New lab named for Russ Kisby
The U of S Board of Governors has approved the naming of a new College of Kinesiology lab in honour of an alumnus who has been a long-time supporter of the college and a national and international leader in promoting people’s health and well-being.
At its Dec. 9 meeting the Board approved the naming of the Russ Kisby Physical Activity and Health Promotion Laboratory, recently constructed in the Williams Building. The lab supports work by professor Larry Brawley, Canada Research Chair in Physical Activity in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.
Russ Kisby earned a BSPE (’63) degree from the U of S , an M.Ed. (’69) degree in community development from Springfield College in Massachusetts, and an honorary doctor of laws LLD degree (’96) from the U of S. His early career was with the YMCA in Montreal. From 1971 he was with the federal government-sponsored ParticipACTION program, from 1978-2001 as its president.
Kisby has been a leading international speaker on health, aging and fitness and has led a number of task forces on various health and physical activity issues. Recently he has provided valuable counsel to the ‘in motion’ project consortium in Saskatoon.
The lab will be used for the physical assessment of older adults and special populations with chronic conditions – such as cardiovascular disease, mobility disabilities and arthritis – who are engaged in physical activity interventions.