IDEA Fitness Journal

Kids Play Harder With "Toys"

by Joy Keller, Ryan Halvorson
Researchers are spending more time finding out what kinds of things will make children more likely to move their bodies. One recent study, conducted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health, found ...

Facility Welcomes Doctor Referrals

by Joy Keller, Ryan Halvorson
In an effort to bridge the gap between the medical and fitness professions, Club Fit in Westchester County, New York, has created “HelpRx,” a physicians’ referral program designed to offer postrehabilitation and lifestyle enhanceme...

A Better Way to Do CPR?

by Joy Keller, Ryan Halvorson
Leslie Geddes, a biomedical engineer at Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Indiana, has developed a new way to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). This CPR alternative, called “only rhythmic abdominal compression,” or OAC–CPR, works by pushing on the abdomen instead of the chest. Geddes’...

AEDs Save Lives in Large Public Places

by Joy Keller, Ryan Halvorson
A recent study out of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore found evidence that at least 522 lives can be saved annually in the United States and Canada through pervasive public placement of automated external defibrillators (AEDs), the battery-powered, paddle-fitted, electrical devices used to shock and revive people whose hearts have suddenly stopped beating. ...

Walking Prevents Bone Loss From Prostate Cancer Treatment

by Joy Keller, Ryan Halvorson
Exercise may reduce, and even reverse, bone loss caused by hormone and radiation therapies used to treat localized prostate cancer, according to a study presented last fall at the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology’s 49th Annual Mee...

Stand Up for Your Health

by Joy Keller, Ryan Halvorson
While the American College of Sports Medicine recommends 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity each week for “significant health benefits,” emerging research suggests that more may be needed. Researchers at the University of M...

STUDY: Exercise, Education Help Fibromyalgia

by Joy Keller, Ryan Halvorson
A study published in the November 12 , 2007, issue of Archives of Internal Medicine (2007; 167 [20], 2192–2200) offers encouraging news about exercise and fibromyalgia. Researchers found that an exercise regime that incorporates walking, strength training and stretching may improve daily func...

Creative Cross-Training

by Joy Keller
IDEA member Kimberlee Jensen Stedl and her husband, Todd, created a workshop, Yoga for Scuba Divers, which is also the title of their book. The workshop is practiced on land (not in water) and teaches poses, breathing exercises, visualization te...

Sample Class: Mindful Fusion Fitness

by Helen Vanderburg
The popularity of yoga and Pilates has spawned several fun and effective fusion offerings. This particular class, “Mindful Fusion Fitness,” uses “traditional” fitness-based exercises as the foundation and then layers on Pilates moves and yoga postures. This approach allows instructors and participants to begin with familiar exerc...

Educating for Wholeness

The physical education program at DePaul University in Chicago offers students a choice of two majors: teaching or fitness management and wellness. The latter concentration is unique in that it prepares students for a career managing or developing fitness programs...
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