The Art of the Blend

by Sandy Todd Webster on Sep 24, 2019

Editor's Letter

While we strive for content balance when planning each issue of Fitness Journal, every so often we seem to assemble a collection of articles which—just by a quick scan of the table of contents—looks like a heck of a lot of fun to learn from. Welcome to one of those issues! With the weather turning cooler and the earlier sunsets giving you a reason to hunker down in late afternoon, perhaps now is a good time to brew a cup of tea, curl up in your favorite chair and enjoy the magazine, which you continue to name as your most valued IDEA member benefit.

Here is a sampling of what the editors have created for you in this issue.

Meal Timing and Daily Calories

Quick poll: How many of you have a friend, family member or client whose eating style is either grazing on small bites of food all day or fasting intermittently? Perhaps you regularly practice or have dabbled in one of these over the past few years. All of the noise has created a mythology around the “right” way to eat, according to author Michelle Alencar, PhD.

She gets to the heart of the matter in the CEC feature “Myths and Realities of Nibbling, Fasting and Feasting” by looking beyond opinions to the science (or lack thereof) that can drive a cogent decision on whether or not these are practical and sustainable approaches. Once you weigh the evidence, you’ll be empowered to confidently discuss the general health relevance of meal frequency and fasting with your clients.

Have You Had the Bone Health Talk With Your Active Agers?

You may get a lot of questions from clients about diet, but likely not as many about osteoporosis. Most people will naturally gravitate to asking about what they can see on the outside of their bodies—leaner abs, bigger muscles, better posture—and focus less on what’s going on inside. Therein lies the challenge with the topic of bone health.

With 54 million adult Americans at risk of breakĀ­ing a bone, it’s wise to equip yourself to steer clients safely around osteoporosis with knowledge of preventive programming and coaching them through an osteoporosis diagnosis with sound information and strategy. Your solid guidance on exercise, sleep and vitamin D intake can help your clients to maintain their bone density and regain confidence in their abilities. Good communication with their healthcare provider will also make you a valuable partner as you collaborate on your clients’ care plans.

Celebrating the 2019 IDEA World Fitness Awards Finalists and Recipients

Capping off the issue, alongside many other articles of interest, is our coverage of the 2019 IDEA World Fitness Awards finalists and recipients. Our congratulations go out to all of these professionals, who continue to raise the bar on creativity, performance and integrity in our industry. If you’d like to nominate yourself or a colleague for the 2020 IDEA Awards, you can find more information at Applications are due March 1, 2020.

Please keep in touch about how we can help you, your business or your clients to gain an edge. We treasure our opportunity to serve you and deliver what you need for success. Drop me a line at to share comments and ideas on your content wish list.

For all you do to Inspire the World to Fitness®, IDEA salutes you!

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About the Author

Sandy Todd Webster

Sandy Todd Webster IDEA Author/Presenter

Sandy Todd Webster is Editor in Chief of IDEA's publications, including the award-winning IDEA FITNESS JOURNAL and IDEA FOOD & NUTRITION TIPS, the industry's leading resources for fitness, wellness and nutrition professionals worldwide. Sandy joined IDEA in 2001 as executive editor of IDEA PERSONAL TRAINER and IDEA FITNESS MANAGER magazines and was promoted to lead the editorial team in 2003. More than 20 years in magazine publishing, marketing communications and creative services have shaped her straightforward approach to multi-channel communication. Early experience in Los Angeles as a sports writer/reporter, and then enriching years as a managing editor in allied health care publishing have pulled her across a spectrum of stimulating subject matter. Fitness, health and nutrition reside at the perfect center of this content continuum, she feels. A Chicago native, Sandy grew up fully engaged in various competitive sports. Her drive and dedication as an athlete translate to a disciplined work ethic and unwavering approach to challenge in her career. Shortly after graduating journalism school from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, she was recruited to L.A. for her first post in magazine publishing. After two decades of working on magazines--and now in the throes of applying the unbelieveable multi-media content delivery options available in the magazine 2.0 world--she is still "completely in love" with the creative process it takes to deliver meaningful, inspirational content to end users. She is an accomplished home cook and gardner who would love to combine those skills and passions with her health and fitness background to continue educating readers about a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle.