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Physical Wellness: Exercise

How Do People Lose Weight & What Can Be Done About the Obesity Epidemic?

In this second in a two-part series, HelpingYouCare™ reports on two new scientific papers published in The Lancet medical journal, which focus on solving the global obesity epidemic. One of these new studies clarifies our understanding of how people . . . → Read More: How Do People Lose Weight & What Can Be Done About the Obesity Epidemic?

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Obesity Alert: Scientists Warn of Alarming Health Costs, Discuss Cures

In a series of four scientific papers published today in The Lancet medical journal, noted scientists from several countries have examined in detail the worldwide obesity epidemic, its present and projected impact in the U.S. and the UK, and . . . → Read More: Obesity Alert: Scientists Warn of Alarming Health Costs, Discuss Cures

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The Obesity Epidemic: What it Means for America & What Can Be Done About It

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), as part of its StreamingHealth video series, has recently produced a video examining the obesity epidemic in America, what has caused it, what it means for the U.S., and what . . . → Read More: The Obesity Epidemic: What it Means for America & What Can Be Done About It

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Is Yo-Yo Dieting Bad for You?

A recent study conducted by Dr. Edward List, a scientist at Ohio University, and colleagues found that yo-yo dieting (repeatedly gaining and losing weight) “was indeed healthier than remaining obese.” The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) . . . → Read More: Is Yo-Yo Dieting Bad for You?

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How To Exercise Your Way to Good Health

The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has launched Go4Life — an exercise and physical activity campaign designed to help older adults fit exercise and physical activity into their daily lives, to . . . → Read More: How To Exercise Your Way to Good Health

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Healthy Aging Tips

See some healthy aging tips from Registered Dietitian Marianne Smith Edge MS, RD,LD, FADA, Senior Vice President, Nutrition & Food Safety, International Food Information Council (IFIC) and IFIC Foundation » Also visit the associated website FoodInsight.org a nutrition and . . . → Read More: Healthy Aging Tips

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Table Tennis Therapy

The Sport and Art Educational Foundation founded the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Table Tennis Program in 2007. Considered to be one of the world’s best brain sports, table tennis is now recommended as a method of warding off Alzheimer’s and . . . → Read More: Table Tennis Therapy

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Half of Alzheimer's Cases Attributable to 7 Risk Factors Preventable by Lifestyle Changes, Study Finds

A new study by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, has concluded that up to half of Alzheimer’s cases worldwide and in the US may be attributable to seven risk factors that are potentially preventable through simple . . . → Read More: Half of Alzheimer’s Cases Attributable to 7 Risk Factors Preventable by Lifestyle Changes, Study Finds

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Regular Exercise Slows Mental Decline With Aging, Studies Find; May Make You Cognitively Younger by 5 to 7 Years

Two studies published today in the Archives of Internal Medicine, a journal of the American Medical Association, have found that engaging in regular physical activity is associated with less decline in cognitive function in older adults. In fact, one . . . → Read More: Regular Exercise Slows Mental Decline With Aging, Studies Find; May Make You Cognitively Younger by 5 to 7 Years

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HHS Announced 8 Winners of the 2011 Healthy Living Innovation Awards

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a press release on July 15, 2011, announcing the winners of the 2011 Healthy Living Innovation Awards, an awards program that highlights innovative health promotion projects, focusing on wellness, . . . → Read More: HHS Announced 8 Winners of the 2011 Healthy Living Innovation Awards

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Diabetes Pandemic Linked to Obesity Epidemic; Study Finds Early Diet Intervention Helps

New statistics show an alarming increase in type 2 diabetes of pandemic proportions worldwide, which is linked to the continuing, dramatic increase in obesity now being widely reported in the U.S. and worldwide. Addressing this worldwide “diabetes pandemic,” a . . . → Read More: Diabetes Pandemic Linked to Obesity Epidemic; Study Finds Early Diet Intervention Helps

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New Report Shows Americans Getting Fatter; Serious Health & Policy Concerns

A new report, F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2011, from the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), shows that 68% of Americans are either overweight or obese, and adult . . . → Read More: New Report Shows Americans Getting Fatter; Serious Health & Policy Concerns

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Healthy Lifestyle Associated With 92 Percent Lower Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death

