Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada

Human kinetics student Kelsey Ellis selected to present obesity research at Canadian conference

June 26th, 2018
Kelsey Ellis

Kelsey Ellis, a third year StFX human kinetics honours student from Ottawa, ON, was selected as one of the few undergraduate students chosen to deliver research at the Canadian Obesity Meeting for Students and New Professionals. 

The multidisciplinary conference designed to highlight the latest advances in obesity research was held at Western University in London, ON from June 20-22, 2018.  

Ms. Ellis's proposal presentation focused on the design of sustainable physical activity programming for adults with intellectual disability living in community assisted living. Individuals with intellectual disability are at a higher risk for obesity related conditions due to a number of personal and environmental barriers many face for a healthy lifestyle, she says. 

Ms Ellis has been working closely on this project with her supervisor, human kinetics professor Dr. Amanda Casey whose research centres on interventions and reducing sedentary behaviour in group homes.  

“The conference allowed Ms. Ellis an opportunity to gain valuable insight from experts in the field and share knowledge to help her design interventions for vulnerable populations,” Dr. Casey says.

“She discussed her findings with graduate researchers, professors and other healthcare practitioners interested in preventative medicine and addressing chronic disease in marginalized populations.” 

Ms Ellis, who is also an All-Canadian X-Women soccer player, was one of eight students selected to receive a competitive travel award from the Canadian Obesity Network to attend the conference. She is the incoming president of StFX’s Canadian Obesity Network Chapter. At the conference she was able to meet with other chapters across Canada and discuss advances in obesity research and innovative ideas focusing on how to promote obesity management and prevention on and off campus and make a difference in the community. 

This summer Ms. Ellis is also a 2018 recipient of an RBC Foundation Undergraduate Summer Research Internship Award for a second project focusing on sustainable physical activity opportunities for children with autism spectrum disorders. These awards are worth up to $6,250 for a minimum of 12 weeks and a maximum of 16 weeks of paid research. 

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