Nova Scotia fitness business requests exemption to stay open amid COVID-19

The owner of a fitness facility in Halifax has written a letter to the province asking for an exemption to stay open out of concern for his clients.



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The owner of OneUp Fitness, Matt Mombourquette, said what sets his facility apart from other commercial gyms is its small size, one-on-one, appointment based-training. Its average demographic is people aged 55 and up.

“A lot of our clients have chronic health conditions, such as osteoporosis, orthopedic pain, we have some clients with Parkinson’s disease, muscular dystrophy,” said Mombourquette.

So when the province announced a second round of lockdown for fitness facilities, Mombourquette said he was concerned for his aging clientele.

Read more: Nova Scotia reports 37 new cases of COVID-19, shuts down bars, gyms

Between the facility’s Halifax and Bedford studios, Mombourquette said, they see roughly 150 clients per week, but fewer than half took up virtual classes when their doors closed in March.

“When they came back and we opened our doors again in June, we could see a lot of deterioration. They shared that they had a lot of physical challenges; they felt weaker, and some of them had some depression,” he said.

This is when he decided to write the letter to see if there was “some wiggle room” that existed for their facility.

On Tuesday, Dr. Robert Strang, chief medial officer of Nova Scotia, said there will be no exceptions to the rule.

“Our goal is to remain very tight for the shortest time possible, and every time we give an exception it creates another opportunity for a breakthrough that might then be the reason why we have to extend,” Strang said.

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It’s a decision Mombourquette respects but says he’s frustrated by.

“I think everybody understands that exercise does have a big impact on positive immunity and keeping us safe from this current pandemic and potentially future ones,” he said.

One of Mombourquette’s clients is Jason Roth, a 70-year-old Halifax man, who has been coming to OneUp Fitness twice a week for the past 15 years. He tells Global News his health took a hit when the facility’s doors closed in March due to COVID-19.

“In terms of the sense of being in shape and fitness, I would say was about 50 per cent as effective as it had been,” said Roth.

He says he’s been to other, larger gyms and OneUp Fitness is different. He doesn’t believe it should be lumped into the same category.

“I’m not surrounded by a lot of people, equipment is immediately wiped down, people are in and people are out,” he said.

“That distinction between eating establishments and drive thru establishments, I think, would fit as a distinction between OneUp and the average gym.”

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Roth said that if an exemption were to be granted, he would gladly

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Enjoy Your Holiday Treats And Stay On Track With Your Fitness With Noom

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Well, we are finally in the swing of things guys. The holidays are officially here. Thanksgiving came and went like a flash. But what won’t go in a flash is the big ole meal you ate on Thanksgiving. And the same is true with all the Holiday Treats that are coming in the coming weeks.

Nobody wants to starve themselves on a special occasion. Those Holiday Treats are too appealing to pass up. But it can do a real number to your physical fitness if you’re not careful. It can be hard to lose those few pounds you put on. You’ll need a little help to shed those pounds. Luckily, help is available.

There is nothing wrong with having to reach out and ask for help. We’re not all wellness coaches or trainers, knowing the exact ways to get our bodies into shape. And even then, it isn’t always simple. Everyone is different and can use different techniques that won’t work for the person next to them.

That is why if you need help, you need help that understands how to help each person individually. And that help exists with the fitness app Noom. Noom is a fitness app that knows full well that everyone is different and needs help in specific ways. All of that is obvious right from the jump.

As soon as you sign up for Noom, you will see how personalized it is. You have to take a pretty detailed test that helps the team understand who you are and what your needs are. So when the test is done, you will get results that offer you workout and diet routines to hit the fitness goals you set out for.

Now, there may be some blind spots in any test. Some element in your life that affects how you can do these routines. This is why you need a slightly more personal and human touch. And that is where the on-call wellness coaches at Noom come into play.

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Whenever you need help with some routine that is giving you a problem, you can reach out to the wellness coaches on Noom. The personalized nature of this feature means that you can have someone specifically cater a routine to you. No more broad stroke advice. Everything is aimed at you.

