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UofT KPE Instagram photoToday is #WorldMentalHealthDay. At #uoftkpe, not only do we research the connection between mental health and physical activity, we put that research into practice in our programs and services. From offering mindful yoga and meditation classes via @uoftsportandrec to developing interventions for cancer survivors at @thepmcf through our Mental Health & Physical Activity Research Centre (MPARC), we work collaboratively to advance knowledge about the interactions between physical activity and health. One of the student-focused mental health initiatives we’re expanding this year is MoveU.HappyU. This free, unique program offers behaviour change coaching and exercise training to @uoft students who are seeking help with their mental health. Incorporating motivational tools such as goal setting and plan implementation strategies along with exercise training, MoveU.HappyU aims to improve physical activity levels and reduce symptoms of stress, depression, and anxiety in inactive to moderately active students. “It’s a different way to think about mental health and approach it...it makes it a little less scary to reach out for help,” said one student who completed the program. As the stigma around mental health lifts, we hope to find even more ways to positively impact future health outcomes through our research, programs and services. Learn more about our work at www.kpe.utoronto.ca Illustration by @deadbymorningUofT KPE Instagram photoCalling all #uoftkpe alumni! Join your fellow grads from all eras on Saturday October 19 for a special celebration of your time at U of T. Come out and cheer on the Varsity Blues football team in a special alumni-only section, as they take on Guelph in their final regular season game! As an alum, you’ll receive complimentary tickets to the game for you and a guest. Bring the whole family for a fun afternoon of football and great memories! Children aged 9 and under get in free, and extra tickets can be purchased by contacting blues.tickets@utoronto.ca. RSVP online at https://uoft.me/kpe-game2019 by October 14.UofT KPE Instagram photoMeet Symone Peltier. She had her sights on @uoft since she was in Grade 9. This September, she finally arrived as a first-year student studying psychology at @uoftmississauga, fulfilling a goal she set for herself four years ago. Symone comes to U of T from Manitoulin Island in Lake Huron, among the largest freshwater islands in the world. Located about a six-hour drive from Toronto, Manitoulin is home to six First Nations reserves. In 2018, she got a sense of campus life by participating in two university outreach programs. The first was #uoftkpe’s very own Soar Indigenous Youth Gathering. It takes place during March Break and brings Indigenous teens to the St. George campus to learn about U of T’s academic programs and resources. Symone, who is Ojibwe, enjoyed getting to know U of T during the youth gathering, as well as learning about First Nations House. “I thought that would be really helpful for Indigenous students – and it only solidified my decision of going to U of T even more than before,” she says. She returned a few months later for the Faculty of Medicine’s Summer Mentorship Program – a four-week program that introduces students of Indigenous and African ancestry to health sciences at U of T. Symone says her decision to study psychology at U of T stems from her desire to help people within her community and beyond. She hopes to work at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto after graduation, and then return to Manitoulin Island to work with the Wiikwemkoong First Nation community. Watch the full video to learn more about Symone at www.kpe.utoronto.ca or learn more about the Soar program at uoft.me/soarindigenous.