A new study by Harvard researchers has found that adhering to a healthy lifestyle, including not smoking, exercising regularly, having a low body weight and eating a healthy diet, lowered by 92 percent the risk of sudden cardiac . . . → Read More: Healthy Lifestyle Associated With 92 Percent Lower Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death

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ABS Workout

Contributed by Cheryl Alker, physical fitness specialist and personal trainer EDITOR’S NOTE: Looking for a good ABS workout? Want to learn and understand what abdominal muscles are really involved, what makes for a good workout, and why? And, be . . . → Read More: ABS Workout

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June is National Prevention and Wellness Month

This June has been declared the first ever National Prevention and Wellness Month. As explained in a release issued Monday, June 20 by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), this is part of an initiative, sparked . . . → Read More: June is National Prevention and Wellness Month

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Why Some Doctors Dance

Cleveland Clinic Dr. Elaine Wyllie, Director of Pediatric Neurology, and Dr. Robert Wyllie, Chairman of the Pediatric Institute and Children’s Hospital, took up ballroom dancing to help them stay in shape. Some other benefits of ballroom dancing, according to . . . → Read More: Why Some Doctors Dance

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TV Viewing Linked to Higher Risk of Type 2 Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease & Death

A new study has found a correlation between every two additional hours of television viewing per day and an increase in risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and death. The study, by researchers from Harvard School of Public . . . → Read More: TV Viewing Linked to Higher Risk of Type 2 Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease & Death

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National Prevention Strategy Released June 16 Under Affordable Care Act

On June 16, 2011, the Surgeon General of the U.S. along with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and members of the National Prevention Council, announced the release of the National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy, . . . → Read More: National Prevention Strategy Released June 16 Under Affordable Care Act

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Weight Loss and Walking Exercise Improve Memory, Studies Find

Recent studies have found that both weight loss and walking exercise may improve or preserve memory. Weight Loss A new study led by John Gunstad, associate professor in Kent State University’s Department of Psychology, and a team of researchers . . . → Read More: Weight Loss and Walking Exercise Improve Memory, Studies Find

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New Study Finds Exercising to Music Improves Balance & Reduces Risk of Falls in Seniors

A new study by Swiss researchers has found that seniors over age 65 who participated in a six-month music-based multi-task exercise program improved their gait, improved their balance, and experienced less falls and less risk of falling than a . . . → Read More: New Study Finds Exercising to Music Improves Balance & Reduces Risk of Falls in Seniors

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Are You At Risk for Type 2 (Adult-Onset) Diabetes?

If you have a family history of diabetes, are obese, are over age 45 and get little or no exercise, or belong to certain racial or ethnic groups you may be at risk. Take a simple quiz provided by . . . → Read More: Are You At Risk for Type 2 (Adult-Onset) Diabetes?

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Physical Activity: A Key Health Indicator

Meeting the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans was high on the list among 12 health indicators identified in a report published this month by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, as part of the US Government’s . . . → Read More: Physical Activity: A Key Health Indicator

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The Best Anti-Aging Treatment

How to turn back the time on the inside as well as the outside How to lower your blood pressure How to keep limber, have good bones, and eliminate stress How to keep your mind sharp Watch Dr. . . . → Read More: The Best Anti-Aging Treatment

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Ways To Lower Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Did you know walking 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week, combined with a moderate weight loss, can lower one’s risk of Type 2 Diabetes by 58%? Watch Dr.Raul Seballos from the Cleveland . . . → Read More: Ways To Lower Type 2 Diabetes Risk

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Benefits Of Physically Fit Older Adults

Studies shows physical activity reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and delays the onset of Alzheimer’s. Watch VOA’s Carol Pearson report»

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Calculate Your Body Mass Index (BMI)

Use this Calculate Your BMI – Standard BMI . . . → Read More: Calculate Your Body Mass Index (BMI)

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Four Things You Can Do to Prevent a Heart Attack

Watch Dr. Stephen Kopecky, a Mayo Clinic cardiologist, to learn four simple lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your chances of getting a heart attack by 40%. No treatment or other thing you could do will lower your . . . → Read More: Four Things You Can Do to Prevent a Heart Attack

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A 15-Week Walking Plan (Weeks 1 through 5)

Make a Walking Plan. See this series of Videos from the Cleveland Clinic, and learn the great health benefits of walking, how to do it properly, and how to keep motivated. Weeks 1 through 5 of the 15 week . . . → Read More: A 15-Week Walking Plan (Weeks 1 through 5)

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Which Improves Memory? Aerobic or Toning and Stretching Exercises?

