Interdisciplinary Research Cluster On Wellness

“Every experience influences in some degree the objective conditions under which further experiences are had.”

/Dewey, 1938

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Wellness…purposeful, enjoyable living or, more specifically, a deliberate lifestyle choice characterized by personal responsibility and optimal enhancement of physical, mental, and spiritual health.”

/Hales & Lauzon, 2015

 


Contents:

Focus and Mandate

Objectives and Intended Outputs

Key Processes

Members of the Research Cluster (Concordia University of Edmonton)

Friends of the Research Cluster (Individuals)

Friends of the Research Cluster (Professional Organizations)

Upcoming Events

Past Events


 

Focus and Mandate

We are a group of scholars united in exploring issues related to wellness.  We understand “wellness” to have several dimensions.  For example, wellness not only relates to physical activity, physical literacy, healthy eating, and dealing with stressors positively, but also to other issues such as mental health, comprehensive health programming, financial issues, social decisions, etc. Thus, wellness covers a wide range of topics worthy of research. Wellness has personal, familial, and social aspects and is an integral role in how we carry out our lives (e.g., choices, communicating, goal-setting, etc.).

As an academic group, we will gather/communicate regularly to share the goals and results of our research.  We will learn from each other and collaborate on projects. Since the members of the group represent many fields and institutions, we will bring a diversity of approaches and topics to the table.

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Objectives and Intended Outputs

To provide…

  • a forum where scholars can share their research and work-in-progress, and learn of the work of others.
  • resources and learning opportunities for scholars to develop new aspects of their research.
  • possibilities for collaborative and interdisciplinary work within CUE and other institutions/ organizations.

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Key Processes

  • Connecting | Communicating | Representing | Sharing | Discovering
  • Encouraging | Experiencing | Adapting |Transforming | Learning

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Members of the Research Cluster (Concordia University of Edmonton)

  • Brent Bradford – (Lead) Education
  • Barb van Ingen – (Lead) Dean of Students
  • Adam Howorko – Psychology
  • Manfred Zeuch – Vice President International and Research
  • Tim Loreman – Education
  • John Jayachandran –  Sociology
  • Erinn Jacula – CUE School of Physical Education & Wellness

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Friends of the Research Cluster (Individuals)

Canadian Institutions

  • Clive Hickson – Education (University of Alberta)
  • Nathan Hall – Education (University of Winnipeg)
  • Nick Forsberg – Education (University of Regina)
  • Stephen Berg – Education (University of British Columbia [UBC] – Okanagan Campus)
  • Shannon Kell – Education (Mount Royal University)
  • Eduardo Rasche da Motta

International Institutions

From Spain (Basque Country):

Saioa Urrutia-Gutierrez
– Universidad del Pais Vasco | Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea (UPV/EHU)
– University of the Basque Country

From Germany:
– Mittweida University

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Friends of the Research Cluster (Professional Organizations)

  • Human Nutrition Research Unit (University of Alberta)
  • Alberta Centre for Active Living
  • Alberta Health Services
  • Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)
  • Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada
  • Physical & Health Education (PHE) Canada

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Upcoming Events

Diversity: Indigenous Peoples’ & Wellness
Wednesday, March 15, 2017              4:00-5:00 pm

Future Research: Wellness Research Dialogue
Wednesday, April 12, 2017                  4:00-5:00 pm

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Past Events

Psychosocial Health: Mental & Emotional Health
Wednesday, February 15, 2017         4:00-5:00 pm

Women & Physical Activity
Wednesday, January 18, 2017            4:00-5:00 pm

Discussion of Outdoor Winter Activities
Wednesday, December 14, 2016       4:00-5:00 pm

“The Fiber Gap and the Disappearing Gut Microbiome: Implications for Human Health.” Dr. Jens Walter (University of Alberta)
Wednesday, November 16, 2016      4:00-5:00 pm

“Sarcopenic Obesity: When Body Weight Fails to Predict Health Risk.” Dr. Carla Prado (University of Alberta)
Wednesday, October 19, 2016           4:00-5:00 pm

Launch: Beginning of the Wellness Research Cluster 
Wednesday, September 21, 2016     4:00-5:00 pm

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