5 Fascinating Facts We Learned on IDEA FitFeed This Week

by Jessica L. Cline on Oct 31, 2014

Week: 10/25/14 to 10/31/14

Are the revised nutrition labels adequate? Can sleep deprivation alter your mental health? Is self myofascial release beneficial for seniors? 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. Revised Nutrition Labels Don’t Go Far Enough

Although revised nutrition labels are a step in the right direction, they do not go nearly far enough, according to this article from The New York Times. The piece highlights the changes that will be made on the new nutrition labels, which will be implemented over the next few years, and proposes further changes to be made, including a traffic light labeling system to help customers distinguish between similar products; using common kitchen measurements to indicate amounts; distinguishing major ingredients from minor ones; and actively promoting real foods. View the full article here.

2. Sleep Deprivation Can Take a Heavy Mental Toll

Lack of sleep is a very serious issue, and it’s not just repeated sleep deprivation that’s detrimental to health. Just one restless night can affect your mental functioning, according to this article from The Atlantic. “The practice of going to sleep and waking up at ‘unnatural’ times could be the most prevalent high-risk behavior in modern society,” says Till Roenneberg, a professor of chronobiology at the Institute of Medical Psychology at Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munch, in the piece. The article explains that lack of sleep makes people dumber, less able to concentrate, more suggestible and more susceptible to false memories. View the full article here.

3. Clean Eating Made Easy

If you are trying to eat healthier, taking it slow by setting small goals to reach each week can help, according to this article from MindBodyGreen. The author suggests keeping a checklist on your calendar to track your goals so you can see your progress and accomplishments. The piece highlights five challenges to incorporate into your daily eating habits including eating more greens, adding color to your plate, stepping outside your comfort zone and more. View the full article here.

4. How to Stay Healthy On the Road

Being an entrepreneur can mean a lot of long days and a lot of time on the road, but incorporating healthy lifestyle habits can help you and your business succeed, according to this article from Entreprenuer. The piece offers four tips on how to stay healthy while traveling, including being prepared for anything, choosing hotels with amenities, being creative with your workouts and getting enough sleep. View the full article here.


5. Adapting Self Myofascial Release for Seniors

Self myofascial release can be a great way to help seniors increase their flexibility and range of motion, but techniques need to be modified when working with this population, according to this article from IDEA Fitness Journal. This piece explains how to modify foam rolling techniques to meet seniors’ needs and keep them safe. The article also provides step-by-step examples of common self myofascial release exercises that can be beneficial to seniors and modifications that may be needed. 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.