There is a great line-up of Symposia to look forward to at CSEP 2021 Zooming into the future. We’ve interviewed each presenter to give you a preview of what to expect and how attending will benefit you.
In this feature we talk to Tom Hazell, (PhD), Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education at Wilfred Laurier University. Dr. Hazell is presenting the “Appetite Regulation – Effects of Exercise, Environment, and Nutrition” symposia at CSEP 2021. His co-presenters include Julia Totosy de Zepetnek (PhD) and Marc Bomhoff (PhD).
What can CSEP certified members learn from attending your session that they can apply to their practice?
For many individuals, maintaining a healthy body weight is challenging within our current environment and excessive body fat accumulation can negatively affect physical and mental health. A goal of this symposium is to inform CSEP members and conference delegates about the role of exercise and nutrition on the regulation of appetite. Energy balance is a complex and dynamic concept that involves the interaction between tonic and episodic appetite signals to regulate appetite and food intake. We will cover specific topics related to the physiological (e.g., exercise intensity), environmental (e.g., screen time), and nutritional (e.g., type) factors that can influence appetite signals.
What do you think makes this topic and the content unique to the CSEP conference?
We will provide novel information on factors that alter appetite regulation. Despite the increased energy expenditure with exercise, exercise does not typically elicit long-term reductions in body weight and a better understanding of how exercise, environment, and nutrition can alter appetite is necessary. As it relates to body weight regulation, CSEP conference attendees will gain a greater appreciation for the important interaction between exercise physiology and nutrition.
What strategies have you learned throughout the course of the pandemic that you believe will make your session engaging in a virtual setting?
With the abrupt transition to sharing information exclusively in a virtual setting, all of our speakers have had the opportunity to teach online and participate in virtual conferences. Based on this experience, our speakers will implement strategies learned over the course of the pandemic to engage the audience, generate discussion, and highlight pertinent information and take-home messages that CSEP members can incorporate into practice and research.
CSEP is consistently growing with a diverse community of members, which is reflected in this year’s selection of expert AGM panelists. What does EDI mean to you and why is it important in our field as our organization continues to grow?
As researchers and educators at Canadian universities as well as members of CSEP, we are committed to removing the barriers that currently limit diversity and equity in our institutions. We believe that the field of exercise physiology will be greatly enhanced from having a full diversity of representation.