Shaun Francis is the CEO and chair of Medcan, chair of the True Patriot Love Foundation, and a dedicated philanthropist with a passion for health, fitness and wellness.
Shaun’s long-term involvement in the consumer health care industry, including running the country’s leading global health inspiration company, has fostered his insight into health and wellness. Additionally, he receives guidance from other renowned health professionals and innovators around the globe.
His commitment to not only health and wellness, but adventure, fuels his passion for endurance sports. In 2012, Shaun co-led an expedition to Everest Base Camp and the summit of Island Peak adjacent to Mount Everest. Along with twelve Canadian soldiers, he raised funds and awareness for the True Patriot Love Foundation and injured veterans – a quest so intriguing, it became the subject of a national primetime CBC documentary, “March to the Top.”
Equally passionate about philanthropy, Shaun was instrumental in bringing the Invictus Games to Canada, and sits on the boards of the Fraser Institute and Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR). As chair of the True Patriot Love Foundation, Shaun has played an integral role in helping the foundation provide more than $18 million to support military families via community-based programs across the country.
Shaun earned his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science with honors and merit from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.
As the written culmination of these experiences, Eat, Move, Think is Shaun’s ode to home, and he’s thrilled to share it with a wider audience.
Eat Move Think
The Path to a Healthier, Stronger, Happier You
Drawing upon the expert advice of world-renowned doctors and medical professionals, Eat, Move, Think captures the innovative strategies of the world’s highest performers—Navy SEALs, cutting-edge researchers, professional athletes—in one handy illustrated guide to everyday healthy living.
Honest, straightforward and accessible, Eat, Move, Think will empower and educate you, showing you the simple, achievable steps you can take to transform your health and your life.
“Great plant-based sources of protein include such foods as soybeans, chickpeas, lentils, nuts, and seeds. You can start by trying to go three to four meals without meat—or perhaps try going without it on a “meatless Monday” or any other day of the week. My team and I have seen this work many times over. Most people don’t notice that they’ve done without meat, and they’re eating more healthfully at the same time.
In general try to consume protein at most meals to feel full, prevent cravings, and maintain your muscle mass. But for personal health and environmental sustainability, try to incorporate plant-based protein sources such as soybeans, legumes, whole grains, seeds, and nuts into your diet. Limit your red meat consumption to a serving the size and thickness of your palm, two or three times a week, and try to eat fatty fish and seafood two or three times a week because they’re an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids.”
“Why is sitting so bad? Scientists don’t yet have an answer for that, but they speculate that a lot of different factors are at play. Long periods of inactivity may reduce the amount of blood that can be pumped through the heart. The end effect is to increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. The takeaway here is that exercising does not cancel out the effects of sitting.
To ward off sitting’s ill effects on health, use motion to break up prolonged sedentary periods. Fidget, in other words. As someone who finds it difficult to keep still for long periods, I like that advice. I’ll stand up and walk around during meetings to get the blood flowing in my legs. If you are chained to your desk by a deadline, consider using a standing desk or sitting on an exercise ball. It also may help to take a short walk around the office, or around the block, once an hour. And if you’re at home, relaxing with some TV, get up and walk around at least once an episode. Better yet, perform exercises such as crunches or push-ups every so often through the show. The idea is to move every moment you can.”
“Once you understand that willpower and self-discipline are like muscles, it becomes reasonable to start exercising them, the same way one might train a bicep or pectoral muscle. Research has shown that exercising willpower in small, simple steps builds your self-control for other things down the road. Take the kids in the marshmallow experiment: choosing to wait for a second marshmallow might have decreased their store of willpower in the short term, but if they had repeated the experiment on a daily basis, it might have strengthened their willpower, giving them more self-control when faced with other temptations.
All signs point to willpower being a mental muscle. Happily, that means that many of the tactics designed to strengthen it are similar to what would strengthen any other muscle in your body: ensure that your blood sugar level is at an optimum level, sleep well and sufficiently, and exercise in small, simple ways to strengthen your discipline for bigger decisions.”
“Eat, Move, Think is a readable, fun and succinct book packed with evidence-based insights. If you want to cut through the noise and find best practices for eating, exercise and habits of mind, get this book on your nightstand right away.”
—Greg Wells, Ph.D., bestselling author of The Ripple Effect and Superbodies
“Practical, inspiring, and accessible, Eat, Move, Think is the perfect guide for anyone looking to redefine their health and happiness.”
—Michelle Gielan, bestselling author of Broadcasting Happiness
“Compellingly written and featuring an impressive sample of worldwide wellness experts, Eat, Move, Think provides well-researched guidance on some of the most pressing issues facing urban professionals today.”
—Martin Gibala, bestselling author of The One-Minute Workout
“Eat, Move, Think not only contains a tremendous amount of well researched, darn good advice, it somehow makes you want to take that advice, too.”
—Mark Schatzker, author of The Dorito Effect
“Bite-sized nuggets of fascinating health wisdom, easy to digest and eminently helpful.”
—David Posen, M.D., author of Authenticity and The Little Book of Stress Relief.
Get Your Copy
Air Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 on SiriusXM 132
Host Stew Friedman is joined by Shaun Francis (Chair and CEO, Medcan) on the Tuesday, October 16, 2018 edition of Work and Life.
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Globe and Mail, Sept. 2017
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BrandChannel.com, July 2017
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Bloomberg, May 2017
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CBC YouTube, Feb. 2013
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Globe and Mail, May 2009
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Shaun Francis: Injured soldiers deserve our support - during the Invictus Games and after
National Post, September 2017
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Medcan Insights, April 2017
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Medcan Insights, February 2017
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National Post, January 2015
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National Post, December 2014