CKA eNewsletter - Winter 2021
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2021 Winter
Vol.5 No.4




A touch of innovation, a dash of whimsy and a hint of the unusual . . . that is our wish for you this new year. May your projects come to fruition with creativity.

Best wishes for a wonderful 2022! Stay safe!

What is the CKA working on?

As the CKA approaches the end of the fourth year in its five-year strategic plan, it is evident that much has been accomplished to promote kinesiology. The eNewsletter reflects on the CKA's 2021 accomplishments and business plan for the new year. 

What has the CKA been working on?

  • Two campaigns: kinesiology guidelines and insurance benefits
  • 10 events to raise awareness of kinesiology: Bell Let's Talk, KinGames, Mental Health Week, CHLIA Insurance Co. Workshop Presentation, NHFD, NKW, Kin Can Conference, Kin Case Challenge, Canadian Kinesiology Awards, CSEP Annual Conference
  • #KSUK seminar/webinar university tour: 62 presentations, a 77% increase over 2020
  • Partnering with kinesiology-related associations: EIMC, CSEP, CATA, CCUPEKA, ParticipACTION
  • Working in partnership with PKAs on the potential examination process across Canada
  • Publishing: kinesiology guidelines, 10 blogs republished by ParticipACTION, three quarterly eNewslettersfor Kinesiologists, academics and the general public
  • Circulating the renewal reminder and continuing education reminder
  • Reviewing the 2021 Action Plan: Setting Priorities for 2022

In 2022, the CKA Board of Directors will embark on consultations with the PKAs and other stakeholders to set priorities and establish the 2023-27 strategic plan.

2022 Renewals

The CKA affiliation renewal deadline is December 31, 2021. Your 2022 affiliation dues for Kinesiologists are $41.34 plus applicable taxes, and 85$ for academics. 

Once your dues are paid, the Canadian Kinesiology Alliance will forward to you a certificate of affiliation, which certifies that you are recognized by your national professional association. Being a part of the CKA is a key element in helping you promote yourself as well as enhancing the perception of kinesiology among the public and other health professionals.

The CKA offers simple tools to help increase your visibility and recognition as a Kinesiologist.

Print your personalized certificate of affiliation, frame it and place it on the wall of your office or waiting room. 

Promote your services – and kinesiology – with the kinesiology branding tools available to CKA members. Use them to confirm your client's next appointment and on your promotional material for seminars, clinics, events, etc.

Business card: Ready to print after you fill in the fields with your name, email and phone number. 

KinBadge – "With a Kin, you can": Add to your promotional material.

Designation logo – "Affiliated Kinesiologist" or other names: Add to your email signature, your receipts, your client appointment confirmation, etc. 

Thank you card: Send to your clients to remind them of your services, for their birthdays, after having finished a program with you, etc.

Knowing that this initiative will bring awareness to the profession of kinesiology, we thank you for your support.

New Insurance Program

The CKA National Insurance Program, which includes professional liability insurance and general commercial liability coverage, has served Kinesiologists well thus far. As we come to the end of a five-year agreement cycle, the CKA designated a working group to review the current policy and to suggest recommendations. The working group wished to better align the policy terms with the ever-evolving modalities and scope of the kinesiology profession. Their work led to a request for proposal (RFP) to underwriters in the insurance industry that specialize in health care provider coverage.

Having completed its due diligence in trying to find the best partners for Kinesiologists, the CKA is pleased to announce a new agreement with the same broker (Prolink) and underwriter (Trisura).

The upgrades and improvements to our insurance coverage are amazing and in fact strengthen our profession. The new outstanding program offers the following: no more riders (e.g., reflexology), recognition of dual profession, clearer manual therapy vs massage therapy, coverage beginning at $2M to $10M for $1 more compared with the current program, and $1 more for administration fees. This is the best program for three reasons:

  1. Experience and stability underwriting the current CKA / ACK program
  2. Most competitive E&O and CGL premiums for most coverage options
  3. No surcharging or underwriting approvals required for different areas of professional practice

Affiliation / Membership

New Record Reached


Affiliated Kinesiologists in Canada

Thank you for being part of the kinesiology community.


Mandatory Professional Liability Insurance

As a condition of becoming and continuing as a practising Kinesiologist member/affiliate, every member/affiliate must have and maintain professional liability insurance covering the scope of practice of kinesiology as defined by the CKA and the PKAs. The insurance may be held through the CKA national insurance program from PROLINK or your employer. You must submit your mandatory professional liability insurance within 10 days, otherwise the CKA or the PKA will have to invalidate your membership. Attach your PROLINK insurance certificate or your workplace professional liability certificate. 

a. National Insurance Program by PROLINK

For 2022, national insurance through PROLINK is offered at significantly low rates thanks to reaching over 5,000 members in this program. For example, professional liability begins at $59/yr.

Since 2021, professional liability insurance can be purchased directly from PROLINK during your renewal process. Once purchased, all insurance documents will be emailed to you by PROLINK, and your certificate of insurance will be automatically uploaded to your CKA profile to be validated.

