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Fitness of Canadian Adults, 2007-2009

Wednesday, August 04, 2010 Posted by Travis Saunders
This week I am attending the Canadian Obesity Network Student Bootcamp.  I know that sounds like some sort of training program, but it's actually a full week of obesity related education with some of Canada's top obesity researchers in a small town outside of Quebec City.  Many of my friends and colleagues (Peter included) have attended the bootcamp in the past, and all have told me that its one of their best grad school experiences.  Everyday there are lectures from obesity experts like Arya Sharma, JP Depres, and Angelo Tremblay, as well as "journal club" presentations from other students.  Below I've embedded a copy of my presentation, which is on the paper "Fitness of Canadian Adults: Results from the 2007-2009 Canadian Health Measures Survey".  I discussed the paper in a post a few months ago, but I thought I'd include the full presentation here since it has quite a bit more detail than the original post.  I also wanted an excuse to try out SlideShare, which allows you to embed power point (with audio) into a blog post.  So feedback would be greatly appreciated.

To follow the goings-on at the bootcamp itself, be sure to check out Arya Sharma's blog, where he will almost certainly be providing updates as the week progresses.

Enjoy the presentation!


ResearchBlogging.orgShields, M, Tremblay, MS, Laviolette, M, Craig, CL, Janssen, I, & Connor Gorber, S (2010). Fitness of Canadian adults: Results from the 2007-2009 Canadian
Health Measures Survey Health Reports, 21 (1), 1-15

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3 Response to "Fitness of Canadian Adults, 2007-2009"

  1. VikingMoose Said,

    that's a cool, interesting presentation. didn't have time to listen, but scrolled through the slides.

    the other day at Crossfit, we were discussing what "fitness" is. good stuff

    Posted on August 4, 2010 at 2:12 PM

  2. Lyn Said,

    Thanks for posting this.

    How well does the grip test measure overall strength? Is it as reliable in women as in men, since women tend to have weaker upper bodies relative to lower body strength?

    PS The last few slides wouldn't load.

    Posted on August 4, 2010 at 5:49 PM

  3. Travis Saunders Said,

    @ Lyn,

    Grip strength is a relatively good correlate of other measures of strength like leg press, but has the advantages of being very simple, safe, and requiring little or no skill. I'm not sure whether it's a better predictor in men vs women to be honest, but my guess would be that it's still reasonably good - in general, people who have strong upper bodies will have strong lower bodies, and vice versa. Also, the "healthy" fitness zones are age and sex specific, so that should handle any sex differences.

    Thanks for the note about the last few slides. They seem to be working on my computer - did you try refreshing the page?


    Posted on August 4, 2010 at 5:57 PM


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