March 2008

Phone Coaching Helps Nutrition Habits

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA
Social support continues to be a critical factor for successfully changing lifestyle practices. Turns out, even telephone calls can be a catalyst to improve dietary habits. Women who received phone counseling to encourage healthy eating ate ...

Students Need More Sleep, Less Stress

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA
American college students represent a large potential market for body-mind activities that promote relaxation and stress reduction. Students nationwide report that the top five factors impacting their academic performance are stress, colds and flus, sleep difficulties, concern for troubled friends o...

Meditation May Preserve Cognitive Abilities

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA
Regular meditation practice may protect brain tissue and lessen the cognitive decline that is normally associated with aging, according to a small study published in the October issue of Neurobiology of Agin...

Active Americans Enjoy Stretching

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA
Stretching is currently the fitness activity with the highest average number of days of participation per year for each participant. According to the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association’s

For Heart Rate, Tai Chi Comparable to Brisk Walk

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA
Tai chi practice may be a comparable conditioning alternative for adults who cannot tolerate the stresses of a brisk walk. Scientists found that heart rate variability was approximately the same for people who walked on a treadmill and for those who performed six-posture tai chi, according to a smal...

Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA
The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), has created a Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) within the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. The Center’s mission is “to foster mindful awareness through educ...

CEC Course Nutrition

Total CECs 0.2 CEC from ACE 0.3 CEC from NSCA

The Right Way to Recycle

We all want to do our part to keep the earth healthy. One way to lend a hand is to recycle plastic, aluminum and paper products. Recycling rules vary across the country. Learn about your local recycling regulations at When you do recycle containers or cans, remember to rinse them out first and remove any lids. ...

FDA Lacks Resources to Ensure Food Safety

by Diane Lofshult
In what some called a “remarkable” admission, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a report saying the agency is unable to adequately safeguard the nation’s food and drug supply. The report is noteworthy because it marks the first time the agency has gone on record to say the ...

A Fun Balance

by Joy Keller
IDEA member Pam Skinner, who lives in Huntington Beach, California, has always thrived on coming up with novel approaches to motivating her clients and participants. The 25-year fitness industry veteran, who has a master’s degree in recreation administration, has dabbled in many corner pockets—not-for-profit, facility management,...
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