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Shirley Archer

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, is the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at

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Weight bias and obesity

Weight Bias May Be Declining

January 11, 2021

More people share the viewpoint that those with obesity are being blamed for the disease, rather than getting medical help to manage it, according to research.

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Exercise and liver health

Exercise and a Healthy Liver

December 7, 2020

A study related to treatment for people with fatty liver disease highlights an opportunity training those with “medical fitness” conditions.

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Fitness and weight research

Fit or Fat Research Update

December 7, 2020

A recent research review supports the value of fitness, regardless of weight loss outcomes, for people who are overweight or have obesity.

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health coaches

Coaches Need Coaches, Too

December 3, 2020

During stressful times like the pandemic, it’s important to make time not only for personal self-care but also for professional development.

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