Should you have any questions, please contact Leona Petersen or Jessy Rocha by email at

b. Workplace Professional Liability Insurance

If you have insurance through your employer – that is, you are already covered by professional liability insurance, covering your acts of a kinesiologist, under the term Kinesiologist – you must attach your proof of insurability (or evidence of employment at an institution [e.g., hospital]) and the signed consent form provided in the registration process. These two documents will be requested upon accession/renewal. If you have coverage through your employer, you must verify that the policy covers the full scope of practice for kinesiology as defined by the CKA and the PKAs and meets the requirements outlined below. If you carry professional liability insurance through your employer, you agree that you will not provide kinesiology services external to the business operations of the employer – thus, no private practice.

Note: CSEP and CATA insurance with or without a kinesiology rider is NOT accepted. The CKA does not accept professional liability insurance outside of the CKA national insurance program/PROLINK unless the policy includes an endorsement (rider) that covers the entire scope of practice of kinesiology as defined by a kinesiology governing body, and it identifies you as the insured person.

To be approved by the CKA, your workplace professional insurance must include the following :

  1. Policy wording covering the entire scope of practice for kinesiology as defined by the CKA/PKA. *CSEP and CATA insurance with or without a kinesiology rider is NOT accepted because they do not cover the entire scope of practice of kinesiology.
  2. Limits of liability are not less than $2,000,000/loss and $3,000,000/policy term.
  3. Policy coverage includes errors and omissions made by the insured member/employee.
  4. Policy wording does not restrict coverage to working with healthy or uninjured persons whether in these specific terms or others synonymous with good health.
  5. If you carry professional liability insurance through your employer, you confirm by having signed this document that you will not provide kinesiology services external to the business operations of the employer – thus, no private practice.
  6. You confirm having signed that you have reviewed the coverage provided under the policy and confirm it meets all the listed requirements.


CKA Academia Affiliation

The Canadian Kinesiology Alliance has established an academia affiliation for researchers and academics who wish to unify the voice of kinesiology across Canada.

The academia affiliation is open to individuals who do not practise kinesiology and

  • are enrolled in a course of study leading to a master's or doctoral degree in kinesiology from a post-secondary educational institution in Canada that is recognized by the Board,
  • are researchers or academics in the field of kinesiology or
  • are, or were, employed as a professor/lecturer or faculty member of a post-secondary educational institution in Canada that is recognized by the Board, in a faculty or department that offers courses in kinesiology, human kinetics and related subjects.

Through this membership, researchers will have a stronger presence and voice in the advancement of kinesiology research, the kinesiology profession and the kinesiology degree across Canada.

Through establishing a CKA academia membership program, the Canadian Kinesiology Alliance seeks to unify the voice of kinesiology researchers and professionals. Researchers and academics will benefit from the CKA's goal of connecting the professional fields and promoting and advancing resources and networking opportunities. 

Affiliation is for researchers in kinesiology and its directly related fields: biomechanics, health psychology, physiology, nutrition, assistive technology, computer science, biomedical engineering, biotechnology, biology, physics, chemistry and others that impact the advancement of kinesiology research, knowledge of the human body and skills for practising professionals. Affiliated researchers and academics will be encouraged to participate in order to support their services and knowledge.

For requirements, benefits and fees, visit the CKA website sections I'm Academia and Become Affiliated.


New Standard Competencies for 2022

The CKA wishes to remind you as we approach the renewal period that new competencies are required for members in 2022. A new set of competencies will be promoted as the standards of the profession across the country.

These competencies are deemed necessary to practise kinesiology in Canada. The competency list will serve in decision making such as in membership/affiliation registration requirements and in continuing education credit requirements.

This competency list was established to include as many university programs as possible to maximize access to membership.

These new standards will become effective as of January 2022.

We invite students of programs that do not meet the standard requirements to consult the new CKA competency list and choose the requisite courses now to earn the expected competencies for affiliation in 2022.



KAS Joins the CKA

The CKA is proud to announce recognition of the new provincial kinesiology association in Saskatchewan, namely the KAS, Kinesiology Association of Saskatchewan. More than 156 members have joined our kinesiology community. We extend our warmest welcome and look forward to working with them.



Hexfit – A Valuable Tool Included in Your Affiliation

Hexfit is interprofessional software that lets you manage and track your client goals. The software helps Kins design exercise programs, assess clients and keep chart notes all in one place.

Included in your CKA affiliation is a one-month subscription to the Hexfit platform* in addition to the 10% discount rate per month provided by the agreement between Hexfit and the PKA. *(max: $50)  

Jake Watson, Kinesiologist, compared Hexfit against other exercise software and concluded:
"I was impressed with Hexfit and their operations. They were much clearer than other software companies in relation to demonstrating the operations features of their system. Hexfit came across as well established and innovative. Their system integration with services that would be provided by a Kinesiologist seems to have been well researched and user-friendly."

After review of Hexfit's offer, the CKA will endorse Hexfit as a product: well established, innovative and collaborative in providing CKA / ACK with their services beyond the program.

More Information on Hexfit and the Agreement


reaches 18M people !



Briefly, National Kinesiology Week, organized by the Canadian Kinesiology Alliance (CKA), was held November 22-28, 2021. Our campaign to help all Canadians, including seniors and those affected by long-term Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, to move better and live better by returning to a more active lifestyle through MOVING FORWARD WITH COVID-19 – KINESIOLOGY GUIDELINES FOR MAINTAINING OPTIMAL HEALTH reached over

18,653,072 people.

