Dairy Farmers of Canada grant will help researchers weigh the benefits of exercise and dairy consumption

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Dairy Farmers of Canada grant will help researchers weigh the benefits of exercise and dairy consumption

Published on April 03 2012


Maintaining a healthy body weight is both a concern and challenge for most Canadians regardless of age.

Researchers in the Centre for Bone and Muscle Health have recently received a grant for $150 000, funded by The Dairy Farmers of Canada. This grant will look at elevating both low-fat dairy intake and physical activity in populations at risk of becoming obese.

“The results will provide us with valuable data about the benefits of low-fat dairy intake on body composition, weight management and overall health of individuals”, Says Brian Roy, Associate Professor in Kinesiology. “The more that we are able to make a difference in people who are at risk and tip them back towards a healthier lifestyle the better, and we want to make sure that they can get the most for their health out of physical activity and nutrition.”

Trends are indicating that Canadians are getting “heavier” and becoming less active. This research will explore new ways to optimize the interaction between nutrition and exercise efforts to better promote healthy living.

Brian Roy, Director for Centre for Bone and Muscle Health will be working on this study with co-investigators, Wendy Ward, Paul LeBlanc and Sandra Peters who are all associate professors in Kinesiology and Community Health Sciences at Brock University and Mark Tarnopolsky a professor in Pediatrics and Medicine at McMaster University.

“Pooling our expertise is a great way to collect data that will be instrumental in furthering our understanding of the interaction between dairy and daily - exercise”, says Roy, “recent evidence points to bioactive components in milk that we want to better understand, which may help to promote the changes that occur with increased physical activity”

Milk has always been associated with benefits to bone health, but looking into the composition of low-fat milk it has a number of characteristics similar to traditional sports drinks.

Low fat dairy products provide individuals with a great source of proteins, carbohydrates, amino acids, vitamins and minerals; low-fat dairy represents a much more complete food choice, as compared to more traditional sports drinks.

With milk, the more we learn, the more we understand about how it plays a vital role in healthy development and how are bodies can use its nutrients, which is why this research is always so important. 

Brian Roy Dairy Farmer Grant Story
Brian Roy

Associate Professor
Director, Centre for Bone
and Muscle Health