The past few months have been great for media coverage of sedentary behaviour, and I’ve been fortunate to be on the receiving end of a few interviews. I thought it would be fun to put them up here on the blog, so today I have 4 different clips – 2 video and 2 audio (email subscribers can view the videos by clicking on the title of today’s email).
The first video clip is from an interview with CTV News Channel, which I did in early December. I was in Ottawa while the hosts were interviewing me from Toronto, so my only connection to them was an earpiece (ps – do they wash those things between interviews?). I was asked to stare directly into the camera, which is a bit intimidating to say the least! My mother especially likes this clip as the interviewer was really challenging me on my answers, which kept me on my toes. Unfortunately most journalists want a concise answer for “how much sedentary time is too much”, and so far we just don’t know much more than “people who sit less are healthier than those who sit more”. Apologies for the bootleg quality of the first video, it’s the best we could do!
The next two clips come from my visit to New Brunswick earlier this month. I was in town visiting my parents for the holidays, and had the opportunity to give a guest lecture at the University of New Brunswick Fredericton campus. The talk was open to the public, and we were fortunate to get a surprising amount of media attention focusing on sedentary behaviour research leading up to the event.
Below are two reports (one from CBC Radio, and one from CBC TV) that came out the day of the talk, which may be of interest to those of you interested in sedentary behaviour. The reports cover the field in general, as well as a bit of info on my thesis project itself, which I haven’t discussed much here on the blog (I’m asking kids to sit for extended periods of time, then looking to see if that has a measurable impact on their metabolic health). I also demonstrate the pedal machine I use when working in the student lab, including my patented “backward pedaling” technique, which for some reason makes it much easier to pedal without whacking my knees on my desk (this is a relief not only for my knees, but also for my labmate Richard who has to put up with my pedaling).
Of note, the CBC TV piece was actually picked up and re-aired on CNN. You can expect to see an “As seen on CNN” logo on Obesity Panacea in the near future (look out, Fireyourfat.com!).
As a bonus, the TV spot also features a short clip of me juggling as a 13 year-old, back from my days a professional street performer (more than once in my life I have benefited from a slow news week in Fredericton). Also, the trophies in the background of the interview shots belong to my father, a 3-time Canadian baseball champion (my wife was disappointed to find out they weren’t mine!).
Unfortunately I’ve had a hard time embedding the radio interview here on the blog, but it can be heard at the following link: CBC radio interview.
Finally, a bonus clip from a podcast I recorded last week with the guys from 1 Meal, 1 Workout (my interview starts around the 10 minute mark). You can download the clip here, or subscribe to their podcast in itunes.