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Physical activity counselling

The University of Ottawa offers free Physical Activity Counselling (PAC) to all insufficiently active students, faculty and staff!

Physical Activity Counselling focuses on motivating individuals to be more physically active for their own reasons through the use of evidence-based behaviour change techniques. The physical activity counsellors of the PAC program are students who are on the path to becoming registered Kinesiologists, who have taken a course in Physical Activity Counselling which delivers practical training in motivation building and behaviour change. The goal of the PAC program is to increase levels of physical activity among students to improve their overall physical and mental health. The greatest decline in physical activity is suggested to be during the transition from high school to first year university. In addition, the highest rates of depression are reported in ages 15-24, an age group which represents a significant portion of university students. Students are the leaders of tomorrow; it is crucial for them to be physically and mentally healthy in order to succeed. 

For any questions related to the PAC program e-mail: [email protected]

Where: All counselling sessions will be held virtually.

Frequency: Generally, clients receive weekly/biweekly counselling sessions during the first 2 months. The frequency of sessions is adapted to each client according to their needs.

Our team: This initiative was developed and is supervised by Dr. Michelle Fortier (full professor in Human Kinetics, who teaches the Physical Activity Counselling class, APA4523). Taylor McFadden (manager) and Olivia Pastore (assistant and counsellor) ensure the good functioning of the program (e.g. promotion, linking clients with the counsellors, organizing monthly meetings with counsellors, etc.). To this date, we have 9 counsellors on board (6 French-speaking/bilingual and 3 English-speaking only) who are graduate or 4th year students in Human Kinetics trained in Physical Activity Counselling and behaviour change.