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Entries in Health E-Review (12)

Tuesday
Dec242013

Health E-Review: Dec. 23, 2013

A compilation of recent research on the benefits of exercise and nutrition.


Multivitamins may not have certain benefits

Most people have been led to believe that taking a daily multivitamin will make them healthier. But new research - namely two studies published in the Annals of Internal Medicine - suggests this might not be the case. 

The first of the two studies looked at the impact of daily vitamins on thinking and memory skills in men. In that study, researchers found no difference in cognitive abilities between the two groups. The second study looked at vitamins and cardiovascular health and found that taking daily vitamin and mineral supplements did not reduce the risk of a heart attack.

According to Dr. Cynthia Mulrow, a senior deputy editor of the Annals of Internal Medicine to be healthy, "people... should be active, should not (overeat), should avoid excessive alcohol".  

Read the full article in Reuters Health.

Also in Health E-Review this week:

  • Aerobic Exercise Improves Quality of Life In Type 2 Diabetics With Neuropathy
  • Physical Activity Impacts Immune Health In Obese People
  • The Impact of Zumba® On Health In Female College Students
  • Exergaming Is A Strategic Tool In The Fight Against Child Obesity
  • Physical Inactivity Increases The Risk of Dying From Sepsis

Health E-Review is available for IHRSA members only. To read this week's Health E-Review, click here. For other member-only resources, visit www.ihrsa.org/club-resources/.

 

Tuesday
Dec102013

Health E-Review: Dec. 9, 2013

A compilation of recent research on the benefits of exercise and nutrition.


Diet soda doesn't aid weight loss

Switching from regular to diet soda was once thought to be a good strategy for weight loss, but research over the past few years suggests that may not be the case. And research presented at the 2011 meeting of the American Diabetes Association even found that diet soda may lead to weight gain. Another study at the University of Texas found that over the course of a decade, diet soda drinkers had a 70% higher waist circumference than regular soda drinkers.

Scientists have two theories for why diet soda may lead to greater weight gain. 

For more on diet soda, and the other Health E-Review entries, read on.

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Tuesday
Nov262013

Health E-Review: Nov. 25, 2013

A compilation of recent research on the benefits of exercise and nutrition.

7 Ways To Lose, Not Gain, Weight Over The Holidays

The holidays are well known as a time when many put on a few extra pounds. Research from the Calorie Control Council (CCC) found that people on average gain one to three pounds between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and people who were already overweight can gain an average of five pounds. However another problem, according to the CCC, is that most people don't shed that weight later.
 
The author recommends several tricks to stay on top of your weight, including eating more slowly, getting enough sleep, and of course, physical activity. In addition to burning calories, exercise can also keep blood sugar levels stable and help reduce stress levels.
 

If you have a special strategy to lose/maintain weight over the holidays, or your club has programs they feel work well, e-mail bjs@ihrsa.org and we will share it.
Also in Health E-Review:
  • Exercise Improves Cardiovascular Health In Women With PCOS, Without Changes In Weight
  • Exercise Levels in Childhood Are Independently Associated With Obesity In Adulthood
  • Interval Training Can Help Men Manage Hypertension
  • Single Bout of Aerobic Exercise Can Boost Memory and Reasoning
  • High BMI and Poor Fitness Levels Associated With Asthma In Young Kids

Health E-Review is available for IHRSA members only. To read this week's Health E-Review, click here. For other member-only resources, visit ihrsa.org/club-resources/.

Tuesday
Oct292013

Health E-Review: Oct. 28, 2013

A compilation of recent research on the benefits of exercise and nutrition

 

Sitting and Stress Biggest Health Concerns for Employees

The Sun Life-Buffet National Wellness Survey is an annual survey that reflects the attitudes and current worksite wellness trends in Canada. This year's results indicate that, according to employers, sedentary lifestyle and stress are the largest health concerns employees face.

According to the survey, 92% of employers recognize that employee health impacts the overall performance of the company. Of those surveyed, 62% of corporations offered wellness initiatives, with over half of them reporting increased employee morale and decreased absenteeism. 

Employers also noted that successful wellness initiatives must address health concerns of employees and include fitness subsidies or on-site fitness centers, among other things.

The National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity (NCPPA) and IHRSA promote the CEO Pledge, a commitment by CEO's to provide and promote a healthy workplace. Find out more about the CEO Pledge and read about the latest signees

Read the full article in the Sacramento Bee.

Also in Health E-Review this week:

  • Hitting The Gym Might Make The Flu Vaccine Work Better
  • Least Fit Teens Have Highest Risk Factors for Heart Disease 
  • Exercise Can Preserve Sense of Smell in Old Age
  • Elementary-aged Kids With Better Fitness, Balance Do Better In School
  • Active Video Games Another Exercise Option for New Moms

Health E-Review is available for IHRSA members only. To read this week's Health E-Review, click here. For other member-only resources, visit www.ihrsa.org/club-resources/.

Wednesday
Oct162013

Health E-Review: Oct. 14, 2013

A compilation of recent research on the benefits of exercise and nutrition.


Commit to Your Employees' Health

Healthy employees are generally happier, more productive and less costly than unhealthy ones. The American Heart Association (AHA) recognizes companies that are dedicated to employee health through its Fit-Friendly Worksite Program. Fit-Friendly Worksites are employers recognized for going above and beyond when it comes to their employees' health.

