Category Archives: environment

Neighbourhood watch foot patrol, I mean, food patrol

I’m watching you…eat that Twinkie. This story really has to be perceived as the final straw in the fight against childhood obesity.  In getting kids to stop purchasing cheap candy (and cheap thrills from the sound of it), concerned parents … Continue reading

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New York, New York – banning smoking, everywhere

The smoking ban in New York City, originally implemented between 2002 and 2003 (the Smoke Free Air Act) prohibited smoking in indoor workplaces, including restaurants and bars, will now be extended to parks, beaches and Times Square.   Given its low … Continue reading

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Filed under Asian, cessation, environment, policy, smoking

Reading about sendentary lifestyles and its harms at my desk makes me feel bad

A little fear mongering never hurt anyone, which explains why the NY Times published this article yesterday on the hazards of a sedentary lifestyle.  It was the cat picture that really inspired me to probe further (cat picture reproduced for … Continue reading

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Filed under environment, exercise, physical activity, Scotland, work

Thanks for the diabetes, dad.

Reported in Science magazine online, fathers  apparently also contribute to increasing the risk of diabetes in their offsprings.  Although the study was conducted in rats, the findings present some “food” for thought.  Daughters of obese rats were more likely to … Continue reading

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Weighing in on a proposed soda ban for food stamp users

This article was posted on the New York Times website today and it deals with all the complexities involved in tackling the “obesity epidemic”.  In summary, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg is seeking to ban the use of food stamps for … Continue reading

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“exergaming” at the intersection of health and technology

We came across this story on “exergaming” on the BBC a few days ago and thought we could both contribute something from our respective disciplines.  This new study is an EPSRC funded project called “Development and evaluation of an ‘exergaming’ … Continue reading

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