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Kohlrabi

September 27, 2011

When people first see or taste kohlrabi, they commonly react by asking, “What is that?” Sometimes described as octopus-like or as a creature from outer space, kohlrabi has trailing tendrils protruding from a pale-green, softball-sized globe.

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fig squares

June 14, 2011

The quinoa flakes and almond meal provide an extra protein boost in this fig-filled dessert with a crumble topping. Find quinoa flakes in the cereal aisle at health food stores. The fig filling can be made a day or two ahead and with fresh or dried figs. Try the fig filling as a spread on whole-grain toast or crackers, too.

Fig Filling 1 p int fresh figs, chopped or 2 cups dried figs, chopped

1 cup apple juice 1/2 cup honey 1 tablespoon orange peel (optional) 1 teaspoon (tsp) cinnamon 1/2 tsp salt

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fabulous figs

June 14, 2011

Fresh figs are a summer treat in the United States, arriving in June and disappearing by September. Tree-ripened figs can be scored at some local farmers’ markets in California, where 100% of dried figs and about 98% of fresh figs are grown.

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Great Gluten-Free Grains

March 15, 2011

If you must avoid gluten because of Celiac disease or if you’re interested in adding different whole grains to your diet, experiment with these gluten-free options. In their nutritional profiles, these ancient grains surpass the staples of wheat, corn, oats and rice in the American diet.

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valentine’s day black-bean fudge

January 11, 2011

Super easy to whip together, this dairy-free fudge recipe features a surprising ingredient: black beans. Don’t be put off by the legumes—you won’t be able to taste them! The beans replace the milk and sugar in a traditional fudge recipe, while providing a decent amount of protein. Naturally sweet carob powder means very little sweetener is needed. Protect your sweetheart’s health with a batch of these for Valentine’s Day! 1 15-ounce can cooked black beans, drained and rinsed (or about 13/4 cups cooked beans)

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Lifelong Impact From Weight-Bearing Exercise?

January 21, 2009

Teenagers who participate in weight-bearing activities may have stronger bones later in life, suggests a new study in the January 2009 issue of the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Japanese researchers examined the bone structure of 46 postmenopausal women, who were grouped according to their sport participation levels during the physically formative adolescent years (12-18 years).

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Recognizing Eating Disorders in Clients

March 28, 2008

If one of your clients had an eating disorder, would you
recognize it? If so, what would you do?

In a recent survey, 32% of fitness professionals correctly
indicated that a fictitious client, described in a case scenario, had anorexia
nervosa. Another 21% suspected an eating disorder, but felt that either it
would be outside their …

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Sleepless in the Gym?

March 31, 2002

April is National Sleep Awareness Month, and with nearly 70 million Americans affected by sleeping disorders, it’s likely that fitness professionals will encounter clients struggling with insomnia. Promoting the link between exercise and sound sleep may both wake up a new market and enhance the exercise benefits of current clients. For clients seeking to improve their sleep, keep in mind the following tips when designing an exercise program:

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First-Ever Physical Activity Guidelines for Infants and Toddlers

March 31, 2002

You’re never too young to be physically active! The National Association for Sport & Physical Education (NASPE) recommends that infants should be encouraged to be physically active from the beginning of life. NASPE warns that confining babies and young children to strollers, playpens, car seats or infant seats for hours at a time may delay physical and cognitive development.

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Vitamin A and Hip Fracture Risk

February 28, 2002

A new study indicates that older women who consume too much vitamin A may increase their risk of hip fracture. Researchers found that women with the highest total intake of vitamin A, from both fortified food and multivitamin supplements, had double the risk of hip fracture compared to women with the lowest intake. The study appeared in the January 2, 2002, issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Health Club Memberships on the Rise

February 28, 2002

While the number of Americans considered overweight or obese is on the rise, so is the number of Americans
who belong to health clubs. Memberships grew from 21 million in 1991 to 30.6 million in 1999, according to the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA). A consumer study sponsored by IHRSA found that health club members currently visit the gym an average of 89 times per year.

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Partnering With the Medical Community

February 28, 2002

Perhaps what is most frustrating about the rising number of people with diabetes, heart disease and obesity is the fact that in many cases exercise and diet can prevent these conditions. And prevention is more cost-effective than treatment, which is why partnerships between fitness facilities and hospitals are growing.

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Equipment-Based Combo Classes

January 31, 2002

Equipment-based combination classes are popular, not only because they offer participants variety, but also because they deliver an effective, time-efficient workout.

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