5 Fascinating Facts We Learned on IDEA FitFeed This Week

by Jessica L. Cline on Mar 28, 2014

Week: 3/23/14 to 3/28/14

Can regular exercise protect your vision? Are mother and child physical activity levels correlated? Which diet is the best? Find the answers to these questions and other relevant news items on IDEA FitFeed. This inclusive tool gathers news articles, research studies, blogs and all content being shared by fitness professionals around the web and posts it in one convenient location. Top headlines come from The New York Times, BBC News, ScienceDaily, The Huffington Post, IDEA Fitness Journal, MindBodyGreen and many other leading health, fitness and nutrition news sources. Catch up on the latest news from the past week here.

1. Regular Exercise Can Protect Your Vision

While aging is one of the biggest factors that affects eye disease and visual impairments, lifestyle behaviors such as smoking, drinking and physical activity can also play a role in vision health. According to this article from The Huffington Post, regular exercise can reduce the risk of visual impairments. A study reviewed in the article found that people who exercised at least three times a week had a 58% lower chance of becoming visually impaired than their sedentary counterparts. View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Samuel Johnson

2. Mother and Child Activity Levels Are Linked

Parents, especially mothers, play an important role in developing healthy lifestyle behaviors in their children. A new study reviewed in this BBC News article found that the more active a mother is, the more physically active her child will be. Unfortunately, the study also found that most mothers’ exercise levels did not meet recommended physical activity guidelines. View the full article here.


3. Salt Accelerates Aging in Overweight Teens

Most Americans consume more than the recommended daily intake of sodium, which can have detrimental health effects. According to this article from TIME Magazine, excessive sodium consumption has most recently been linked to accelerated aging and increased risk of heart disease in overweight and obese teens. The piece reviews a study which found that overweight teenagers who reported high sodium consumption had significantly shorter telomeres—the protective ends of chromosomes—than teens with lower sodium intakes. View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Julián Rodriguez Orihuela

4. Your Gut Microbes Make Dark Chocolate Beneficial

Good news for chocolate lovers: Your gut microbes help dark chocolate pack a double positive punch, according to this article from Scientific American™. The piece reviews a new study, which found that the bacteria near the end of the digestive tract ferments both the antioxidants and the fiber in cocoa. This fermentation creates anti-inflammatory compounds, which have been linked to cardiovascular and other benefits. View the full article here.


5. There is No Best Diet

Which diet is the best? That is the question David L. Katz MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, founding director of Yale University's Prevention Research Center, and his colleague Stephanie Meller set out to discover. After comparing all of the medical evidence for and against every mainstream diet, the researchers concluded that no diet was clearly best; their findings are reviewed in this article from The Atlantic. Although Katz and Meller found that no diet was best, they did find that there were common elements of diets that were proven to be beneficial. “A diet of minimally processed foods close to nature, predominantly plants, is decisively associated with health promotion and disease prevention,” the article states. View the full article here.


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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.