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Work-out safely during the winter months

Just because it's getting colder, it doesn't mean you can't exercise outside anymore.

As winter approaches, if you are keen on jogging outdoors during the colder months, here are some tips to make outdoor running safer and more enjoyable:


Our webinars now have a dedicated page


Catch up on missed webinars on our new page

We now have an archive of PERFORM's online webinars and colloquia (see the "webinars" link near the top of this page). These are academic talks on a broad range of topics related to preventative health research. as well as webinars for the general public on topics such as cooking healthy meals at home, exercise strategies, sleep, and mental health.

Subscribe to our YouTube channel for more webinars as they are posted. There is a dedicated playlist there for just the webinars.


National Health & Fitness Day is this Saturday!


National Health & Fitness Day  

For Canadian National Health and Fitness day, on June 2, 2018, the PERFORM Centre will be hosting a few free activities for the general public. Drop-in and try the gym for free, access will be granted all day from 8AM to 6PM. 

There will be 2 free group exercises classes, Bootcamp and Zumba, taught by 2 of our pro trainers. Our detitian has also prepared a pre and post-workout smoothie recipe for you too enjoy.


Giving students a first-hand look at research in the health sciences


Montreal CEGEP and high school students visit PERFORM

In recent months graduating students from Montreal area CEGEPs and high schools have visited the PERFORM Centre to get hands-on experience in our labs and learn more about the sciences in a University setting.

Since it opened its doors in 2011, PERFORM has welcomed hundreds of students interested in pursuing their studies in the sciences. [more...]

Nutrition Month 2018 - The Potential to Bring Us Together: Why Share Meals with Others?


Enjoy the benefits of bringing families and friends together with food.

Canadians are busy! In a recent Ipsos poll, 30 per cent of Canadians said it’s challenging to find time to eat meals with friends and family. But, it’s important to share meals, because it opens dialogue, connects people and helps us eat a more balanced diet. It’s an enriching experience for people of all ages to share meals -- from children to older adult. This Nutrition Month, dietitians want to remind you of the power of coming together for shared meals.


Nutrition Month 2018 - The Potential to Heal: Dietitians are Here to Help


Learn how food can promote healing and how dietitians work in health care teams to make a difference.

Dietitians believe in and understand the potential of food to enhance lives and improve health. Dietitians can help you select and prepare the foods you need to meet your nutrient needs. They use food to promote healing, and educate about how nutrition can help prevent or manage certain conditions, such as diabetes, celiac disease, swallowing problems (dysphagia), heart conditions, cancer and more. This Nutrition Month, dietitians want to remind you of the potential of food for healing.


Nutrition Month 2018 - The Potential to Prevent: Build a Balanced Diet


Understand how food can help prevent chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Lifestyle factors, including what we eat, can influence our health. A nutritious diet can help prevent illness and can lower the risk of developing chronic diseases. Dietitians can help you follow a healthy eating pattern that suits your individual needs and health goals. This Nutrition Month, dietitians want to remind you of the power of food for disease prevention.


Nutrition Month 2018 - Figuring out the Diet Trap


As part of this year's Nutrition Month, Sylvia Santosa, a Concordia Associate Professor in Exercise Science and a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Clinical Nutrition and a member researcher at the PERFORM Centre, was recently on CTV Montreal with Mutsumi Takahashi discussing issues that affect dieting.

Nutrition Month 2018 - The Potential to Discover: Five Tips for Cooking with Kids


Foster healthy eating habits in children by teaching them to shop and cook.

Starting from a young age, inspiring children to shop, cook and prepare food can set them up for a lifetime of healthy eating. A great way to teach children about food is to let them shop and cook with you. Yet, a recent Ipsos survey found that 38 per cent of parents rarely or never let their child prepare a meal or snack – it’s a missed opportunity, but it can be easily fixed! This Nutrition Month, dietitians want to remind you of the power of discovering food with your children.


Nutrition Month 2018 - A Conversation About Lifestyle and Weight


As part of this year's Nutrition Month, PERFORM's new R. Howard Webster Foundation Scientist in Nutrition & Lifestyle, Tamara Cohen, was on CTV Montreal with Mutsumi Takahashi in a conversation about lifestyle changes and their effect on body weight.

Nutrition Month 2018 - The Potential to Fuel: Five Tips for Healthy Snacks


Stay energized by planning nutritious snacks into your day.

Nutritious snacks, in the right portion sizes, can be part of a healthy eating plan. Almost half of all Canadians say that eating a balanced diet is challenging for them because they are so busy. They often skip meals, and close to 30 per cent of Canadians say they snack to stay fuelled in a busy day. This Nutrition Month, dietitians want to remind you of the power of snacking to stay fuelled all day long.


Thinking Out Loud Podcast: The Last Frontier: Brain


Removing record-breaking amounts of snow from your walkway may not seem like a very cerebral activity, but chucking powder involves a little bit of physics (gotta have those well-placed swings) and a lot of blood flow (might as well be doing burpees).

In “Last Frontier: Brain,” Claudine Gauthier, an assistant professor in Concordia's Department of Physics & PERFORM Member Researcher, explains how physics and vascular health could provide the key to developing the next generation of MRIs. [Listen to the interview]

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