Exercise Snacks and Research

Duration: 60 minutes

Part 1: Presented by Matthew Stork

UBC Beyond exercise snacks

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about what “exercise snacks” are and some of the emerging evidence of their physical health benefits
  • Explore other potential benefits to exercise snacks in settings such as the workplace environment (at home and on site)


Matthew Stork is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Health and Exercise Sciences at The University of British Columbia and is a member of both the Diabetes Prevention Research Group, and the Exercise, Metabolism, and Inflammation Lab. Dr. Stork completed his Honours BSc and MSc in Kinesiology at McMaster University. He completed his PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies at The University of British Columbia with a focus in Exercise Psychology. Dr. Stork’s research broadly focuses on examining the psychological, physiological, and behavioural implications of engaging in different forms of exercise, including high-intensity interval training (HIIT).

Outside of research, he has several years of applied experience as part of McMaster’s Strength & Conditioning and Sport Medicine programs. Dr. Stork’s current research is focused on developing and delivering novel and practical exercise interventions such as “exercise snacks” in real-world settings. As a Mitacs Accelerate Postdoctoral Intern, he has also led an industry-research collaboration with Lululemon Athletica which examined the real-world impact of an mHealth app on functional movement and physical fitness.

Part 2: Presented by Dr. Emily Dunford and Sydney Valentino

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about the benefits and different types of cardiac rehabilitation exercise training.​
  • Examine the basic steps associated with the design and implementation of a collaborative, clinical, exercise trial. ​
  • Identify ways to integrate a participant-centered approach in your research and/or clinical practice


Both Dr. Emily Dunford and Sydney Valentino are researchers in the Vascular Dynamics Laboratory, under the supervision of Dr. Maureen MacDonald. Recently their work on the Skeletal muscle and Cardiovascular Outcomes in cardiac Rehabilitation Exercise (SCORE) trial was published, entitled “Brief vigorous stair climbing effectively improves cardiorespiratory fitness in patients with coronary artery disease: A randomized trial”. Emily is the lead researcher on the SCORE trial and brings a perspective on designing and implementing this collaborative clinical trial. Sydney is interested in the exercise prescription and monitoring in individuals with altered heart rate responses to exercise and is a fitness and cycling instructor.

Price: Free for Members | $25.00 for Non-Members


CSEP Summer Student Series: Exercise Snacks and Research

  • Thursday June 24 2021, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Virtual Event
    Sign-in link and password will be provided closer to the event