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Women's Brains Not Wired to Say No?
Written by January 29, 2009

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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Last week's Calorie Balance Conundrum blog sparked some discussion on whether we have complete control of our calorie intake. Some readers disagreed with the presented study's claim that the combination of our environment and our biology makes balancing calories almost impossible.  Well, here's another recent study that suggests a biological inability to control eating behaviors. The study, published in The Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences,1 asked 23 men and women about their favorite foods. These men and women then underwent a 20 hour fast. After the fast, they were presented with their favorite foods and allowed to smell or taste, but not eat them. The study

Top 10 Ways to Burn Calories at Work
Written by January 26, 2009

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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Walking workstations, employee fitness centers, and corporate recreation teams are good ways to burn calories while at work.  Here are to 10 more ways to get a workout at work: 10. Standing firm 9.  Cooking the books 8.  Tooting your own horn 7.  Leading the way 6.  Walking the talk 5.  Racing to meet a deadline 4.  Breaking the glass ceiling 3.  Pushing your luck 2.  Climbing the corporate ladder And #1…….. ……….. Making mountains out of molehills! Ha ha ha!  What are ways you burn calories at work?

The Calorie Balance Conundrum
Written by January 22, 2009

Ruth Ann Carpenter, MS, RD

Lead Integrator
Health Integration, LLC

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Why are so many Americans out of calorie balance and, thus, overweight? Many people believe that eating behaviors and physical activity behaviors (the two scales in the calorie balance diagram) are choices that people consciously make to satisfy their desires/cravings or to achieve their goals. And that people are out of calorie balance because they eat too much food and do too little physical activity. Seems relatively simple, right? Maybe not. More and more public health practitioners are starting to realize that certain environmental cues are significant contributors to calorie imbalances. In a recent article published in the International Journal of Obesity1, researchers describe an "environmental tsunami of

“I Have A Dream….”
Written by January 19, 2009

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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On this, Martin Luther King Day and the day before Barack Obama is to be sworn in as the 44th President of the United States, you might think that this blog’s title portends a political theme.  Worry not.   This blog is about is how “wishing” or naming how a person wants to change their physical activity coupled with the declaration of how they will work around obstacles to their wish may actually help people increase their physical activity level.   A 16-week study published in the January 2009 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine randomized 256 women to one

Controlling Calories Requires More Restraint As You Age
Written by January 15, 2009

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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Do your clothes seem to fit a bit tighter over time despite your best efforts to eat healthy and be active? Well, it's not all in your head. Controlling your weight does get harder as you get older because your body's energy requirements progressively decline with age. So while the occasional high-calorie meal in your mid-twenties used to mean nothing more than a little extra exercise that day, by your forties and fifties it can really throw you off calorie balance. What's the best way to prevent putting on the pounds as you age? Some say it's restrained eating. Researchers at Brigham Young University recently published results from a study that

Getting (Older) People Moving
Written by January 12, 2009

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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No doubt about it.  Being physically active yields all kinds of health benefits for people of all ages.  Yet, people become less active as they get older.  Thus, at a time in life when many people are at greatest risk of disabling or even life-shortening conditions, they forego one of the least expensive, most accessible ways to reduce health risks.  How can we get older people moving more? Of course, there is not an easy answer.  But one way may be to match people to programs that are more likely to help them change their habits.  A recent study identified

Food Companies Putting Convenience into Home Cooking
Written by January 8, 2009

Ruth Ann Carpenter, MS, RD

Lead Integrator
Health Integration, LLC

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The iFood Assistant, Kraft Foods’ latest application for iPhones and iPods, was developed to make cooking (with Kraft products, of course) cost less – in terms of both money and time.   Here are some of the iFood Assistant’s features: 7000+ recipes Creates in itemized shopping list for each of the recipe’s ingredients; ingredients can be viewed by grocery aisle location and deleted as they are tossed into the cart Locates the most convenient grocery store and promotional offers, when available Provides video cooking demonstrations Allows recipes and shopping lists to be shared At www.iFoodAssistant.com, you can download the application (for $0.99) and check out how

Pare Your Apple Shape with Exercise
Written by January 5, 2009

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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People who carry much of their weight – well, actually, body fat – around their middle are said to be “apple-shaped.”  Conversely, “pear-shaped” people have most of their body fat in their hips, buttocks, and thighs.  It has been well-established that apple-shaped people are at greater risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, and many other chronic conditions than pear-shaped people.  It is believed that the fat stored around the internal organs in the abdominal area has properties that make it more dangerous than “pinch an inch” fat.  That is, the fat stored right beneath the skin.  The question that numerous

Quick Fixes For Weight Loss Found To Be Dangerous
Written by January 1, 2009

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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Weight loss your New Year’s resolution? If so, watch out for pills and packets that promise to shed pounds quickly and effortlessly. Just last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned consumers to avoid more than two dozen products marketed for weight loss because they contain undeclared ingredients that could pose serious health risks. The FDA stated that the products listed below (sold in some retail stores and on the Internet) claim to contain only “natural” or “herbal” ingredients, but actually contain (without listing on the label) various prescription medications. Some of the medications found in these products include: rimonabant (a drug not

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