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Does your organization want…

  • Reductions in work-related injuries? (Amick et al, 2003)
  • An 18% increase in productivity? (Amick et al, 2003)
  • Reductions in employee turnover? (Spilling et al, 1986)
  • A major decrease in lost time costs? (Hilyer et al, 1990)

“[For] every dollar spent on safety, health and wellness, $3 is gained through decreased injury & increased productivity.” – Alberta Employment, Immigration & Industry

Solutions to Fit your Health & Safety Requirements

Your organization’s Health and Safety needs are unique. HMS works with you to develop a customized intervention program that incorporates your safety concerns and your budget. See Solutions for more about how HMS can help:

  • Reduce workplace injury and injury costs
  • Reduce absenteeism and presenteeism in the workplace
  • increase employee health, satisfaction and productivity in the workplace

Find ergonomic tips, good work relief practices, and injury prevention information in the Kin Tips section that can help you and your organization recognize and resolve potential workplace hazards.

Why Choose HMS?

People are the most important asset of any business. Managing the potential for repetitive, traumatic injuries equals a higher level of on-the-job safety and more effective workers. Just like top athletes, workers need proper body mechanics training to perform at peak levels; we’re creating “The Industrial Athlete.”

Imbalances in the kinetic chain and poor postural alignment are common reasons why workers get injured. Our programs teach them the basics of the kinetic chain and the nervous, muscular and skeletal systems. Your employees will learn how to optimize their effectiveness when performing work-required movements.

2A lack of biomechanics training leads to abnormal spine stresses and can lead to repetitive-use injuries and deterioration of joints and discs.

Our other courses to support musculoskeletal injuries include:

  • Stress Wise
  • A Move Towards Wellness in the Oil Field

Customized Programs

Our unique programs customize the injury prevention for your specific work environment. We’re able to meet your specific needs by using a team of kinesiologists and exercise physiologists who carefully analyze your employees in action. We pinpoint all of the ineffective working habits that can lead to injury and fix them.

Practical Applications

We create practical workshops based on our in-depth analysis of your working environment. A kinesiologist or exercise physiologist will teach your employees how their bodies work and enable them to perform their tasks in a biomechanically correct manner.

Life-Long Education

Our programs provide the theory and practical instruction that will be with workers for the rest of their career. Employees will understand what their responsibility is to help prevent injuries in the workplace.

Empower Your Employees

We believe when you empower your employees by making them aware of their work habits, posture and environment, your business will see decreased injury rates and increased productivity. Our programs give your employees the knowledge and means to reduce body strain, allowing them to perform at their best at work and at home.

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Knowledge is power. Giving your employees the knowledge to use their bodies correctly reduces WCB claims.

The human body is a finely engineered piece of machinery. Like any machine, when we don’t use our body correctly, it breaks down and runs less efficiently. Performing even simple tasks incorrectly places unnecessary stresses on our muscles and spine that build up over time, wearing the body down.

The perfect work environment is ergonomically correct in all forms. However, simply changing the physical work environment is often not enough in reducing worksite injuries. It’s why implementing employee education and teaching them how to use their bodies correctly is key.
HMS training provides the missing link to your organization and teaches employees the best way to use their “machines.”

A corporate HMS training program is an investment in your business’s most valuable asset: your employees.


Program Overview

This course is designed for field workers and supervisors to get a basic understanding of Musculoskeltal Injuries (MSI), how it affects their bodies and training to reduce soft tissue injuries.

Course Objective

The objective is to learn positive methods that increase safe living both at work and at home. We provide training that will enable you to learn proper techniques for stepping, handling and lifting. You’ll learn stretching and training exercises that reduce soft tissue injuries.

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Course Outline

10A InstructorEach class lasts an hour and a half including 20 minutes of theory and 70 minutes of hands-on training in your shop or yard. Our certified Kinesiologists or Exercise Physiologists will teach basic body do’s and don’ts, body positioning, stretching, seven lifts details and other potential hazardous work activities, like handling, hammering, pushing/pulling and driving.