Here are the highlights:

On the media side as of early December, we have been featured in three radio interviews, 87 articles and 34 television mentions. This makes a total of 124 mentions for a total audience of 18,326,264. The advertising value of this coverage is estimated at $169,939.

On the social media side, as of November 23, we had 326,808 impressions and 1,714 clicks in 13 days of campaigning. The campaign is going very well, and we are only two-thirds of the way through.

The CKA has demonstrated how Kinesiologists are part of the solution to support Canadians on the road to recovery. The guidelines focus on six fields of practice where the expertise of Kinesiologists can help: cardiorespiratory health, cognitive capacities including mental health, ergonomics, functional abilities, weight gain and obesity, and safe return to sport.

For more information on the event, please read the initial press release.



Celebrating Kinesiology:
Announcing The 2nd Canadian Kinesiology Awards and Kin Case Challenge Winners

As part of National Kinesiology Week and the second national virtual kinesiology conference – the 2021 Kin Can Conference, presented by Hexfit, that took place from November 22 to 28 – the Canadian Kinesiology Alliance announced the winners of the 2nd Canadian Kinesiology Awards, the leading national awards honouring excellence in kinesiology.

The Canadian Kinesiology Awards are presented for outstanding achievement in Canada's kinesiology industry. In 2020, their inaugural year, the awards were established as a platform for kinesiology professionals to be recognized and celebrated for their talent, hard work and success.


Concurrently, the 1st Kin Case Challenge was held on November 27, 2021. Four teams of students, mentors, Kinesiologists and researchers competed to resolve one kinesiology case.

The runner-up team was KinTellect from UBC, and the winning first place team was KinSync from Queen's.


The Kinesiology Event of the Year award is given to an initiative for raising awareness of kinesiology or for advancing kinesiology or to an event that significantly promoted kinesiology services or physical activity, wellness or lifestyle in an innovative way. The nominees for the event/initiative of the year were the NLKA Kinesiologists on Health Accord; the OKA Start, Join, Lead the Movement; the University of Alberta Practicum and Case Competition; and three events from First Line Education: What Can I Do With My Kin Degree, the Kinpreneur Summit and the Kin Week 5 Day Challenge.


The jury has given a special mention to NLKA for reaching high-level influencers by putting Kinesiologists on Health Accord, a governmental group, to work on a 10-year transformation of health services in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The winner of the 2021 Kinesiology Event of the Year is Start, Join, Lead the Movement by the OKA Board of Directors and Armstrong Strategy Group along with all PKAs and the CKA. Accepting the prize was Jory Kettles, OKA president.


Best Speaker of the Kin Can Conference is awarded to a conference presenter or panel who demonstrated significant innovation, enthusiasm, interest, interaction and curiosity to participants. It is the only award of the night voted on by conference attendees. The nominees were Lora Giangregorio, Vanessa Ferreira, Hélène Thériault, Logan Harris, Kristen Parker, Nicole Hollohan, Michael Rosenblat, Levi Frehlich, Scott Forbes, and Conny Glenn, John Gray and Charmi Lad.

For the presentation Resilience Through Exercise, the 2021 speaker of the year is Logan Harris.



The Researcher of the Year award honours professors, faculty members, or researchers who have done significant work to advance the science of kinesiology and demonstrate competency in the field or a division of the field. The nominees were David Behm and Trisha Scribbans.

Special mention is given to Trisha Scribbans for having been dedicated to a specific research area and doing great things with clients.

For his prolific work in the last year, the 2021 Researcher of the Year is Dr. David Behm.



The final award of the celebration was presented to an individual Kinesiologist or team who demonstrated significant leadership, innovation, engagement, passion and achievement in the field of kinesiology, physical activity, human kinetics, wellness, lifestyle or sports and who made positive, sustainable contributions to help Canadians move better. The nominees were AJ Stephen, Dasha Maslennikova, Kevin Douillette, Spencer Raposo, Rebecca Ataman and Angela Perreira, and Jesse Oswald and Magan Braun.

A special mention is given to AJ Stephen for being nminated by an 89-year-old client. We salute you.

For advancing kinesiology by building a purpose-built kinesiology studio and adding positions for Kins and creating jobs for Kins, the winner for the 2021 Kin of the Year award is Dasha Maslennikova from

Many congratulations to all the winners: your commitment to bettering the field of kinesiology this year was evident in your continued efforts. Thank you for representing kinesiology with such honour.

This celebration was sponsored by Human Kinetics, who has been a great support of Kinesiologists in the area of professional development. I would like to extend my appreciation to Human Kinetics for supporting our awards.

Finally, the Canadian Kinesiology Alliance is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Throughout the year, many events and milestones were highlighted.



Three Continuing Education Opportunities

1. Kin Can Conference

For those who participated in the 2021 Kin Can Conference, this is a reminder to log your continuing education credits earned before the end of this year. By now, you have received a thank you email including the link to the video of each webinar and a certificate of participation with the number of credits earned. Use this certificate as proof of attending a professional sanctioned kinesiology-related webinar series.


2. Group Training for Kinesiologists – Coach Approach

By Hélène Thériault, BScOT (reg.), MAdEd, PCC – 2021 Kin Can Conference Speaker

Join this 13-hour interactive workshop that will transform the way you empower others and give you the support you need throughout 2022 to incorporate the coach approach as a Kinesiologist or trainer.