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, University of Illinois, Rice University, and Ohio State University, funded through the National Institute on Aging, recruited a sedentary group of older adults without dementia for a study.  One group walked around a . . . → Read More: Which Improves Memory? Aerobic or Toning and Stretching Exercises?

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German Study Finds 30% of Breast Cancer Cases May be Prevented by Avoiding Hormone Therapy and Exercising More

German cancer research scientists have found that approximately 30 percent of postmenopausal breast cancer cases may be preventable if a woman avoids hormone replacement therapy and gets enough exercise. In Germany, 58,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each . . . → Read More: German Study Finds 30% of Breast Cancer Cases May be Prevented by Avoiding Hormone Therapy and Exercising More

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Study Finds Walking Speed Predicts Longevity in Seniors

A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association JAMA has found that walking speed in people 65 and older correlates with expected longevity. The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, was based on combined . . . → Read More: Study Finds Walking Speed Predicts Longevity in Seniors

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How To Reverse The Aging Process

Carolyn Rosenblatt in her column on Aging Parents written for Forbes.com writes of the importance of exercise and its effects on the aging process. Also, strengthening our bodies is important to deal with the physical and emotional toll of . . . → Read More: How To Reverse The Aging Process

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Aim for a Healthy Weight

Aim for a Healthy Weight, A 48 page booklet by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Overweight increases your risks to the following disease: ■ High blood . . . → Read More: Aim for a Healthy Weight

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Let's Dance to Health, by AARP

This article by AARP discusses the benefits of dancing for health in general, and cites research from the New England Journal of Medicine finding that ballroom dancing at least twice per week made people less likely to develop . . . → Read More: Let’s Dance to Health, by AARP

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Obesity

From the Broward Health Library “People can become obese by taking in more calories than they burn. Obesity also appears to be influenced by genetics. This video discusses the health risks associated with obesity and what treatment and lifestyle . . . → Read More: Obesity

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Study: Exercise Slows Alzheimer’s Brain Atrophy

Study: Exercise slows Alzheimer’s brain atrophy, A study released at the 2008 International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease in Chicago found that patients with early Alzheimer’s disease who exercised regularly had less deterioration in the brain areas that control memory. . . . → Read More: Study: Exercise Slows Alzheimer’s Brain Atrophy

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A Better Lifestyle for a Longer Life

A Better Lifestyle for a Longer Life by Allison Aubrey, NPR.org. According to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine, an active lifestyle is a key predictor of longevity. Researchers at Harvard University’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital followed . . . → Read More: A Better Lifestyle for a Longer Life

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Running Through the Ages

Running Through the Ages, Running Your Best In Your 70s And Beyond, Runner’s World. »View Info

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Exercise And Seniors

Exercise And Seniors Familydoctor.org answers questions about elderly exercise safety, getting started, and types of exercise. »View Info

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The Benefits of Exercise; How to Get Moving and Supercharge Your Life.

The Benefits of Exercise; How to Get Moving and Supercharge Your Life. By Help-guide.org, a nonprofit. »View Info

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Living Longer, in Good Health to the End

Living Longer, in Good Health to the End By Jane E. Brody for The New York Times. A study shows regular exercise increases longevity. »View Info

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‘Game’ to get people walking again

‘Game’ to get people walking again By Jane Elliott Health reporter, BBC News. A treadmill and computer wizardry tricks the brain to talk better and faster. »View Info

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Fit, Not Frail: Exercise as a Tonic for Aging

Fit, Not Frail: Exercise as a Tonic for Aging By Jane E. Brody for The New York Times – Aerobics, strength training, and balance & flexibility exercises delay and even prevent loss of physical abilities and risk of injury. . . . → Read More: Fit, Not Frail: Exercise as a Tonic for Aging

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Value of Exercise for Seniors

Value of Exercise for Seniors, from Medical News Today. The value of exercise for seniors was shown in a multi-center study with Stanford. »View Info

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The Longer You Sit, the Shorter Your Life Span

A New Study, conducted by an an epidemiologist with the American Cancer Society and reported in the American Journal of Epidemiology, finds that, the longer you sit, the shorter your lifetime.  Read more… Read . . . → Read More: The Longer You Sit, the Shorter Your Life Span

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