Registered Kinesiologist, PhD (Exercise Science), volunteer exercise instructor with South East Ottawa Community Health Centre
The Daily Dozen, in my professional opinion, offers an effective, low-cost, and accessible solution to physical inactivity and social isolation experienced by many seniors living in apartments. The fact that it was conceived, built and tested by the very communities that it aims to benefit makes it truly viable.
Sixteen years ago, I finished my training as a kinesiologist and I quickly realized that access to qualified exercise professionals was limited to the few that could afford this important health service, despite the fact that exercise has been shown to improve almost all health conditions.
To address this inequity, I completed my Masters and PhD in rehabilitation, exercise science, health services & policy research with the intention of improving access to exercise for women, people with disabilities, and people living on low income or facing language or cultural barriers.
Many years later, as society and policies are slow to change, I have come to the conclusion that the biggest impact that I can have on improving access to professional exercise instruction is by returning to my roots as an exercise leader, and volunteering at Ottawa Community Housing seniors’ apartments where a diverse and amazing community exists!