IDEA Fitness Journal

Navigating the Aisles of Natural Food Markets

by Jenna Bell-Wilson, PhD, RD, LD
Natural and organic food markets have sprouted up everywhere, offering shoppers an alternative to conventional supermarkets. Health-conscious consumers now have a nearby source for “natural” foods, such as organic produce and other foods that are free of antibiotics, preservatives, growth hormones and trans fats. But natural food markets can...

Unlimited Possibilities

by Ryan Halvorson
Subject: Greg Kirk Jr. Company: Fitness Training Unlimited ...

Body Image a Focus of Preschool Program

by Ryan Halvorson
It’s never too early to get kids thinking about body image and diversity, say facilitators of a project developed by Louisiana State University’s (LSU) Child Development Laboratory Preschool. The preschool teachers traced outlines of the students’ bodies onto large pieces of paper. The children were then encouraged to paint...

Breast Cancer Concerns for Obese Women

by Ryan Halvorson
Women suffering from both breast cancer and obesity may have a more severe prognosis than breast cancer patients with a healthier body mass index (BMI). A study published in Clinical Cancer Research (2008; 14, 1718–25) found that breast cancer patients with an elevated BMI have lower rates of survival and more aggressive disease.

Regular Reminders Help Exercisers Reap Rewards

by Ryan Halvorson
Having trouble getting clients to exercise on their own time? Perhaps a little technology can help. Two studies have found that proactive use of telephone reminders and hand-held computers has significant implications for promoting consistent exercise behaviors. The first study, published in Health Psychology (2007; 26 [6], 718–...

Lifelong Learning

The department of kinesiology at Calif­­or­nia State University, Long Beach (CSULB), serves approximately 500 undergraduate students in eight options, 250 pre-major students and 150 graduate students in 10 options. According to its mission statement, the department’s purpose is to “facilitate wellness among individuals through the study and application of human m...

A Class for Every Reason

by Joy Keller
IDEA member Melanie Johnson, in New Haven, Connecticut, created PowerFlowCIRCUIT for her more advanced Pilates apparatus clients (up to nine students). According to Johnson, the class “alternates between 15–20 minutes each of a choreographed, fast-paced reformer workout and a classic Pilates mat class. Each client also does an exerci...

Mind-Body Medicine: A Balanced Approach

by Rosalind Gray Davis
“My goal has always been to promote a healthy balance between self-care approaches and more traditional approaches—medical and surgical inter­ventions that can be magnificent and lifesaving when appropriate. However, self-care is immensely powerful in its own right. The elicitation of the Relaxation Response, stress management, regular exercise, good nutrition, a...

The Urban Zen Initiative

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA
In 2007, designer Donna Karan founded the Urban Zen Initiative, a nonprofit organization, to promote integrative medicine. Her initiative is inspired in part by her experience with her late husband, Stephan Weiss, during his challenge with cancer. Urban Zen’s first initiative is the Well-Being Forum, with a mission to create a working environment where the worlds of...

Mind-Body-Spirit Focus in Cancer Care

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA
A leading oncologist recommends a mind-body-spirit approach to coping with cancer. “Cancer, like other life-threatening diseases, strikes all levels, and it’s important for patients to learn how to heal physically, psychologically and emotionally,” Dr. Robert Rutledge, a radiation oncologist at the Nova Scotia Cancer Centre in British Columbia, told
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