Week: 7/26/14 to 8/1/14
Can HIIT benefit older adults? Has the American diet improved over the last decade? Are trendy health foods really worth all the hype? 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. Many US Kids Misperceive Their Body Weight
Approximately 30% of US children between the ages of 8 and 15 do not have an accurate read on their weight, according to this article from USA Today. The piece looks at a report which found that 42% of kids who are obese consider themselves to be an appropriate weight; 76% of kids who are overweight consider themselves to be the right weight; and 13% of healthy weight kids consider themselves to be too thin or too fat. This is problematic because recognizing obesity is an important part of taking steps to reverse it, the piece states. View the full article here.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Dennis S Hurd
2. Are American Dietary Habits Improving? Poll Says Yes
According to a recent Gallup® poll, Americans say they are eating slightly healthier than before. The poll found that almost two-thirds of Americans say they avoid soda; more than half say they avoid sugar; and more than nine in 10 claim that they try to include fruits or vegetables in their diet. These numbers are greatly improved from when Gallup started asking people about their dietary choices in 2002. View the full article here.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Jessica Spengler
3. Older Adults Can Improve Their Health with HIIT
Short 6-second bursts of vigorous exercise have the potential to transform the health of elderly people, according to this article from BBC News. The piece looks at a recent study which had a group of older adult volunteers cycle as hard as they could for 6-second intervals, building up to a total of 1-minute of exercise. The results of the study showed that the participants reduced their blood pressure by 9%, increased their oxygen delivery and found daily activities to be easier. View the full article here.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Roberto Berlim
4. Trendy Health Foods Not Worth the Hype
Although many trendy health foods are better for us than less-healthy options, they may not be the miracle foods that marketers and the media have led us to believe, according to this article from the Huffington Post. Registered dietitian Keri Gans covers 10 trendy foods, and explains their health benefits and whether they are worth the hype. View the full article here.
5. Running Reduces Risk of Death from CVD
Running, even if it is slowly paced or just for a couple of minutes, may significantly reduce one’s risk of death from cardiovascular disease, according to this article from Science Daily. The piece looks at a recent study which found that compared to non-runners, runners had a 30% lower risk of death from all causes and a 45% lower risk of death from heart disease or stroke. The study also found that runners lived an average of 3 years longer than their non-running counterparts. View the full article here.
PHOTOGRAPHY: John Benson
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