The Physical Literacy Connector

Welcome to The Physical Literacy Connector. This is an email newsletter to connect Mount Royal University students with faculty, alumni and community members to promote and foster the development of physical literacy.
In this issue of the Physical Literacy Connector you will find information on
  • Job opportunities
  • Resource links
  • Upcoming events that are relevant to MRU PL students
  • Faculty member highlight
  • Nutrition and Wellness tips
  • Student Society of Health and Physical Education

"Physical literacy is the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life"

(International Physical Literacy Association, May 2014)

Job Opportunities

Community Programmer - Town of High River

Senior Life Guard - Deck Lead - Town of High River

Customer Service Team Member - Repsol (part time)

Vivo Play Project  - Lead Play Ambassador - Vivo for Healthier Generations, Calgary

Community Access Practioner - Vecova, Calgary

Aquatic Team Lead (full time) - Saddetowne, YMCA, Calgary

YMAP/Lit Coordinator (full time), YMCA, Calgary

Strength and Conditioning Instructor and Personal Traininer (full time) - YMCA, Calgary
Physical Literacy and You (PLAY)
This is an organization that connects community, recreation and sporting organizations. The Calgary cohort meets 4-6 times a year to share new discoveries and network with others in the field. The 'Physical Literacy Connect' is one way to stay up to date with this network. Check out how you can get connected at

How do we get more people moving? Examining the many benefits of physical activity.
Who's in the Hall?
Check out who's in the Hall of Fame FREE the first Wednesday of every month!!!
September 4, 2019  - Cindy Klassen, 6-Time Olympic Medalist, Long Track Speed Skating
Guest speaker at 7:00 pm
Doors open at 5:00 pm
To register and for more information go to
Dr. Christy Lane - Chair, Department of Health and Physical Education
Dr. Christy Lane, PhD is an award-winning exercise scientist with expertise in big data, wearable devices, and lifestyle medicine. She has a PhD in Rehabilitation Medicine from the University of Alberta, as well as an MSc. In Exercise Physiology from Western University. She completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Rehabilitation Science at the University of Michigan. Dr. Lane is a founding member of the Stanford Wearable Health Lab and an Associate Professor of Health and Physical Education at Mount Royal University. Dr. Lane has won many international awards for her work in lifestyle medicine and the application of technology in health, and speaks often internationally on these topics. She was recently recognized as Top 40 Under 40 in Calgary. 

Nutrition Tip

Keep the ingredient list to less than five.

Is there such a thing as a quick fix nutrition tip? Really, there are no quick fixes but there are changes that you can make that can provide BIG value for your effort. In a study on the effects of processed food, researchers provided meals to participants balanced for calories with one group getting “ultra-processed” meals and the other “minimally processed” meals [click here to read more]. Participants ate more and gained more weight on the “ultra-processed” meals even though both diets had a similar calorie count. What is the definition of “processed food”? The NOVA system describes it as ready-to-eat food with five or more ingredients. High five for less than five!




Wellness Tip

Tips for back to school!

MacLean's magazine asked leading Canadian academics what advice they would give first year students. Here are a few words of advice;
  1. Engage with subjects that frighten you.Take a course that scares and challenges you
  2. Ask yourself questions
  3. Follow your curiosity
  4. Manage your time and take a partial course load if you need to 
  5. Allow yourself to be intellectually uncomfortable
Hey YOU at MRU!

We want to hear from you!

Is there something you wold like to share? This is your chance to brag about what you have been doing and also the chance to share opportunities with other students.
Email Nadine by the 20th of each month to add a submission at


Student Society Of Health and Physical Education

Do you have some extra time in your schedule and want to help us with all of our exciting plans for the year? This could be a great opportunity to get involved in the HPED community at Mount Royal and Calgary area! Contact us with any questions.

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Department of Health and Physical Education
Nadine Van Wyk, PhD

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