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Lessons from a cyclist

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 07 August 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:334

Doctors should do more to promote physical activity

  1. William H Dietz, director (,
  2. Ron Davis, North American editor (
  1. Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Mailstop K-24, Atlanta, GA 30341-3717, USA
  2. BMJ

    One hundred years ago the BMJ reported that “In France the bicycle has done wonders, as those who remember Paris, Fontainebleau, and the intervening districts thirty years ago can bear witness if they once more revisit that pleasant part of the world.”1 For three weeks in July the bicycle in France was, once again, the source of wonderment, as Lance Armstrong won the world's premier cycling race, the Tour de France. Armstrong's quest for victory during the gruelling event not only captured the attention of sports enthusiasts but also that of the media and the public at large, because just three years ago Armstrong was diagnosed …

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