HMB473H1- Application Form

In HMB473H1F Exercise and Mental Health, we explore in depth the multi-disciplinary aspects of exercise and its effects on mind and brain health. Physical activity has a profound effect on the brain. These effects have been successfully used to enhance the mental well-being of healthy people, and those with physical and mental illness. In this course, the mental health benefits of participation in physical activities are explored at the community, behavioural, systems, cellular and molecular levels. Ideally, our graduates will advocate for mental health and the benefits of physical activity.

A highlight of the course is a community-engaged learning opportunity which takes place in partnership with various community and health organizations. Students provide weekly service for ~3 months in programs where physical activity is used to manage neurological conditions (intellectual disabilities, psychological disorders, neurological diseases/injury), improve lifestyle (youth, adults, elderly) and promote mental and physical health. Students serve their community, learn by doing, and derive the brain benefit!

Students will be provided information about community placement choices 2 weeks before the course begins. Some of the placements require preparation before the course begins (Eg. immunization records, and/or a tuberculosis test and/ or a recent police check). For those placements, students will be able to sign up immediately (first come first serve) and being preparation. Timing is critical – delays may jeopardize learning objectives. Other placements do not required preparation and students will be able to sign up after the first class of the term (representatives from organizations will attend to describe the placements).
Please list your full name as it appears in ACORN, and give your utoronto email address. Please check to make sure your utoronto email address is the one listed in your ACORN account.

applications that are submitted with a non-utoronto email address will NOT be considered.

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* 1. Please list your full name as it appears in ACORN, and give your utoronto email address. Please check to make sure your utoronto email address is the one listed in your ACORN account.

applications that are submitted with a non-utoronto email address will NOT be considered.

Enrollment in this course comes with the following mandatory expectations:

•Some placements may require application forms, reference letters (I can provide the reference letter), and interviews

•Some placements may require a mandatory orientation session typically scheduled outside of class time.

•All placements will require regular attendance/participation (typically weekly for ~1 hour per week) for at least9 weeks of the course, starting at the latest in week 3

•Students must abide by all the rules, regulations and expectations of the placement organization

•Students must be professional and courteous in their placements and interactions with clients and staff

•A placement project will require timely communication with placement staff and consultation with the professor and teaching assistant
In the space provided below, answer the question below (in bold). Your answer should be 100-250 words in length and must be typed in the space provided.


"The real reason we feel so good when we get our blood pumping is that it makes the brain function at its best, and in my view, this benefit of physical activity is far more important … Building muscles and conditioning the heart and lungs are essentially side effects.” – John R. Ratey, “Spark, The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain”, 1998, Little, Brown, New York.

Prompt: Explain what is meant by this provocative statement.

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* 3. In the space provided below, answer the question below (in bold). Your answer should be 100-250 words in length and must be typed in the space provided.


"The real reason we feel so good when we get our blood pumping is that it makes the brain function at its best, and in my view, this benefit of physical activity is far more important … Building muscles and conditioning the heart and lungs are essentially side effects.” – John R. Ratey, “Spark, The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain”, 1998, Little, Brown, New York.

Prompt: Explain what is meant by this provocative statement.

When you are ready, submit your application.  ONLY YOUR FIRST SUBMISSION WILL BE ACCEPTED. 

Preliminary decisions will be made on July 3, 2018, with rolling decisions until the Fall2018 term starts.

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