Delivery times are flexible. We offer a maximum of four classes per day.

10B  StretchingTraining can start within three to four weeks of the final contract signing. A minimum of 6 students per session is required.

Course Takeaways

At the end of the program, students will receive:

  • Workbooks with company specific photos
  • A certificate of completion


Setup and pricing available upon request. We Service Western and Eastern Canada Contact the office at 780.539.5000 for more information.


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Our flagship program provides organizations with a 4-hour, custom designed workshop that focuses on minimizing strains and sprains in the workplace and maximizing an employee’s responsibility for their health and safety.

5 StretchingEach workshop includes the following components:

  • Job-site analysis
  • Video analysis
  • 90mins of interactive theory
  • Practice of safe lifting techniques and job simulation
  • Take-home preventative back workout

6 power lift demo by instructorOur interactive theory isn’t just another lecture; instead, we deliver theory through critical thinking exercises to help workers gain a clear understanding of how the body works from a practical perspective. Topics that are covered in theory include:

  • The effects of an injury on both an employee and the organization
  • Worksite ergonomics
  • Basic anatomy
  • Mechanical principles of strength and stability
  • Posture and its rule in functionality.

Each practical component provides biomechanical instruction of safe lifts and working positions tailored to your physical job requirements. Workers will learn these safe lifting techniques and will demonstrate to the instructor the correct form and posture of each job requirement. Our trainers “coach” employees within their work environments and provide positive encourage and constructive feedback on the follow physical requirements:

  • Lifting heavy, bulky or awkward items
  • Safe carries including shoulder, front and side carries
  • Lifting or throwing overhead
  • Multiple man carries
  • Pushing and pulling
  • Bending and reaching

7 3 point contactIn addition to the biomechanical training, the MIM Program also includes information on:

  • Repetitive hand injuries
  • Stepping injuries
  • Driving ergonomics
  • Field ergonomics

Unique to the MIM program is the video analysis shown to employees at the end of the practical session. Here they can view and determine where unsafe lifts and working positions occur, making them more aware of the hazards of their jobs. Also unique to our program is the exercise component. Studies clearly show that a strong back is a necessity in preventing injuries and adds to the longevity and functionality of a worker. We provide each employee with simple but effective exercises they can do at home. The end result for your organization is the reduction of soft tissue injuries through a proactive and positive education approach.


Program Overview

This course is designed for all personnel from management to administration. Anyone who works at a desk can benefit. You will gain a basic understand of the effects of Musculoskeletal Injury (MSI) and the necessary training to reduce soft tissue injuries. The course includes theory, practical stretching and lifting techniques and individual desk evaluations.


Course Objective

The course objective is to learn positive methods for safe living both at work and at home. We provide training that will help you learn proper techniques for office lifting and ergonomics. You’ll learn how to use training and stretching to reduce soft tissue injury.

Course Outline

Classroom theory includes a PowerPoint presentation and practical lifting and stretching techniques taught by a Kinesiologist. The theory will be held at your board room and individual work station evaluations will occur. Start time depends on the number of participants.

9Theory overview:

  • Common causes of strain
  • Mechanical principles of sitting and lifting
  • Workstation prep and design
  • Workstation stretches
  • Equipment review (footrests, chairs, etc.)

13Additionally, each student’s desk will receive a 30-45 minute evaluation with suggestions for improvement and helpful documents. (Minimum 3 students per session with a daily maximum of 6 students per instructor.)

Course Takeaway

At the end of the program, students will receive:

  • Full-colour class workbooks
  • Reference cards with stretches
  • Control key shortcuts
  • Desk evaluation improvements
  • A certificate of completion


Setup and pricing available upon request. We service Western and Eastern Canada Travel costs may apply. Contact the office at 780.539.5000 for more information.

Kin Tips Our Works


Using Technology for Good

It’s common to conclude that modern technology has engineered movement out of our lives. However, technology is not the enemy.

