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Episode date 11 September 2012
Interviews and reports
Study: Vigorous activity most beneficial for children
A new Canadian study shows that even short bouts of intense physical activity by children can have noticeable beneficial health effects. 

The study followed 605 Alberta schoolchildren, aged 9 to 17, for a week and measured their activity level with an accelerometer.  It found that as little as 7 minutes of vigorous activity in addition to children’s regular physical activity showed benefits in reducing body weight and waistlines, improved fitness, and reduced blood pressure levels. Adding time performing light to moderate activity did not show the same benefit

Dr Jonathon McGavock, is an associate professor of Medicine at the University of Manitoba Paediatrics Department.. He is the lead author of the study and spoke with RCI's Marc Montgomery
Indigenous children face higher risk of injury, death
. (Troy Fleece/Canadian Press)
Aboriginal children have a much higher risk of being seriously injured or killed than do other children in Canada according to a new study. The leading causes of death are motor vehicle accidents, fires and drowning.

The report by the Canadian Paedriatric Society found that the accident rate is falling for all Canadian children, but aboriginal youth are still three or four times more likely to be killed by unintentional injuries. This includes Inuit in the far north, Metis who are of mixed European and indigenous ancestry, and aboriginals living in the rest of Canada. To find out why, RCI’s Lynn Desjardins spoke with University of Toronto researcher Anna Banerji, author of the study.
Canada's record trade deficit - what does it mean?
Statistics Canada
Canada's central statistical office, Statistics Canada, reports that the country has hit a record trade deficit as both exports and imports fell, with exports falling the most.

With the report's release (on Tuesday, September 11) the Canadian media emphasized the impact of the drop. One economist was quoted as saying "This is about as bad as it gets for Canadian exporters at least so far." See link here

But what does this mean for Canadians, for business and for the country? RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda talked to Peter Dungan, a professor at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. His focus is the Canadian economy.
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