Your clients are perfectly healthy if they have blood pressure readings of 120 over 80, right? Not necessarily. These readings now fall into the prehypertensive category, according to new guidelines by The Joint National Committee (JNC) on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation and Treatment of High Blood Pressure published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), May 21.
Survey Says . . .exercise“Which of the following physical activities do people consider effective ways to stay fit and healthy?”
Online survey sponsored by W.L. Gore & Associates, makers of GORE-TEX waterproof/breathable fabric and conducted by Harris Interactive on 2,100 respondents
In an article in the December 23, 2002, issue of the Los Angeles Times, Martin Miller reported that tens of thousands of Americans over 50 participate in organized team sports. He also stated that, considering that almost 21 million baby boomers are expected to turn 50 over the next 5 years, the number of such leagues may grow considerably.
Insert Pain Here
Don’t fall for those ads for shoe inserts that promise to relieve foot pain. In a survey published in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association, podiatrists at Madigan Army Medical Center in Fort Lewis, Washington, polled 517 soldiers in basic training who wore various inserts in their boots and 397 soldiers who wore no special inserts. Whereas only 29 percent of
the soldiers who didn’t use inserts complained of leg and foot pain, 38 percent of those who used inserts reported pain.
You don’t need a sports championship to be proud of your state or city. If your home is on either of the two lists recently released by the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), it excels in what really counts: fitness awareness and participation.
Compiled from data collected in the 2001 Health Club Trend Report, these lists indicate the U.S. states and metropolitan areas with the highest rates of health club membership. Here are the top 10 of each:
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