Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Navaneeth Mohan

  • Researchers at western university have found that incentives as low as 10 cents a day, can motivate physical activity in individuals. 
  • Dr. Marc Mitchell is an assistant professor in the School Of Kinesiology His research lies in the intersection of behavioural economics and physical activity. 
  • With his collaborators from New York University, and University of British Columbia, Dr. Mitchell analyzed data of 6000 participants, with an average age of 41 years. 2/3rds of the participants were women.  
  • This data was collected from pre-existing studies published between 2012 and 2018. 
  • The team found that a daily average incentive of $1.50, if administered in a well-designed manner, could increase physical activity by upto 75%. Furthermore, this motivation to exercise remained elevated even after the incentive was removed, suggesting that short-term incentive dose may promote sustained physical activity. 
  • The psychology behind this amazing result has to do with the present bias, which states that people tend to respond more to the immediate costs and benefits of their actions rather than their long-term plans. 
  • By cutting the incentive costs by upto 500%, this finding has the potential to influence health intervention programs such as Smartphone apps and fitbit wearable trackers. 
  • Such intervention programs are especially relevant in today’s working culture, where the average adult takes less than half the daily recommended 10,000 steps. 
  • The results are published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

 

  • In light of the recent surge in international students, one Western researcher looks to build better resiliency among landed immigrants. 
  • Jordan Edwards is a PhD student in the Dept of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. His research explores three class of immigrants - economic migrants, family reunification migrants and refugees, and how factors such as marginalization, material deprivation and class influence them. Those challenges often manifest themselves in the form of mood and anxiety disorders.
  • He hopes to assess whether the prevalence of self-reported mood and anxiety disorders are consistent with diagnosed rates in immigrant populations in Ontario.
  • By looking as far back as 1985, his study aims to find relations between common mental disorders, the class of the arriving immigrants, and the historical pathways of these immigrants enroute to Canada.  
  • By identifying high-risk groups among the arriving immigrants, his study will help policy and decision makers to improve mental-health services in allocating resources for Canadian immigrant and refugee populations.
  • For his efforts, Edwards recently received a $5,000 research fellowship grant from the Canadian Mental Health Association (Ontario Division) to advance front-line mental-health services in the province.

 

 

  • Starting Friday night, Londoners can park their vehicles overnight. 
  • Unless it’s summer, parking is banned on city streets from 3 a.m. to 5 am. Those rules return on Sept. 3 after the Labour Day long weekend.
  • The overnight bylaw exemption does not apply to commercial motor vehicles, mobile homes or trailers because such vehicles are governed by a different rule.
  • No vehicle can park on city streets for longer than 12 hours at a time.
  • Other parking regulations, such as those governing fire hydrants, will still be enforced over the summer.
     
  • The intersection of Talbot and Dundas streets will be closed to vehicle traffic from 7 a.m. today to tomorrow night. 
  • The shutdown is needed to finish work on Phase 1 of the Dundas Place flex street. 
  • The closing won’t affect cyclists or pedestrians.
  • Crews plan to reopen the intersection and the block between Ridout Street and Talbot Street by end-of-day Friday for the long weekend. 

 

 

  • After their flamboyant entry into the Conference finals, the Toronto Raptors dropped their Game 1 against the Milwaukee Bucks. Final score 108-100. 
  • The Raptors Forward Kawhi Leonard had 31 points in 42 minutes of play. Kyle Lowry added another 30 points to the scoreboard in his 40 minutes on the court. 
  • The Bucks Forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (Ank-tent-kompo) had a 24 points and 14 rebounds in 37 minutes. The Centre Brook Lopez had 29 points and 11 rebounds in 35 minutes. 
  • Despite maintaining a seven point lead enterning the fourth quarter, the toronto raptors gave away an easily winnable game. Game 2 of the Conference finals is scheduled for tomorrow 8:30PM.

 

  • Todays bright and sunny skies will turn into light showers in the evening and a thunderstorm overnight. 
  • Tomorrow will be a pleasently cool and sunny day with some cloud coverage but no rain. Perfect for the London Majors game vs the Brantford RedSox. 
  • The long weekend however, will be a wet one.
  • Today’s low of 7 is behind us and the mercury peaks at 20 in the afternoon.