In 1993 Brandon Flowers made a major career change. A catastrophe claims representative and supervisor for years, when the corporate climate shifted in a new direction, Brandon decided he would, too. This former college shot-putter and discus thrower had never lost touch with his active lifestyle, and since moving to California he had discovered personal fitness training. “This attracted my attention as a unique way to motivate people toward a healthier lifestyle, and also an opportunity to be a teacher and mentor,” Brandon says.
The statistics about heart disease are not very heartening: Since 1918, cardiovascular disease (CVD) has been the leading cause of mortality in the United States every single year (Hasler, Kundrat & Wool 2000). According to the American Heart Association (AHA), CVD claims the lives of nearly half of the 2.4 million Americans who die each year—almost as many lives as the next seven leading causes of death combined (AHA 2002).
Resistance Exercise and Fat Metabolism
Melanson, E.L., et al. 2002. Resistance and aerobic exercise have similar effects on 24-hour nutrient oxidation. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 34 (11), 1793-800.
The U.S. government had about 17 million reasons to launch the latest in its string of public health and fitness campaigns begun in 2002. That’s the number of Americans with diabetes, type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes.
Gender Differences in Fat Metabolism
The incidence of obesity in the United States is on the rise. Approximately 20 percent (%) of U.S. adult females and 19% of U.S. adult males are currently obese (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2002). Why?
Primarily because, for most individuals, energy intake constantly exceeds energy expenditure. According to Blair and Nichaman...
By Ralph La Forge, MS
E x e rc i s e a s Medicine: Convincing Evidence
Booth, F.W. et al. 2002. Waging war on physical inactivity: using modern molecular ammunition against an ancient enemy. Journal of Applied Physiology, 93, 3-30. Study. Exercise scientists from the University of Missouri at Columbia, the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and East Carolina University in Gree...
o you have--or want to avoid--high cholesterol? Last year, when the National Institutes of Health (NIH) issued new criteria for categorizing cholesterol levels as healthy or unhealthy, many more Americans suddenly found themselves in the high-cholesterol category. The good news is that exercise can help. Fitness experts Chantal A. Vella, MS, and Len Kravitz, PhD, of the University ...
By Ralph La Forge, MS
Hormone Replacement T h e r a p y E ff i c a c y Revisited (HERS II) Health Science Education for Personal Fitness Tr a i n e r s Obesity Linked t o C o ro n a r y A t h e ro s c l e ro s i s i n Yo u n g M e n
Hormone Replacement Therapy Efficacy Revisited (HERS II) Hulley, S., et al. 2002. Noncardiovascular disease outcomes during 6.8 years of hormone therapy: H...
Visit with two fitness pros who share their personal experiences designing fitness programs for people in wheelchairs.
B Y S A R A H MCK E C H N IE , MA
Fitness Meets Special Needs
ith the United States undergoing a major revolution in the focus of national health care, fitness professionals have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to act as agents of change. In the recent report Healthy People 2010...
H e r e ' s t o Yo u r H e a l t h -- or Not?
Is red wine good for the heart? Does heavy drinking raise blood pressure or increase the risk for cancer? Should diabetics abstain? All the recent conflicting reports on alcohol and health are enough to drive you to drink!
Open any newspaper lately and it seems there is yet another new report on the health benefits or hazards of drinking alcohol....