Public health attorney Michele Simon recently published an explosive indictment of the links between the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics—the largest association of nutrition professionals in the U.S.—and the food industry. In the report, titled “And Now a Word From Our Sponsors: Are America’s Nutrition Professionals in the Pocket of Big Food?,” Simon questions the influence and relationship that many leading food corporations have with the association’s 74,000 members.
What started as a desire to find a physically and spiritually fulfilling workout has turned into a successful business.
SoulCycle®, a full-body workout that combines “inspirational coaching and high energy music” in a dark, candlelit setting has experienced healthy growth since its first studio opened in 2006.
High-intensity interval training is one of the hottest types of training these days. Several studies have examined its long-term effects. Recently, researchers wanted to learn about the impact of a single short bout of HIIT.
Despite knowing that sleep is important for optimal health, many will shave down their shut-eye to make time for other things. Sleep-deprived individuals, beware: Even modest reductions in sleep can have detrimental effects.
In a recent study, researchers wanted to learn what would happen when the body was subjected to repeated bouts of modest sleep reduction. To do this, they recruited 19 healthy young men who either cut sleep time by 1.5 hours or maintained regular sleep patterns for 3 weeks.
To help address some of the problems facing youth today—physical inactivity, diabetes and obesity, among them—the Gray Institute has launched the not-for-profit Free2Play.
Utilizing the institute’s Applied Functional Science™, Free2Play aims to improve “movement literacy” and athleticism through “progressive” lesson plans available via online learning with on-demand access. Free2Play doesn’t replace health and fitness programs or curriculum.
Anthony Carey, MA, CSCS, ACE-AHFP, owns Function First in San Diego, voted one of the city’s Best Personal Trainer/Studios in 2010 and 2011 and its Best Health & Fitness Club in 2012. Aside from being named 2009 PFP [Personal Fitness Professional] Trainer of the Year, he has written two best-selling books, The Pain-Free Program: A Proven Method to Relieve Back, Neck, Shoulder, and Joint Pain (Wiley 2005) and Relationships and Referrals: A Personal Trainer’s Guide to Doing Business with the Medical Community (CreateSpace 2012).
Select U.S. Marine Corps members are testing the value of mindfulness training in “Mindfulness-based Mind Fitness Training,” or “M-Fit,” an 8-week course that includes meditation practices, yoga-type stretching and mindfulness exercises, according to an Associated Press article by Julie Watson.
The National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity has recently named American Council on Exercise president and CEO Scott Goudeseune president of its board of directors.The coalition, which includes associations, health organizations and private corporations, advocates
for policies that encourage physical activity.
CrossFit has become a popular go-to for fitness professionals and enthusiasts. According to the Wall Street Journal, there are some 4,000 affiliates nationwide. Despite its popularity, does CrossFit live up to its “forging elite athletes” tagline?