A home-based, moderate-intensity walking program may help prevent fatigue
in men undergoing radiation therapy for prostate cancer, according to a study
published in the August 1 issue of Cancer (2004; 101 , 550–7).
Our quest for knowledge regarding body composition and how it affects our propensity for disease and overall health has intensified in recent years, driven in large part by the desire to better understand health concerns and risk of disability associated with obesity (Goodpaster 2002). Indeed, research has focused not only on absolute measures of fat and fat-free mass but also on how the distribution of these affects our risk of conditions such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, stroke and cancer, to name a few.
Thirty college coeds who participated in a biweekly tai chi program for 3 months at Georgia State University in Atlanta had an improved perception of both physical and mental health, according to
results published in the American Journal of Chinese Medicine (2004; 32 , 453–9).
Cholesterol Peaks in Winter
People may benefit from having their cholesterol screened during both the summer and winter months. According to a study in the April issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine (2004; 164 , 863–70), cholesterol levels fluctuate over the course of the year and are highest during the winter months.
With all the hype today about protein being the most vital nutrient for athletes
(not true, by the way), many athletes
are beginning to look at carbohydrates
differently. The truth is, carbohydrates play an essential role in the diet because they are a key source of energy and provide the glucose necessary to replace the glycogen lost during training and competition.
Think your kindergartner is too young to worry about dieting? You might be surprised to learn that girls as young as 5 years old who dabble in dieting are at higher risk for future weight gain,
negative body image and disordered eating than girls who have
no dietary restraints during childhood.
Researchers may have uncovered a seemingly small behavior that could make a big difference in childhood weight gain: starting the day with a simple, ready-to-eat cereal. According to a study in the Journal