About Us

A Health Care Hub

My Active Ingredient is a peer-to-peer healthcare hub
for physical activity and health – led and curated by
individuals living with chronic conditions, healthcare
providers, and researchers.

We work with physicians, researchers, exercise specialists, patients, and the community to collect and create the best physical activity resources to help make movement more accessible. We keep a library of resources on our website that help you make physical activity part of your every day. Our resources also help healthcare providers advise their patients about physical activity for better health.


Our aim is to increase the accessibility and quality of physical activity advice and resources for individuals living with chronic conditions or other barriers to physical activity.

Meet the founder

Jane thornton, md phd



Dr. Jane Thornton founded My Active Ingredient to engage patients and the public in peer to peer healthcare specifically related to physical activity and chronic disease (and other barriers), and use the site as an educational tool for their care providers as well. It was an idea built on the success of an earlier initiative with Dr. Mike Evans called www.makeyourdayharder.com

As a sedentary teenager turned eventual Olympic athlete, she has learned firsthand the benefits of physical activity and has spent the last several years in research and advocacy on physical activity for the treatment and prevention of chronic disease. After earning her PhD in sport and exercise medicine, she pursued medical training in order to put her research into action and advocate for movement as medicine.

Land Acknowledgement

We/I acknowledge that Western University is located on the traditional territories of the Anishinaabek (Ah-nish-in-a-bek), Haudenosaunee (Ho-den-no-show-nee), Lūnaapéewak (Len-ahpay- wuk) and Chonnonton (Chun-ongk-ton) Nations, on lands connected with the London Township and Sombra Treaties of 1796 and the Dish with One Spoon Covenant Wampum. This land continues to be home to diverse Indigenous Peoples (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) whom we recognize as contemporary stewards of the land and vital contributors of our society.