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How Effective Is Obesity Management In Primary Care?

Posted December 11, 2014 by Arya M. Sharma, MD

Losing weight with behavioural interventions in the context of a clinical trial, where you are often dealing with volunteers who are generally provided interventions that are far better structured and standardised than we can ever hope to deliver in a primary care settings, tells us little about the effectiveness of such interventions in real life. […]

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Effectiveness Of Obesity Management For Osteoarthritis

Posted December 8, 2014 by Arya M. Sharma, MD

Osteoarthritis is one of the most common and disabling complications of obesity. Irrespective of whether or not the osteoarthritis is directly caused by excess weight, there is little doubt that the sheer mechanical forces acting on the affected joints will significantly impact mobility and quality of life. Now the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies […]

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Holiday Gear Review: JayBird BlueBuds X Sport Workout Headphone Nirvana

Posted December 1, 2014 by Yoni Freedhoff
[Full disclosure – I bought these headphones myself and no one asked me to review them]

I love these headphones.

I’ve spent years trying out different workout headphones, and over the years they’ve all disappointed me. Either they weren’t sufficiently comfortable, or they would fall out, or their cords would get in the way, or the sound would be lacking.

Well my search for the perfect workout headphone ended when my JayBird BlueBudsX Sport Bluetooth Headphones arrived.

Simply put.

They fit great. They sound great. They never fall out. They have an incredible 8 hour battery life. And I can take phone calls with them if need be.

The headphones come with multiple sizes of ear stays and tips, but I also bought the third party Comply noise isolating memory foam tip replacements for them and this made what was already a great purchase, a perfect one.

If you’re looking for a special Christmas gift for a gym rat, look no further.

$130 – and if you’d like, here’s an Amazon Associates link to grab a pair.

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More Depressing News on School Based PE and Kids

Posted November 20, 2014 by Yoni Freedhoff

The “Activity Stat” hypothesis suggests that kids are pre-programmed to get a certain amount of exercise each day. If they’re more active during their school day they’ll be less active after it’s done.

The theory was first described in England back in 2011 when objectively measured activity (via accelerometers) from children attending 3 schools with widely varying amounts of prescribed PE, was shown to be roughly equivalent.

Well a few weeks ago, these findings were confirmed in Denmark where researchers compared the objectively measured activity of children in “sport schools” and regular schools. The sport schools provided children with a minimum of 4.5 hours of activity weekly, while the regular schools saw their kids moving weekly for 1.5 hours – and yet all kids, regardless of school, accumulated roughly the same amount of weekly activity.

Me? I’m all for well designed PE classes to help children both develop and accumulate physical literacy and to improve their school based attention and behaviour. I’m also all for increasing recess duration and frequency and lifting school yard safety restrictions. But if you think that simply adding more PE to school is going to have a tremendous impact on getting kids these days to be more active (or lose weight), there’s a growing body of evidence that suggests that it won’t.

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