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Mental Health and Physical Activity Roundtable

Toronto, Ontario
May 5, 2011

8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Metro-Central YMCA (20 Grosvenor Street, Toronto, Ontario)

The Mental Health and Physical Activity Roundtable will celebrate the success of those working in the community mental health and physical activity sectors, facilitate the active exchange of ideas and encourage new partnerships. Program leaders will share the successes and challenges they faced in their efforts to  promote physical activity for mental health and to improve access for people with serious mental illness.

On the agenda:

  • “Connections, Barriers and Opportunities in Mental Health and Physical Activity” — Keynote by University of Toronto researchers Kelly Arbour-Nicitopoulos and Paul Gorczynski.
  • Peer Leaders in Action — A diverse panel of program leaders will share their perspectives on the importance of including people with lived experience of mental illness in the planning and delivery of physical activity programs.
  • Training and Tools — Physical activity champions will present tools and approaches to encourage movement along the activity continuum.
  • Program Profiles — A showcase of successful program models that bridge the mental health and physical activity sectors.
  • Circuit Café — An interactive cross-sectoral discussion to foster new ideas for overcoming barriers and bridging accessibility gaps.
  • Opportunities throughout the day to weave connections for greater partnerships between physical activity and mental health groups.

Cost: $20 (including lunch and materials)

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The Minding Our Bodies project seeks to increase capacity within the community mental health system in Ontario to promote active living and healthy eating for people with serious mental illness to support recovery. Minding Our Bodies is an initiative of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario, in partnership with Mood Disorders Association of Ontario, Nutrition Resource Centre, YMCA Ontario, and York University's Faculty of Health with support from the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport.