Leaders in movement science

With the establishment of the world's first department of kinesiology, the University of Waterloo was instrumental in defining the science of human movement and continues to lead the evolution of this exciting discipline.

Through understanding the cellular to societal implications of physical activity, nutrition and lifestyle, our research, academic programs and services aim to optimize health, prevent injury and illness, and extend the years of high quality life.

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  1. June 17, 2021New name for Department

    We are pleased to announce that as of June 30, the Department of Kinesiology will be known as the Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences. The name change reflects the department’s emphasis on preparing students for multiple health-related career paths, including the health professions beyond kinesiology.

  2. Sep. 14, 2021Jack P. Callaghan elected Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences
    Jack P. Callaghan

    Jack P. Callaghan, a professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences, has been elected as a 2021 Fellow in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS). The Academy brings together and recognizes top-ranked health and biomedical scientists and scholars across Canada to create positive change on the urgent health concerns of Canadians.

  3. June 3, 2021Q and A with the experts: Cancer and exercise during a pandemic
    Person doing an online exercise class.

    What options do cancer survivors have during a pandemic when there are limited in-person training options and reduced access to exercise facilities? With National Cancer Survivors Day on June 6, Marina Mourtzakis, a Kinesiology professor who leads Waterloo’s Centre for Community, Clinical and Applied Research Excellence, examines how to exercise safely as a cancer survivor during or after treatment.

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