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Work at Standing at Work
Written by September 29, 2008

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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Last week we poked fun at a piece of office equipment that is supposed to help people work out while sitting down.  With Ellen DeGeneres’s help, we showed how the “Hawaii Chair” is better for entertainment than for exercising. But there really is office furniture that could help you stand up and move more throughout the workday.  A recent New York Times article (you may have to click through an ad the first time)described how some companies are making “walking workstations” the new twist in corporate fitness programs.  The article describes that there is now even a furniture manufacturer that makes

The Rising Cost of Low-calorie Foods
Written by September 24, 2008

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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As a dietitian I've heard many consumers complain that healthy foods cost too much today. And as a consumer who compares prices between supermarket chains, I've begun to drop my own jaw at the extraordinarily high prices of lean meats and produce, like $5 for a half pint of raspberries! So, is it really true? Are chips, cookies, and other high-calorie foods associated with lower monetary costs? Researchers at the University of Washington say "yes"! After comparing prices of 372 foods and beverages at three major Seattle supermarkets in 2004 and 2006 they concluded that prices for the least calorie-dense foods (largely fruits and

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Written by September 22, 2008

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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 Sometimes we have to laugh – at what people come up as “easy” ways to be active.   Watch this video to view a hilarious clip of Ellen DeGeneres product testing a new type office equipment that will help people stay in shape while sitting down. We have to ask, just how productive can you be using the Hawaii Chair?

Healthy Options or Enormous Portions? What’s Available for Takeout Today at America’s Favorite Fast-food Chains?
Written by September 18, 2008

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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  Health versus taste and temptation – it’s an ongoing quandary not only for Americans, but also the restaurants that feed them. While consumer surveys report that many Americans would like healthier menu items added to fast-food restaurant menus surveys also account that some Americans would like to see more “enormous sandwiches” made available. So what’s a Wendy’s or Taco Bell to do? We at Stand Up & Eat would like to see fast-food restaurants continue to roll-out healthier menu items like fruit/vegetable sides and grilled chicken salads and sandwiches without special sauces or crispy add-ins. But, many of these eateries

Lost in Translation – Until Now
Written by September 15, 2008

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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We all know that physical activity is good for us.  And researchers have tested interventions that are effective in getting people to exercise more.  But only 49% of us get the recommended amount of physical activity and 13.5% are completely sedentary.  So where’s the disconnect?  One factor may be that research interventions are rarely “translated” into practical programs that can be broadly disseminated and implemented at the community-level by non-research personnel.  Until now.  A new study in last week’s American Journal of Preventive Medicine describes how two evidence-based (i.e., rigorously tested), behaviorally-focused research interventions were successfully used by community organizations

Balancing Calories with Paper and a Pencil
Written by September 11, 2008

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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Study after study have found that people who keep daily records of foods and beverages consumed as well as minutes of physical activity have greater success balancing calories and achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. In fact, a recent large study conducted by the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research found that participants who logged their daily consumption six or seven days a week (over a 6 month period) lost on average 18 pounds, whereas those who logged only one day a week or less lost only 9 pounds.  If you've never tried it, you've probably said to yourself, "logging takes too much time". If

Let the (Video) Games Begin!
Written by September 8, 2008

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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In two of our recent Stand Up & Eat blogs (Just Say No? and Technology and Physical Activity: Foe and Friend), we described the calorie balance dilemma that has occurred in modern times.  That is, the creation of labor-saving devices that keep us from burning calories and the development of some technologies might be able to support us as we try to exercise more.  We now have evidence that one of our culture’s most prevalent couch potato technologies – video games – may actually work to get kids up and moving. Published recently in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine,

What's Being Served to Schoolchildren in Your State?
Written by September 4, 2008

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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Now that school’s back in session you may be wondering what choices your kids have when eating away from home. In most schools, foods and beverages are available through U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) school meals (National School Breakfast and National School Lunch Program) as well as the sale of “competitive foods.” While USDA school meal programs must meet federal nutrition standards, competitive foods do not have to meet federal nutrition standards unless they are sold inside food service areas during mealtimes. Thus, competitive foods found in school stores and snack bars often include chocolate and other kinds of candy

Pretty …But Dangerous
Written by September 1, 2008

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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Tranquil. Beautiful. Bucolic. These are all words that can describe a walk on a country road.  Another word is, “hazardous.”  When most people think of neighborhood barriers to walking, they most often think of the perils of the concrete jungle – unsafe or nonexistent sidewalks, no crosswalks or pedestrian right of ways, risk of getting mugged, poor lighting, and other urban challenges. It is often assumed that it is much easier for people living in rural communities to find ways to be more physically active.  But rural communities deal with barriers of their own.  As the above photo attests, there

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