The Hidden Benefits of Exercise: Even Moderate Physical Activity Can Boost the Immune System and Protect against Chronic Diseases “No pill or nutritional supplement has the power of near-daily moderate activity in lowering the number of sick days people take,” says David Nieman, director of Appalachian State University’s Human Performance …

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Keep on truckin’

A new study reports that folks who walk more have more brain (grey matter) in their brains 9 years later, and less cognitive impairment at older ages (13 years later). Healthy lifestyles can help us not only to live longer, but live richer, more independent lives!

Walking in a group

For diabetic patients, walking a in group produced benefits over and above counseling: … in subjects who attended at least 50% of scheduled walking sessions, changes in A1C and fasting glucose were greater than in control subjects. Discontinuation or reduction of antidiabetic drugs occurred in 33% of these patients versus …

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Obese kids and heat stroke during sports

The Center for Disease Control reports: CDC researchers analyzed data on nine sports at 100 high schools participating in the National High School Sports-Related Injury Surveillance Study from 2005 to 2009. Most cases of dehydration, heat exhaustion, or heat stroke occurred in August during preseason activity. Roughly 70% of illnesses …

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It sounds like many recruits would not be up to Lil Wayne’s “standards:” By Chris Joyner, USA TODAY JACKSON, Miss. — When the Jackson Police Department tried to recruit new officers this spring, more than a third of the applicants were not able to pass the initial physical fitness test. …

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Go, Grandpa! Show baby girl the way to do it!

The story mentions something we’ve talked about before: improved cognitive performance after weight loss. Lots of kids lost weight – 42 percent went from overweight to normal during the school year. Many saw their blood pressure and other health measures improve long term. Some actually posted higher math scores on …

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Do hormones doom weight loss?

There are a ton of news reports about a new study showing that a year after losing 10% body weight, people have hormonal changes that promote greater hunger.  One such hormone is leptin.  These articles then argue for the existence of a “set-point” that our body will vigorously defend.  The only problem is:  …

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