Staying Active, and Avoiding Inactivity, at Work

March 8, 2017
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Room C266, 2nd floor, Collaborative Health Education Building (CHEB) - corner of University Avenue and Summer Street

Presented by David Westwood, Michelle Stone and Laurene Rehman from Dal's School of Health and Human Performance

Come find out what these Dalhousie experts have learned about the why's and how's of keeping active at work.

David Westwood, Ph.D., is a Professor and Head in the Division of Kinesiology. His primary research program focuses on neuroscience and the control of eye and arm movements, but he is passionate about physical activity and the connection to health and well-being. Some of his recent research focuses on the benefits of physical activity for cognitive performance, including attention and memory. In his own workplace, David was instrumental in obtaining sit-to-stand workstations for staff and faculty members, and if he ever unpacks the box he will also have a desk integrated with an exercise bike. A co-founder of the Walktober campaign at Dalhousie University with Janice MacInnis, and a consultant on "activity permissive workplace" design for the Bedford Institute of Oceanography, David works closely with colleagues and workplace leaders to implement strategies to keep people more active at work and avoid risky sedentary time.

Michelle Stone, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Kinesiology. Her research expertise is in accelerometry-based physical activity and inactivity measurement in children, youth and adult populations. Her research background is enabling her to pursue behavioural, physiological and intervention research in physical activity, sedentary behaviour, health and chronic disease prevention. She has a keen interest in exploring the potential to increase physical activity and reduce sitting time in the workplace, and plans to pilot a web-based workplace wellness intervention at Dalhousie in the near future.

Laurene Rehman, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Recreation Division. Her research interests focus on understanding factors that support or constrain family leisure (especially physically activity). She is also a member of the Halifax Active Living Alliance which is working to make physical activity the easy choice for Haligonians. She is interested in ensuring people have an active lifestyle at home, work and play.