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Ontario Society for Health and Fitness
9th Annual Conference 
Friday November 4, 2016 

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2016 Conference Session Descriptions

NOTE – R. Leblanc's session from 1:00-2:00 and J. Gray's session from 2:10-3:10 are no longer accepting participants.

Could you "stand" to lose a few pounds? The effects of interrupting sedentary time for improving health in today’s sit-centric environment
Jamie Burr  PhD
It is now well accepted that chronic exposure to prolonged sitting is bad for one’s health. Sedentary behaviour may debatably be an independent risk factor for future morbidity and mortality, irrespective of participation in the recommended amounts of daily physical activity. This talk will examine the current evidence regarding the impacts of sedentary time on human physiological function, metabolism and CV risk. We will discuss potential strategies for interrupting sedentary time and the associated changes in metabolic health, proper weight management and chronic disease risk through various novel interventions.

CONCURRENT BLOCK I (11:00am-12:00pm)

Active Living with Diabetes: Practical Guidelines for Fitness Professionals
Agnes Coutinho  PhD, RKin 
Regular physical activity helps to regulate blood glucose and increase insulin sensitivity. Interestingly, the more muscles that are used during exercise, the greater the benefits. This session will focus on identifying physical activity guidelines specific to individuals with diabetes, distinguishing between pre-diabetes, type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes. In addition, safe modes of physical activity, incorporating both aerobic and strength training, will be discussed in the context of blood glucose management, healthy weight loss and management, waist size reduction, as well as overcoming limitations such as intermittent claudication.

Jumping in to Plyometrics: When and how to use this method of training safely and effectively**
Adam Douglas  MSc, CSCS, CSEP-CEP
Plyometrics are an incredible tool for developing speed, strength and power.  However, plyometric exercises are often misused in training programs and come with risk of injury. This session will teach simple tips and tricks to prepare your clients for the safe performance of plyometric drills, regressions and progressions, and to meet clients where they are at using the most effective cues to guide their actions. 

Nutrient Periodization: The next step in tailor-made nutrition recommendations for health and performance
Adam Upshaw  PhD, MEd, CSEP-CEP
Is nutrition/nutrient periodization just the latest diet craze falsely designed to achieve optimal health, weight loss and improved performance?  This interactive lecture-style session will review the scientific and practical basis of nutrition periodization for endurance and strength athletes as well as whether this a strategy that can and should be incorporated into a general health and fitness program. If you think individualized nutrition is important for your clients, join and participate in the discussion. 

CONCURRENT BLOCK II (1:00pm-2:00pm) 

Physical Literacy in Seniors: What do we know? What can we use?
Robert Grisdale  MSc, DC
As the huge Baby Boomer cohort starts to re-define aging, they will present challenges and opportunities that will also re-define the services provided by fitness professionals. Ever the value-driven consumer, this group wants fitness solutions that provide for maximal experience with individual meaning and outcomes they can quantify. Sit-stand songs around the piano are not for today's seniors, as many expect to play hockey and rock-climb into their senescence.  But what do we (and they) actually know about their changing physical competence, and how can we design programs to address the physiological realty of aging and still provide results and the meaningful experiences they seek? This session will address the main age-related changes impacting program selection and review the current tests and functional measures available with an eye to replicating, for seniors, pertinent physical literacy markers.

Pre-Requisite Mobility & Stability to Safely and Effectively Perform Multi-Joint, Complex Exercises**
Ray LeBlanc  BSc, BEd, CSCS, CSEP-CEP
All too often exercises are prescribed to individuals for which they do not have the stability and/or mobility required to perform safely and effectively. This session will examine some of the most common restrictions/limitations in technique for “functional” complex exercises so popular in today’s fitness programs. Participants will learn how to:

a) Decide where we would like the client to get to performance-wise in their life
b) Match which functional exercises will best bring about this performance goal
c) Work backwards to determine what pre-requisite mobility (and/or stability) is required to do those exercises safely and effectively
d) Learn what starting exercises can help you acquire c), so that you can safely do b), allowing you to get to a)

Perhaps most importantly, we will learn how to assess and identify what level the individual is at and where to start. This is an active session; bringing a dowel is recommended along with an exercise mat.

Physical Activity Implications of Very Low Carbohydrate Diets
Ben Sit  BASc, RD
Carbohydrates may just be the most misunderstood and openly attacked macronutrient. With the ever-rising popularity of very low carbohydrate diets, this presentation aims to examine carbohydrate’s role in the body, energy metabolism and exercise performance.  The session will also explore the more general aspects of restricted carbohydrate diets and their effects on overall individual health. 

CONCURRENT BLOCK III (2:10pm-3:10pm)

It’s Not About the Exercise: The importance of core control to prevent back pain and improve athleticism**
John Gray  MSc, RKin, CSCS
While there are a plethora of "core training" strategies marketed to both the public and exercise professionals, this presentation takes a practical approach to spine stability that actually is useful for preventing pain and improving athletic performance.  By addressing the factors that control lumbar spine movement, you can remove roadblocks to mobility, capacity and strength in any client.  The session will introduce key concepts and provide hands on practice with unique skills based upon the publications of notable experts such as Stuart McGill - PhD, Shirley Sahrmann - PT, PhD and Paul Hodges - PT, PhD.

EIMC: The Movement to Encourage a Healthy Lifestyle Among Canadians®
Daniel Santa Mina  PhD, CSEP-CEP
In tandem with the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology, Exercise is Medicine® Canada (EIMC) is working hard to fill an important gap in Canada's health care system. This session will describe how EIMC can help increase the physical activity levels of Canadians thereby reducing the health impact of sedentary behaviours and resulting financial costs.  Attendees will learn how they can individually and as an organization play an active role, including becoming an EIMC Recognized Exercise Professional.

Effective Techniques for Group Exercise Instruction
Winnie Talan BA, DJur
Finally, a session where you will quickly and easily learn simple and effective techniques to enhance your ability to teach to groups composed of differing fitness and experience levels.  Learn how to combine 4 fundamental coaching skills with 3 different cueing methods and transform your teaching strategies so that all of the people in your group will benefit.  


Choice Architecture: "Nudging" better choices & decisions to improve consumer health and well-being
Avni Shah PhD
The way that options are presented to individuals can notably influence their ultimate decision to act. Indeed, high-level health improvement initiatives often fail soon after launch because policymakers do not take into account the non-rational/emotional elements of human decision-making, particularly in the areas of health and wellness decisions. When it comes to physical activity, nutrition and other health-related behaviours, interventions based on the concept of "nudging" has shown positive results. By applying these concepts to their counselling and health promotion strategies, practitioners can steer patient/client/population choices in the right direction and better ensure long-term behaviour change and long-term success.

** Denotes an active session.  Participants must submit a completed PAR-Q+ clearing them for unrestricted activity.  Appropriate dress and footwear is required; an exercise mat is strongly recommended.