April

IDEA Member Spotlight

Lance Breger Washington, DC Member Since 2006 “I am committed to letting my knowledge, passion, professionalism, integrity and true belief in any individual...

Sleepy, Pudgy Kids

by Diane Lofshult
Researchers at the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital have found that kids who get little sleep may end up getting a bigger waistline. The study, published in the November issue of Pediatrics, examined the relationship between sleep duration and the risk of becoming overweight or obese for children in grades 3 and 6. ...

Legislation Provides Child Fitness Tax Credit

by Joy Keller, Ryan Halvorson
Lawmakers in Illinois are trying to support fitness initiatives for children. House Bill 4408 was introduced in the Illinois House of Representatives on January 11 and would provide a credit of up to $500 for a taxpayer who enrolls a child (16 years old or younger) in a qualified physical fitness program. A family with a health club membership would ...

Biological Impact of Loneliness

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA
Scientists have long known that people who suffer from loneliness or social isolation have a higher mortality rate than people who don’t. What has not been known is whether loneliness has a direct biological impact on health or whether the effect is indirect, stemming from the fact that lonely people have fewer social resources (e.g., physical or economic help...

NATA Recommends Yoga, Tai Chi and Pilates

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA
The National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) recognizes the benefits of practicing yoga, tai chi and Pilates. The organization has released a 10-step guide to help people of all ages improve their quality of life by reducing physical stress and preventing back pain. One of the 10 recommendations, “Make yourself mobile,” notes that poor posture and muscle stiffne...

Depression Linked to Osteoporosis Risk

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA
As a risk factor for low bone mineral density (BMD) in premenopausal women, depression is comparable in magnitude to established risks like smoking and low calcium intake, say the authors of a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine (2007; 167 [21], 2329–36). Early findings from the POWER Study Group, based at Case Weste...

Old Spice

by Diane Lofshult
Did you know that the majority of people keep spices for more than 4 years? That’s a full 2 years past their prime, according to the spice producer McCormick. The longer a spice is kept on the shelf in your pantry, the more it loses its flavor....

When Not to Go Virgin

by Diane Lofshult
When it comes to olive oil, more is sometimes less. Reserve that pricey extra virgin olive oil for dishes that will showcase its unique taste; for example, use the high-grade oil to dress a green salad, or drizzle it over a cooked dish to boost flavor. When used for sautéing or frying, extra virgin olive oil can turn bitter. The re...

Solvent Greens

by Diane Lofshult
We are always hearing that dark-green, leafy vegetables should form a large part of our diet. These veggies are packed with vitamin K and lutein, two nutrients that optimize health and body functioning. Studies indicate that people wh...

FDA Okays Cloned Foods

by Diane Lofshult
Consumers concerned about food safety may have another reason to be anxious: in January, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the sale of cloned meat and dairy products. The FDA ruling does not require that manufacturers label foods containing cloned ingredients, which has fueled fears am...
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