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BlogTalkRadio 8/18/09: Hardrock/Badwater Special PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 15 August 2009

Join me on BlogTalkRadio on Tuesday August 18, 2009 at 8:00 pm central time for the latest episode of "Consumer's Guide To Health". This episode picks up where the "Ultrarunning" episode left off - with a discussion on two specific ultras: Hardrock and Badwater. 


This episode's special guest will be Joe Prusaitis, Austin ultrarunner, coach, and race director. He has completed his share of 100 mile and longer runs, including 82 ultras - 26 of which were 100 miles. In July 2003, he completed the Hardrock 100 and Badwater back-to-back. Joe is a race director for many Texas events including the Bandera 100/50/25K and Rocky Raccoon 100/50 mile events.


The BlogTalkRadio call-in number is 646-929-1567. You can listen online at and also download this and previous episodes here as well.


I look forward to having you join us!

RunSmart Book Signing: Brockville 8/8/09 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 05 August 2009
Leeds County Books in Brockville, Ontario will be hosting a RunSmart book signing on Saturday August 8 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Bring your copy - or purchase one there. Come join Allan Besselink and host Leeds County Books for this special event. The address for Leeds County Books is 73 King Street West, Brockville and their phone number is 613-342-5728.
BlogTalkRadio 8/4/09: Nutrition 101 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 31 July 2009

Join me on BlogTalkRadio on Tuesday August 4, 2009 at 8:00 pm central time for the latest episode of "Consumer's Guide To Health". This episode is dedicated to "Nutiriton 101". Whether you're struggling with your weight, or trying to find the right foods to utilize in your training, the basics of good nutrition are important. There are a lot of myths in the health and fitness world regarding this issue, and this episode will help to clear up some of these misconceptions.


The BlogTalkRadio call-in number is 646-929-1567. You can listen online at and also download this and previous episodes here as well.


Hungry for information on nutrition? Come join the discussion!

Canadian Masters Athletic Championships PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 July 2009

This past weekend (July 17-19), the Canadian Masters Athletics Championships were held in Kamloops, British Columbia. Athletes of all ages competed in a variety of track and field events. Congratulations go out to SSI athlete Rita Quibell who claimed the gold medal for W50 in both the 1500m and the 800m events! Running for the Newmarket Huskies Track Club, she ran 5:31 to win the 1500m on Saturday, and 2:40 to win the 800m the following day.


Rita currently owns the 2009 Canadian-best times in the 1500m (5:20) and 800m (2:35).


Rita now gets a bit of a rest before heading into cross country season this fall!

The P1 Project PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 13 July 2009

Today marks the first formal announcement of the P1 Project - also known as the Physio One Project.


What exactly is the P1 Project? First, a little background is in order.


Physical therapists (otherwise know as physiotherapists or "physios" in most other countries worldwide) are faced with challenging times. In an era of health care reform, physical therapists are, without question, the practitioners of choice for the first line of assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders, and in the prevention of injury and optimization of human performance. In many countries, patients have direct access to a physiotherapist, much as they would a doctor, osteopath, chiropractor, or massage therapy. They practice as autonomous providers in that they do not require a referral to see patients. This is considered the accepted standard of care in most countries. Armed with a unique perspective on health and human function, physical therapists have the education and clinical approach to enhance the health and health care spectrum.


Consumers are also not aware of "evidence-based practice" and how these issues affect their health care. All providers are not created equal - and some utilize evidence-based strategies far more than others. Again, it is in the best interests of the consumer to understand what these strategies are, and how they impact their care and provide better outcomes.


But the consumer simply doesn't know this. Consumer awareness of physical therapy - and the limiters to practice that are imposed on the profession from outside special interest groups - is low. If the consumers don't know the issues - then, well, the issues really don't exist in anyone's minds but our own.Thus begins a virtual cycle of "accepted standards of care" in the community, and the consumer simply doesn't have the information to understand the issues at hand and how they affect their quality of care, access to care, and cost of care.


Professional associations are, quite frankly, too busy putting money towards lobbyists. And lobbyists are too busy accepting these dollars. And while these factions continue to wage legislative battles that are driven by campaign dollars and broken promises, the consumer continues to suffer. A strong consumer voice is necessary.


With this in mind comes the formation of the P1 Project ( ). The mission of the Physio One Project is to promote consumer awareness and advocacy regarding the role, evidence, standards, and outcomes of physical therapy in both health and health care, injury recovery and injury prevention.This will focus on 2 key areas - promoting the autonomous practice of and direct access to physical therapists within the health care system (and the limiters that affect this), and promoting evidence-based practice within the scope of practice of physical therapy. The P1 Project will also aim to create a community of both consumers and providers to disucss these issues openly.


The P1 Project will not devote any finances to political campaigns. The P1 Project's primary goal is effective consumer awareness and advocacy, Consumers have votes - and votes decide legislators' fate. Let's make "evidence-based standards of care" the new community standard. 


The next episode of "Consumer's Guide To Health" on Tuesday July 21, 2009 at 8:00 pm will discuss the role of the P1 Project, it's mission, and it's plan for consumer advocacy, The BlogTalkRadio call-in number is 646-929-1567. You can listen online at and also download this and previous episodes here as well.


I hope you will join us in the discussion and in supporting the P1 Project.


June: A Hot Month For SSI Athletes PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 06 July 2009

June has been a very exciting month for SSI athletes. They have been racing at Ironman Coeur d'Alene, the Buffalo Springs Lake half Ironman, and the Ontario Masters Championships. Here's the lowdown of this month's results:


At Ironman CDA, Rachel Robbins and Christine Jones completed their first Ironman and became members of the Ironman family. Christine's time was 14:06:41, and Rachel's time was 15:38:01. Also of note are the Barretts - Carrie and Shawn - who were interviewed on a recent episode of "Consumer's Guide To Health". Carrie finished in 11:46:29, while Shawn completed his first Ironman in 14:03:17.


Out in Lubbock, more great results appeared at the 20th annual Buffalo Springs Lake 70.3 triathlon. Greg Hogan led the way with a 5:23 - good for 14th place in his age group. This put Greg in a select group of athletes, having completed BSLT a total of 10 times! James Baumann set a personal best 5:45. IronTexans Dorian and Freddy Ramirez both completed their first BSLT - Dorian finishing in 7:03, and Freddy (after losing a significant amount of time surviving two flats on the bike) finishing in 8:09. As many of you know, a finish at BSLT is something special!


And last but not least, SSI athlete (of the Newmarket Huskies TC) Rita Quibell competed in the women's 1500m at the Ontario Masters Track And Field Championships. Rita was competing in the W50 division. Her time of 5:21.55 won her age group and was an age-rated performance of 89.4%! She followed this up with a 5:20.26 at the York University Twilight meet a week later, making her the number one ranked athlete in her age group. Rita will race in the Canadian Masters Championships later this month.


Photos can be found in the Gallery.


Congratulations to everyone!

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