There are plenty of new and innovative ways that technology — from phone apps, to the Internet, to new gadgets and gizmos — can help us move more, in ways that require little mental effort and fit our existing lifestyles. With a little creativity, technology can help you engineer some movement into your life.

Source: PartipACTION Lifestyle Tips http://www.participaction.com/pdf/lifestyle-tips/using-technology-for-good/


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Understanding Ergonomics

Understanding Ergonomics

“Ergonomics is good economics: solid ergonomics programs are always cost-effective; they save more than they cost.”

-Ergonomics Department: Cornell University.


Ergonomics is defined by the US Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration as simply the study of work. Specifically, it is the science of designing the job to fit the worker instead of the other way around. Ergonomics is a combination of adapting tasks, work stations, tools and equipment to reduce physical stress on a worker’s body, eliminating many serious, disabling work-related musculoskeletal injuries (MSI). It draws on a number of scientific disciplines, including physiology, biomechanics, psychology, anthropometry, industrial hygiene and kinesiology.

HMS instructors study methods of mechanics and apply it to the human body system, regardless of whether or not the workplace is ergonomically correct. We strive to combine ergonomics with biomechanics and kinesiology whenever possible, but our emphasis is to help individual workers better understand how their body works most efficiently. Through theory and practical instruction, workers grasp what their responsibility is in preventing injuries from occurring.

We firmly believe that when you empower your employees by teaching them best work habits, posture and environment, the end result will be reduced injuries and increased productivity.


Why are Ergonomics so Important?

Industries are under constant pressure to produce more to remain competitive. As a result, jobs today can involve:

  • Frequent lifting, carrying and pushing or pulling loads without help from other workers or devices.
  • Increasing specialization that requires the work to perform only one function or movement for a long period of time.
  • Working more than 8 hours per day.
  • Working at a quicker pace of work.
  • Having tighter grips when using tools.

These factors create physical stress on workers’ bodies, which can lead to injury.

Causes of work-related MSDs.

Conditions likely to cause MSD problems include:

  • Exerting excessive force, especially when the individual is not in good physical condition.
  • Excessive repetitive movements that can irritate tendons and increase pressure on nerves.
  • Awkward postures or unsupported positions that stretch physical limits.
  • Static positions that worker must hold for long periods of time.
  • Motion with increased speed when bending or twisting, which can increase the amount of force exerted on the body.
  • Compression from grasping sharp edges.
  • Inadequate recovery time due to overtime, lack of breaks and failure to vary tasks.
  • Excessive and whole-body vibration, including driving trucks or operating subways.
  • Working in cold temperatures.


Types of Work Most Likely to have Ergonomic Hazards

15The following types of work most often pose ergonomic hazards:

  • Manual handling
  • Manufacturing and production
  • Heavy lifting
  • Twisting Movements
  • Long hours of working in awkward positions

How Can Ergonomics Help My Workplace?

Learning and fitting your business for better ergonomic practices can provide the following benefits:

  • Lower injury rates
  • Increased productivity from more comfortable jobs
  • Improved product quality due to fewer errors
  • Reduction in absences
  • Reduction in turnover
  • Lower worker’s compensation costs
  • Improved worker safety
  • Reduction in worker fatigue
  • Improved worker morale

Injury Reduction Success Formula

Developing Good Posture

Let’s get it straight: good posture, or lack thereof, largely impacts every aspect of our lives. Our self-image and the way others view

Injury Reduction Success Formula

Compared to the life of your business, our instructors spend just a small amount of time with your employees, inspiring and educating them to be accountable for their own health safety. Therefore, companies who have the greatest success with any type of education and training go beyond creating awareness for their employees – they create a culture that positively encourages good practices. Our success formals are common denominators of institutions that have seen the greatest results.

Success Formula

Gain greater injury reduction and increased productivity with these tips:

12Care about your employees. Yes, it is the fiscal responsibility of any company to lower WCB costs when implementing injury prevention training, but companies who go beyond the dollar value and set the goal for employees to go home healthy everyday will see greater commitment from workers to reduce injuries.

