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Obesity intervention programs tend to focus on healthy food and physical activity. But is that enough? kali9/E+ Collection via Getty Images

Kids with obesity need acceptance from family and friends, not just better diet tips, to succeed at managing their weight

A study of over 1,000 children in rural Oklahoma found that social and emotional health may be just as important as diet and exercise in reducing child obesity.
Several thousand protestors opposed to the COVID-19 vaccine march through the streets of midtown Manhattan in New York on Sept. 18, 2021. Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis News via Getty Images

Can healthy people who eat right and exercise skip the COVID-19 vaccine? A research scientist and fitness enthusiast explains why the answer is no

A growing body of research shows that nutrition, sleep, exercise and a host of other lifestyle choices can help optimize the immune system. But they are no substitute for life-saving vaccines.
Facilities should work with community sport organizations and their personnel to develop return to activity frameworks. (Shutterstock)

Return to play: Tips to prevent COVID-19 transmission in sport and recreation facilities

What are the best recommendations that would help mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission in sport and recreation facilities?
Cyclists ride along Lake Shore Boulevard East as road closures come into effect for the return of the ActiveTO program in Toronto in May, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Yader Guzman

Making ActiveTO permanent will make exercise accessible to everyone by providing open and safe space

ActiveTO and programs like it across the country create more urban public space for exercising and can remove a major barrier to physical activity: lack of open and safe space.
For many people, park and playground closures during COVID-19 meant having even fewer exercise options. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Colin Perkel 

Lack of exercise linked to increased risk of severe COVID-19

Socio-economic factors are major barriers to physical activity. New research suggests this is one more reason why disadvantaged people were at increased risk for COVID-19.
Climbing in the playground is just one of many activities kids can do to improve muscle fitness. Fran Polito/Moment via Getty Images

Kids’ grip strength is improving, but other measures of muscle fitness are getting worse

Overall muscle fitness among children and teens hasn’t declined over the past several decades, but by some measures it’s not improving, either.

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