PhD in Health Promotion, helping Canadians get moving as Knowledge Translation Manager for www.ParticipACTION.com
Dr. Vanderloo completed her PhD at the University of Western Ontario in Health Promotion and holds a Master’s of Science from the same university. As Knowledge Translation Manager for national non-profit organization ParticipACTION, she is interested in examining the physical activity and sedentary behaviours of Canadians. She produced some of the first national and international work looking at the variance in young children’s activity levels across different early learning environments as well as considerations for objective measurement approaches.
Over the past 30 years our activity levels have steadily declined to the point where just one in five adults and one in 10 kids regularly get enough heart-pumping activity. But the process has been a slow one -- so slow that many have failed to react.
Being physically active needs to stop being treated as a means to an end. Our bodies were made to move and that's just what they should do - not to fit into a pair of jeans, or to look good for beach season, and certainly not for more Instagram likes - but because much like eating, breathing and sleeping, it's a vital part of life.
10,000 steps a day is a trendy goal. We humans like big, round numbers like that. They feel right. But does taking 10,000 steps a day really have anything to do with good health? We should resist the urge to latch onto the big, round, trendy number and instead aim to lead an active life filled with a variety of activities.