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Industry Insights Health Promotion

In this session students got the inside scoop from representatives working in this field and found out more about disease prevention and promotion of healthy behaviours. Students asked questions and learned what they can do today to give them an edge when they graduate.

Panelist's Bios

Michelle Brownrigg, Health Promotion Consultant, Laidlaw Foundation

Michelle Brownrigg has worked for over a decade in the area of child and youth health, spending nine years with the Ontario Physical and Health Education Association and Active Healthy Kids Canada, during which she was the primary contact for the Ontario Healthy Schools Coalition and worked with numerous government, non-government, education, public health and community organizations in relation to school health and child health initiatives. Her recent consulting work has involved a study of the implementation of Daily Physical Activity policy in Ontario , where she played lead on the development of a literature review and environmental scan of school-based physical activity initiatives as well as conducting focus groups and interviews with students, teachers and administrators. Other recent work includes support to the Content and Collaborations Advisory Committee for the recently re-launched ParticipACTION and she is consultant to the Laidlaw Foundation for knowledge management in relation to their work in youth engagement. In addition she supported Concerned Children's Advertisers to develop a research framework for their physical activity and nutrition initiative, Long Live Kids. Michelle has also been the principal writer of the Active Healthy Kids Canada Physical Activity Report Card for Children and Youth since its initial launch in 2005. Michelle also volunteers as the sport psychology consultant to the University of Toronto Women 's volleyball team. She is a Part-Time Faculty member with York University Faculty of Health and is currently sitting as a member of the Advisory Team for the Appointment of the new Dean at the Faculty of Physical Education and Health at the University of Toronto.

Industry Insights: Health Promotion: Michelle Brownrigg Intro
Industry Insights: Health Promotion: Michelle Brownrigg Final Advice

Janis Ellis Claypool, Coordinator of Health Education and Promotion, York University

Janis Ellis-Claypool is the Coordinator for Health Education and Promotion at York University . In her role at York , she is committed to raising awareness about various health issues effecting university students, developing campus-wide health promoting policies, and providing all students with the opportunity to access valuable resources and information to improve their health and well-being. With over 8 years of experience in this field, Janis has worked in a variety of public health settings including the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the American Cancer Society, the Ontario Physical and Health Education Association, as well as the private sector of Workplace Health and Wellness.

Throughout her health promotion career, Janis has had the opportunity to advocate for state-wide policies focused on injury prevention, to develop tobacco-prevention education programs funded by the Master Settlement Agreement, and to deliver province-wide curriculums supporting elementary and high school teachers with health education in the classroom.

Janis completed her B.S.Ed, with a specific focus on Community Health at the University of Kansas , in Lawrence , Kansas. She is currently completing a Master of Health Science from York University from the Faculty of Health. Janis was the 2007 recipient of the Deborah Hobson Award; an honour given to York staff committed to enhancing the quality of life for students.

Industry Insights: Health Promotion: Janis Ellis Claypool Intro

John Gray, Kinesiologist, John Gray Kinesiology

John is a Certified Kinesiologist with the Ontario Kinesiology Association, and served as President in 2002. In 2003, he was named an Educational Influential in Kinesiology by the Institute for Work and Health. In addition, he is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association and a NCCP Master Learning Facilitator and Certified Coach in Weightlifting.

John works in the downtown Toronto area as a Kinesiologist, helping clients with functional losses and pain syndromes regain their lost physical capacities. John has spoken internationally to rehabilitation, fitness and strength and conditioning practitioners, including those working with professional teams.

Industry Insights: Health Promotion: John Gray Intro

Ericka Navarro Ho-Sang, Director of Operations, LMC Endocrinology Centres

Ericka Navarro Ho-Sang is currently the Director of Operations for LMC Endocrinology Centres and has also managed her own business, Perfect Balance Canada . LMC Endocrinology Centres are multi-disciplinary regional centres committed to providing complete care in diabetes, endocrinology and metabolism. Each centre is designed to provide community-based access to service and is committed to enabling wellness, embracing learning and expanding therapeutic care. Ericka has ample experience in health promotion and health care settings. With an educational and professional background in nutrition, personal training, disability management and business administration, she works in numerous settings with a diverse array of clients, with a particular focus on operational management and revenue generation. In particular, she has guided health organizations in both set-up and restructuring to increase efficiency, managing budgets and personnel, and the development of effective human resource practices. She has also continues to pursue and contribute to particular health issues in nutrition and environmental health and is a regular guest lecturer in the Faculty of Health at York University.

Industry Insights: Health Promotion: Ericka Navarro Ho-Sang Intro

Questions & Answers

Will I need to become a certified kinesiologist given the changes that are coming through the system that John mentioned in his introduction?

I'm not sure what I want to do when I graduate is it better to explore possible options through more schooling or by trying to get some experience before I upgrade my education?

Will the changes John mentioned in the professionalization of the field standardize or otherwise affect the pay scales of kinesiologists?

What sort of associations or volunteer work would you suggest I get involved in to get my foot in the door?