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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.


Is Your Desk Dangerous?
April 28, 12-1 p.m. ODLC, Room 610


Sitting at a desk all day is surprisingly risky business!  Prolonged spinal flexion is probably the most common cause of mechanical low back disorder; but recent research has also focussed on its negative effects on lifespan!   “Sitting is the new tobacco” is a mantra heard with increasing frequency in health care circles.  In this session, we will consider both of these health effects of prolonged sitting, along with suggestions as to how to mitigate or overcome them with appropriate exercise and spinal hygiene


Dr. Doug Richards is a clinical sport physician and biomechanist. Educated in medicine at U of T (Class of 7T9), he has worked at the University of Toronto’s David L. MacIntosh Sport Medicine Clinic since 1984, and has been its medical director since 1989. He has been a professor in U of T’s Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education since 1991. Dr. Richards has organized and provided medical services at a variety of national and international sporting events and major games; and he has been team physician for many teams and programs including U of T’s Varsity Blues intercollegiate teams since 1984, Canada’s women's national basketball team from 1987-2012, Canada’s national beach volleyball teams since 1997, and the Toronto Raptors from 1995-2004. He is presently the Chief Medical Officer of the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario. Professor Richards teaches undergraduate courses in sport medicine, biomechanics, and personal health. He was a semi-finalist in the TVO Best Lecturer contest in 2008, and a finalist in the same contest in 2009. His research interests have focussed on concussion in sports and the biomechanics of injury. He is an avid cyclist who rides around 10,000 km per year.