12Employees must buy in. Companies who have the biggest buy-in from employees not only invest in the training but also create a culture of discipline from the top down that emphasizes and adheres to the safest possible procedures and environment.

12Education and training MUST be customized. There’s a greater impact when employees can wholly relate to the information, facilitating their acceptance. General information can be good, but it will not have the impact that customized information does.

12Practical training is key. We cannot fully grasp what we learn in theory until we put it into practice. Successful training must have this practical component so employees fully understand where their individual habits or tendencies need improvement, in addition to encouraging and re-enforcing correct techniques.

12Employees need to be dedicated. They must commit to use the new skills both on and off the job to control their health.

12You, as an employer, must be committed. An organization cannot successfully implement policies to protect employees if they are not followed by the people who have the most influence within an organization. Leaders, managers and supervisors must enforce the correct behaviors through positive encouragement.


Good Posture

Developing Good Posture
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9Let’s get it straight: good posture, or lack thereof, largely impacts every aspect

of our lives. Our self-image and the way others view us are directly affected by our body posture. Think about a time where you met someone who seemed to draw attention and give positive energy simply because of the confident, self-assured way they held themselves.

HMS training incorporates good posture habits into all its training, whether standing, sitting, working or sleeping. It’s important to understand how posture can affect everything you do. The spinal cord is the most important structure in the body after the brain, and it is housed and protected by the spinal column. The nerves exiting the spinal cord through the openings of the spinal column regulate and control every system in the body. Good posture creates an individual who is fitter, more energetic and more efficient at their job.

We believe that obtaining and maintaining a strong, healthy and properly aligned spine is essential to achieving overall health and well-being in everyday life. Understanding the consequences of poor posture helps employers and employees alike make ergonomic and biomechanic corrections.

Eight Consequences of Poor Posture

Consequences of poor posture include:

  • Loss of fitness, resulting in decreased height and energy
  • TMJ problems
  • Decreased range of motions in neck and shoulders
  • Degenerative joint disease or osteoarthritis
  • Decreased lung capacity
  • Poor digestion
  • Decreased muscle strength
  • Less efficient work days

Six Symptoms of Poor Posture

How can you tell if you have bad posture? Poor posture symptoms include:

  • Muscular pain
  • Headaches
  • Neck and back pain
  • Fatigue
  • Reduced lung capacity
  • Reduced levels of blood and oxygen supplied to the brain

Five Signs of Poor Posture

Five signs of poor posture include:

Tips for Developing Good Posture

1.) Strengthen your back muscles. By strengthening these muscles that support the spine, you create greater stability of the spinal column. This prevents serious problems caused by musculoskeletal imbalance. Restoring balance results in fewer injuries from daily activities at work.

Muscle imbalances in the workplace are typically a result of repetitive-type movements. Examples including carrying objects on the same side all the time, performing repetitive work on the same side of the body, and looking down at a computer screen, book or desk for long periods of time.

2.) Evaluate your posture. One of the most effective ways to get better posture is simply to be more aware of it.

3.) Increase spine flexibility. Elite sports athletes must aggressively stretch ever day to perform at peak levels and maintain the healthiest body and spine possible. We encourage our participants to view themselves as elite athletes of the working work.


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Testimonials Latest Posts

Baker – Testimonial

Thank you very much for providing a custom training solution to our company for employees to reduce back care, strains and sprain injuries. We have received a lot of positive feedback from the training. Employees felt this was training they would have liked to have had sooner in their careers. We have seen a reduction in musculoskeletal injures in the districts that have received the training and feel the mechanics in motion program has been a major contributor to this success.

