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Joy Keller

Joy Keller is executive editor of IDEA Fitness Journal and IDEA Fit Business Success, and is also a certified personal trainer, indoor cycling instructor and yoga teacher (RYT 200). She has been working as a business to business journalist for more than 25 years and specializes in custom communication and content strategy/ production.

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Immigrants Face Fattening Future in United States

February 28, 2005

People who come to the United States from other countries tend to be as obese as U.S. natives after 15 years, according to an article in the December 15 issue of JAMA (2004; 292 (23), 2860–67).
Investigators looked at data from the 2000 National Health Interview Survey. Of 32,374 eligible people, about 14% were immigrants. When these foreign-born persons had lived in the Un…

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How Does Remarriage Affect Men’s Health?

February 28, 2005

While getting married again may quell a man’s need for companionship, it may also make him pack on pounds. However, this may not be a bad thing in the big picture. According to research in the January issue of the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health (2005; 59, 56–62), men who remarry tend to “stop trying” in terms of physical fitness, but they also tend …

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Integrating Themes

February 28, 2005

Kate Buffett, president of invenTEAM in Bend, Oregon, created AeroAbs while recovering from a torn ACL. She now teaches it in group classes. AeroAbs is an abdominals-focused whole-body exercise program that combines continuous, rhythmic arm/leg/trunk movement patterns. The combinat…

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Media Morsels

February 28, 2005

Public Transportation Campaign Gets L.A. MovingIf you live in a sprawling city like Los Angeles—and spend most of your time commuting—how do you lose weight, save money and discover areas of your city that you didn’t know existed? Enter Metro Fit, a fitness awareness campaign that encourages L.A. residents to incorporate more exercise into…

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People Are Talking About . . .

February 28, 2005

. . . Cardio Canine, a hands-free harness and dog leash “for an active lifestyle”; . . . Weight Watchers On-the-Go™, a program for Palm-based devices that synchronizes with online weight management services; . . . facial acupuncture, a popular new alternative to Botox® injections and plastic surgery; . . . the InSync Sentr…

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Circuit Training Clubs Have New Association

February 28, 2005

The spate of circuit training clubs, along with the subsequent needs of their owners, has led to the formation of the Association of Hydraulic & Fitness Clubs. According to information on its website, the new association “was formed to assist in the financial and personal development of current gym owners by mutual sharing of ideas.” The charter statement also includes a pled…

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Daily Exercise Improves Cognition, Sleep in Older Adults

February 28, 2005

Getting enough sleep can sometimes be a challenge for people as they grow older, setting the stage for declined cognitive function. This can be a frustrating problem, but there’s help. A new study in the December 15 issue of Sleep (2004; 27 [8], 1542–51) suggests that bouts of social and physical activity improve cognitive performance and sleep quality in older adults.

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Seeing the Difference

January 31, 2005

When Caroline Forsberg had to retire her seeing-eye dog of 11 years, Anise, she presumed she would be paired with another guide dog soon. After all, that was the way it had always been. But this time was different. Forsberg, who lives in Albany, New York, was denied a companion be…

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Grants Bolster Community Services for Seniors

January 31, 2005

The U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA) is giving more than $5.1 million to help older adults maintain a level of independence in their communities. Most of the grants (16 new and six continuing) will be spent on providing access to health and supportive services and on removing barriers to those services. Some grants will also improve the overall quality of life for retirement community residents….

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Media Morsels

January 31, 2005

What kid doesn’t like the circus? Instead of sitting in rapt attention in the audience, students from Chicago’s Ogden School and Cicero’s Roosevelt Elementary got a chance last November to learn how to keep fit the circus performer way.
The interactive Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® CircusFit program aims to inspire healthy life choices in kids by…

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Many Pedometers Inaccurate at Slower Paces

January 31, 2005

Every step counts on the journey to better health. If your clients rely on pedometers to gauge activity, you may want to double-check their accuracy—especially if the clients are slow walkers.

A study in the August 2004 issue of Preventive Medicine (2004; 39 [2], 361–68), examined the effects of age, obesity and self-selected walking speed on pedometer a…

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University Offers 4-Year Personal Training Degree

January 31, 2005

Now it’s possible to get a college degree as a personal fitness trainer. Starting in the 2005 fall semester, Purdue University in West LaFayette, Indiana, will offer undergraduates a concentration in this area.

The personal fitness trainer specialization will include a course on personal training education. Students will also participate in eight different 6-week rotations in com…

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Obesity and Low Physical Activity Linked to Endometrial Cancer Risk

January 31, 2005

According to a report in the November 3 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (2004; 96 [21], 1635–38), obesity and low physical activity are strong, independent risk factors for endometrial cancer.
Researchers analyzed data from 62,573 women who participated in The Netherlands Cohort Study on Diet and Cancer. During the follow-up years from 1986 to 1995, a…

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Study: Nearly 30 Percent of Workforce is Obese

January 31, 2005

More and more, the American workplace is in need of wellness intervention strategies. A study in the December 2004 issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM) (2004; 46 [12], 1196– 1203) found that obesity is becoming more common among workers and is leading to cardiovascular problems and various work limitations.
Using clinical measurements fr…

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Skip It, Stand It

January 31, 2005

The 14th Street Y in New York City offers Punk Rope, a high-intensity jump rope–based fitness class set to punk rock music. Designed by IDEA member Tim Haft, Punk Rope…

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Key Fitness Trends in America

January 31, 2005

Here are just a few highlights from this year’s Tracking the Fitness Movement (2004 edition), a study conducted for SGMA International by American Sports Data Inc.:
Fitness walking is listed as the favorite form of exercise for 10.3 million people.
Use of recumbent stationary bikes has risen by nearly 60% since 1998.
Users of elliptical-…

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Physically Fit Kids May Do Better in School

January 31, 2005

If you’re offering your services to local schools, here’s a new argument to add to the PowerPoint presentation. University of Illinois researchers have found “a strong relationship between academic achievement and fitness scores.”
The investigators examined the relationship between physical fitness and cognitive function (attention and working memory) among group…

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Dynamic Drive

December 31, 2004

TaikoFit™, invented by group fitness instructor and personal fitness trainer Michelle Unrau, PhD, from Port Moody, British Columbia, combines Japanese-inspired taiko drumming with traditional floor aerobics. Participants get a workout while using big sticks called “bach…

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