The Dive Into a Coach Approach model was created by and for health care professionals to make a bigger splash in their careers and with their clients. Over the course of the training, you'll discover the following:

  • The Dive Into a Coach Approach model to learn how to improve client success
  • A four-step framework to guide a coaching dialogue and high-impact accountability
  • Nine techniques that will help you coach successfully and with confidence
  • Two tools you'll be able to download and use in your practice immediately

This training earns you a total of 13 hours throughout 2022 towards education credits.

  • February 9-22 (5-hour online learning module)
  • February 23 (4 hours live virtually via Zoom, 8:30-12:30 PST)
  • Circle of Expertise (4 hours)*

*Includes four 1-hour FREE Circle of Expertise group sessions for one year after the training to help Kinesiologists incorporate the coach approach in their workplace (March 30, May 25, September 15 and November 3, 12:00-1:00 p.m. PST, via Zoom)

To register or for more info, click here. For the early bird rate, register by January 10, 2022, with the code KIN15 to save 15%.


3. Build Your Cultural Competency Knowledge 

Join the calls to action related to health care organizations and health care professionals. You are encouraged to build your awareness of the shared history of this country and of the lived experience of Indigenous individuals and communities.

Here are some suggestions:


Two Major Campaigns Are On the Go!

1. Kinesiology Guidelines Campaign

Last September, the Canadian Kinesiology Alliance released new guidelines to help Canadians get through the pandemic. The MOVING FORWARD WITH COVID-19 – KINESIOLOGY GUIDELINES FOR MAINTAINING OPTIMAL HEALTH demonstrate how Canadians can ensure a safe return to their former active lifestyles and physical activity programs. They are meant for all Canadians, including COVID long-haulers and seniors who may also need help returning to daily living activities.

Since then, the CKA has undertaken a nationwide campaign including social media, Google and other platforms, and a PR campaign that, according to a preliminary report, had reached more than 18 million people by the end of National Kinesiology Week. Interest in kinesiology is increasing as we raise awareness of the profession. The campaign will run into 2022 in order to take advantage of the usual January trend of people wanting to get back in shape after the holidays.

The guidelines recognize the expertise and leadership of Kinesiologists in finding solutions for health and well-being, with a focus on six fields of practice: cognitive capacities including mental health, ergonomics, cardiorespiratory health, functional abilities, weight gain and obesity, and safe return to sport.

You are invited to use the videos and material on your own social media platform and website.


2. Insurance Benefit Campaign

The Canadian Kinesiology Alliance and the provincial kinesiology associations have joined forces to raise awareness of kinesiology services as an integral part of extended health benefit plans. Insurers, clients and Kinesiologists were invited to JOIN THE MOVEMENT in October.

In September and October 2021, we began an outreach campaign to over 40 companies across Canada in the hopes of arranging meetings to discuss adding Kinesiologists to their health benefits and employee assistance programs (EAPs). The outreach list targeted one to six members of the HR teams and included two follow-up emails. Out of that list, we were granted four meetings with the companies MNP, Jas Aviation LP, SaskTel and Nordia Inc.

Additional meetings were held in September and October with the People Corporation (two meetings), Green Shield Canada (three meetings), Empire Life, Johnson Insurance and The Cooperators.

In November 2021, we conducted another round of email outreach to 40 companies and HR teams across Canada, with the same goal of arranging meetings to discuss adding Kinesiologists to their health benefits and EAPs. This outreach will continue with follow-up emails in the month of December 2021. We took the opportunity to adjust our messaging for this round of outreach to align with the newly released 2021 Benefits Canada Healthcare Survey.

The former Sanofi survey, released in autumn 2021, identified several new key talking points, including worsening of plan members' health during COVID and an emerging appetite for exercise as an extended benefit. We adjusted our outreach materials to insurance companies, developed new social media messaging and repositioned letters and talking points to specifically address key points raised in the new survey. These data points strengthen our case and help build the argument for kinesiology as an extended benefit.

Outreach to 40 more companies across Canada began on December 9, 2021, focusing on HR teams.

Employee Assistance Program Outreach

During a conversation with a representative from Jazz, EAPs emerged as an area of discussion. How can kinesiology be implemented so it does not run into the challenge of Revenue Canada limitations on non-tax-deductible professionals in a benefits plan? ASG proposes a focus specifically on EAPs in 2022, including outreach to EAP providers, for which we have prepared a list of nearly 200 contacts. Our objective will be to encourage these providers to incorporate kinesiology into their programming. This took place from December 9 to 14, 2021.

We anticipated mailing out approximately 75 TheraBands with campaign messaging in 2021. However, supply chain issues delayed delivery of the CKA-branded TheraBands, creating an opportunity to adjust and re-scope the TheraBand outreach to incorporate our new EAP. Although we have identified potential recipients as part of our ongoing insurer outreach, adding EAP providers to the list offers a chance to get in the door with this audience and introduce ourselves in a memorable way.

