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Image by shanevaughn Today is the first day of summer vacation here in Ontario, and I assume that the summer break has begun in most other parts of North America as well.  That means that millions of kids are looking at 8 gloriously school-free weeks in July and August.  Now while physical activity promotion folks…

Image by pugetsoundphotowalks. Apologies in advance for a very Warning – a proudly Canada-centric post today.  First, a bit of background – we Canadians pay two kinds of sales tax. The goods and services tax (5%) which is consistent across Canada, in addition to provincial sales taxes that varies from location to location (with the…

One of the most interesting things about exercise is that it results in important health improvements even in the absence of weight loss.  For example, just a single session of exercise can result in improved insulin sensitivity, increased levels of HDL cholesterol (aka the “good” cholesterol) and reductions in plasma triglyceride levels – all tremendously…

Image by MikeBaird. Last week ParticipACTION and the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) released recommendations for updated Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines.  The previous guidelines were released between 1998 and 2002, and although they were based on the best research available at the time, from what I understand there simply wasn’t a tremendous amount of…

ICPAPH 2010 – A Recap

The Toronto Charter for Physical Activity As many of you know, I spent last week attending the 3rd International Congress on Physical Activity and Public.  It. Was. Awesome!  I’ve been to 5-6 conferences since I started grad school in 2006, and they’ve all been good experiences, but this one was by far the best.  And…

 Image by Randy Son of Robert. I love simple physical activity interventions.  We all know that physical activity is a good thing, and yet it can be really difficult for people to increase their physical activity levels, especially over the long-term.  So it’s exciting whenever any intervention is shown to be effective, but even more…

 Image by Jespahjoy. Just before moving to our new home here on Scienceblogs, I asked our readers for ideas on what types of content they would like to see here on Obesity Panacea.  One topic that came up several times was the issue of injuries.  I’m not sure why we haven’t discussed injuries in the…

Over the next few months, Peter and I will be re-posting some of our favourite posts from our Obesity Panacea archives.  The following article was originally posted on December 2, 2009. Image by Mike Baird. There is a surprising amount of controversy about the ability of physical activity to prevent the development of obesity. Sure,…

Exercise and Body Weight

Image by atomicjeep I came across a very interesting article in the Ottawa Citizen this weekend, unpleasantly titled “For Canada’s obese, exercise alone isn’t going to cut it“. The crux of the article is this – exercise will not help you lose weight. Every few months it seems that this issue pops up, including a…

Photo by pugetsoundphotowalks. Regardless of your shape or size, physical activity has been shown to add years to your life, and life to your years. But believe it or not, the benefits of physical activity are not restricted to exercise performed in the gym. In fact, one of the easiest ways to improve your health…