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...
Visit with two fitness pros who share their personal experiences designing fitness programs for people in wheelchairs.
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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...
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...
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....
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any people know that cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the number-one cause of death in the United States
(American Heart Association [AHA] 2001). Yet you may be surprised to learn that there is a higher prevalence of
women suffering from one or more types of CVD than men (AHA 2006). According to the AHA's 2006 Heart and Stroke Statistica...
. . . a new investigation—spearheaded by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration—that questions the safety of kava, an herbal sedative taken to relieve anxiety, stress and insomnia (Kava is now barred in some European countries and considered a prescription drug in other nations.)
. . . a new study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute that warns that tanning lamps can double the risk of some common cancers and suggests that minors should not be allowed in tanning salons
Researchers at the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) think they may have uncovered one reason why overweight, inactive individuals have a higher risk for many cancers. They suspect that a major culprit is the increase in levels of insulin and other hormones often associated with excess weight. These higher levels—along with other conditions that collectively form what is known as “metabolic syndrome”—are also linked to cardiovascular disease and other chronic diseases.