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Br J Sports Med 47:3-4 doi:10.1136/bjsports-2012-092010
  • Editorials

Ode to Joy: call to action for doctors to play their role in curing the global pandemic of physical inactivity: drilling into one of the ‘7 investments’—simple solutions for the pandemic

  1. Karim M Khan
  1. Department of Family Practice and School of Kinesiology, Centre for Hip Health & Mobility, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Dr Karim M Khan, Department of Family Practice and School of Kinesiology, Centre for Hip Health & Mobility, The University of British Columbia, 769-2635 Laurel Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada V5Z 1M9; karim.khan{at}ubc.ca
  • Received 20 November 2012
  • Revised 20 November 2012
  • Accepted 20 November 2012
  • Published Online First 12 December 2012

AMSSM's Dr Elizabeth Joy and three additional giants of physical activity research and advocacy provide a very clear blueprint for the role of sports and exercise medicine physicians in addressing the global public health pandemic of physical inactivity.1 As a BJSM reader, you will know that health professionals provide one of the seven ‘best investments’2 for solving the physical inactivity crisis. If you are not familiar with the ‘7 investments’ please read it now (open access) and listen to Fiona Bull's podcast about ‘7 investments’ (http://podcasts.bmj.com/bjsm/). Whenever we advocate for one of the 7 investments, I respectfully recommend we immediately remind our listener that there is a cohesive, comprehensive solution; my fear if we outline one element of the physical inactivity solution at a time our blinkered listener will think our suggestion is insufficient for the complex problem of physical inactivity. “One man says the answer is targeting …