News archive - 2011

Monday, December 19, 2011

Kinesiology prof comments on standing desks

Is the standing desk the cure to our sedentary woes?

Alex Hutchinson
Globe and Mail
Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011 4:00PM EST

Now that we’ve accepted the surprising truth about sedentary behaviour – that sitting at a desk all day wreaks havoc on your health, no matter how much you exercise before or after work – the standing desk is having a moment. Desk jockeys everywhere are rising up.

The cashiers of the world, meanwhile, must be scratching their heads.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Osteoporosis expert discusses effective exercises to reduce the risk of fractures

Just exercising is not enough to protect bones in people with osteoporosis.

Rather a variety of exercise, including aerobic, strength and balance training, is needed to prevent falls and broken bones.

“Walking is not enough to prevent falls,” said Lora Giangregorio, assistant professor in the kinesiology department at the University of Waterloo.

Giangregorio spoke about safe and effective physical activity to reduce the risk of fractures at a recent public education forum in Waterloo, hosted annually by Osteoporosis Canada.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Kinesiology students excel at national ergonomics conference

Waterloo students from the department of kinesiology were recognized earlier this month for their contributions to the field of ergonomics at the 42nd annual conference of the Association of Canadian Ergonomists (ACE).

Monday, August 29, 2011

Partners to build research centre for seniors

(University of Waterloo News Release)

WATERLOO, Ont. (Monday, Aug. 29, 2011) - An ambitious partnership involving the Ontario government, postsecondary sector and Schlegel Villages will develop a centre of excellence for research, training and innovation in senior health care and wellness at the University of Waterloo. The goal is to help Canada better prepare for an aging population.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Study shows physical activity may reduce chance of dementia later in life

A recent study by Laura Middleton of the department of kinesiology shows that daily physical activity including keeping active with everyday chores may reduce the chance of developing dementia later on in life.

Read article in The Record