IHRSA has been a Fit-Friendly Worksite since 2009. As an industry dedicated to health, fitness and wellness, we are encouraging our members to apply for Fit-Friendly Worksite Recognition. Many of the things you are already doing - such as offering employees free access to your health club, allowing employees to wear sneakers or athletic clothing - will put you well on your way to qualifying for recognition. 

The next application deadline is Nov. 1, 2013. Click here  volunteer.heart.org/apps/fitfriendly/default.aspx for the application.  Visit startwalkingnow.org/start_workplace_fit_friendly.jsp for more on Fit-Friendly Worksites.

Also in Health E-Review this week:

  • Exercise Prescriptions and Quality Services Help Get Bariatric Patients Moving
  • Yoga Improves Balance and Mobility in Older Adults
  • Physical Activity and Weight Loss Program Reduce Body Fat In Obese Seniors
  • Sustained Physical Activity Through Adulthood May Help Reduce Stroke Risk
  • Walking and Running Reduce Premature Death From Brain Cancer

Health E-Review is available for IHRSA members only. To read this week's Health E-Review, click here. For other member-only resources, visit www.ihrsa.org/club-resources/.

Wednesday
Oct022013

Health E-Review: Sept. 30, 2013

A compilation of recent research on the benefits of exercise and nutrition.

In this week's issue:

  • Updating the Evidence on Cancer and Physical Activity
  • High Intensity Interval Exercise Reduces Appetite in Overweight, Inactive Men
  • Watermelon Juice May Help Reduce Soreness After Exercise
  • Exercise and Fall Prevention in Older Adults
  • Physical Activity and Sleep Good For Mood Stability

Read the full issue of this week's of Health E-Review.

Health E-Review is available for IHRSA members only. For other member-only resources, visit ihrsa.org/club-resources.

Monday
Sep232013

Health E-Review: Benefits of Exercise Newsletter

A compilation of recent research on the benefits of exercise and nutrition.

In this week's issue:

  • Being Fit Decreases Brain Damage Caused by Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Exercise Can Reduce the Rate of Cognitive Decline in People With Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Walking Is Beneficial for People with Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Physical Activity Reduces Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Build Muscle and Reduce Alzheimer’s Risk

Read the full issue of this week's of Health E-Review.

Health E-Review is available for IHRSA members only. For other member-only resources, visit ihrsa.org/club-resources.

Wednesday
Sep042013

Health E-Review: Benefits of Exercise Newsletter

A compilation of recent research on the benefits of exercise and nutrition.

In this week's issue:

  • Exercise Boosts Mood During Pregnancy
  • Personalized Exercise Plans Good For Obese Teens With Diabetes
  • Exercise is Good for An Older Brain
  • A Review of Strength, Aerobic Exercise and Osteoarthritis
  • 12-Week Exercise Program and Mental Health in Sedentary Women

Read the full issue of this week's of Health E-Review.

Health E-Review is available for IHRSA members only. For other member-only resources, visit ihrsa.org/club-resources.

Monday
Aug192013

Health E-Review: Aug. 19, 2013

A compilation of recent research on the benefits of exercise and nutrition.

In this week's issue:

  • Weight Reduction Improves Sleep Apnea and Metabolic Syndrome in Obese Adults
  • Diet and Exercise Best for Weight Loss Following Childbirth
  • Popular Supplement May Inhibit the Benefits of Exercise on Heart Health in Older Men
  • Power and Strength Training Help Maintain Bone Density
  • Plenty of Non-Sedentary Activity Is Good For the Heart
  • The Physical Impact of Obesity on Kids

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Monday
Aug052013

Health E-Review: Aug. 5, 2013

A compilation of recent research on the benefits of exercise and nutrition.



Exercise and Your Genes: How Exercise Changes Fat and Muscle Cells

We've known for awhile that exercise can help you lose weight, decrease fat, improve fitness, and reduce the risk for certain chronic conditions. Now, a new study from Sweden explains just how that might happen.

The study recruited healthy but sedentary men to begin exercising. They mapped the methylation on men's genes before and after the exercise program. Methylation (adding of a molecule called methyl to the gene) is one way genes are regulated and expressed. Following the exercise program, the men saw the usual results of decreased weight and body fat and improved endurance and blood lab values. But researchers also noticed significant changes in the methylation of their genes, especially on those known to influence risk for obesity and type 2 diabetes. 

Researchers at another research institute in Sweden found similar results in muscle cell genes. Both of these findings provide further evidence that exercise can help prevent obesity and diabetes. According to the lead researcher, Dr. Lind, these findings are "additional proof of the robust effect exercise can have on the human body, even at the level of our DNA". 

Read the full article from the New York Times here

Also in Health E-Review this week:

  • Weight Reduction Improves Sleep Apnea and Metabolic Syndrome in Obese Adults
  • Diet and Exercise Best for Weight Loss Following Childbirth
  • Popular Supplement May Inhibit the Benefits of Exercise on Heart Health in Older Men
  • Power and Strength Training Help Maintain Bone Density
  • Plenty of Non-Sedentary Activity Is Good For the Heart

Health E-Review is available for IHRSA members only. To read this week's Health E-Review, click here. For other member-only resources, visit www.ihrsa.org/club-resources/.