture was hosted both in person at the University of Waterloo and streamed online, followed by a panel discussion. A recording of the event is now available.

Keynote Lecture: Dr. Paul Oh

Dr. Paul Oh.Dr. Paul Oh is a cardiologist, medical director of the Cardiac Rehabilitation and Secondary Prevention Program at the UHN-Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, and GoodLife Fitness Chair in Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Rehabilitation within the University Health Network and University of Toronto.

He is the author of more than 300 academic publications with focus on exercise as a therapeutic approach for cardiac and other chronic conditions. Oh is a Fellow of the America Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation and the American College of Physicians. He has served as an expert member for several national and international guideline committees, especially those focused on management of cardiovascular disease and risk factors.

He works with diverse clinical and community stakeholders to build robust collaborations and infrastructure to support exercise research and implementation for prevention and rehabilitation of chronic health conditions. His leadership in the development and dissemination of models of clinical care for prevention and rehabilitation has had profound impact on the uptake of exercise as therapy for cardiac conditions but also the expansion of exercise therapy to other clinical groups.



Doors Open 



Introductions & Welcome 


Russ Tupling, Professor; Chair, Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences   
Lili Lui, Dean, Faculty of Health 
Laura Middleton, Associate Professor; Associate Chair, Applied Research, Partnerships and Outreach, Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences 


Keynote: Exercise as Health Care: Past, Present, and Future 


Dr. Paul Oh, Cardiologist, and Medical Director of the Cardiac Rehabilitation and Secondary Prevention Program at UHN-Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. 


Panel Discussion 


Caryl Russell, Instructor and Director of Programs, CCCARE 
Donna Van Allen, Director Grand River Regional Cancer Center and Waterloo Wellington Regional Cancer Program
Beth Brown, Charter member of UW WELL-FIT program 
Anita O’Brien, UW WELL-FIT Participant since 2005 
Matthew Mendes, Registered Kinesiologist and Community Programs Clinical Coordinator, Guelph Family Health Team 
Lori Temple, O
ncology coordinator, Waterloo Wellington regional cancer program


Laura Middleton, Associate Professor, Associate Chair, Applied Research, Partnerships and Outreach, Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences 


Audience Q&A 


Cocktail Reception 



Caryl Russell

Caryl RussellCaryl has over 42 years experience educating and developing exercise programs for people with chronic conditions.Caryl is an instructor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences and the Director of Programs at CCCARE

Donna Van Allen

Donna Van AllenDonna has been working with patients and families with cancer for over 40 years. She has been trained as a nurse and is currently the Director of both the Waterloo Wellington Regional Cancer Program and the Grand River Regional Cancer Centre .

Beth Brown

Beth BrownBeth joined the UW WELL-FIT program in 2002 while going through chemotherapy for breast cancer. She was the charter member of UW WELL-FIT and continues in the Stay-Fit program to this day.

Anita O’Brien

Anita O’BrienAnita is a retired WRDSB Special Education Consultant and has been a UW WELL-FIT participant since 2005 and has successfully recovered from three cancer surgeries, the last in January 2022.

Matthew Mendes

Matthew MendesMatthew is a Registered Kinesiologist and the Community Programs Clinical Coordinator of a large Family Health Team. As a Kinesiologist in Primary Care, Matthew has been working to demonstrate and solidify the value of Registered Kinesiologists as primary health care team members.

Lori Temple

Lori TempleLori Temple is an Oncology Coordinator of regional programs, and has been with the Waterloo Wellington Regional Cancer Program for over 16 years. Her Mom was a devoted participant of WELL-FIT during 11 of those years.




This Hallman Lecture Series is funded by the Lyle S. Hallman Professorial Endowment. The event is hosted by the Centre for Community, Clinical and Applied Research Excellence (CCCARE) and Faculty of Health at the University of Waterloo.

The Exercise as Health Care lecture is in celebration of the 20th anniversary of CCCARE's UW WELL-FIT program.


Free parking will be available in R lot 
Accessibility parking is available upon request, please email cccare.info@uwaterloo.ca 

We encourage those joining us from on campus with monthly parking passes to park in their designated lots for the event- Thank you! 

Health Expansion Building (Room 1689)
Corner of Columbia St. W. and Hagey Blvd.
200 University Ave West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1