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"Emerging Patterns of Health and Disease" featuring Dr. Mary Forhan - Improving Wellness of Persons Living with Obesity

175th anniversary
Friday, May 26, 2017
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Biosciences Complex
Room: 1101
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Third in the Series – "Emerging Patterns of Health and Disease" featuring Dr. Mary Forhan

The role of rehabilitation science and therapy in promoting wellness for persons living with obesity.

The complexity of obesity has been underestimated and until recently, neglected by rehabilitation scientists and practitioners. Rehabilitation science and therapies are well poised to address the biological, psychological and sociological factors that contribute to participation in activities and life roles known to enable wellness and promote health for persons living with obesity. This presentation will highlight rehabilitation research and clinical practices that address issues identified by persons living with obesity including weight bias and stigma, access to quality healthcare and participation in the activities of everyday living.  Dr. Forhan was the first occupational therapist in Canada to define the role of occupational therapy in obesity prevention, management and treatment. Since starting her first academic appointment at the University of Alberta in July, 2013, Dr. Forhan is leading a multidisciplinary team of researchers, practitioners and persons living with obesity that focuses on improving the quality of life for persons living with obesity and promoting quality care and rehabilitation outcomes. Dr. Forhan has received a number of awards and recognitions in North America for her work.  RSVP to reserve your seat: or 613-533-3112

Free - Please RSVP to reserve your seat
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