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by Joy Keller on Mar 01, 2007

Health ministers from 53 countries approved the world’s first anti-obesity charter in November. The charter was drafted by the World Health Organization in consultation with its European member states, according to a Yahoo! News report. The document’s aim is to curb obesity in the next 5 years and reverse the trend by 2015. The article cites obesity as being responsible for up to 6% of all health costs across Europe.

More and more people are reaching the 100-year mark, according to researchers and demographers. While fewer people live to be 110, scientists are very interested in studying their lifestyle habits. The Supercentenarian Research Foundation, based in Pittsburgh, was set up to fight the effects of aging and improve the quality of life for the very old. Yahoo! News reports that researchers also want to know why some people live longer than others and what the limit of the human lifespan is. For more information, visit

Combat fighters are under a great deal of physical and psychological stress. Regardless of circumstances, they must be able to perform optimally. A study from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences has set out to measure war fighters’ physical and psychological well-being with the goals of avoiding “the deleterious consequences of fatigue” and potentially reducing injury risk.

Phase one of the study determined how metabolic profiles can predict performance, fatigue, metabolic stress and recovery rates for individuals undergoing extreme exertion. The second phase will (1) analyze and profile compositional and quantitative changes in plasma metabolites that may indicate tissue or metabolic changes and (2) seek evidence of physiological stress during physical activity. By measuring combatants’ metabolic profiles, researchers hope to help improve training programs, dietary guidance and therapeutic interventions.

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Joy Keller

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Joy Keller is executive editor of IDEA Fitness Journal and IDEA Fit Business Success, and is also a certified personal trainer, indoor cycling instructor, yoga teacher (RYT 200) and Reiki Master. Joy joined IDEA Health & Fitness Association in 2002, and brought with her a wealth of information about how to fine-tune communication channels, after having spent her formative career years specializing in business-to-business journalism. Before she even graduated with honors from the respected University of Georgia journalism school, Joy was offered a job at one of the most successful trade publishing companies in the southeast, Shore Varrone, Inc. She made her mark in the automotive aftermarket industry as a creative thinker and journalist with an intuitive knack for researching and understanding niche audiences. Joy has worked on several titles, including Auto Trim & Restyling News, Truck Accessory News, Digital Output Magazine, Retail & Construction News, Miata magazine, Ford Racing, and many more. Her passion, however, lies with health and fitness. She was the associate editor of ACE Certified News while working at the American Council on Exercise, and transitioned that publication from a newsletter to a magazine. She has enjoyed 17 years at IDEA, where she has launched several publications, including the award-winning Inner IDEA Body-Mind Spirit Review, IDEA Pilates Today and IDEA Fit Business Success. Joy is a content creator and media 2.0 advocate who takes pride in discovering the unique information needs of qualified audiences, and she is dedicated to serving those needs while following the highest available standards.