Overcoming barriers for health professionals to give more exercise advice and support to patients

By Ann Gates (@exerciseworks) It is unacceptable in 21st century medicine for 36 million people to die from preventable and treatable diseases! A recent BJSM paper reviewed the barriers to health professionals in giving exercise advice and support to patients within the context of a primary care consultation. This review identified three key barriers to successful brief […]

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A Call to Action to ALL health professionals: Giving exercise advice and support to EVERY patient: Part 2

By Ann Gates (@exerciseworks) Giving regular exercise advice and support as part of every health care consultation is fast becoming a critical health intervention in the prevention of the ‘tsunami’ of lifestyle diseases such as obesity, diabetes and related cancers. In May 2012 the U.S. Centre for Disease Control together with the Institute of Medicine […]

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Short clips on benefits of walking – easy!

Given it’s the weekend, BJSM is allowed to have a bit of fun and show the 5-min video of ‘smokadiabesity‘ being introduced to  last week’s Walking Summit in Washington DC. More importantly, Robert Sallis and Doug Van Zoeren provide helpful evidence and compelling stories as to the benefits of walking. The link for Every Body […]

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via American College of Sports Medicine – a ‘retweet’ effectively!

ACSM posted the following to members… Yesterday’s U.N. Side Event on Physical Activity and Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) brought together an extraordinary group of world ministers of health, public health professionals, physical activity advocates, scientists, elite athletes and other experts. The focus was on physical activity as a global health opportunity, informing the deliberations of the […]

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BJSM response to news flash: TV may not kill you, but active people do live longer

Recent press coverage of BJSM article: Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a life table analysis, has sparked debate in popular media. David Aaronovich, from the UK Times, writes: “On Tuesday morning many people in Britain woke up to the news that their televisions were killing them… A curious person would want to know […]

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You’d have to be crazy not to exercise for your brain – aerobic exercise and resistance training both work

First – credit to New York Times. Specifically Gretchen Reynolds who provides wise perspectives on sport and exercise medicine. Like this piece about exercise for brain function. Gretchen provides balanced, topical sports medicine coverage – she picks the emerging winners and doesn’t get blinded by fads. She has been on exercise and brain function for […]

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‘Smokadiabesity’ reaches epidemic proportions. But low fitness still kills more Americans than smoking, diabetes and obesity combined!

MOST LIKED BLOG OF 2011 – GETS A DUST OFF AND FRONT BLOG STATUS FOR 24 HOURS. PLEASE ‘LIKE’ OR RETWEET IF YOU FEEL THIS IS MESSAGE HAS NOT GOT THROUGH TO THOSE MAKING PUBLIC HEALTH DECISIONS OR TO ALL CLINICIANS GIVING HEALTH ADVICE Smoking, diabetes and obesity are  major public health concerns.  At the […]

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