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Exercise Sessions For People With (or recovering from) Chronic Disease

September 20, 2017 — 

People who have suffered with or continue to live with a chronic illness often find returning to exercise (or starting it for the first time), a daunting possibility.  For many, the idea is too overwhelming to tackle. This is despite the following data:

Why is Physical Activity Important for All Canadians?

  • Findings from the Canadian Health Measures Survey suggest that 85% of Canadians are physically inactive[i].
  • Physical inactivity is one of the most preventable risk factors for at least 25 different chronic diseases[ii].
  • If a sedentary person increases their physical activity by 8 minutes per day (56 minutes per week), their risk of premature death is reduced by 9%[iii].
  • Physical activity offers protective benefits to mental health[iv].



Now, you can learn how to safely and effectively be active with (or without) a chronic disease such as type 2 diabetes or cardiovascular disease through a new session being held both at the University of Manitoba and at other locations in Winnipeg.  This session will provide practical and meaningful insight that will motivate you to move forward in your wellness journey. 

You will learn the basics about exercise, personalized ways of implementing an exercise program, and resources/facilities in your community.  Please come in attire that will be comfortable for brief walking or wheeling on our indoor track.

The session will be concluded with an open question period with a CSEP certified Exercise Physiologist from the U of M’s Faculty of Kinesiology & Recreation Management.

For all sessions NOT at the University of Manitoba:  please call 311 to register.

For sessions held at the University of Manitoba, contact Alex Edye-Mazowita at 204-474-7858 or fkrmlab [at] umanitoba [dot] ca to register.



Sept 23, 2017                 10:30am-12:30pm         U of M

Oct 10, 2017                   6:30pm-8:30pm             Cindy Klassen CC

Nov 7, 2017                     6:30pm-8:30pm            Fort Rouge Leisure Centre

Nov 22, 2017                  6:30pm-8:30pm            U of M

Nov 25, 2017                  12:00pm-2:00pm          Chalmers CC

Feb 13, 2018                   6:30pm-8:30pm            U of M

Feb 20, 2018                   6:00pm-8:00pm           TBA

Feb 27, 2018                   6:00pm-8:00pm           Cindy Klassen

Mar 3, 2018                     10:30am-12:30pm       U of M

Mar 17, 2018                  10:30am-12:30pm         TBA



[i] Colley RC, Garriguet D, Janssen I, Craig CL, Clarke J, Tremblay MS. Physical activity of Canadian adults: Accelerometer results from the 2007 to 2009 Canadian health measures survey. Health reports / Statistics Canada, Canadian Centre for Health Information Rapports sur la santé / Statistique Canada, Centre Canadien d’information sur la santé. 2011;22(1):7-14.

[ii] Warburton, D., Charlesworth, S., Ivey, A., Nettlefold, L., Bredin, SD. (2010). A systematic review of the evidence for Canada’s Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults. International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity.

[iii] Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee (2008). Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee Report, Department of Health and Human Services

[iv] Strohle, A. (2009). Physical activity, exercise, depression and anxiety disorders. J Neural Transm, (116), 777:784


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