Position Papers


As part of OKA’s advocacy efforts, we’ve developed a number of white papers outlining the Association’s positions on a number of health issues concerning Kinesiology and exercise.

  • Obesity
  • Premiers Council Submission
  • Exercise and Mental Health
  • Pre-Budget Comments
  • Health Professions Regulatory Reform
  • Primary Care
  • Diabetes

Obesity


Primary care providers should make referrals to Registered Kinesiologists as a first line of treatment for obesity and comorbid chronic conditions. Integrate Kinesiologists into interdisciplinary care teams, particularly those with a focus on treating obesity.

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Exercise and Mental Health

Exercise is known to stimulate the body to produce endorphins and enkephalins, hormones which promote good feelings and make problems feel manageable. Exercise increases the volume of certain brain regions, in part through better blood supply and in part through factors which support neuron signaling, growth and connections; specifically, studies show that exercise promotes the creation of new neurons in the hippocampus, an area of the brain involved in memory, emotional regulation and learning.

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Premiers Council Submission

Approximately 63% of Ontarians are affected by one or more chronic conditions. The cost of supporting individuals with chronic disease is estimated to be 55% of total direct and indirect health costs. In Ontario alone, physical activity creates an economic burden of approximately $3.4 billion, while obesity generates a burden of $4.5 billion. Chronic conditions like cancers, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and chronic respiratory disease are the leading cause of death in Ontario, and all can be helped with exercise.

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Pre-Budget Comments

A 2015 environmental scan found only 57 of 102 Family Health Teams (FHT) offered any type of physical activity programs for the prevention and management of chronic disease. Of 30 health promoters at these FHTs, only 10 were Registered Kinesiologists or other regulated exercise professionals. In fact, only five Family Health Teams reported having a one-on-one physical activity counseling service. Health Professions Regulatory Reform

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Primary Care

Exercise and physical activity are recognized unequivocally as among the most effective means to both prevent and manage chronic disease. Managing these illnesses is critical: Chronic conditions such as cancers, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and chronic respiratory disease are the leading cause of death in Ontario. The cost of supporting individuals with chronic disease is estimated to be 55% of total direct and indirect health costs.

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Diabetes

According to the Diabetes Canada Report on Diabetes in Ontario, the number of Ontarians diagnosed with diabetes has risen by 80% over the past decade. In 2012, one million Ontarians had it; by 2016, that number had risen to 1.6 million. In fact, including undiagnosed diabetes and pre-diabetes, 30% of Ontarians – 4.6 million people – are estimated to be affected, with diagnosis rates expected to rise by another 46% by 2026.

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