Cooler sleeping environment, a tool for weight loss?

Could your warm and cozy home be hindering your weight-loss efforts? Dutch researchers say keeping temperatures a little chillier at home and the office might be an additional weapon in the fight against obesity. “What would it mean if we let our bodies work again to control body temperature?” said study author Dr. Wouter van Marken…

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Exercise, Replacing Medication….Maybe

Only about a third of U.S. doctors prescribe exercise in primary care — but new British Medical Journalresearch may encourage them to add physical activity to their arsenal. Exercise may be as effective as medications in combating health problems that kill thousands of Americans each year, the analysis reveals. The researchers reviewed the findings of 16 meta-analyses, including 305…

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Holiday Fitness – 10 Tips to Keep In Shape

Here’s a list of great tips from various sources for staying fit during the holiday season!  Good luck and comment with your favorite suggestion! ————- Starting on Thanksgiving, a lot of us find our exercise regimen falling by the wayside. “Another slice of pie won’t hurt” can quickly snowball—and by January 1, we’re cursing ourselves…

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10 Tips for Managing Temptations During the Holidays

Yes, the holidays are definitely upon us and when you are trying to maintain a healthy diet, temptations certainly abound. Here are 10 tips for avoiding a weight-gain disaster and enjoying some treats too. Say No To Portion Distortion – With finger foods arranged appealingly everywhere, resist the urge to leave your hand in the snack…

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Making Healthy Choices for School Lunches

“According to new research led by Michigan State University and published in the current issue of Childhood Obesity, when schools offered snacks in lunchtime a la carte or vending that were mostly or entirely healthful, students responded with improvements in their diets, said Katherine Alaimo, MSU associate professor of food, science and human nutrition. “When healthful…

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Men and binge eating – yes, they struggle too!

Because of the wealth of research on eating disorders in women, people often mistakenly think of these illnesses as exclusively female problems. However, binge eating—defined as eating excessive amounts of calories over short periods of time and often in private (but without purging, as in bulimia)—is a disorder that affects both men and women. A…

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How to “handle” Halloween

It’s that time of year – the unofficial start of the unofficial holiday “Butterfest”, that period from October 31st to January 1st. Seems like starting with our wickedly wonderful tradition of begging for treats, comes a landslide of temptations and an overload of sugar and fat.  How DO you manage to enjoy but not overdue,…

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Finding Common Ground Regarding Eating Disorders

When binge eating disorder gained legitimacy as a full-fledged mental condition in the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders in May, many people in the eating disorders and obesity communities wondered: Will this inspire us to finally get along? It was a good question, since historically, the two groups have been…

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Strength Training over 90 – it’s good for you!

After doing specific training for 12 weeks, people over the age of 90 improved their strength, power and muscle mass. This was reflected in an increase in their walking speed, a greater capacity to get out of their chairs, an improvement in their balance, a significant reduction in the incidence of falls and a significant…

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Heart Healthy Foods – 25 to choose from!

25 Top Heart-Healthy Foods With the help of these nutrition experts from The Cleveland Clinic and the American Dietetic Association, we’ve put together a list of the “best of the best” heart-healthy foods. The foods listed here are all top-performers in protecting your heart and blood vessels. We’ve also got menu ideas — so you…

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12 Ways to Promote Physical Activity at Work

Even if your corporate culture isn’t quite ready for a workplace physical activity policy, you can get things moving in the right direction with these ideas: Conduct a workplace walkability assessment to ensure a safe and pleasant environment for walking. Offer secure bicycle storage and showers for employees who actively commute. Implement flexible scheduling where…

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