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2020 Canadian CrossFit Games athlete and partner Pete Shaw has launched a campaign to encourage policymakers and health officials at local, provincial, and federal levels to work in partnership with gyms in Ontario to keep gyms open and fight COVID-19 to fight.
The details: Shaw gathered 15 Ontario-based doctors who signed a letter he sent to more than 200 politicians and health officials across the province – including Prime Minister Doug Ford and Ontario Minister of Health Christine Elliot – urging them to acknowledge it Keeping fitness facilities open is critical not only for physical and mental health, but also for improving metabolic health, which is critical to fighting COVID-19.
- “We hope to move government and public health (officials) forward. We hope this will enable Ontarians and Canadians to ensure that metabolic health and physical fitness are important parts of the COVID-19 strategy, ”said Shaw, a member of the CrossFit Level 1 Seminar staff and co-owner of CrossFit NCR in Ottawa, Ontario .
- He added: “There is growing evidence that metabolic health affects COVID-19 disease severity and that fitness facilities can play a key role. But they don’t even talk about it so we want to raise awareness about the issue because we can work together to protect the community. “
Remarkable: In Canada, Alberta is the only province that has published its COVID-19 comorbidity data. It shows that 76 percent of those who died from the disease had multiple comorbidities, “often related to underlying metabolic health,” Shaw said.
A big thing: Although people understand that chronic diseases like high blood pressure, obesity, and type 2 diabetes increase the risk of succumbing to COVID-19 – and that fitness and diet play a role in reversing these chronic conditions – but what was missing from the bigger one Dialog shows how quickly people can improve metabolic health through diet and exercise, Shaw said.
- “You can actually improve your metabolic health quickly. In some cases, within weeks. Then why don’t we talk about what’s right in front of us? “He asked rhetorically.
- With this in mind, one is based in Ottawa Intensive care physician urges the pandemic to be the catalyst motivating us to improve our metabolic health.
Real Life Evidence: In February 2020, we unveiled the Ryan Ferns Healthplex, a West Virginia gym that worked with doctors and a health insurance company to fund a fitness and nutrition program for people with type 2 diabetes. Within a few months, 20 people who joined the program had put their diabetes into remission and lost their insulin.
Limited progress so far for Shaw: Shaw has encountered a lot of “ambivalence” since he sent his letter to 200 recipients in mid-November. “Not much urgency,” he added.
- That being said, he has received replies from a handful of councilors and MPPs. who said they fought for what he was doing and said they would forward his letter to the Minister of Health. “The more support we can get, the more likely we will see this on the health minister’s radar,” Shaw said.
The big picture: To get the message across, Shaw wants to “get more medical support” to influence policymakers to understand the importance of fitness to metabolic health.
- “We need the government to see ourselves as an instrument to fight this virus and improve people’s health, ”he said.
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