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'Weekend Warriors' Tend to Wear White Collars

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FRIDAY, Aug. 18, 2017 – Wealthier Americans are more likely than others to be sedentary for much of the week and then turn into active "weekend warriors" on Saturdays and Sundays, researchers report. Only about one in 20 U.S. adults (5 percent) currently meet the recommended exercise guidelines. The recommendations are to get at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week. The U.S. government suggests getting this exercise by doing about 30 minutes a day, most days of the week. But that's not the only way to get your exercise during the week. "To meet [physical activity] guidelines, one can engage in 150 minutes of weekly moderate intensity activity over a two- or three-day period rather than seven days, for example," said study co-author Kerem Shuval. He is director of physical activity and nutrition research with the American Cancer Society. "This can be achieved over a long ... Read more

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4 Ways to Jazz Up Your Salad

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THURSDAY, Aug. 17, 2017 – Salads are a diet staple for good reason – they're low calorie and filling. But they can also become boring, and if you need high-fat dressings to jazz them up, you defeat their purpose. Here are four ways to rethink your salad. Start by experimenting with new leafy green varieties like spicy watercress and arugula or nutrient-rich kale and collard greens, according to from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Spinach also makes a great salad base and a tasty alternative to lettuce. Look for salad mixes at the supermarket or toss together your own combinations. When building your salad, go beyond typical tomato-and-cucumber. Cup for cup, cooked or raw vegetables have fewer calories and add taste as well as nutrients. Try veggies from asparagus to zucchini – artichoke hearts, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, string beans, peas and ... Read more

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Young Breakfast Skippers Lack Vital Nutrients

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THURSDAY, Aug. 17, 2017 – Mom was right – eating breakfast really is important. Without it, kids may not get recommended amounts of nutrients, British researchers suggest. "This study provides evidence that breakfast is key for parents to ensure that their children are getting the nutrition they need," said senior study author Gerda Pot, a lecturer in nutritional sciences at King's College London. The researchers used food diaries to track the diets of more than 800 children aged 4 to 10 and nearly 900 kids aged 11 to 18. Their food intake was tracked from 2008 to 2012. The researchers compared levels of key nutrients that the kids ate to British nutrition guidelines For the study, breakfast was defined as more than 100 calories of food between 6 and 9 a.m. Although the study wasn't designed to prove a cause-and-effect relationship, the researchers did find that breakfast skippers had ... Read more

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Choosing a Gym: Exercise Your Options

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WEDNESDAY, Aug. 16, 2017 – There's more to choosing a gym than just a low membership cost or lots of fancy equipment. Get the answers to the following questions to find the right one for you. First, see if there are enough cardio and strength-training options to meet both of these key health goals, suggest the experts at the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Ask if the facility has both the types of equipment and the classes you like. If, for example, Pilates is at the top of your wishlist, but isn't offered, it's not a good match. Gym Checklist: Classes that interest you. Variety of cardio equipment. Variety of strength-training equipment. Expert supervision enhances the health benefits of exercise, so make sure the staff has appropriate training as well as certification from an organization like ACSM or the American Council on Exercise. Also ask if they'll tailor a ... Read more

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Health Tip: The Facts About Fat

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-- Not all fat should be cut from our diets, the American Heart Association says. Some fats are actually good for you and should be included in a healthy meal plan, the AHA says. These include polysaturated and monosaturated fats, such as those found in avocados and salmon, which can help lower "bad" cholesterol and triglycerides. On the other hand, you should limit eating "saturated" fats, such as those found in cheese, butter and heavy cream. These fats increase your risk of heart disease and can raise "bad" cholesterol in your blood. Then there are those fats that you should avoid altogether: artificial trans fats, hydrogenated oils and tropical oils. Found primarily in some baked goods, they are even more likely than saturated fats to raise your "bad" cholesterol and boost your chances of developing heart disease. Read more

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'Fat But Fit' a Myth?

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MONDAY, Aug. 14, 2017 – No amount of extra weight is good for your heart, no matter how fit you are by other measures, new British research shows. "Our findings suggest that if a patient is overweight or obese, all efforts should be made to help them get back to a healthy weight, regardless of other factors," said study co-author Camille Lassale, from Imperial College London's School of Public Health. "Even if their blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol appear within the normal range, excess weight is still a risk factor," Lassale said in a university news release. In fact, the increased risk of developing heart disease was more than 25 percent, the study found. The study used statistics about the health of people in 10 European countries. Researchers focused on weight and signs of heart disease, when blood vessels become clogged. The authors looked at more than 7,600 people who ... Read more

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When You're the Only One on a Diet

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MONDAY, Aug. 14, 2017 – Dieting is tough enough. But when you're the only one at home cutting back on calories, you might face temptation every time you open the fridge. Try these diet strategies designed to satisfy everyone at the table. Talk to your family about your goals and ask for their support so that their habits don't trigger the urge to eat for you. Make it a rule that all snacks are to be eaten in the kitchen – no more munching mindlessly throughout the house. Be sure you have a healthy snack to eat when they have theirs. On the other hand, you don't have to announce that meals are now low-calorie. Freshly prepared food tastes better, so they may not even notice that favorite dishes have been streamlined. Even if your spouse and kids don't need to lose weight and eat larger portions than you do, they'll benefit from healthier foods that are higher in nutrients. Also, when ... Read more

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Health Tip: Fueling Your Body With Protein

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-- Protein helps build necessary muscle and a toned physique, especially if you're an athlete. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers these protein pointers: Eat a protein-laden meal within two hours of exercise. If you're an athlete, aim for 1.2 grams to two grams of protein per kilogram of your body weight each day, spaced throughout the day. You probably can get enough protein through food. Supplements and protein powders aren't necessary. Don't forget carbohydrates and beneficial fats. Get enough regular physical activity. Exercise combined with the right diet is what builds strength and muscle tone. Read more