Calfrac – Employee Testimonials

  • This is something that we need. All our personnel should receive this training. Very informative.
  • Answered all my questions thourghly and helped me figure out better knowledge of possible back issues.
  • Makes you think of what your doing.
  • Good Class! Informative was useful in showing us what we were doing wrong. We get into habits and can not see ourselves and in turn can not make corrections. Was useful in showing where correction is needed!
  • Good course with having people that aren’t usually receptive to this kind of thing.
  • Learned a lot of great tips, the instructor was informative

Trican – Employee Testimonials

  • Content was adapted for work environment.
  • Great hands on and great material related directly to industry.
  • Excellent advice and knowledge of body’s movements and stress points.
  • Direct simple and individual feedback on my areas of need for improvement and challenges


  • Muscle exercise while at work, work posture, and work station
  • Like that training exists for new people prior to entering the field
  • The instructor was very friendly, positive, and informative

FMC Technologies – Employee Testimonials

  • Good info on keeping healthy and stretching instruction
  • Great Information on spine and health, and tips to prevent injuries
  • Real life applications outside of work
  • All was good and informative

Cathedral – Employee Testimonials

  • Learning about proper lifting and not just to be told to bend at the knees
  • It was explained by the instructor
  • Learning about proper posture and stance

Packers Plus – Employee Testimonials

  • I gained more knowledge to properly lift objects light/heavy
  • Very informative class for work or home
  • So glad I came to the office ergonomic class. It is amazing how much goes into work health

Halliburton – Employee Testimonials

  • Instructor’s interactive approach kept us engaged.
  • Very interactive and hands on
  • I like the tips about lifting and the effect of not properly lifting
  • Good skills to use for work and at home

EnerMax – Employee Testimonials

  • I think this course should be done more often.
  • Excellent classroom instruction & practical training.
  • Was very helpful and useful to using techniques out in the field.

Boreal Well Testing – Employee Testimonials

  • Learned lots, will use new knowledge in the work place.

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Gratitude in the Workplace

Gratitude in the Workplace

Have you ever read or heard a word spoken and the thought comes to you “WOW, great word usage?” It happens to me all the time. I love words, especially ones that sink deep. Sometimes one word can describe a thought or emotion with such clarity and depth that no other words need to be spoken – its footprint has marked its place and it caused me to pause in the moment and reflect. I have a list of these words in my notebook at home and I will at times read this list to remind myself of why their meaning whispered life into areas of my being that are often left untouched or forgotten in daily routine.

Today I was at work trying to decide what I should write about. Often times my writings reflect my inner most thoughts and feelings and more often than not these become somewhat wordy. I began my blog with the idea that I was going to write about attitudes in the workplace as this seems to be a somewhat common topic given the season and many times we get lost in the hustle and bustle of Christmas, congested scheduling, even in learning and experiencing new people, places and procedures. Yes attitude is everything and I could insert Charles Swindoll quote here but really I changed my mind or rather the topic.

I heard this word spoken the other day and a thought occurred to me that I haven’t heard that word in a long time. It’s a simple word with profound meaning and yet often forgotten in meaning and application. It was one of those words that pressed pause on my heart and made me think about what’s really important and is the muse which inspired writing this blog, which is no longer going to be about attitude but rather the word gratitude. Gratitude; the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful. What are the things in life I’ve forgotten about, or simply maybe I need to shift my focus rather not to having all the answers but to simply having a heart of gratitude towards the people and opportunities that are apart of my life. I think that if we stop and remember to express gratitude both to those people around us and allow it to show up in our workplace via appreciation and personal application/buy-in of the company’s personal investment of time, effort, education and safety of their employees; the natural cause and effect will produce an increase in job performance, culture and ultimately individual attitudes.

From a holiday of thanksgiving to a season of joy, how can we remind ourselves or show gratitude for those loved ones around us and in our workplace? I know I’m going to take some

see I with my heart and not enough with my eyes.

Because I mentioned it….

