Exercise, education and alumni — Kinesiology Day delivers again

It was a fast-paced day, but that is to be expected from a community of kinesiology-minded individuals.

kin-day-2016-alumni-panel-wpOn Nov 16, the Kinesiology Student Association (KINSA) organized the third annual Kinesiology Day bringing together students, faculty, staff and alumni to explore various aspects of the field of kinesiology.

Kinesiology day kicked off with a panel of alumni speakers, each representing a range of health-related careers for students to learn about.

“Having alumni returning to the university to be a part of our panel is such a great opportunity for us to learn from individuals who have been through the process, specifically the program at UFV and can provide us wisdom on what to expect and how to prepare for the future,” says Marissa Corea, KINSA President and UFV kinesiology student.

“These former students are now professionals in their field and have so many tips and tricks to share with us, as well as what we can expect in our futures.”kin-day-vo2max-wp

During the question and answer portion of the panel, alumni panelist Braden Wilkins, who graduated from the UFV Kinesiology program and is now working as an Exercise Physiologist, shared what he wishes he knew before starting at UFV.

“Before I started at UFV I wish I knew how many options were available through kinesiology,” he explained.

“I came in with my physio blinders on. The program helped me realize that there are opportunities in youth sport, education and so many other areas.”

zach-syens-wpThe day consisted of a healthy balance of exercise, education and networking. Students took part in an exercise bootcamp class led by UFV Kinesiology alumnus Zach Syens, Manager and trainer at Steve Nash Fitness.

Other highlights included a VO2 max demonstration, faculty research presentations, yoga class and free massages compliments of students from the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy.

“Keeping this tradition of Kin Day going is extremely important because it creates such a great sense of community among the Kinesiology department,” said Corea.kin-day-2016-massagetherapy-wp

“It allows us to get to know our faculty and all the amazing things they do outside of teaching, it also provides us the opportunity to get to know other students, network and build connections.”

Kinesiology day is a student-led initiative made possible by the hard work and dedication from the Kinesiology Student Association and student volunteers.

Visit the KINSA website for more information.