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Smartphones make great citizen research tools. We take them everywhere and they have the functions (GPS, accelerometers, camera, audio, video) to sense, share and mobilize data between consenting citizens. (Shutterstock)

How your smartphone can encourage active living

We blame electronic devices for our increasingly sedentary behaviours. So why not harness them to study our movement patterns and tackle urgent health crises?
There’s good evidence drinking coffee before exercise can marginally improve your performance. From shutterstock.com

Health check: can caffeine improve your exercise performance?

Many people drink coffee for that extra bit of energy to go about their day. As well as sharpening our minds, there's evidence caffeine can give us a physical boost, too.
Research with Canadian families found that modelling of healthy food intake by fathers, but not by mothers, was associated with a healthier diet among their children. (Shutterstock)

Fathers are vitally important to their kids’ health and to public health research

Most Canadian children spend too much time on screens and don't eat enough fruit and vegetables. Fathers can help by modelling healthy behaviours and getting involved in research.
The good thing about Kegel exercises is that you can do them pretty much anywhere. Nina Maile Gordon/The Conversation

‘Are Kegel exercises actually good for you?’

Doing kegel exercises is actually very beneficial for your pelvic floor muscles. Don't know how to do them? We have you covered.
A woman uses a lancet on her finger to check her blood sugar level with a glucose meter. Behopeful/Shutterstock.com

Can a genetic test predict if you will develop Type 2 diabetes?

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing company 23andMe is now offering a new 'polygenic risk score' that reveals your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Does it work? Are our family physicians ready?
Secondary school students typically spend less time doing physical activity than they did in primary school. www.shutterstock.com

Adapting to secondary school: why the physical environment is important too

The transition from primary to secondary school can be tough for children socially and emotionally. Students also do less physical activity in secondary school, and need help with this transition too.

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