5 Fascinating Facts We Learned on IDEA FitFeed This Week

by Jessica L. Cline on Jan 16, 2014

Week: 1/11/14 to 1/17/14

Can eating certain foods alter your mood? Are teen obesity rates leveling off in all demographics? What can French children teach us about eating? Find the answers to these questions and other relevant news items on IDEA FitFeed. This inclusive tool gathers news articles, research studies, blogs and all content being shared by fitness professionals around the web and posts it in one convenient location. Top headlines come from The New York Times, BBC News, USA Today, The Huffington Post, IDEA Fitness Journal, ScienceDaily and many other leading health, fitness and nutrition news sources. Catch up on the latest news from the past week here.

1. Your Diet Can Affect Your Mood

Whether you are feeling down, stressed out or exhausted, changing your diet to include certain foods can help. This article from The Washington Post lists 10 nutrients that have an impact on maintaining normal brain function. The piece covers how eating foods that contain these nutrients will not only boost your mood, but can also help combat depression and anxiety. View the full article here.

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2. Economic Factors are a Huge Barrier to Lowering Obesity Rates

Although the U.S. has begun to see teen obesity rates level off, this is not the case for teens who come from low-income families or who have parents with only a high school education. According to this article from NBC News, two long-term national studies show that a quarter of adolescents from less-educated households are obese, while only one in 14 kids from more educated families are obese. The piece explains that this may be due to less access to sports, fewer safe areas to exercise outside and lack of supermarkets with fresh food. It also may have to do with lack of funds to enroll children in school and community sports, according to the article. View the full article here.

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3. The Ultimate Workout Playlist

Are you already losing motivation to stick with your New Year’s Resolution? A new playlist may help. Music can help increase the intensity of your workout and lessen the symptoms of fatigue, according to this article from The Telegraph. The piece reveals “The Ultimate Workout playlist,” a compilation of the 16 most motivating workout songs, put together by scientists from Brunel University and Spotify™. The list includes songs for a warm-up, cardio, strength training and a cool down. View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: David Sinclair

4. What French Children Can Teach Us About Eating

This article from MindBodyGreen delves into the French culture’s eating habits and how following similar practices could help Americans become more healthy. “Eating, and staying slim and healthy, isn't just about what you eat, but also how, when and why,” writes author Rebeca Plantier. She offers 10 quick life lessons that can help us build healthier relationships with our food, including eating real foods in generous portions, not eating on the go and eating lighter at night. View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Veronica Miramontes

5. Yoga Therapy Helps People Struggling with Anxiety, Grief & Trauma

Yoga therapy has been gaining popularity as a way to treat specific health conditions, according to this article from The Huffington Post The piece explains that yoga therapy can be tailored to to help clients struggling with depression, anxiety, grief and trauma. “Yoga therapy can be extremely helpful for people who need a way to work through what they're experiencing, not just in their minds but in their bodies," says psychotherapist Jack Obedzinski, MD, in the piece. View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Tomas Sobek

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Jessica L. Cline

Jessica L. Cline IDEA Author/Presenter

Jessica is an Editorial Assistant at IDEA Health & Fitness Association. She graduated from Colorado State University with a BA in journalism and a BS in health and exercise science. She has a GFI ce...

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