Highlights from the current results: We ran a total of 25 advertisements on Facebook and LinkedIn; the industry standard click-through rates on advertisements for health and medical organizations is 0.52%. CKA ads exceeded this rate, running at an average of 0.63% for LinkedIn and 2.01% for Facebook. We updated messaging for 10 ads to reflect the 2021 Benefits Canada Healthcare Survey. The LinkedIn ads received 17,349 impressions, 11,461 reach and 101 clicks to the CKA website; a total of $355.64 was spent. The Facebook ads received 114,179 impressions, 65,575 reach and 550 clicks; a total of $782.07 was spent. For totals of 131,528 impressions, 77,036 reach and 651 clicks.

The next step is getting more data from Kinesiologists on their practice.

As a result of our ongoing research and interviews, it has become apparent that there are numerous ways to incorporate Kinesiologists into health and wellness programming for organizations. They include

  • extended health benefits,
  • employee assistance programs,
  • wellness programs,
  • health spending accounts and
  • wellness spending accounts.

It has also come to our attention that virtual care is the continued strong direction for the sector and that organizations are looking for full solutions that go beyond adding kinesiology to extended health benefits.


Quick Survey

Your feedback is importnat to us!

The Canadian Kinesiology Alliance (CKA) wants to learn more about Kinesiologists and virtual care.  As you know, providing virtual care in the healthcare system has been accelerated significantly by the pandemic. Prior to the pandemic, the health benefits and insurance sector had been moving toward virtual care, especially in the provision of mental health services.

It is clear virtual care in hybrid models is here to stay. The CKA is currently undertaking an initiative called "the Kinesiology Movement" to get more Kinesiologists involved in the private health and wellness sector.

To this end we need to understand the uptake and interest of Kinesiologists in providing virtual care.

There is also a section seeking interested Kinesiologists to potentially join a roster of Kins providing Virtual Care.

      Complete the survey here     

Thank you

KinStartUpKit University Tour 

As you probably know, the CKA presented the #KinStartUpKit (KSUK) to as many university students as possible in collaboration with PKAs and university liaisons. The goal was to inform students (who are about to finish their degree in kinesiology) on how to

  • transition from academia to practice,
  • decide whether to pursue postgraduate studies,
  • start a career or a business
  • follow another path.

Julie Johnson Malm, CKA program coordinator, was scheduling live virtual presentations or providing the webinar presentation video to use on university portals. She has reached out to professors, assistant professors, deans, student unions/societies and career liaisons/coordinators. Many have scheduled presentations, and others are working hard to make this happen. There has been great cooperation among the universities!


2021 Presentation Summary

  1. In 2021 we completed a record-breaking 62 presentations!
  2. In the current 2021-2022 period, we reached 25 institutions, 10 provinces and over 1,600 students. This exceeds the 2020-2021 period, which reached 20 institutions and 7 provinces.
  3. The pre-recorded presentation was viewed 437 times (EN/FR) in the fall 2021 term. For reference, the 2020-2021 (EN/FR) versions had 537 views in the fall 2020 and winter 2021 terms.
  4. PKAs were notified via email of presentations in their respective provinces twice throughout the fall 2021 term and invited to participate. Only four presentations had a PKA representative present throughout the fall 2021 term.
  5. The presentation was updated in August 2021 for 2021-2022 presentations and will be revised annually.

There are two methods of distribution for the KSUK webinar: a live presentation and a video presentation. The video format was used by professors on university portals.

The video is available on university portals, with Q&A sessions for professors unable to provide enough time to give the live presentation and have a Q&A during class time OR for professors who made an assignment out of viewing the presentation and coming to a Q&A with prepared questions. Feedback from professors has been very positive about having flexible options for presentations (i.e., live presentation vs. pre-recorded). If an alternative time frame is proposed by a university or group, the CKA is happy to provide a condensed presentation to ensure as many students as possible are reached across Canada.

A social media campaign was launched in October 2021 across all CKA platforms. The campaign included biweekly posts and videos. The next social media campaign is set to launch in March 2022.

Feedback from professors has been very positive with regard to having a PKA representative present; professors were able to establish a direct network with the PKA and address any questions specific to a province's current status.

Contacts have been notified for winter 2022 bookings, which will be available March through May 2022. The contact list has been updated for each province and each university: professors, TAs, academic advisors, student groups/societies/unions, etc. The push for winter presentation bookings will be completed in March 2022. The fall 2022 booking schedule will be determined in August 2022.

The CKA will attend the CKO-Universities Liaison Committee meeting on December 13. Discussions will include updates to curricula, advancements in health care and technology, the outlook for 2022, performance management frameworks and registration statistics. It is always a pleasure to receive feedback from a roundtable discussion with leading kinesiology organizations.



Apply for a ParticipACTION
Community Better Challenge

ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge is back for another year from June 1 to 30. Municipalities, schools, sports groups and workplaces are encouraged to get active, host events and track exercise minutes to help their communities be named Canada's Most Active Community and win $100,000. Organizations can apply for a micro-grant starting January 17 to support their events during the challenge period.To learn
more about the granting opportunity register for the January 13 webinar: Learn more here.

DEADLINE: FEB. 21 2022!

ParticipACTION Report Card for Adults

The , released on November 30, 2021, highlights the impact COVID-19 has had on physical activity levels and how the pandemic has deepened the physical inactivity crisis in Canada.