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes.” ― Charles R. Swindoll


Mechanics In Motion of a Different Kind

What is it that puts a vehicle in motion? Is it all the mechanical parts – or the body if you will? Is it the fuel we use to feed the body, the gas pedal, or perhaps is it the turning of the key lighting the ignition sparking the potential energy for movement or change? We all have our own unique vehicle or body in which we move. Whether the vehicle is a new model or a classic, all require maintenance and care so that she runs just fine…….and yet there she sits. Life has become stagnant, complacent, and routine. There is no movement forward for increased growth and development. No desired outcome, so again we must ask what is it that puts a vehicle in motion? It’s all of the above and none of the above. The car doesn’t build itself or maintain its condition and the key doesn’t turn on its own if it weren’t for one thing and one thing only. Choice. We can incorporate this idea of change or personal incentives regarding choices made within our personal lives but also incorporate it within our workplace. Too often we become complacent and content with being average, boring and stagnant thereby robbing us of joy, fullfillment of achieving a job well done producing success. You can dream it, you can want it, you can even sit in it, but the change will never happen if the initial choice of will isn’t put into action in a sequence of events required to see it through to fruition. It’s going to take time and it’s going to take work but the end result is life changing. Shift your focus to the end goal, the big win, – the Eleanor of dreams. The difference between a dream and reality is doing it. If you can’t define it and you can’t make the choice, the dream was gone 60s ago. What CHOICES are you needing to make and put into ACTION in your personal commitments, your family, your workplace? Human Movement Solutions – providing safe work practices helping your body get from here to there.

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Instructors Company Biography


JoAnn Weiss

JoAnn Weiss is the CEO and founder of HMS. Having started her career as a safety auditor 14 years ago, she saw an opportunity to make a difference in injury prevention by implementing a customized and practical training program. Her vision was to create a program utilizing kinesiologists and exercise physiologists as injury prevention trainers capable of serving the industrial world.

As a Safety Auditor, JoAnn has extensive experience in recognizing where musculoskeletal injuries are most likely to occur. She has observed where MSIs happen as a result of poor ergonomics and/or poor biomechanics. With her training in behaviour based safety, JoAnn also has the ability to recognize environments that are in need of more refined leadership to achieve organizational safety goals.

Anyone who knows JoAnn well will tell you that she is serious about injury prevention, and her primary goal for any organization is to minimize injuries and create a positive impact on the quality of life of each individual beyond that of their job.

Tricia Lloyd

Tricia Lloyd is the Executive Office Assistant and has been with the company since 2007. Tricia is who you talk to when booking your classes.


Laura Hancharuk, MSc Applied Sport Science

Laura Hancharuk has been in the fitness industry for over 20 years as a personal trainer and motivational speaker. She owns Canadian Movement Solutions and specializes in exercise therapy, preventative back are and ergonomics. Laura is a tenured instructor for the department of Physical Education, Athletics & Kinesiology at Grande Prairie Regional College, where she teaches in their Fitness Leadership Diploma Program. Laura’s passion for fitness and teaching others keeps her in high demand for speaking engagements at conferences and workshops throughout Western Canada.

Lindsay Jones, CSEP-CPT

Lindsay Jones is born and raised in Grande Prairie has been involved in the wellness industry for a number of years now assisting people to improve their overall health including strength, endurance and safety. She has also been employed in the past as an oilfield medic and has experience with what people who work in the oil and gas industry face on a daily basis.

Lindsay’s main goal when working with someone is to improve their quality of life by ensuring that they get the most amount of knowledge possible on their particular situation.

Tracie Gillis, CSEP-CPT






Brian Shackel, MSc Biomechanics, B.ESS

Brian is a graduate from the University of Manitoba with a Masters Degree in Sports Biomechanics and a Bachelors Degree in Exercise and Sports Science. He has been working in the field of Sports Biomechanics and Exercise Rehabilitation for eight years as a research assistant at the University of Manitoba and with his own business, Making Stridz Athlete Development. Brian’s area of expertise is on the analysis and correction of human movement. He utilizes technology as a means to provide feedback to his clients in terms of their movement and then uses corrective drills and exercises to improve their quality of movement. Brian is in his second year instructing with HMS and works primarily in the Edmonton region.

