Age-adjusted death rates continue to fall for heart disease and cancer, the two leading causes of death in the United States, accounting for more than half of all deaths each year. The death rate for heart disease decreased by 3.8 percent from 1999 to 2000, while cancer deaths decreased 1.1 percent during the same period, according to a recently released CDC report, Deaths: Preliminary Data for 2000. The study also found that during this time the life expectancy for Americans reached 76.9 years, a record high.
Each year United Health Foundation publishes a very important report that ranks the 50 United States in 16 different health-related categories, including overall health. This report provides useful information for fitness professionals who aspire to justify and create health promotion and fitness programs for a variety of populations within a state. The data can also serve to rank which health promotion activities may be of greatest benefit within a state population—for example, physical activity, weight control and so on.
By Michael Youssouf, MA, and Mitchell Charap, MD
Despite advances in care, AIDS cases are still on the rise. Learn how fitness professionals can modify training programs to assist clients in different stages of this disease.
TRAINING CLIENTS WITH HIV OR AIDS
made life more manageable for people with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), the incidence of...
preventing and correcting
excessive lumbar lordosis
tall, self-conscious 12-year-old girl slumps forward in a futile attempt to camouflage her height. As she grows older, her round-shouldered posture causes her pectoral muscles to shorten, leading to muscle imbalance. An athlete who exhibits excessive hyperextension of the spine when performing the straight-leg raises recommended by his coach ove...
Why some reactions to exercise are nothing to sneeze at.
Ever joke about clients who seem to be "allergic" to exercise? Well, it may turn out that some of them really are! Take Jay DeFinis, now aged 41, who learned that the coughing and breathlessness he regularly experienced while jogging didn't indicate poor conditioning, but, in fact, were really asthma a...
Exercise and Health: Dose-Response Issues
The multiple health benefits of regular physical activity are widely recognized. However, consensus has been lacking on what volume and type of exercise are required to generate particular benefits, in other words what exercise dose produces what response. On October 11 to 15, 2000, a symposium on dose-response issues related to aerobic activity ...