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Health-related Christmas story ideas: Queen's University experts


Here are two health-related story ideas for the Christmas/winter season:

The dangers of shoveling snow
Queen’s University cardiology professor Adrian Baranchuk recently completed research into snow shoveling and the risks associated with this winter chore. He discovered a significant number of patients who visited the hospital with heart problems started experiencing symptoms while shoveling. He is available to comment on the risks of shoveling for people in all age categories and why it is classified as a high-risk physical activity.
Please note Dr. Baranchuk can conduct interviews in both English and Spanish.

Staying healthy/overeating during the holidays
The holidays are a time of year when indulging in Christmas treats should be offset by exercise and healthy eating. Queen’s University kinesiology and health studies professor Robert Ross can provide comments on how to achieve that balance. Dr. Ross is an expert on childhood and adult obesity, and he is currently leading a $1.8-million study funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) on the effects of exercise on excess abdominal fat and the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Please note Dr. Ross is only available until Dec. 21 (and not available on Dec. 14 and Dec. 17).

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officers Michael Onesi (office: 613.533.6000 ext. 77513, michael.onesi@queensu.ca) or Anne Craig (office: 613-533-2877, Anne.Craig@queensu.ca) at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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