Kylie Zilinski, BPE

Graduated from University of Alberta with a Bachelor in Physical Education
Main focus was Physical Activity and Sport Performance
MIM Instructor since 2008


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Josh Miller, BSc Kin

thumbnailI was born and raised in Wilkie Saskatchewan on May 24, 1976. Graduated in 1994 from McLurg High School in Wilkie and took a year off after high school and stayed home to work, I came to Regina to go to the University of Regina and graduated in 2001 with a Bachelors of Physical Activity Studies(now named Kinesiology). Worked at a Sporting Good Store while going to University and a year after graduation. Then got my first job dealing with my Degree at Courtside Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. Since then I have worked at Workers Compensation Board, Regina QuAppelle Health Region and 3SHealth( which is the insurance Company).

I got married on March 27, 2004 to Denise Wood. We met in 2002 playing softball together and have 2 young boys, Carter who is 7 and Cohen who is 4. They keep us busy with all the activities they enjoy doing, which consist of swimming, soccer, hockey, football and scouts. I have 1 brother Matt Miller, who is 4.5 year younger than me and has been married for 5 years and just welcomed a new daughter to their family, Eden.

I enjoy all activities but am actively involved in playing hockey in the winter, fastball and golf in the summer.


Kerri Kaiser Gladwin, BPE, MPH, RYT, CSEP-CEP

3Kerri is devoted to teaching health and wellness in business, post-secondary and school settings. She has taught for private corporations, the University of Alberta, Grant MacEwan University and NAIT.

Kerri is a graduate of the University of Alberta Bachelor of Physical Education (BPE) and Master of Public Health (MPH) programs. She is a Registered Kinesiologist (RKin) and Certified Exercise Physiologist (CSEP-CEP). In August 2010 she received her Vedic Master certification from Chopra Center University in Carlsbad, California having completed training in Yoga (RYT), Meditation and Ayurvedic lifestyle instruction.

Kerri is again enrolled in graduate studies at the University of Alberta and plans to conduct her thesis research in mind-body medicine. She has received professional training in the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program through the Centre for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, University of Massachusetts Medical Centre.

Kerri has an on-going commitment to her personal development of mindfulness and to teaching and researching its health benefits for adults, children and youth through bringing mindfulness training into companies, clinical and educational settings.

Scott Boyd, BPE, MLIS*

Scott has over 25 years experience non-profit organizations, including post-secondary education, community recreation, exercise and vocational rehabilitation, and community capacity-building.  He is a *candidate for a Master of Library and Information Science at San José State University, San José, CA, and is serving as Research & Instruction Coordinator for Human Movement Solutions.



Terri White, BSc Kin, CSEP-CPT

4I was born and raised in Elk Point, Alberta. As a youngster I was always active and involved in all kinds of summer and winter sports. I’ve always been an “on the go” kind of person. Right out of high school I knew I wanted to have a career where I could be active and also have a hand in helping others. Four years later I found myself with a degree in Kinesiology from the University and a Personal Training Certification from the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology (CSEP). As an adult, I still maintain an active lifestyle. I currently work part time as an Exercise Therapist Assistant in Bonnyville for Alberta Health Services and I am also a Personal Trainer in St. Paul.


Renee Nuttall, BPE, CSEP-CEP

Untitled-2Hello, my name is Renee Nuttall. I have been with Canadian Movement Solutions for 2 years; being a part of this solid team dedicated to advancing peoples well-being and ensuring a healthy and safe environment has been a tremendous experience. On a very personal note I grew up in a family where a workplace accident affected every single aspect of our lives; this hard won wisdom has deepened my understanding and commitment to this work.
With 14 years experience in the fitness, health & wellness profession within the government, health and post secondary sectors, I have dedicated my career to motivating and guiding others to realize their full health potential and facilitating positive behaviour change. I am committed to personal wellness. I do not only convey knowledge, I live the knowledge and convey a value. Everyday I am reminded and share the message that health is the greatest gift you can give yourself and those you love.

