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Help for Pregnant Women With Depression

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA
Prenatal depression affects 10%–20% of pregnant women in the United States. In Korea, 8%–12% of pregnant women suffer with major depressive disorder, and about 20% have clinically significant symptoms of depression. In some other countries, the percentages can be even higher. In spite of this prevalence, prenatal depression has been studied much less than postnatal depression.

Yoga for People With MS

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA
There is growing evidence that yoga practice benefits those with multiple sclerosis.

Gym Helps Kids Across the Spectrum

by Ryan Halvorson
Sometimes the best ideas are born of necessity. Dina Kimmel, a mother of two, experienced difficulty finding ways to support her autistic son’s development, so she took on the challenge herself and created a “sensory gym” in her home. After seeing her son’s success with it, Kimmel decided that this type of setting should be available to others, and she opened the first We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym® for All Kids in Tarzana, California.

Obesity Ups Cancer Risk in Black Men

by Ryan Halvorson
According to researchers from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington, African-American men have the highest rates of prostate cancer (both development and mortality) in the United States. Those same researchers have determined that obesity among this population makes the problem much worse.

35 Ailments, One Prescription: MOVE!

by Galen A. Morton, MA, Len Kravitz, PhD
It’s not exactly news that physical activity and exercise have powerful health benefits. Indeed, it’s an insight almost as old as recorded history. In the fifth century BC, the famous Greek physician Hippocrates observed, “All parts of the body, if used in moderation and exercised in labors to which each is accustomed, become thereby healthy and well developed and age slowly; but if they are unused and left idle, they become liable to disease, defective in growth and age quickly” (Kokkinos & Myers 2010).

Cut Postmenopausal Breast Cancer Risk

by Ryan Halvorson
How much exercise is needed to reduce body fat—a known breast cancer risk factor—in postmenopausal women? That’s the question researchers explored in a study published in JAMA Oncology (2015; doi:10.1001/jamaon col.2015.2239).

How Diet May Impact Alzheimer’s

by Joanna Morris, MS, RDN, LDN
It’s never too early to talk about Alzheimer’s disease. With new research suggesting that modifiable lifestyle factors could be responsible for 20%-40% of Alzheimer’s disease risk, primary prevention through sound nutrition is a hot topic (Poirier et al. 2014). There is evidence that Alzheimer’s may start in the brain 20-30 years before symptoms appear (Ossenkoppele et al. 2015). Dietary Patternsnewsletter_teaser: Historically, the Mediterranean diet and the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet have been widely studied for heart disease prevention, but more recent research has also focused on their ability to decrease dementia risk.

Music Keeps Cardiac Patients Moving

by Ryan Halvorson
Walk into most fitness facilities and you’ll likely hear some sort of music playing. Could that music be what motivates people to move more? For a group of cardiac rehabilitation patients, that was indeed the case.

Chronic Pain in Fitness Professionals

by Alexandra Williams, MA
An Objective Eye It can be difficult to take a step back and be objective when it comes to your own health. Katy Bowman, MS, director of the Restorative Exercise Institute in Ventura, California, and author of Move Your DNA: Restore Your Health Through Natural Movement (Propriometrics Press 2014), suggests you write down the following:

Physical Activity in Middle Age Reduces Sudden Cardiac Arrest Risk

by Ryan Halvorson
Need more help motivating your clients to stay active? Scientists recently analyzed 1,247 sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) cases to learn more about links between SCA events and sports participation. Study subjects were aged 35–65. Providing a boon to the active set, the researchers reported that only 5% of sudden cardiac arrests occurred during sports activities. Prevalence was higher in men and among those around 51 years of age. SCA survival rates were higher among active individuals than among those whose cardiac arrests were not sport related.
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