There’s help in other areas on Noom too. Personalized help from real live human beings. And that help can be found in the community of other Noom users. Others who have gone/are going through what you are. So when you need a pick me up, these users can give you the emotional boost you need.

If you are using the app and don’t need such personalized help, there are

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3 Reasons Why The Digital Fitness Boom Is Here To Stay

Digital fitness was already poised for strong growth for the foreseeable future, but the COVID-19 crisis will likely accelerate the use of digital fitness and create long-term changes

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The COVID-19 pandemic brought about unanticipated impacts both personally and professionally. While the near-term promises to be extremely challenging for us, as we try and adapt to the situation around—this ‘new normal’ of sorts, the long-term effects will be those where we come out stronger together.

Health and fitness-wise, the industry also has gone through its fair bit of change. The largest being the rise of ‘digital fitness’ from the comforts of your own home. Digital fitness was already poised for strong growth for the foreseeable future, but the COVID-19 crisis will likely accelerate the use of digital fitness and create long-term changes in how consumers manage their overall wellbeing.

Willingness To Experiment

Given COVID-19 and the lockdown that the country went through, the fitness enthusiasts—both young and old—across the world have been pushed to try at least some form of digital fitness solutions even if they have been hesitant to do so in the past.

Our smartphones have become our on-demand devices for everything including our fitness regime. People now can have a personal trainer in their pockets for an amazing workout, anytime, anywhere. I believe that this trend is here to stay and even though a lot of the members will eventually go back to using the gyms, the digital boom will remain. For businesses, it will be important to have both physical plus digital services available to their customers.

Flexibility & Convenience

While physical gyms and studios have you plan your workout routine around them, digital fitness solutions give you the freedom to work out when you want, where you want and with whom you want. This convenience factor plus the fact that you are within the comfort of your own home is a major advantage to fitness enthusiasts who lead a hectic work life or anyone looking to exercise at home.

These recent developments in the digital fitness space along with customer’s readiness to adopt shows us that digital fitness and wellness solutions are here to stay.

Accountability & Gamification With Your Tribe

We as humans are competitive by nature. Fitness is no different. Introducing gamification elements such as badges, leaderboards, competition and levels drive up motivation amongst fitness enthusiasts. This pushes us to be the best version of ourselves and makes us accountable to the people whom we work out with  our buddies, our tribe! What also drives us, is being surrounded by the people we love. Working out with the people we love, pushes us to do our best. Social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook, streaming platforms like Zoom, Hangout and interactive chat mediums such as

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Fitness expert reveals the EXACT snacks she buys to stay healthy



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A Sydney personal trainer has revealed the supermarket snacks she buys while on-the-go to maintain optimal health every day.

Sophie Allen, 30, shared a video to her 358,000 Instagram followers on November 22 and detailed the top nutritious, budget-friendly snacks she recommends. 

The snack suggestions are suitable alternatives to consuming sugary foods, such as chocolate or lollies, and will help keep you fuller for longer during the day.  

‘Meal prep is the best way to stay on track, but we don’t always have time! Here are some of my go-to healthy and quick snacks I grab from the supermarket that don’t break the calorie bank,’ she captioned the post.

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a woman standing in a room: Sydney personal trainer Sophie Allen (pictured) has revealed the supermarket snacks she buys while on-the-go to maintain optimal health every day


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Sydney personal trainer Sophie Allen (pictured) has revealed the supermarket snacks she buys while on-the-go to maintain optimal health every day



a woman standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: The snack suggestions are suitable alternatives to consuming sugary foods, such as chocolate or lollies, and will help keep you fuller for longer during the day


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The snack suggestions are suitable alternatives to consuming sugary foods, such as chocolate or lollies, and will help keep you fuller for longer during the day

Blueberries and tomatoes

In the short video the first two suggestions were blueberries and cherry tomatoes, which can be added to separate fruit or vegetable salads or eaten directly from the packet once washed.

Blueberries have an array of proven health benefits, according to Healthline, as they are full of antioxidants, vitamins and can help protect against both aging and cancer.

Whereas tomatoes promote cardiovascular health, skin health and prevent the growth of abnormal cells.



