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A New Year, A New Diet
Written by December 31, 2009

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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January 1st is a time for making resolutions and losing weight undoubtedly will be high on many people’s goals for 2010.  If you are one of them, here’s a great diet to try:  “Eat more greens and less seeds. “  That’s it.  This is the advice that Michael Pollan, an acclaimed journalist who specializes in exposing the unhealthy consequences of our commercial food industry, including our agribusiness way of farming.  Pollan has written several bestsellers including the “Omnivore’s Dilemma” and “In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto.”  Both are excellent books that every eater (that’s you!) should read and digest. 

Exercise: A "Brain Booster" for Kids
Written by December 28, 2009

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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  Many school districts have removed recess and gym class as required courses.  Studies suggest exercise improves brain function in kids. A recent study1 reported in Psychology of Sport and Exercise studied the immediate effects of exercise on the brain in 7- and 10-year old boys.  Boys in each age group were assigned to either a no exercise (control) or exercise group.  Two tests which measured reaction time and decision making ability were given to both groups.  All boys performed a practice session to become familiar with the tests before the first official testing session.  Then both groups were tested

Antidote for Holiday Calories
Written by December 24, 2009

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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The holidays have descended upon you and you can’t pass on Uncle Bert’s special eggnog.  Perhaps you have visions of Grandma’s sugar cookies dancing in your head (and on your tongue!).  Maybe you also have not-so-nice visions of having to let your belt out a notch or two the first week of January. Fear not.  You can have your holiday fruitcake and eat it, too.  The antidote for all of these extra holiday calories is – physical activity, of course.   Here’s a list of common holiday treats, their calories, and how how long you would need to do a brisk

Fitness Strategies for Holiday Success
Written by December 21, 2009

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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Are you afraid that you’ll gain weight this holiday season?  Or maybe you are worried about maintaining your fitness routine during the busy holidays? Worry no more. There are simple, but realistic ways to stay fit and trim during the holiday season.  In a typical day 60-70% of all calories burned are for basic body needs including sleeping and awakening. Then 10% of the calories you use are for the digestion of food and 15-30% are used during physical activity.1 To maintain your current weight “calories eaten must equal calories used”.  The good news is you have control over 15-30%

“Ew! “ or “Cool!” - You Be The Judge
Written by December 17, 2009

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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We have been following the New York City public health department’s efforts to educate the masses about healthier food options.  Earlier blogs focused on their food labeling initiatives. • Read ‘Em Before You Eat ‘Em • The Big Apple Puts a Bite in Calorie Labeling Now NYC is making news for using YouTube to tell people that drinking one can of regular soda per day can add 10 pounds of fat to your body in a year.  This follows a three month poster campaign  (see picture above).  The idea of the posters and video is to make people aware of the growing epidemic of

Holiday Cheer Minus the Stress
Written by December 14, 2009

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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  Can you believe it? Only 10 shopping days left until Christmas!  The holidays can be a wonderful and joyous time but for many, with this season comes some unwanted guests—no, not the in-laws—anxiety and stress. All of the shopping, decorating, card writing, baking, entertaining, partying, and our desire to make this the BEST Christmas ever can often be quite overwhelming. And this challenging economic time is definitely not helping. As a matter of fact, the American Psychological Association (APA) just released their 2009 National Stress in America Survey1 that found that at the time of the survey, 75 percent

Getting a Head Start on Energy Balance
Written by December 10, 2009

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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A new study out of Temple University was published this week showing that the Head Start programs across the country are doing a pretty good job – more than what is required of them – of giving kids a healthy, energy-balanced start in life1.  The question is, are you doing the same for your kids or grandkids? Head Start is a national pre-school program for children from low-income families.  The program focuses on preparing young children for success in school by “enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled

Active Gifts for the Holidays
Written by December 7, 2009

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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  Recently the Wii was confirmed again as a positive step in becoming more active compared to regular video games. “The range of energy expenditure in these active games is sufficient to prevent or improve obesity and lifestyle-related disease, from heart disease and diabetes to metabolic diseases,” according to Motohiko Miyachi, Ph.D.1 In August we took at look at calories burned playing the Wii versus doing the real activities in the blog “A Wii Bit of Physical Activity.” But is the Wii the only active gift this holiday season? Of course not, there are a plethora of other gift ideas

Eat Less This Holiday Season By Slowing Down
Written by December 3, 2009

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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A new study shows that slowing down to enjoy your food and your company while eating will biologically help you eat less. And what better time to do this than the holidays when you're surrounded by great food, family, and friends? While you may have heard that eating fast can lead to overconsumption of food and obesity, researchers from Greece and the UK set out to find the biological evidence behind this by serving 17 healthy men a generous portion of ice cream under two conditions.1 First they ate the ice cream in two servings over 5 minutes. Next, they

Energy Balance Conundrum
Written by November 30, 2009

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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Uh oh.  There may be trouble in energy balance land.  In the Stand Up and Eat blog we have touted the energy (i.e., calorie) burning benefits of all different types of movement.  Getting people to burn more calories to balance out the calories they eat is a way to prevent weight gain.  With the epidemic of obesity growing unabated, that’s a good thing. But a recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that exercising may make it a bit harder to lose weight  – for some people1.  It turns out that getting active may affect appetite

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