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Entries in Reuters (4)


Exercising kids lose body fat

Everyone knows that it is imperative for children to exercise. A new study is showing us just how important it is.

The study split more than 200 kids ages 8-9 into two groups. One group participated in the FITKids program, developed by the American Council on Exercise, which is 70 minutes of activity five times a week. The second group did not do FITKids.

The exercise group saw overall fat, including abdominal fat levels, go down. The results were deemed very positive because unlike other studies the exercise group was active for longer periods of time.

Check out more on the study in the Reuters story.


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



Exercise may help with memory later in life

Another day, another benefit to exercise.

Maryland-based National Institute on Aging found those who were in better shape made about 25% fewer errors in a variety of cognitive tests.

"This study shows that your cardiovascular fitness at one point in time can predict how well your memory may function in the future," said Carrington Wendell, a researcher at the Institute.

Click here for more on the memory-exercise study.


News story misses the mark on preventive healthcare costs

Reuters this week wrote a story claiming preventive medicine would not reduce U.S. healthcare costs. Unfortunately, the author's analysis as to why ignores a very important aspect of prevention: primary prevention.

It listed programs that are low cost, high benefit (childhood immunizations, counseling adults to use aspirin to prevent cardiovascular disease, screening pregnant women for HIV) as well as those that are high cost, low benefit (physicals for healthy adults, certain cancer screenings) to provide balance.

But nowhere does it mention the positive impact exercise and healthy eating (low cost) can have on reducing one's risk for obesity and chronic disease (high benefit).

IHRSA's Helen Durkin, executive vice president of Global Public Policy, wrote a response to Reuters (as of this blog post her response has not been published), pointing out the omission. She noted that, "behaviors like regular exercise, healthy eating avoidance of tobacco and other controlled substances, along with stress management - should be the foundation of preventive healthcare."

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