Volume 13, Number 8 December 2, 2005

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Gift advances in motion initiative

A $400,000 gift from Manulife Financial to the University of Saskatchewan will be used to promote the in motion initiative, provide national training opportunities and advance research into physical activity-based community initiatives.

A University news release said the gift, announced Nov. 22, shows an understanding of how active living at a community level can improve the well being of the entire country. Karen Chad, associate vice president research, said the effect of an active society is felt “in areas such as health-care delivery, program sustainability and the problem-solving capabilities of a community”.

In motion is a joint program between the U of S, the Saskatoon Health Region, the city and ParticipACTION designed to promote physical activity. The Manulife funding will allow development of an in motion website and support a National Training School to bring together experts to share strategies and research. It will also fund a post-doctoral position at the U of S. This person will translate research results into new materials for health professionals and community groups.

The donation was made through the University’s Thinking the World of our Future campaign.

For more information, contact communications.office@usask.ca

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