Tai chi has been receiving some good press lately. Now a new study links chi kung—the “parent” of tai chi—with decreases in hypertension.
According to research published in the International Journal of Neuroscience (2004; 114 , 777–86), me...
If the first ever Surgeon General’s report on bone health accurately predicts the future, your client landscape could look very different by 2020. That is the year, the government predicts, when half of all Americans 50 and older will be at risk for fractures from osteoporosis or low bone mass—that is, unless immediate action is taken. According to Bone Health and Osteopo...
Women who eat large amounts of carbohydrates with a high glycemic load may be at much higher risk for developing colon cancer, according to a study that appeared in the February 2004 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. The culprit? Higher blood sugar levels and an elevated insulin response that can foster tumor growth. In fact, women who frequently ate foods like refine...
A home-based, moderate-intensity walking program may help prevent fatigue
in men undergoing radiation therapy for prostate cancer, according to a study
published in the August 1 issue of Cancer (2004; 101 , 550–7).
Our quest for knowledge regarding body composition and how it affects our propensity for disease and overall health has intensified in recent years, driven in large part by the desire to better understand health concerns and risk of disability associated with obesity (Goodpaster 2002). Indeed, research has focused not only on absolute measures of fat and fat-free mass but also on how the distribution of these affects our risk of conditions such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, stroke and cancer, to name a few.
When first diagnosed with cancer, many people feel helpless about their ability to fight the disease. In addition to trying conventional therapies like radiation and chemotherapy, cancer victims can make some practical and proactive lifestyle changes to live longer and healthier lives.
Exercise Decreases Risk of Depression in Kids
Middle-school students who increase their physical activity have fewer symptoms of depression, according to a study published in the May–June issue of Psychosomatic Medicine (2004; 66, 336–42).
Hypertension and Hyperlipidemia Go Hand in Hand
73% of adults in poor
families do not engage
in periods of vigorous physical activity during leisure time, compared with 53% of adults in families that are not poor.
media morselsHow much fat can a nation lose in 1 month? The International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) and the Healthier Families Foundation created the “Get America Fit!” program to help people lose 100,000 pounds in the month of July.