Adults get an F on the report card. Click on the image to download the report


You are invited to sign up
the ParticipACTION Call to Action Champion. 
Visit the website here 


The goal for the campaign is to demonstrate to the federal government that individual Canadians and organizations agree that physical activity is a necessity of life.  We believe that investing in physical activity promotion, programs, policies and infrastructure will help us become a more active and less sedentary population. It is a powerful investment that will make Canada a healthy, joyful, environmentally progressive, inclusive and economically strong nation.  

The campaign has been active for a little over a week and we are nearing 3,000 signatures of support. 

We also believe that the whole sport, physical activity, recreation and health sectors stand to benefit from this campaign.  

After the campaign, ParticipACTION will report on the number of signatures and ridings represented from each province and territory. This report can be used by your organizations as evidence that addressing the physical activity crisis is an important issue.  We encourage organizations to use that data in policy meetings, pre-budget submissions, funding applications and other government relations processes to further their own missions in getting people active.

The more united support we have for the campaign and the more organizations can leverage it in their own work,  the better it is for all of us.

Here is how you can help push this campaign even farther.

  1. Email your network informing them about the campaign and encouraging them to participate

Our organization has signed the ParticipACTION campaign and we're asking the Government of Canada to tackle our national physical inactivity crisis. If you believe that investments in physical activity policies, programs and infrastructure are good for people living in Canada and that regular physical activity is not a nice-to-have hobby for the privileged, but a necessity of life, please consider signing today.

  1. Post about the campaign on social media using our communications kit 

We have a physical inactivity crisis in Canada and this is not the time to be still. Let's move to demand better. Visit to sign an open letter to the Government of Canada advocating for physical activity to be deemed essential. #NotTimeToBeStill:

  1. Share the campaign information in an upcoming newsletter or communication with your clients

Header: Join ParticipACTION in urging the Government of Canada to make physical activity essential and accessible for all Canadians.

Canada is experiencing a physical inactivity crisis, with only 16 percent of adults and 39 percent of children & youth meeting recommended physical activity levels – and the pandemic has only made the situation worse. We are at a pivotal moment and physical inactivity needs to be treated as a pervasive public health issue and urgently recognized as a national priority.

This is not the time to be still.


Visit to sign an open letter urging the Government of Canada to take action to make getting active a part of everyday life for everyone.

Long-Lasting Healthy Changes: Doable and Worthwhile

Monique Tello, MD, MPH

Harvard Health Publishing, September 14, 2021

I've been a physician for 20 years now, and a strong proponent of lifestyle medicine for much of it. I know that it's hard to make lasting, healthy lifestyle changes, even when people know what to do and have the means to do it. Yet many studies and my own clinical experience as a Lifestyle Medicine-certified physician have shown me a few approaches that can help make long-lasting healthy lifestyle changes happen.

What is lifestyle medicine?

In the US, lifestyle medicine is built around six pillars: eating healthy foods; exercising regularly; easing stress; getting restful sleep; quitting addictive substances like tobacco and limiting alcohol; and nurturing social connections.

How will this help you? Here's one example. A study published this summer in the Journal Neurology followed over 70,000 health professionals for more than two decades. Those who reported eating a diet high in colorful fruits and vegetables had a significantly lower risk of subjective memory loss – which is a sign of dementia – compared with those who did not.


Take Control of Your Knee Pain

Kelly Bilodeau, executive editor, Harvard Women''s Health Watch

Harvard Health Publishing, September 1, 2021

Simple home exercises and stretches can help ease some common types of knee pain.

If you've got sore knees, exercise might seem like the hardest thing you can do — but it's also one of the best.

"Exercise is one of the most important things you can do for knee pain," says Dr. Lauren Elson, an instructor in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School.

The right combination of strengthening and stretching exercises can relieve pain by helping to improve the way the joint moves and functions.

"The knee is often an innocent bystander between the hip and the foot. Knee pain is often caused by problems occurring above or below," says Dr. Elson.

For example, weak hip muscles may cause more strain on the knee, intensifying your pain. Strengthening the muscles around the hip joint can help relieve it, says Dr. Elson.

In addition, knee pain is sometimes caused or aggravated by tight muscles around the knee, a problem that is often successfully addressed by stretching. If the muscles aren't flexible, the knee joint sometimes won't move properly, says Dr. Elson.


Physical Activity Prescription: A Critical Opportunity to Address a Modifiable Risk Factor for the Prevention and Management of Chronic Disease: A Position Statement by the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine

Jane S. ThorntonPierre FrémontKarim KhanPaul PoirierJonathon FowlesGreg D. Wells, and Renata J. Frankovich,

BMJ Sports Medicine, Volume 50, Issue 18

Non-communicable disease is a leading threat to global health. Physical inactivity is a large contributor to this problem; in fact, the WHO ranks it as the fourth leading risk factor for overall morbidity and mortality worldwide. In Canada, at least 4 of 5 adults do not meet the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines of 150min of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity per week. Physicians play an important role in the dissemination of physical activity (PA) recommendations to a broad segment of the population, as over 80% of Canadians visit their doctors every year and prefer to get health information directly from them. Unfortunately, most physicians do not regularly assess or prescribe PA as part of routine care, and even when discussed, few provide specific recommendations. PA prescription has the potential to be an important therapeutic agent for all ages in primary, secondary and tertiary prevention of chronic disease. Sport and exercise medicine (SEM) physicians are particularly well suited for this role and should collaborate with their primary care colleagues for optimal patient care. The purpose of this Canadian Academy and Sport and Exercise Medicine position statement is to provide an evidence-based, best practices summary to better equip SEM and primary care physicians to prescribe PA and exercise, specifically for the prevention and management of non-communicable disease. This will be achieved by addressing common questions and perceived barriers in the field.

