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COVID-19 (Coronavirus): Updated information and resources from IDEA

Health & Fitness Articles

Distracted eating

Spacing Out on Flavor

Research postulates that distracted eating may play a role in the overeating that is contributing to the current obesity crisis.

Berry Pudding recipe

Recipe for Health: Very Berry Pudding

It’s not just dietary fiber that affects our microbiome; certain antioxidants play a role, too, and applying this may help keep belly bulge at bay.

Breakfast for health

Eating Breakfast May Protect Against Heart Problems

Adults who skip breakfast are 22% more likely to develop cardiovascular disease and 25% more likely to suffer premature mortality.

exercise and immunity

Researchers Recommend Exercise During the Pandemic

Studies demonstrate that people with higher levels of cardiorespiratory fitness can improve immune responses and reduce low-grade chronic inflammation.

Digital age of fitness

Staying Competitive in a New Digital Age

Fitness tech is fast becoming the new norm. For trainers and entrepreneurs, remaining competitive in this new digital age means embracing change.

Reopening Studios

Managing Your Studio’s Reopening in a Pandemic

As studio owners begin resuming business and welcoming clients back, they’re faced with a new fitness landscape that’s not the one they left months ago.

Intermittent Fasting

The Art and Science of Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting (IF) can be defined as an eating pattern with periods of little to no energy intake interspersed with periods of normal energy intake, adhered to on a repeating basis.

Wearables and race

Wearables That Monitor Heart Rate Now Colorblind

Some people with darker skin tones have experienced inaccurate heart rate readings when using HR monitors.

Weight bias in the fitness industry

Weight Bias in the Health and Fitness Industry

In an industry that strives to help people improve health and fitness, there is still a significant amount of judgment and stigma toward people with obesity.

Low-carb vs low-fat diets

Low-Fat Vs. Low-Carb Diets for Longer Life

Despite differences in macronutrient composition among diets, specific types of food appear to be the deciding factor in whether an eating style is healthy.

Coconut oil

Time for an Oil Change

More and more, it appears that the broadcasted health benefits of coconut oil are based largely on a sales pitch instead of science.

Calming the nervous system

On Your Nerves

Talking about the nervous system may bring to mind rapid bodily responses to stress, but there’s more to this intricate bundle of fibers.


Increase in Hypertension Deaths

Death rates linked to high blood pressure have increased by 72% in rural areas and 20% in urban U.S. communities from 2007 to 2017.

Karen Gischlar and Julie Kaminski

Healthy-Body, Happy-Mind

Health & wellness coach Julie Kaminski, MA, and her client, Karen, were already set up for success before the COVID-19 crisis and have continued their work.