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In the video the first two suggestions were blueberries and cherry tomatoes



Blueberries have ten proven health benefits, according to Healthline, as they are full of antioxidants, vitamins and can help protect against both aging and cancer


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Blueberries have ten proven health benefits, according to Healthline, as they are full of antioxidants, vitamins and can help protect against both aging and cancer

Brown rice cakes with avocado and tuna

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For a quick morning or afternoon snack, organic brown rice cakes with quinoa are perfect to have with avocado and John West tuna.

Not only do the rice cakes contain few calories, but the avocado is filled with vitamins C, E, K, B6 and healthy fats necessary for maintaining health all year round. 

Adding tuna to the snack will also boost your daily protein consumption.

Protein yoghurt

Sophie also opts to eat YoPro yoghurt – a quick and easy snack that is packed with high protein and no added sugar.

Each tub contains 15 grams of protein and is available in a variety of delicious flavours for as little as $1.70 from Coles.

According to Healthline, yoghurt

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Tampa General Hospital and GE Healthcare’s CareComm Saves $40 Million, Cuts 20,000 Excess Days and Reduces Length of Stay

Tampa General Hospital (TGH), in partnership with GE Healthcare, reports a $40M reduction of system-wide inefficiencies since launching their CareComm command center with GE’s Command Center Software last August. Utilizing 20 artificial intelligence applications (aka Tiles), CareComm helps to optimize minute-to-minute patient care operations with real-time actionable information used in CareComm and throughout the hospital.

CareComm’s Tiles include Patient Manager, Capacity Snapshot, Surgical Tube Map, Observation Manager, Discharge Barriers, Imaging Expediter and more. CareComm also created a digital twin of patient flow at TGH which was used to reallocate nursing unit capacities and optimize the surgical block schedule. More than anything, CareComm’s work has been to serve and enable TGH’s caregivers and care teams.

The program has helped TGH to operate at maximum occupancy, decrease average length of stay by eliminating 20,000 excess days, and reduce emergency room diversion by 25% for the level one trauma center that serves the entire West Coast of Florida. These improvements equate to 30 beds of additional capacity.

“CareComm is not only the center of gravity for our artificial intelligence platform, it’s the center of gravity for the entire hospital system,” said John Couris, CEO of Tampa General Hospital. “We feel sometimes that to fix a problem, we’ve got to build a building or build more capacity. We started to think a little differently saying, how do we drive value to the consumer by doing better with what we have and not just simply building more.”

“When CareComm opened in August 2019, a hurricane was approaching, and we talked about it being helpful during the storm. We didn’t discuss a pandemic, but it’s been a remarkably useful tool in the management of COVID-19 as well as for daily patient care operations,” said Everett Cunningham, CEO of US and Canada, GE Healthcare. “GE Command Centers are now operating in over 200 hospitals worldwide helping health systems and governments through COVID-19.”

In addition to GE’s real-time Tiles, the CareComm team rapidly implemented an early warning system to help anticipate COVID-19 hotspots in the community. And TGH worked with health systems in the local area to share capacity between them through each surge of COVID-19 patients.

“CareComm guides our hospital along the path of automating care delivery. Over the past year, our team gathered valuable patient insights from our command center which we’ve been able to apply to managing reduced length of stay and better patient flow for all patients – especially in the evolving era of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dr. Peter Chang, vice president for care transitions, Tampa General Hospital.

TGH is also co-leading a statewide collaboration with other Florida health systems and GE Healthcare to manage beds, ventilators and COVID-19 hospitalizations in near-time called the Florida Capacity System. This new cloud-based system is live and will help to manage the pandemic as well as hurricanes and other challenges in the future.

