IDEA Fitness Journal

Tall People Have Higher BMIs

by Diane Lofshult
When it comes to stature, there may be an advantage to being short, says a study published in the February issue of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. In the past, shorter American men and women typically had “significantly higher” body mass indexes (BMIs) than their taller counterpa...

Americans View Health as Success Symbol

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA
Seventy-two percent of Americans believe that being physically healthy is a major symbol of personal success, according to a survey conducted by Opinion Research Corporation that looked at American attitudes concerning their health and self-esteem. Ninety-one percent of survey respondents prefer to be talked about as someone who is “healthy” rather than someone who ...

Spirituality in Medical School

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA
Leading members of the medical community acknowledge that the mind-body-spirit connection plays a role in health care, but they have yet to reach consensus on how to treat this topic within the context of medical education. More and more medical schools address spirituality in their course curricula, yet course content lacks consistency, both abroad and at home.

Beware New Trans Fat Substitute

by Diane Lofshult
Just when consumers have finally learned to avoid foods that contain dangerous trans fat, someone has created a substitute ingredient that’s just as bad for you. Pass along the word to your clients: they now need to check food labels for something called interesterified oil, a stealth component in many new processed foods that claim to be free of trans fat. Like trans ...

Quote of the Month

“You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen. Simply wait; be quiet, still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked. It has no choice. It will roll in ecstasy at your feet.” —Franz Kafka, Austrian  (Czechoslovakian born) au...

California School Gym Gets Upgrade

by Ryan Halvorson
San Marcos Middle School in Southern California has taken the typical school gym to the next level. “Club 49” gives students access to stationary bicycles, elliptical trainers, stability balls, weights, flat-screen televisions, and computers to track progress. While all students are granted access to the facilities after school, those who fail a state fitness test are required to use the gym inste...

Hikers Unite!

by Ryan Halvorson
With the slogan “Join Us on the Trail,” the American Hiking Society (AHS) plans to celebrate 16 years of National Trail Day, “a long-standing celebration of America’s magnificent trail system and its countless supporters and volunteers.” The organization, along with hikers, outdoors enthusiasts and maybe even a few wilderness newbies, will take to the trails June 7 to get a bit of fresh air and en...

California Company Captures Kudos for Workplace Wellness

by Ryan Halvorson
More and more employers are realizing the benefits of keeping employees healthy to enhance workplace morale and cut costs associated with sickness and injury. One such employer, Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, California, has received the 2007 California Fit Business Award from the California Task Force on Youth and Workplace Wellness. The award was created to honor or...

Pogos Help Kids Get Fit

by Ryan Halvorson
A fourth-year kinesiology student at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, is putting a bit of bounce into kids’ workouts. Instead of employing more traditional exercise methods, such as jumping jacks, push-ups or competition-driven sports, Nichelle Hubley has opted for a playful alternative: the pogo stick. “We’re testing cardiovascular fitness, leg power and balance—all t...

Self-Perceived Social Status May Predict Weight in Girls

by Ryan Halvorson
According to a study published in the January issue of the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine (162 [1], 23–28), adolescent girls who perceive themselves as unpopular may be at greater risk for weight gain. The authors measured BMI and employed the Subjective Social Status Scale, a tool used to determine how users see themselves in relation to others, to draw ...
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