For Parents

Health Heuristics

A 'heuristic' is a procedure that provides a simple, adequate, often imperfect answer to a difficult question. Think of it as a 'rule-of-thumb'. For example: 'Only shop in the outside aisle of the grocery store.' (think meat, veggies, fruit, eggs, etc) is a heuristic. Not perfect, but a good place to start. Another one, courtesy of Jeremy Sheppard, is 'Only ...

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Fast Tracking & Pine Trees

A couple of hours drive from where I grew up in South Africa we had some family friends who owned a pine tree plantation. Those with an agriculture bent will immediately identify that pine trees are not native to the tropical South African landscape, and you’re correct. Pine plantations were introduced artificially since the year-round sunlight, nutrient dense soil and ...

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Organic… Where the burden of proof lies

How do you know if someone eats organic foods? They tell you... While that joke may be old, it is very close to the truth: people who eat 'organically' seem to shove the idea down our metaphorical throats. And it annoys many of us. This is evidenced when people quote those studies which suggests that organic foods are not shown ...

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What happens when you let kids play

One of the projects that the propelperform team has taken on is to help physically develop the younger students of Brisbane Boys College. The before-school program has been given the name “The Highlanders Club” and is open to any boy in grades 7 to 9; regardless of what sport (if any) they would like to participate in. Working closely with ...

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Tracking Physical Improvements

In High Performance Sport, it is not uncommon to hear about players undergoing physical testing. It often involves some type of speed, endurance and strength tests. These tests are performed after approximately 6 to 8 weeks, and are used to assess both the athlete’s improvement and the effectiveness of the program. This philosophy works well in many sports, especially those ...

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