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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…

Details of new NB Medical Society deal released

The terms of the new contract the New Brunswick Medical Society and the provincial government signed last month [Canadian Medicine] have been released: 3.75% per year raises for four years, retroactive to April 1, 2008, followed by a two-year wage freeze from 2012 to 2014. [Government of New Brunswick/NBMS joint statement]

That's a big improvement on what the government initially brought to the negotiating table, which was zero.

In fact, the new deal is one of the two options (1: the initially-agreed-upon four-year contract with a two-year wage freeze preceding it; or 2: the initial deal with a two-year freeze following it) the government presented to the physicians this past summer, before then-health minister Michael Murphy changed his mind, retracted the offer and oversaw the legislature's drafting of a law [Bill 93 (PDF)] that gave the government authority to unilaterally override the original (wage-freeze-free) version of the deal, agreed upon in 2008.

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