Movement Breaks

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This website is designed as a toolkit to help instructors implement Movement Breaks seamlessly into their classrooms. Here, you can find a database of all Movement Break videos, templates for syllabi and lectures, and implementation strategies.

What are Movement Breaks?  

Movement Breaks are 3-minute video-led exercise breaks that include a combination of simple stretches, dance moves, and mindful meditation developed by licensed, accredited, or certified instructors. They are designed to be safe and appropriate for instructors and students of all fitness levels and abilities to perform in everyday attire, and within environments with space constraints such as lecture halls.   

The goal of this project is to keep students and instructors active, engaged and enhance their well being during class lectures.  

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Project Leaders

Dr. Ananya Banerjee is Assistant Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH) at the University of Toronto. She also holds a cross-appointment as Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto and is a Registered Kinesiologist.   Dr. Jacqueline (Jackie) Bender is a Scientist in the Cancer Rehabilitation and Survivorship Program, Department of Supportive Care of the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, and Assistant Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, and Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto.