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Archive for June 2016

Sitting at Work: Though People Know It’s Bad, They Won’t Change Their Ways

A 2013–2014 Gallup poll discovered that the average worker in the U.S. spends about 47 hours on the job per week. Of those holding salaried positions, 25% report working at least 60 hours per week (Saad 2014). In 2015, On Your Feet Britain—a campaign urging office workers to get up from their desks more—released a survey that found significant inactivity among its 2,000 respondents:

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Pros and Cons of Virtual Fitness Classes

Technology is rapidly changing how the fitness industry delivers services. In addition to wearables, apps and countless other options, technology offers—at the touch of a screen—almost any type of prescheduled or on-demand group exercise class at any venue that has Wi-Fi. This is

virtual fitness,

exercise programming that is carried out, accessed or stored by means of a computer, especially over a network.

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Do You Earn $1,000/Week Training Clients?

A recent survey of nearly 1,000 health and wellness professionals, including fitness trainers, provided an enlightening look at both their fees and their volume of work.

More than 61% reported charging over $50 for each one-on-one client session, and 26% said they charged more than $100. Over half booked more than 20 one-on-one sessions per month, with 20% booking at least 50 client sessions over the same period.

Participate in the survey and enter to win a wearable fitness tracker.

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School-Aged Children Do Not Get Enough Exercise

Despite mounting concerns over childhood obesity and inactivity-related health issues, kids are still not meeting national recommendations for daily exercise, say researchers from Tufts University.

In a study that included students from 13 New England elementary schools, scientists measured accelerometer data from 453 3rd–5th graders for 7 days. The goal was to gain perspective on student activity levels in school, at home and on weekends. Each participant’s weight was also measured.

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Recipe for Health: Mediterranean Sun-Kissed Savory Salad

Potatoes have been getting pushed to the side of the plate by carbohydrate-phobes for too long. When boiled, steamed or roasted, with a few herbs and spices added, spuds can pack a nutrient-dense wallop. One medium skin-on potato is an excellent source of vitamin C (providing 45% of the daily value). Potatoes are also the largest and most affordable source of potassium in the produce department (yes, more than bananas!); a good source of vitamin B6; naturally low in sodium and cholesterol; and fat-free and gluten-free—all for just 110 calories per serving.

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Ask the RD: Is Raw Milk Nutritious and Safe?

Question: What’s your take on raw milk? Is it more nutritious than pasteurized milk? Is it safe?
Answer: In choosing to emphasize whole foods and unprocessed foods (both worthwhile endeavors), some people have embraced the idea that raw, unpasteurized milk is preferable to pasteurized milk. However, you have asked the most important question: Is raw milk safe? In the case of milk, safety should be your biggest consideration.

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IDEA Food and Nutrition Tips Garners Another Maggie Award!

For the third time in 5 years, the Western Publications Association has awarded the honor of best print supplement in the trade publishing category to the annual hard-copy special edition of IDEA Food and Nutrition Tips.

Last year’s edition, published as a supplement to the November–December issue of IDEA Fitness Journal, covered trends in U.S. snacking habits; facts on fiber and gut health; healthy food hacks from professionals; how to eat healthfully from a restaurant menu; and a healthy holiday-menu makeover.

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Barley Reduces Appetite, Lowers Blood Sugar

A recent study from Lund University in Sweden shows that barley can rapidly improve health by reducing blood sugar levels and lowering the risk for diabetes. The secret lies in the special mixture of dietary fibers found in barley, which can also curb appetite and reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease, say researchers.

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Healthy Kitchen Hacks for the Home Cook

This month’s hacks come to us from Robert Irvine, chef and the host of Restaurant: Impossible, one of the Food Network’s highest-rated shows. He has also written two cookbooks, Mission: Cook! (HarperCollins 2007) and Impossible to Easy (William Morrow Cookbooks 2010), and one healthy-living book, Fit Fuel: A Chef’s Guide to Eating Well and Living Your Best Life (Irvine Products 2015).

Oil Change

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Produce Over Prozac!

According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 350 million people of all ages suffer from depression, making it the leading cause of disability worldwide. It is also a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease.

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Olympic Nutrition by the Numbers

The 2016 Summer Olympic Games are almost here, and 10,500 athletes from 205 countries will enter Rio de Janeiro with a hunger for quality performance nutrition. How do elite competitors get the macronutrients and calories they need to win gold? Here’s a peek at how food fuels Olympic athletes.

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Manifesting What You Want

Manifesting things into reality is a process of bringing that which we “intend” into actual existence in our physical world. We turn thoughts, dreams and goals into reality all the time. But, just as commonly, our plans don’t turn out as we expected.

How much of the process is within our control? How can we improve our skills at transforming intentions into reality? Mary Monroe, a freelance writer and poet in Eagle Rock, California, shares insights from a variety of fitness professionals.

If Wishes Were Horses

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