Healthy Habits

January 25, 2018

Flex Studio 9, Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street Toronto, ON M6J 2W5

This workshop addresses the fact that artistic practice can entail unhealthy habits. Facilitated by a registered dietitian and a physiotherapist, this workshop will help artists gain individual insight into their own habits in regards to diet, exercise and sleep.

Create sustainable patterns and habits for exercise and sleep for busy lifestyles, whether you’re an artist at home or on the road. Participate in an interactive exercise demonstration.

When it comes to nutrition, many put eating and eating behaviours at the bottom of the priority list, especially with busy and demanding artists’ schedules that change daily. This concept can sabotage all your hard work and effort. Instead, building consistency and ease are two principles that can help create health in your life as an artist. This workshop will cover:

  • Keeping a Regular Pattern: how when you eat helps you stay healthy
  • Regular foods to eat to protect your body and mind
  • Barriers: what are your barriers to having healthy food and eating habits, and how can you bust through them
  • Healthy snack and meal assembly
  • Snack demo

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Nishta Saxena has been working as a registered dietitian in the public and private sectors since 2005. Her expertise includes pediatric nutrition, along with chronic disease prevention and management.

As a former dancer, she is acutely aware of the power nutrition can have on a body and performance. In her practice she helps individuals and families through the stages of nutrition — child growth and development, shopping and meal planning, and common issues like allergies and eating disorders. With Nishta’s holistic, nutrition-for-real-life approach, which she uses in her own family, she helps people feed the household affordably while meeting nutritional needs in fun, easy ways. This is one reason her “Feeding Your Baby“ program is so popular. She is also known as a “nutrition myth buster,” promoting evidence-based nutrition rather than food trends.

Nishta completed her clinical dietetic internship at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, and her MSc in Clinical Nutrition Science at the University of Toronto, where she has a faculty appointment in the Department of Family & Community Medicine. A frequently invited speaker at conferences, she presents up-to-date clinical nutrition concepts to physicians and the general public. Nishta is also a food and nutrition expert with Global National News, and makes regular contributions to the Globe and Mail, and UHN News.

Vicki Hawkins completed her Physiotherapy degree at University of Toronto. Previously she obtained an honours degree in Kinesiology with a Certificate in Sport Therapy and a Certificate in Fitness Assessment at York University. She is a member of the Women’s Health Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, IADMS (International Association of Dance Medicine & Science) and PAMA (Performing Arts Medicine Association). She has been a Clinical Instructor with the University of Toronto, Department of Physiotherapy since 2003 and has held a Status-only Appointment with the University of Toronto since 2009.

Vicki has worked with members of the national figure skating, and gymnastics teams. She has worked with members of the York University Dance, Theatre & Music Programs, the Ryerson University Dance Program, the University of Toronto Music Program, OCAD University, the National Ballet School, Toronto Dance Theatre, COBA, Ballet Creole, and Esmerelda Enrique Dance Theatre. She also worked with the Mirvish musical, A Chorus Line.

In 2014, Vicki completed her Level 2 certification as a GYROTONIC® Trainer. In 2011, she completed her Level 1 certification as a GYROKINESIS® Trainer. The GYROTONIC® exercises are used alone or in conjunction with treatment to help her clients achieve optimum wellness.

Vicki’s interest in becoming a therapist for artists began as a student at The School for Toronto Dance Theatre and the University of Calgary Dance Program.

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Vicki Hawkins, BScPT, BA and Nishta Saxena, MSC. RD


12:30PM - 4:00PM


Flex Studio 9, Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street Toronto, ON M6J 2W5


In order to prioritize accessibility, we are offering a Pay-What-You-Can-Afford pricing structure. Select how much you can pay for the workshop from the following options: $15, $25, $35, $45. Suggested minimum $25.


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“I’m a professional dancer. And because of that, it’s pretty obvious that my instrument is my body.”

- Mike Sobreira – Dancer, Actor