  • Currently as the Health Educator for Alberta Health Services, I guide those with chronic health conditions to take responsibility for their own health through education, facilitating support groups, and resource linking.
  • As the Physical Wellness and Youth Leadership lead instructor at Portage College, I have been dedicated to growing the leaders of tomorrow and teaching them community wellness, leadership and team building principles and skills while utilizing the outdoors as a classroom.
  • As the Occupational Keys for Aboriginal Youth instructor at Goodfish Lake, I engaged aboriginal youth in a rich curriculum of self discovery, communication, life and employability skills. I feel privileged to have had this immersion which has deepened my awareness and understanding of the Aboriginal community.
  • As the Healthy Weights Project Lead for Alberta Health Services I was dedicated to the healthy eating and active living of children and youth. My main role was advocating to school communities to build an environment where the healthy choice is the easy choice.
  • For 10 rewarding years I was a part of the Fitness and Health Promotion teams within the Canadian Forces, committed to contributing to the operational effectiveness of the members and enhancing the quality of life of the community.
  • As an Integrative Yoga Therapy Instructor I inspire students to reconnect and balance the body, mind, and spirit through customize yoga and relaxation sessions.
  • As a CSEP Certified Personal Trainer Instructor and AFLCA Trainer of Fitness Leaders I teach, evaluate, and mentor future trainers in the world of fitness and wellness.
  • As a graduate from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Physical Education degree I have acquired an extensive educational background and I continually attend workshops, conferences, diverse training to stay current, well rounded, and to network.

I bring an interactive, fun, and intuitive approach to all of the workshops; coupled with a solid understanding of the physical body. I look forward to learning more from the industrial athletes of the oil and gas industry as we work together to raise awareness and modify body mechanics to prevent injuries.

Yours in health and safety

Renee Nuttall
Bachelor of Physical Education
Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology Certified Exercise Physiologist
Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology Certified Personal Trainer Instructor/Examiner
Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association Trainer of Fitness Leaders & Resistance Leader
Integrative Yoga Therapy Instructor


Connie Walker-Dymianiw
Kendra Irvine


The Best Snow Shovel for Your Lower-back

The configuration of your snow-shovel shaft may influence your risk of lower-back injury.9

Lower-back injuries account for 34% of all snow shovelling injuries, and despite the retail availability of the ergonomic snow-shovel, no scientific evidence existed to support its use in terms of reducing mechanical loading at the lower-back — until now.

In a recent study researchers in the Human Performance Laboratory at the University of Calgary examined the affect on the lower-back by comparing the ergonomic bent-shaft shovel and the standard straight-shaft shovel.  Study subjects completed simulated show-lifting tasks with each design and lower-back workloads measured using sophisticated biomechanical analyses.

The results show that the bent-shaft snow-shovel reduced lower-back workloads, including upper-body flexion, compared to the straight-shaft design.  The researchers speculate that the bent-shaft snow-shovel “may have a role in snow shovelling injury prevention”.


Adapted from Lewison, R.T., Rouhl, G., & Robertson, D.G.E. (2014). Influence of snow shovel shaft configuration on lumbosacral biomechanics during a load-lifting task. Applied Ergonomics, 45(2), 234-238.


Did You Know?

A change in eating patterns and too-little-sleep create the perfect storm for illness, incidents, and conflict – not to mention just feeling generally out of sorts.  Home or abroad, a change in familiar sleep space and routine adds additional stress and makes for cranky behaviour.  Here are a few tips to maintain a healthy lifestyle:

  • Have a regular and predictable eating and sleeping schedule as much as possible.
  • If you’re driving a lot, avoid travelling when you normally sleep.  Incident rates for drivers rise sharply during customary sleep periods.
  • When abroad set up a comfortable and safe sleep space.  Consider bringing familiar bedding, favourite books and/or music, and have a bedtime routine.
  • Avoid light-emitting electronics one hour before bed.  Answering texts, emails or checking the latest posts is stimulating (or stress inducing!), and the blue light from screens can interfere with melatonin production.  Melatonin regulates your “master body clock” and helps you move into sleep.


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  • HMS Awareness
  • “Your Body” Mechanics in Motion
  • “Body Wellness & Maintenance” Refresher
  • “A Move towards Wellness in the Oilfield”
  • “Stress Wise”

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