“The COVID-19 crisis requires a regional response. We’ll keep working together with the Florida healthcare systems and have agreed to share

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Black-Owned Gym, Elite Evolution Is Battling to Stay in Hackney and Help Its Community

Hackney was a different place a decade ago. Back in 2010, the area was infamous for being the most deprived borough in London and the sixth most deprived local authority in the country. Back then, to outsiders at least, the mere mention of its name was enough to elicit looks of both sympathy and concern, which, given that it was home to a notorious stretch of road known as ‘murder mile’ and was synonymous with crime, violence and poverty isn’t any wonder. But gentrification works fast in the capital and just two years later, in 2012, the year The Olympic Games was held on Hackney’s doorstep, The Observer commented on how: “The area’s traditional demographic – white working class, Turkish, Asian and Afro-Caribbeans – increasingly share the space with newcomers, who attend arty happenings…and then go for some organic Sussex wine.”

Hackney’s transformation has accelerated in the years since, and the borough is now commended for its social mobility credentials, while the number of mums sipping on “flat whites, nibbling courgette cake and chatting as their kids fight over an abacus” – again witnessed by The Observer– has multiplied too. Like most areas, gentrification has brought positives and negatives, with the main negative in Hackney being that some of the community’s residents and businesses, good people who have been there all along, have been pushed out, while the liberal elite has been transported in. But whoever the borough has been home to, one business has stood firm and continues to offer a place for all local residents to train at affordable prices. Just as it has done since 2010.

When the word ‘black’ is associated with something positive, we should all shout about it

Owned by three born and bred Hackney boys, Afolabi Akinola, Joshua Oladimeji and Emeka Obanye, Elite Evolution is a black-owned gym. It’s important to say that because, as Oladimeji observes, the word black is associated with so many negative narratives, when it’s associated with something positive, we should all shout about it. And what could be more positive than three young, black entrepreneurs who for the past decade have successfully fought to keep their business in Hackney, while holding second jobs in education and the prison system, in order to serve the community that moulded them.

“I felt like it was our responsibility,” says Oladimeji. “We didn’t shy away from that, we believe that we needed to be positive, we needed to be out there and we needed to show that there’s a safe space for anybody to come in and feel like this is somewhere they can train, where they can work out and won’t be discriminated against. [And for trainers] they’re not thinking that they can’t go higher than being just a trainer. They can be managers. They can be owners.”

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Let’s stay active when gyms are closed and sports are on pause



Early-morning exercisers get in a workout at a Montreal gym on Oct. 5, days before the city's gyms had to close again.


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Here we go again. As the number of COVID-19 cases has risen back to critical levels across the country, gyms are seeing their capacities reduced or being closed altogether. Limits have been placed on team sports at the recreational and competitive level. And while not all provinces have put the brakes on sports and certain other types of physical activity, the risk of another coast-to-coast shutdown is high.

Back in March, when gyms closed for the first time, spring was right around the corner. Days were getting longer and the weather warmer, which made it easier to find ways to do a workout outdoors . This time around, it’s dark when we roll out of bed and dark again when we sit down to dinner, which means it’s less inviting at either end of the day to get in a workout.

With more obstacles in their way, Canadians are likely to go back to the more sedentary habits they adopted in the spring, when — according to data collected by ParticipACTION, the national organization whose mandate is to get Canadians moving — people were more likely to watch television or sit in front of a computer screen than exercise.

When it comes to the consequences of COVID-19, a lack of exercise may seem trivial, but for many people exercise isn’t just a boost to their physical health; it also improves their mental health — a theory that’s supported by a growing body of evidence. The World Health Organization defines mental health as “a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”

Some people actively seek out exercise as a therapeutic option to improve mental health, be it at the suggestion of a medical professional or by virtue of the good feeling that often accompanies a good sweat. Others are so used to their exercise routine that they go into a funk when their workout schedule is disrupted. Then there are those who have very defined goals that are at risk of being abandoned without access to a training facility, which adds to their stress level.

Also worth mentioning is the loss of social connection, which can be felt by anyone who plays team sports or prefers to sweat in a group versus on their own. Beer-league hockey, soccer and basketball players, curlers, masters athletes, gym rats and others of all ages who play organized sports are at risk of being negatively affected emotionally and physically by the loss of their exercise routine.

Several studies have emerged looking at the mental health effects of the change in physical activity during the COVID-19 pandemic, most of which came to a similar conclusion: those who let

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