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OSHF March Professional Development

"Active Sessions: Inclusive Activity for Any Age and Life Stage"


Due to the risk posed by COVID-19, OSHF will be postponing this event until future notice. Thank you for understanding.

OSHF is proud to present Active Sessions: Inclusive Activity. This half day event will cover accommodating clients of every kind and include demonstrations and active movement - please come prepared with an exercise mat and appropriate clothing. This event is open to the public, but geared towards personal trainers, kinesiologists, CEPs and CPTs. Topics include:
Pregnancy, with Stephanie Sibbio covering safe and effective training for prenatal and postpartum clients
Exercise and Ergonomics, with Dr. Kathryn Sinden, RKin and Ms. Sara Sayed, MSc speaking on the important role of health and fitness professionals in workplace injury prevention
20:60:20 x 35 years = Failure. Time for Something Different, with Dr. Bob Grisdale leading a multi-device interactive session 

canfitpro: to be determined

Event At-A-Glance 
10:15-10:30  Participant sign-in
10:30-11:30  Dr. Kathryn Sinden and Sara Sayed: Exercise and Ergonomics
11:30-12:30  Break
12:30-13:30  Stephanie Sibbio: Practical considerations for working with prenatal & postpartum clients


 Dr. Bob Grisdale: 20:60:20 x 35 years = Failure. Time for Something Different.
14:30-15:05  AGM

Please note that there is a five minute session transition between speakers.
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Session Overviews

Practical considerations for working with prenatal & postpartum clients
Stephanie Sibbio, CSEP-CEP, CNP
The time between conception and full postpartum recovery is a vulnerable time in which there are very specific needs and considerations when it comes to health and fitness. In this presentation, you will learn about the physiological and mechanical changes that occur and how to work with those to ensure safe and effective training for prenatal and postpartum clients.
Stephanie Sibbio is an exercise physiologist and holistic nutritionist who specializes in perinatal health & fitness. Her approach to health is functional in nature, and her mission is to help new, expecting and veteran moms to look and feel their best, by teaching them how to make simple lifestyle adjustments in order to reach their health and fitness goals. 

Exercise and Ergonomics: The important role of health and fitness professionals in workplace injury prevention
Dr. Kathryn Sinden, RKin and Ms. Sara Sayed, MSc.
Work is an important construct that forms individual identity, enables social networks and intellectual development. When work is lost due to injury or illness, there are impacts on individuals’ physical, psychological and social wellbeing as well as relations with their employer. Dr. Sinden and Ms. Sayed will discuss the importance of exercise in mitigating and facilitating injury prevention as well, during rehabilitation and return-to-work implementation. Demonstration of various wearable technology used in research conducted by the research team that informs development of evidence-based solutions to improve worker health, safety and fitness will also be provided.
Dr. Kathryn Sinden is a kinesiologist and Assistant Professor (School of Kinesiology) and Adjunct Professor (Department of Health Sciences) at Lakehead University; she is the Associate Director of EPID@Work Research Institute (Lakehead University) and an Affiliate Scientist with the Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health (Laurentian University). Her clinical and research expertise is in applied ergonomics and identifying key determinants related to occupational health and performance. Her H.BSc. (Kin.) and MSc. (Kin.) were both obtained from the University of Waterloo); her PhD (Rehabilitation Science) was conferred from McMaster University. Dr. Sinden also completed post-doctoral training at Queen’s University and McGill University.

Ms. Sara Sayed is a Research Assistant working with Dr. Sinden at Lakehead University. She completed her H.BA. (Kin) at York University; her Master’s training was completed in the School of Kinesiology at Lakehead University. Ms. Sayed combines her expertise in kinesiology and ergonomics to inform development of evidence-based workplace injury prevention solutions.

20:60:20 x 35 years = Failure.Time for Something Different.
Dr. Bob Grisdale
Since the dawn of Active Living, almost 35 years ago, the number of people who meet the recommended physical activity prescription guidelines hasn’t changed.In fact, it may even be worsening, especially for the aging population.This interactive session asks us to consider the notion that what we are ‘selling’ is not what the customer wants or would do, and perhaps they are right.Dr. Grisdale will show how he is using simple devices, including his own invention [eJ], to engage clients and reframe our thinking about physical activity prescription.
During the past 20 years Dr. Bob Grisdale has taught physiology and exercise science, first at Ryerson and now at York University. He is also a chiropractor and former professional athlete. 30 years ago, in his clinical practice, he grew weary of seeing patients return, especially knowing they could stay away by adopting regular physical activity: by getting and staying fit.So, he put a treadmill in his office and started prescribing movement. But, getting and keeping people moving offered a new challenge: the excuses ‘why not’, that all fitness professionals recognise. After hearing every excuse and seeing every contraption claiming to be a fitness solution, Bob invented a different kind of every. One single solution that everybody can use for every fitness goal, every time, everywhere. He calls it eJ [edge] and uses it to ‘eJercise’ with his clients, to break the 20:60:20 barrier.

Event Location

 Toronto – TPL: Northern Branch, Gwen Liu Meeting Room 200


Toronto Public Library - Northern Branch - Gwen Liu Meeting Room
40 Orchard View Blvd.
Toronto, ON
M4R 1B9





Fees & Registration

Event fee is $55.00 + HST. Please click our eventbrite page here: 

General Information 

Attire → Attendees should dress for movement - active pants and shŒs. Please bring a yoga mat.

→ Lunch will NOT be provided. There will be a short break where attendees may leave and purchase lunch. Light snacks and water will be available.

Parking → Green P parking is nearby, however the library is on a subway line and is most easily accessible via transit. Email epruden@oshf.ca with any questions.


Contact OSHF Membership and Event Services at membership@oshf.ca