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Are Your Favorite "Healthy" Foods Hiding Calories?
Written by August 28, 2008

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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You probably know that the double bacon cheeseburger value meal is not the healthiest choice on the menu. Fried foods, high-fat meats, and casseroles oozing with butter are easy to recognize as foods you should eat less often. But, choosing healthy foods can be tricky. As shown in this video, many foods that are labeled "low fat" or are made with healthy ingredients (like fruits and vegetables) can cause you to quickly blow through your daily calorie budget.    Here are a few more "healthy" foods that may be higher in calories* than you think: Bagels - One plain Einstein Bros. bagel has 290 calories (close to 4

Move It (A Lot) to Keep It Off
Written by August 26, 2008

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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You have heard the expression, “you have to move it to lose it.”  It’s a no brainer that regular physical activity teamed with a reduced-calorie diet leads to weight loss in most people.  Now a new study confirms that physical activity – a lot of it – is critical to preventing weight regain in women who have previously lost a significant amount of weight. In this study, women who lost at least 10% of their initial body weight were much more likely to keep it off after two years if they exercised on average at least 275 minutes per week. 

Calorie Balance Hardest for Emotional Eaters
Written by August 21, 2008

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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  In the past week, have you eaten for reasons other than physical hunger? If you're like most people, you'd answer, "YES!". True physical hunger is defined as discomfort, pain, or weakness caused by your body's need to eat food for energy or fuel. On the other hand, psychological hunger is the desire to eat for nonphysical reasons and is often triggered by the environment around you (external triggers) or your moods and emotions (internal triggers). Which of these triggers lead you to eat when you're not truly hungry? External triggers: Food-focused festivities like parties, get-togethers, and sporting events, the

Before You Move, Surf
Written by August 18, 2008

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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We have previously blogged a bit about the importance of having neighborhoods and living environments that support – even encourage – calorie burning through active living. Walking or biking for errands or commuting is a great way to use calories, reduce pollution, and save on gas. It has been a common practice in Europe for decades. Is it possible that people in the U.S. will want to live in environments that support being physically active? Now there is a website, www.walkscore.com,  that will help you find a walkable place to live. How Does It Work? After you enter an address

Read This Standing Up
Written by August 11, 2008

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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The Stand Up & Eat web site is dedicated to helping people stand up more and eat better. And we’re not a moment too soon, given new data that confirms that Americans are more sedentary than we thought. In a study published earlier this year in the American Journal of Epidemiology, accelerometers were used to objectively measure the physical activity levels among 6,329 people six years old and older.  An accelerometer is a small device worn on a subject’s waist which measures and stores information about the intensity of a person’s body movement.  Previous attempts to assess the physical activity

Technology and Physical Activity: Foe and Friend
Written by August 7, 2008

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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In last week’s post we described the impact of labor-saving devices (e.g., washing machine, elevator) on calories expended throughout the day. We suggested that new technologies are causing us to be less physically active and gain weight because calorie intake is often not adjusted to balance the sedentary behaviors. But, we also posed a question: can technology support or promote an active lifestyle? We (and others) believe “yes.” Here are some of the ways technology can provide or facilitate most of the types of support that someone trying to become or stay physically active needs.  Information Support – The World Wide Web provides a tremendous amount

A Nation of Tele Tubbies
Written by August 4, 2008

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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No, we are not talking about the colorful, roly poly children’s television characters. We’re talking about television watching and overweight Americans.  There is a growing mountain of research that has found that the more time children and adults spend watching television, the greater the likelihood they will be overweight or obese.  One study dug a little deeper into this important question and found that nearly 60% of adults watched more than two hours of television per day.  These adults had a much higher body mass index (BMI), a measure of body fatness based on height and weight, than adults who

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