Each year the American College of Sports Medicine releases its ACSM American Fitness Index™, which ranks the 50 largest metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) in the United States, based on certain health and fitness indicators. These indicators include preventive health behaviors, access to health care, chronic disease conditions and other factors.
Here are the highest and lowest ranked MSAs in 2013:
By now you’ve probably heard about the American Medical Association’s decision to classify obesity as a disease.
“Recognizing obesity as a disease will help change the way the medical commu-nity tackles this complex issue that affects approximately one in three Americans,” explained AMA board member Patrice Harris, MD, at the AMA annual meeting. “The AMA is committed to improving health outcomes and is working to reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, which are often linked to obesity.”
Exercisers use various devices to track progress and determine intensity. However, recent research suggests that some trackers may not be accurate.
The goal of the study, published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise (May 10, 2013; [Epub ahead of print]), was to compare how accurately various activity monitors estimated energy expenditure.
Nineteen healthy young men and women spent 4 hours in a room calorimeter, where EE could be measured from air samples.
I would rather see my clients spend more time preparing fresh food for themselves versus exercising. First, if I’ve properly helped clients to identify poor food choices and eating habits, as well as informed them about making nutritionally sound meals and snacks for themselves and their families, they should already be seeing positive changes in their bodies. Such changes include more stamina and energy and the initial weight loss that comes from cutting out excess sugar and salt.
In June, 1,000 U.S. schools were notified that they’d been awarded grants to improve physical activity levels among students. Each school will receive $1,000, provided by the Active Schools Acceleration Project.
For many years the United States held the not-so-coveted title of most obese country in the Americas. That designation has recently transferred to Mexico, according to the The State of Food and Agriculture report released by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization.
Does it matter that nobody seems to know how to cook anymore? Can anything be done about the dangers of industrial farming? How should we respond to the possibility that, largely because of chronic health issues caused by junk food, America’s young people might not outlive their parents?
Last week FitFeed brought us a wide array of health tips ranging from the healthiest April snacks to how lack of sleep affects the body. Top trending stories included articles from the New York Times, Time Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, MailOnline.com, Salon and many other news outlets. Here are the top five takeaways from last week’s FitFeed news.
1. Exercise Improves Memory
Epigenetics—the study of changes in gene expression—has become a buzzword of late. Epigenetic experts suggest that environmental factors might have the power to overcome inherited traits, like a predisposition for type 2 diabetes. New research offers more support for exercise as one environmental factor that can alter gene expression.