Germans seem to embrace equipment wholeheartedly. According to Drums Alive® founder Carrie Ekins, MA, of Kutzenhausen, the most popular classes in Germany use training equipment. “Typical equipment that has been on the market for years is still the most popular. This includes Redondo® balls (small 22-centimeter inflatable balls), large stability balls, tubes, bands, dumbbells and barbells.
In other philanthropic news, the Maryland Athletic Club
& Wellness Center (MAC) has offered facility access to Back on My Feet, Baltimore chapter, on days when the weather limits outdoor activities. Back on My Feet is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the homeless population build confidence through running. The hope is that members will improve self-esteem and self-sufficiency. “What Back on My Feet members are doing is inspiring.
In Brazil, with its long summer, beautiful beaches and warm weather, it makes sense that many exercisers want to enjoy the great outdoors. Numerous group fitness classes, mind-body practices and personal training sessions happen outside, notes IDEA Brazilian ambassador Vania Ballo-Petroff.
Research from the University of Houston has shown that men and women become less physically fit with age and, crucially, that their lifestyle influences their fitness level. The 32-year study of more than 20,000 men and women aged 20–96 was published in the October 26 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine (2009; 169 , 1781–87). During the intervention, participants completed between two and 33 health examinations, which included nutrition, exercise and lifestyle education and a maximal Balke treadmill test.
La Donna Hendricks, MD, of Pure
Joy Pediatrics in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, grew tired of witnessing
the decline of children’s health. She
realized this was largely the result of inadequate education and lack of
exposure to healthy options. To fight the problem, she worked with Aurora Engineering to build the “FitBus,” a “mobile health unit focused on educating our youth using nutrition,
exercise and life lessons all intended
to combat childhood obesity and
promote healthy living in urban
The “Freshman 15” has a new enemy. Karen Jashinsky, IDEA member and founder and CEO of O2Max Fitness in Santa Monica, California, now offers college students a program to help them stay healthy and fit
despite their busy schedules. “Max U was
developed by college students to provide them with an affordable, comprehensive, mobile fitness program that is just as easy
to use in a dorm as it is at the local or campus gym,” says Whitney Sholl, college fitness manager for O2Max.
With a population of over 49 million people, who speak 11 official languages, South Africa is a country booming with growth and activity, especially as its weather and natural attributes contribute to a favorable outdoor culture. South Africans are excited and proud to be hosting the World Cup for football (soccer) this year, and can even be described as fanatical about rugby.
Where you live may actually contribute to your risk of someday developing type 2 diabetes, says a study published in the October 12, 2009,
issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine. Researchers conducted
the first multisite prospective study
to examine if residential environments that support more physical activity and healthier diets may contribute to
a lower incidence of the disease.
Living near natural “green” areas seems to promote better health overall, particularly if you are a child or from a lower economic bracket, according to a study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health (2009; 0, 1–7. doi: 10.1136/jech.2008.079038). Researchers from the Netherlands based their findings on a review of medical records of 345,143 Dutch people.
The Asian Academy for Sports and Fitness Professionals (AASFP) received two awards at the inaugural China Fitness Industry “Top Fitness Awards.” Presented by the China Sports Authorities, the awards recognize individuals and organizations that have improved China’s fitness industry. AASFP received China’s Fitness Industry Achievement of Excellence Award. The organization’s founder and president, Kenny Wong, was honored with the China’s Fitness Industry Most Influential Figures Award.