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by Joy Keller on Oct 01, 2004

Making News

Program Promotes Hefty Pledge

How much fat can a nation lose in 1 month? The International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) and the Healthier Families Foundation created the “Get America Fit!” program to help people lose 100,000 pounds in the month of July.

According to the Healthier Families Foundation’s website, the project also aspired to help people cycle 100,000 miles, take 100,000 steps and lift 100 million pounds of weight. Participants stayed motivated by logging their progress at the program’s website and qualified to win prizes such as a PowerBlock® Home Gym.

Workout in the Sky

Clients now have one less reason to complain about being unable to exercise while traveling. Song, Delta Air Lines’ low-fare air service, is offering an in-flight fitness program. Developed by David Barton, the 15-minute workout uses resistance tubing for strength training; core abdominal work for maintaining postural integrity; and dynamic release work for stimulating blood flow and relieving tension. Passengers pay $8 for a resistance band, a ball and instructions for a tension-relieving workout.

New Facts About Arthritis in the U.S.

Here are some recent statistics about arthritis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Arthritis is the leading cause of physical disability in the United States.

  • Arthritis comprises more than 100 different diseases and conditions. The most common are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia and gout.

  • The number of people aged 65 or older who have arthritis or chronic joint symptoms is projected to nearly double from 21.4 million in 2001 to 41.4 million in 2030 as the population ages.

  • Adults aged 65 or older have the highest risk of arthritis (58.8%), but two-thirds of all people with arthritis are younger than 65.

  • Research shows that physical activity decreases joint pain, improves function and delays disability. In addition, maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding joint injuries reduce the risk of developing arthritis and decrease disease progression.

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Joy Keller

Joy Keller IDEA Author/Presenter

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 16 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.