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Physical Inactivity Is Associated with a Higher Risk for Severe COVID-19 Outcomes: A Study in 48 440 Adult Patients

Robert Sallis, Deborah Rohm Young, Sara Y. Tartof, James F. Sallis, Jeevan Sall, Qiaowu Li, Gary N Smith, and Deborah A. Cohen,

BMJ Sports Medicine, Volume 55, Issue 19

The objectives was to compare hospitalisation rates, intensive care unit (ICU) admissions and mortality for patients with COVID-19 who were consistently inactive, doing some activity or consistently meeting physical activity guidelines.

We identified 48440 adult patients with a COVID-19 diagnosis from 1 January 2020 to 21 October 2020, with at least three exercise vital sign measurements from 19 March 2018 to 18 March 2020. We linked each patient's self-reported physical activity category (consistently inactive=0–10min/week, some activity=11–149min/week, consistently meeting guidelines=150+ min/week) to the risk of hospitalisation, ICU admission and death after COVID-19 diagnosis. We conducted multivariable logistic regression controlling for demographics and known risk factors to assess whether inactivity was associated with COVID-19 outcomes.

Patients with COVID-19 who were consistently inactive had a greater risk of hospitalisation (OR 2.26; 95% CI 1.81 to 2.83), admission to the ICU (OR 1.73; 95% CI 1.18 to 2.55) and death (OR 2.49; 95% CI 1.33 to 4.67) due to COVID-19 than patients who were consistently meeting physical activity guidelines. Patients who were consistently inactive also had a greater risk of hospitalisation (OR 1.20; 95% CI 1.10 to 1.32), admission to the ICU (OR 1.10; 95% CI 0.93 to 1.29) and death (OR 1.32; 95% CI 1.09 to 1.60) due to COVID-19 than patients who were doing some physical activity.

In conclusion, we can say that consistently meeting physical activity guidelines was strongly associated with a reduced risk for severe COVID-19 outcomes among infected adults. We recommend efforts to promote physical activity be prioritised by public health agencies and incorporated into routine medical care.


Schedule in Movement Breaks to Reduce Long Bouts of Sedentary Time

By Tara Santavicca, Kinesiologist

COVID-19 has had profound effects on our levels of physical activity and sedentary behaviour – both here in Canada and abroad. Almost two years into the pandemic, and we have become accustomed to new work and study habits, inclusive of decreased opportunities for physical activity and surges in sedentary screen time.

What is sedentary behaviour? It is the act of sitting, reclined or lying down and exerting very little energy.


Health Use of Health Devices

By Robert Kraakman

Attaining a healthy lifestyle is a goal for most Canadians. The development and access to convenient health devices and technologies are putting greater control in our hands. These devices can give us information at any time relating to our sleep habits, heart rate, blood pressure, ECG, and among others. This access provides us an extremely valuable way to follow our progress and understand our health. There are things to keep mindful of though as we integrate these commercial technologies into our daily health habits.


Seeking Writers for Blogs  

Do you want to be published? The CKA is seeking writers to produce up to 10 blogs within its partnership with ParticipACTION, a national non-profit organization helping Canadians move more through leadership and innovative engagement initiatives. The CKA / ACK, in collaboration with Kinesiologists, will provide ParticipACTION with content through a guest article series consisting of 10 articles per year to be posted in ParticipACTION's app and promoted through their various communication channels.

ParticipACTION will actively work with the CKA / ACK to grow awareness of the kinesiology practice and the important role it can play to support ParticipACTION's vision of a Canada where physical activity is a vital part of everyday life. The CKA / ACK encourages Kinesiologists to promote kinesiology services by using ParticipACTION's app.

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BCAK held its last lunch and learn professional development webinar of the year on November 22, 2021 with Minda Chitt enden on thetopic of "Working with Older Adults and Changing Lives". This event was well att ended by members and was one of seven onlineprofessional development events held by the BCAK throughout 2021. We plan to conti nue this successful series into 2022 and arepresently working on the line-up of speakers and events. In other news, membership renewal started on November 15th and ends onDecember 31, 2021 (early renewal period is from Nov 15 to Dec 15).


Criminal record checks and three additional core courses were successfully implemented as a requirement for all AKA applicants. Three additional core courses include: exercise physiology, exercise prescription, and research design. 
The AKA experienced considerable growth last year and we are now we are planning our strategic approach for 2022. A highlight initiative is the AKA's offering of Kin AKAdemy - an online educational platform that introduces students and new Kins to foundational practical skills in Kinesiology. Link:

This has been a very exciting time for us here in Saskatchewan.  It has been a long process that ended with a whirlwind of activity in October.  We are officially a PKA in the Canadian Kinesiology Alliance and  we have a new name – the Kinesiology Association of Saskatchewan or KAS for short! The work to become the PKA is done and now the work begins to engage our members in the new structure and the fantastic support and resources we now have access to across the county.  We are looking forward to our future as a PKA and what this partnership will bring to enhance the profession of Kinesiology in Saskatchewan.



