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What sources can you trust and what strategies can you use to enhance your well-being? With an overload of information about health and wellness, it can be overwhelming to decide what is reliable.

Join us for this series featuring U of T experts who are not only doing leading edge research into the most important factors that contribute to your well-being, but are also gifted communicators and presenters. You will learn not only the science of a life well lived but also gain some very practical applications that are immediately useful.

Active Wellness and Health Literacies

June 26, 2018, 12 noon – 1 p.m. ODLC room 610

The World Health Organization has embedded a notion of well-being into their definition of health as being “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” ( However, while well-being typically connotes a dynamic sense of healthy mind-body-spirit, there are multiple meanings cherished around the world. Moreover, the mediascape further complicates notions of wellness  by spinning contradictory messages and advice. In this Interactive session, we’ll explore historical notions of fitness and health, overview the different domains of wellness, examine social determinants, and learn how to move beyond functional health literacy to foster more interactive and transformative levels of wellness in our communities. Come ready to share, care and move!

Professor Margaret MacNeill is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of KPE, is cross appointed to the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, and is an International Fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology. As Director of the Media & Motion Collaboratory at the Goldring Centre, her research spans sport media studies, physical cultural studies and health communication fields. Current research projects include: cultural constructions of health risk in the fitness industry, pedagogies of physical literacy, and athletes’ rights and responsibilities related to social media engagement.



Concluded Sessions

Biomechanics/low back health - June 21, 2018

Work and the Quest for Meaning - April 12, 2018

The Right Amount of Protein at the Right Time: The Basics of Protein Ingestion to Optimize Muscle Mass and Body Composition with Exercise - April 26, 2018

The Academy of Well-Being: Making Sense of Mixed Health Messages in the Media - February 23, 2018,