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Resolve to Get Active
Written by December 29, 2008

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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January 1st is fast approaching and you are probably thinking about your New Year’s resolutions.  The new year can be a good time to “wipe the slate clean” and get started on new, healthier habits.  And burning more calories through increased physical activity can be a good step toward better weight management as well as reduced health risks in 2009 and beyond. To make your resolution stick, you need to do more than vow to “get more exercise.”  Research shows that to be successful with nearly any behavior change, you need to set realistic, specific, and measureable goals.  Goals  are

Would a Sales Tax on Soda Slow Down Your Spending on Soft Drinks?
Written by December 25, 2008

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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New York Gov. David Patterson (D) thinks so. By 5%, in fact! Just last week, the Financial Times reported that the governor proposed a 18% sales tax on sales of all nondiet sodas and fruit drinks with less than 70% juice, including sports drinks. While a number of states currently impose sales taxes on non-essential foods like soft drinks, snacks, and sweets, this would be the first in the U.S. to make a distinction between regular (sugared) and diet (artificially sweetened) soft drinks. Some health experts think the tax may discourage excessive consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, as it has worked for cigarettes. But

Burning Calories – Holiday Style
Written by December 23, 2008

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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Who says the holidays have be a sedentary time? Here are 15 ways to burn calories while you enjoy time with your family and friends: Calories Burned in 30 minutes Dashing through the snow (on foot, not in a sleigh!) = 330 calories Jumping for joy = 330 calories Sawing down the Christmas tree = 270 calories Sledding = 270 calories Chopping wood = 240 calories Shoveling snow = 240 calories Shopping on December 24th = 150 calories Decking the halls = 120 calories Caroling = 90 calories Shopping = 90 calories Trimming the tree = 60 calories Wrapping gifts

Bring a Book for Your Holiday Party Host or Gift Exchange
Written by December 18, 2008

Ruth Ann Carpenter, MS, RD

Lead Integrator
Health Integration, LLC

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In last week’s blog we provided many great ideas for healthy holiday gifts at no cost, low cost, and more cost. This week, we’re providing a list of specific book titles that promote health and calorie consciousness.   “Cooking Healthy Across America” by The American Dietetic Association and Kristine Napier, MPH, RD. Provides 350 region-specific recipes with easy-to-follow instructions and helpful cooking tips. “The Calorie King: Calorie, Fat and Carbohydrate Counter” by Alan Borushek, RD. Contains up-to-date calorie, fat, and carbohydrate counts for just about any home- or restaurant-prepared food. “Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More than We Think” by Brain

Calories Burned at Work Count!
Written by December 15, 2008

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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Go for a walk, take a hike, play tennis, and work in the garden are all worthwhile ideas for burning calories by moving more. All it takes is a little time. For most people, this time comes is carved from their leisure – or non-working – time. Researchers have known for decades that leisure-time physical activity is strongly associated with lower risks for many chronic diseases and early death. Now a new study has shown that the time people spend in non-leisure physical activity is also linked with reduced death rates. More specifically, non-leisure activities are typically physical activities done while on

Why Fast Food?
Written by December 11, 2008

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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Fast food is quick. Fast-food restaurants are easy to get to. Fast food tastes good. According to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, these were the most frequently reported reasons for eating at fast-food restaurants by a group of adolescents and adults who often eat fast food. Do you agree? If so, here are some ways you can quickly cook up tasty, calorie-controlled meals in your own kitchen. How can it be more convenient than that? Top store-bought whole grain pizza crust with marinara sauce, part-skim mozzarella cheese, and sliced vegetables (onions, mushrooms, red/green peppers). Pan fry (with

Happy Healthy Holiday
Written by December 8, 2008

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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Looking for gift ideas for the holidays?  How about something that will burn calories, improve health, and maybe even extend life?  Anything that gets people moving has all these benefits.  No Cost Create a gift certificate – Write out a unique card that invites a friend for a walk, bike ride, or other physical activity that you can do together. Walk an elderly neighbor’s dog – This can be a big help to your neighbor and the dog. Clean up a park– For those who are environmentally focused, burn calories while volunteering your time to pick up trash, repair trails,

Technology that can help: texting
Written by December 4, 2008

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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In a previous blog, we described how technology can be both a friend and a foe of physical activity. In this blog, we’ll explore a novel way to use technology to keep on track with physical activity and healthy eating goals. Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill recently published results from a study that examined whether kids who used short message service (text messaging) to keep track of their step count (based on a pedometer worn daily), minutes of screen time (TV, computers, etc.), and number of sugar sweetened beverages each day were more likely to continue tracking for an 8-week period than

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Written by December 1, 2008

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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Are you kidding me?!?!? That was my reaction when I saw this video clip.  This new invention will definitely go down in calorie burning infamy.  It just might trump the Hula Chair contraption that we shared a laugh over in an earlier blog. OK, we know that one downside of using a treadmill for exercise is that the view never changes.  But come on!  This is taking the need for scenery a bit too far.  For one thing, it can’t be very safe.  Can you imagine hopping on this and sharing the road (it’s too wide for sidewalks) with semis,

Have a Happy, Calorie-controlled Thanksgiving!
Written by November 26, 2008

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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As mentioned in our previous blog this week, Thanksgiving doesn't have to be the start of a season of calorie imbalance. Instead, we encourage you to focus on family, friends, physical activity, and good food in moderation over the winter holidays. Sounds pretty easy, doesn't it? Until you are faced with a table filled with tempting foods, that is! Here are some tips to help keep you on track: Drinks If you must have alcohol and/or sugary drinks, limit yourself to one. Egg nog with heavy cream, sugar, and rum can contain 300+ calories per cup! Choose water with lemon or diet drinks; this

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