Manitoba is looking for Board members to rebuild itself as it is still working at establishing a strategy to grow membership. Other activities are slowly getting organized. 



OKA is actively reviewing the status of its strategic plan. A major campaign on the insurance benefit plan was launched and KCA and other KPAs joined in. A new welcome guide was developed for new board members. K.E.E.N. is still expanding, continually adding new material, with the help of its coordinator whose term has been extended.



It's time to renew! This year, we wanted to draw gifts for all those who joined the federation.

We have five grand prizes:

  • Two free registrations to the 33rd annual congress of the FKQ
  • Three free continuing education courses.

The draw will take place on February 15, 2022. 

The procedure to renew is here


The NBKA held its AGM in November and met with its members. This annual meeting allowed us to strengthen our ties with our members and to reinforce our Board of Directors for the year 2022.


KANS has had a great year in 2021 and most recently hosted our first webinar: My Journey with Kinesiology in the Sport and Recreation Industry. We had a great turnout and are excited to be offering more continuing education credit opportunities like this in the new year. We were ecstatic to have our Vice President, Logan Harris, voted as best Speaker in the Kin Can Conference for his presentation on Developing Resiliency Through Exercise. Congratulations to Logan! KANS would like to wish all members of the CKA a happy, healthy and safe holiday season and new year.


KPEI is putting on a membership drive to try to reach 30 professional members in KPEI by the end of 2021


NLKA has been asked to represent "other health professionals" on a government/university organized committee that will tackle major health care issues in our province. The association is working to begin the legislative process; it has asked the government to join the council with other professionals; it is now on the committee working to renew the health accord reform - the first time kinesiologists have had a seat at the table with other professionals.


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The Hexfit software allows you to improve the quality of your follow-up, without increasing the workload, thanks to multiple innovative features. For example, our exercise bank makes the creation or modification of a program significantly faster and certainly more enjoyable. In addition, Hexfit will remind you of important events for your customers such as progress, program deadlines, birthdays, etc. thus allowing a personalized and effective follow-up.

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How Are Kins Vulnerable to Privacy Data Breaches?

Did you know . . .

. . . that health care providers are among the most targeted professionals when it comes to privacy breaches? Nearly two-thirds of global health care organizations have experienced a cyberattack in their lifetimes.

But Kins are particularly vulnerable.

Here's why:

With access to private health records and financial data, you have exactly the type of information fraudsters crave.

With thousands of Kinesiologists shifting to virtual care services because of COVID-19, cybercriminals can now access confidential data through unsafe home Wi-Fi networks and unencrypted connections.

When you're working virtually, it can be hard to help clients adapt to new technologies and telehealth platforms.

Mistakes are inevitable – and you might not be as protected as you think.

If you're found negligent in a data breach, you could be liable for up to $100,000 in regulatory fines under applicable provincial or federal privacy laws.

On average, a privacy breach costs $429 for EACH lost health care record. If you have even 100 clients affected by a breach, that could easily amount to a minimum of $42,900 for a privacy breach.

That's why . . .

. . . PROLINK recommends that Kins maintain a minimum of $50,000 Privacy and Security Breach Expense Coverage and $100,000 Network Security and Privacy Liability coverage to protect against these losses.

The Network Security and Privacy Liability Limit component of your privacy breach insurance provides coverage in the event that you are sued by a third party or investigated by the privacy commissioner. It will cover damages, settlements and regulatory fines up to your limit.

The Privacy and Security Breach Expense Limit component of your privacy breach insurance can be used towards the costs you or your company incurs as a result of a privacy breach.

This includes client notification and credit monitoring costs, hiring public relations consultants to manage reputational fallout, replacing damaged or lost data and more.

A dedicated data security and privacy breach insurance policy can help you get your digital assets back in order and your business back online. And when you choose PROLINK, your comprehensive cyber protections automatically include the following:

Legal fees and coaching in case of a civil suit

Defence costs for privacy regulatory investigations, including penalties and fines levied against you

Public relations consulting to help restore your business's reputation

Funds to set up credit monitoring and notifications for affected parties

A forensic investigation team to help you determine the size and scope of a breach

AND more!

The best part? It's only an extra $56 + applicable PST. Make sure you look out for this coverage when completing your professional insurance application with PROLINK.

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Human Kinetics has just released

Written by Dr. Chad Waterbury, a physical therapist who understands howbodies change with age.

Elite Physique shows you how to make radical physical changes by manipulati ng sets, reps, andfrequency and by deciding when and how to use advanced training methods. You'll start by performing an honest physicalassessment to establish a starti ng point and more accurately gauge your progress.

As you move into exercises for the lower body and upper body, you'll fi nd ti ps on altering exercises to alleviate stress onprimary joints like the shoulders, elbows, wrists, lower back, hips, and knees. Video clips off er demonstrati ons of many of theexercises, highlighti ng proper technique and common mistakes. You'll learn the fi ner points of sculpti ng the midsecti on andwill be able to create programs to target a lagging body part, either as an add-on to full-body training or as a stand-alone high-frequency training plan.

See more: eBook or Paperback Book

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