mobileDOCTOR by - Introducing Canada's First Telemedicine Program for International Students


TORONTO, April 12, 2017 /CNW/ - International Insurance now offers international students direct access to a doctor at the touch of a button, anytime, anywhere, using a mobile device. International students across Canada that are covered by can now talk to a medical professional over the phone without having to visit a clinic or wait long hours in an emergency room.

The new mobileDOCTOR by is the first and only telemedicine service of its kind to provide immediate and confidential medical attention to international students 24/7 and in over 140 languages. When unsure if they should go to a clinic or the emergency room, international students can access on-the-spot medical advice, get a referral, or obtain new prescriptions when appropriate.

"The mobileDOCTOR program helps eliminate distance barriers and can improve access to medical services that are not always available in rural communities," says Keith Segal, president and CEO of International Insurance. "In urban areas with long wait times, calling mobileDOCTOR can mean speaking to a medical professional in minutes instead of hours. It can also save lives in critical care and emergency situations."

Telemedicine is most beneficial to international students unfamiliar with the healthcare system in Canada who are often unprepared for the long wait times for doctor appointments and emergency room visits. The mobileDOCTOR service lets students call and talk to a nurse or physician about common health concerns such as cold and flu symptoms, infections, rashes and injuries so they can receive proper medical advice without delay. Mobile technology allows healthcare professionals in multiple locations to receive photos, share information and discuss patient issues to provide a high level of care for students.

mobileDOCTOR by was developed in partnership with Praxes Medical Group, which has over 20 years' experience providing health services for clients in locations around the world.

SOURCE International Insurance

A Third of People Track Their Health or Fitness. Who Are They and Why Are They Doing it?

Alicia Bell - Toronto Fitness Expert

A recent international GfK survey, conducted online in 16 countries, shows one in three people (33 percent) currently monitor or track their health or fitness via an online or mobile application, or via a fitness band, clip, or smartwatch.

China is well in the lead for monitoring health and fitness in this way, with 45 percent of the online population currently doing this. Brazil and the USA come next, with 29 percent each, closely followed by Germany (28 percent) and France (26 percent).

In most countries studied, men are ahead of women in this activity, but five countries stand out as having a higher percentage of their female than their male online population currently tracking their health and fitness in this way: China (48 percent of women, compared to 43 percent of the men), Russia (21 percent of women and 17 percent of men), France (27 percent and 25 percent), Australia (20 percent and 18 percent), and Canada (20 percent and 19 percent).

Looking at age, it is those aged 30-39 and 20-29 years old that are most keen on tracking their health and fitness - standing at 41 percent and 39 percent of each age group respectively. However, teenagers (15-19 year olds) and the 20-29 year olds both show almost a quarter of their numbers saying that, while they do not currently monitor their health or fitness in this way, they have done so in the past. This suggests potential for bringing this significant number of 'past users' back into the market, given the right offers or messages by retailers or manufacturers.

Reasons for tracking health or fitness

Over half (55 percent) of those who are currently tracking their health and fitness said one of the reasons they do it is "to maintain or improve my physical condition or fitness" - making this the most popular reason internationally.

The next most widespread reason is motivating themselves to exercise, selected by half (50 percent) of those currently tracking.

Several of the reasons given by those currently tracking health or fitness are a reminder that users of these trackers value them for benefits that are not exclusive to the world of sports. Over a third give "to improve my energy levels" or "to motivate myself to eat and drink healthily" as a reason for tracking their health or fitness, while 29 percent say "to improve sleep" and a quarter say "to be more productive". In addition, 22 percent say "because it's fun". Only 14 percent of those currently tracking their health or fitness say they are doing it "to train for an event."

Why are people tracking or monitoring their health or fitness?
To maintain or improve my physical
condition/fitness                          55%
To motivate myself to exercise             50%
To improve my energy level                 35%
To motivate myself to eat and drink
healthily                                  34%
To improve sleep                           29%
Because it's part of my daily routine      29%
To lose weight                             29%
To be more productive                      24%
Because it's fun                           22%
To monitor or track a specific health
condition                                  17%
To train for an event (race, sport, etc.)  14%
To compete with other people               8%
For some other reason                      2%
Not sure                                   1%

Source: GfK survey of 4,900+ internet users (ages 15+) in 16 countries who currently track their health or fitness; multiple answers allowed. Fieldwork was conducted in the summer of 2016.

Jan Wassmann, global lead for wearables research at GfK, comments, "These findings demonstrate the attraction that health and fitness monitoring has within much wider groups than just the obvious young sports players. Manufacturers and retailers can use these insights - combined with our point-of-sales data on purchases of wearable devices - to understand who are their real-life users and why, and tailor their products to deepen that appeal."

Download charts showing the full findings:

About the study

GfK conducted the online survey with over 20,000 consumers aged 15 or older across 16 countries. Fieldwork was completed in summer 2016. Data are weighted to reflect the demographic composition of the online population aged 15+ in each market. Countries covered are Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Russia, South Korea, Spain, UK and USA. /

Tep The Giraffe Challenges You To Get Fit - App


There's a new app in town. Remember Tamagachie? Or however its spelled. Well some of you might be too young to remember them. Tep is the modern day version app. Download this guy from iTunes or the google play store. Tep the Giraffe challenges you to get fit. You have to walk him, feed him the right things to keep him alive. Im sure the app will get better over time. To me it seems kind of basic. But its a great interactive concept. I mean who wants their pet to die?!?!?



Your pocketpet depends on you – don’t let it down! Take care of it with your everyday workouts.



Take the journey, and level up for special surprises. The more active you are, the more agile your pet gets.



Track your walks, runs, and rides or synch your wearable activity tracker!

Download Tep here to stay Motivated: