American women in midlife are the primary users of complementary and alternative medicine [CAM], according to a study published in the Journal of Women’s Health (2010; 19 , 23–30). Midlife women are between 45 and 57 years old. Researchers from the University
of California, Los Angeles; Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois; and the University of California, Davis, analyzed data from the 2002 National Health Interview Survey, a cross-sectional household survey that is
representative of nonmilitary American adults.
Research has indicated that sports participation promotes positive behaviors in girls. But are there long-term benefits that continue once the jerseys have been retired? According to a study developed by the National Board of Economic Research, the answer is yes.
Many of your Baby Boomer female clients or class members may be taking—or thinking about taking—bioidentical hormones. Fantastic claims are often made about these supposedly “natural” hormones. Not only are they said to relieve the symptoms of menopause, but they are often purported to cure a host of diseases and even to increase longevity (Boothby & Doering 2008).
The Mayo Clinic website states that most people will experience neck pain at least once during their lives. Oftentimes a result of prolonged static seated positions and poor posture, neck pain can negatively affect quality of life and is often responsible for missed workdays. A study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology (2009; 107, 1413–19) has found that specific strength training exercises may help women office workers reduce perceived neck pain.
A study presented at the annual meeting of the North American Menopause Society in San Diego suggests that pelvic-floor muscle exercises can help women manage urinary incontinence. But is pelvic-floor dysfunction an issue that plagues only women? Not so, says Rich Colosi, PT, DPT, physical therapist and facility manager at the Accelerated Rehabilitation Center in Evanston, Illinois.
IDEA member Suzie Cooney, owner of Suzie Trains Maui, hosted a unique fitness event to raise awareness of women’s health issues. Dubbed “STAND UP for Women’s Health & Fitness,” the free program offered clinics on Stand Up Paddle Surfing (SUP). “The day began with a traditional Hawaiian Welcome Blessing [followed by] beach exercises, professional SUP instruction, a noncompetitive buoy paddle for beginners and a longer SUP tour for those more experienced,” says Cooney.
Does your breast cancer survivor client experience lymphedema, a painful swelling of the arm caused by trauma to the lymphatic system? If so, she may want to include weight training in her exercise program. A study published in the August 13 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine (2009; 361 , 664–73) determined a link between weight lifting and reduced breast cancer–related lymphedema.
Have you ever wondered if specific races were more prone to weight gain and the development of type 2 diabetes? A study published in the August issue of Diabetes Care (2009; 32 , 1553–55) showed greater risk for young black and Hispanic women.