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Picky Eater? It Might Just Be Your Child's Personality

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FRIDAY, Aug. 4, 2017 – For some parents, introducing new items to their baby's diet seems like a losing battle. But the food itself might not be the problem. Personality may predict which infants will become picky eaters, a new study contends. Being more inhibited increases the chances that an infant will resist new foods, researchers found. "From the time they're very young, some infants are more 'approaching' and react positively to new things, whereas other infants are more 'withdrawing' and react negatively to the same stimuli," said study author Kameron Moding. "But very few studies have examined whether infants show similar approach and withdrawal behaviors in response to new foods, so this is what we wanted to investigate," added Moding. She is a postdoctoral fellow at University of Colorado, Denver. For the study, the researchers observed how 136 infants responded to new foods ... Read more

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Protein at All 3 Meals May Help Preserve Seniors' Strength

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THURSDAY, Aug. 3, 2017 – Eating protein at all three daily meals, instead of just at dinner, might help seniors preserve physical strength as they age, new research suggests. The Canadian study found that protein-rich meals evenly spread throughout the day staved off muscle decline, but did not increase mobility, in older people. Study co-author Stephanie Chevalier said, for seniors, "The important point is to create three meal occasions with sufficient protein to stimulate muscle building and greater strength, instead of just one." Chevalier is an assistant professor of medicine at McGill University in Montreal. The functional decline associated with aging often leads to falls, mental impairment and loss of independence. Chevalier's team wondered if more evenly distributed protein consumption might be tied to better physical performance and a reduced rate of decline. To find out, they ... Read more

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Doctors Who 'Fat-Shame' Patients Can Cause Real Harm

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THURSDAY, Aug. 3, 2017 – Doctors who "fat shame" patients do more harm than good, new research suggests. "Disrespectful treatment and medical fat shaming, in an attempt to motivate people to change their behavior, is stressful and can cause patients to delay health care-seeking or avoid interacting with providers," Joan Chrisler, a professor of psychology at Connecticut College, said in an American Psychological Association (APA) news release. Chrisler took part in a symposium Thursday on the topic at the APA's annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Negative attitudes about excess weight "might be experienced by patients as microaggressions – for example, a [health care] provider's apparent reluctance to touch a fat patient, or a headshake, wince or 'tsk' while noting the patient's weight in the chart," Chrisler said. "Microaggressions are stressful over time and can contribute to the ... Read more

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Women Who Gain Weight Between Babies at Higher Risk for Diabetes

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TUESDAY, Aug. 1, 2017 – Women who gain weight after having a baby may be more likely to develop diabetes during their next pregnancy, a new study suggests. Women's weight before conception and how much they gain during pregnancy are known risk factors for gestational diabetes, the study authors explained. Gestational diabetes is a form of high blood sugar diagnosed during pregnancy. It can cause complications for both mother and baby. Led by Linn Sorbye of the University of Bergen in Norway, researchers investigated the diabetes risk among women who had been pregnant once or twice before. The study involved about 24,200 women who gave birth between 2006 and 2014. The researchers considered the women's previous history of gestational diabetes and body mass index (BMI) when they got pregnant again. BMI is an estimate of body fat based on weight and height. A BMI of 30 is considered ... Read more

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Take the (Exercise) Plunge

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TUESDAY, Aug. 1, 2017 – You can do more than just beat the heat the next time you go to the pool. Whether you swim or do aquatic exercises, working out in water improves strength, flexibility and cardiovascular health. Water provides more resistance than air, allowing you to exercise at a higher intensity with less wear and tear on the body and less risk of injury. That's great for people with joint pain. Swimming is a perfect water workout, according to the American Council on Exercise. Doing a half hour of the front crawl at an easy pace can burn about 250 calories, depending on your weight. If you pick up the pace, you can burn about 400 calories in the same amount of time. If you're new to swimming, start with 5- to 10-minute sessions. As you build stamina, add more minutes. Mixing up your strokes can keep your routine from getting boring as well as work different muscles. For ... Read more

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Rich, Well-Educated Get Bigger Bang for Buck From Mediterranean Diet

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TUESDAY, Aug. 1, 2017 – The Mediterranean diet – rich in fruits, vegetables, fish, olive oil, nuts and whole grains – has long been hailed as a heart-healthy eating plan. But new research suggests its health benefits may be limited to the rich and well-educated. For the study, a team of Italian scientists reviewed diets, income and education level of nearly 19,000 men and women. The investigators found the Mediterranean diet was associated with about a 60 percent lower risk of heart disease and stroke among those with higher incomes and more education. The same was not true for those with fewer resources – even though they followed a similar eating plan. Healthy habits – such as getting regular exercise, routine check-ups, and not smoking – are more common among people with higher incomes. But the study findings held up even after the researchers accounted for these variables and ... Read more

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Take to the Road on 2 Wheels

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MONDAY, July 31, 2017 – Cycling is a fun fitness option at every age. It's easier on your joints than some other forms of cardio, yet it's just as efficient. And you don't have to limit yourself to the stationary bike in your basement or at your gym. Getting outdoors on two-wheels can be energizing and entertaining – so much so that it may not even feel like a workout. For those who want to shed pounds, cycling is also a great calorie-burner. A 155-pound person riding at about 11 miles an hour can burn about 400 calories in 60 minutes. You'll also tone and strengthen your leg muscles, especially the thighs. Riding up hills or off-road will help work the upper body as well. If you're a beginner, start with 15-to-20-minute rides to get used to the bike, especially the saddle, according to the American College of Sports Medicine. To get the most out of your workout, keep pedaling and ... Read more

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