5 Fascinating Facts We Learned on FitFeed This Week

by Jessica L Cline on Aug 01, 2013

Week: 7/27/13 to 8/02/13

Do you regularly keep up with IDEA Fitfeed? It is a great way to stay up-to-date on the latest health, fitness and nutrition news from around the world. FitFeed pulls top headlines and articles being shared by fitness professionals around the web and makes them available in one convenient resource. Headlines that cycle through the list come from leading news outlets, magazines, websites and even personal blogs. If you haven’t been following FitFeed you can catch up on the most recent news here:

1. New York City Doctors Can Now Prescribe Fruits and Vegetables

New York City has made a meaningful move in the fight against obesity by empowering doctors to prescribe fruits and vegetables to overweight and obese clients, according to this Natural News article. The article explains how doctors can give their patients “Health Bucks,” redeemable at local farmers’ markets. NaturalNews editor and author, Mike Adams, applauds the city on this initiative. “This program makes New York City the largest U.S. city to officially acknowledge that fruits and vegetables have a role to play in preventing chronic degenerative disease,” he writes. He hopes to see this program expand across the nation. View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Natalie Maynor

2. What it Means to Follow a Paleo Diet or Primal Lifestyle

In this article from IDEA Food and Nutrition Tips, author Gary Collins explains the similarities and differences between the popular Paleo diet and Primal lifestyle movement. Collins suggests that while these two programs replicate caveman-like eating, they have a few differences. The Paleo diet follows strict guidelines with meat, fruits, vegetables and healthy fats on the list of acceptable foods. The Primal diet follows similar guidelines but allows organic dairy and encourages eating large amounts of saturated fats. Collins concludes that “Paleo and Primal can go hand in hand” and either, or a combination of the two, can provide clients with a healthier lifestyle. View the full article here.


3. Sleep Is More Important Than You May Realize

This article from the Huffington Post reviews a recent study which found that sleep deprivation can affect athletes’ perception of their performance. The study tested cyclists to see how far they thought they had ridden. Those who were sleep deprived estimated that they had ridden close to a kilometer less than they actually had. The article says that, according to the study, the lack of sleep did not affect the athletes’ performance but it did cause them to not feel properly prepared. The article concludes that if athletes want to feel and perform their best they should get adequate sleep before big exercise events. View the full article here.

4. Triathlon Participation Is at an All-Time High

According to this Reuters article, participation in triathlon events is at an all-time high in the U.S. Triathlons consist of running, swimming and biking consecutively, with the length of each leg depending on the distance of the event. The piece states that, according to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association, there was a 59% increase in participation between 2008 and 2011. The article suggests that anyone can participate in a triathlon with proper training. View the full article here.


5. Mindfulness, Meditation and Yoga Can Solve Common Social Issues

“Scientific evidence is mounting daily for what many have long sensed: Practices like mindfulness, meditation and yoga can help us address certain intractable individual and societal problems,” this Forbes article states. According to the research in this piece, mindfulness practices can help people deal with stress and trauma, and, therefore, solve issues that develop from these occurrences. The article also discusses how introducing these practices into schools could mean the difference between failure and success for many children. It suggests that these practices would prevent the high dropout rates that many U.S. schools are currently facing. The piece concludes that mindfulness practice “is not some feel good, foo-foo practice” but “is vital to ensure our well-being, and to our economy.” View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Sebastien Wiertz

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About the Author

Jessica L Cline

Jessica L Cline IDEA Author/Presenter

Jessica is an Editorial Assistant at IDEA Health & Fitness Association. She graduated from Colorado State University with a BA in journalism and a BS in health and exercise science. She has a GFI certification from ACE and is working on a Health Coach certification. Jessica is a long distance runner who has competed in half and full marathons. She enjoys running, hiking, walking her dogs, horse back riding and any outdoor activities.