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Making Exercise Appealing for Young Couch Potatoes

Yes, there’s a television in Steinbeck’s Scottsdale, Ariz., home. But the family’s television room also boasts an exercise bicycle, mini trampoline, and several large exercise balls.

Her two children are just as interested in the tube as any other red-blooded American kids, but Steinbeck sees to it that if they’re tuned in, they’re exercising at the same time.

Everyone in the family uses the equipment as we watch television, the author of the best-selling Fat Free cookbook series explains. That way, the kids are hardly ever sitting and they’re in constant motion. It’s one way to make viewing more than a passive activity. Read more…

Jeffrey Turnbull to be acclaimed CMA president-elect

The deadline has come and gone for a challenge to be mounted against Ottawa physician Jeffrey Turnbull's nomination to be the Canadian Medical Association's next president.

Under CMA election rules, a member could have chosen to mount a challenge from the floor of the General Council assembly. No challenges have been attempted since Dr Jack Burak attempted but failed to defeat BC nominee Dr Brian Day in 2006.

Dr Turnbull is an internist and chief of staff at the Ottawa Hospital. He has been the medical director of the Ottawa Inner City Health Project, which provides not only medical care but also doses of alcohol, to homeless men in the city.

The campaign Dr Turnbull ran for the presidential nomination made clear that his politics differs from those of Drs Brian Day and Robert Ouellet, who have both urged loosening restrictions on private healthcare funding in the Canada Health Act.

You can read more about Dr Turnbull and his nomination in this Canadian Medicine piece from March.

Dr Turnbull will serve as the organization's president for one year, beginning next August, after Saskatoon FP Anne Doig's term ends.

Photo: Dr Jeffrey Turnbull

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