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Physical Activity Links for Seniors
Written by June 29, 2009

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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For more than a year, the Stand Up & Eat blog has kept you in step with the latest research findings on the health benefits of reducing sedentary living and being physically active.   We have also pointed you to new guidelines that are hot of the press.  In the coming weeks, we will do a round-up of useful resources that will help people of all ages get moving.  This week, we focus on seniors.  Check ‘em out! Exercise & Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide from the National Institute on Aging – is a downloadable book targeted to getting seniors up

The Other You
Written by June 25, 2009

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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According to the U.S. Forest Service and the Ad Council, the time children spend outdoors has declined 50% in the past 20 years due to factors like: safety concerns, population shifts to urban/suburban areas, an increase in indoor activities (TV, computers, video games), and lack of awareness of or access to nearby nature locations. However, study after study show the benefits to kids of physical activity, outdoor play, and spending time in nature. Reduced stress, improved medical and physical well-being, increased fitness, lower levels of obesity, and increased use of imagination, discovery, and exploratory skills are just some of these benefits.  

Balancing Summertime Calories
Written by June 22, 2009

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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Summer has arrived!  Yesterday – the summer solstice – made it official.  With summer comes ice cream, a delicious, somewhat nutritious (i.e., calcium), hot weather treat.  But be mindful that ice cream is high in calories.  For example, a Baskin-Robbins banana split would add 1,010 calories to your day’s total calorie intake.  For many people, that could be more than 50% of their daily calorie need! The Stand Up & Eat website is dedicated to calorie balance.  So check out the table below to see how much physical activity you* would have to do to burn off those 1,010 extra calories

Summer Can Be Sweet Without Added Sugar
Written by June 18, 2009

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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One of the goals of Stand Up and Eat is to encourage people to consume fewer foods/beverages with added sugars. Foods with added sugars are often calorie dense and nutrient poor. What exactly are added sugars? Added sugars are sugars and syrups that are added to foods or beverages during processing or preparation. They differ from naturally occurring sugars such as those that occur in milk and fruits. Foods that contain most of the added sugars in American diets are: regular soft drinks candy cakes cookies pies fruit drinks, such as fruitades and fruit punch milk-based desserts and products, such as ice cream, sweetened yogurt and sweetened

Don’t Rest on Your Physical Activity Laurels
Written by June 15, 2009

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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Bill and Will are 32-year old identical twins. Bill works as a computer programmer and Will is a third-grade teacher. They grew up in a household where healthy eating and being physically active were everyday habits. They are passing on these healthy values to their young children.   Currently Bill and Will both exceed the public health physical activity recommendations of at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity exercise weekly. Bill prefers to bicycle four days a week for 45 minutes while Will jogs with his golden retriever for 30 minutes six days a week.  Given their genetic oneness and a lifetime

Climb Every Mountain
Written by June 8, 2009

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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My brother and sister-in-law climbed a mountain on Saturday. Mt. Hood to be exact. The highest peak in Oregon at 11,246 feet. That’s Jeanie on the summit in the photo above. They burned a lot of calories in the process.  Rich – approximately 3,300 calories – Jeanie – about 2,500 calories.  And all before breakfast.  How did they get to the top?  The same way a couch potato becomes a walker – or runner – or cyclist – or mountain climber. By, Setting a Long-Term Goal – As we have stated in an earlier blog on goal-setting, good goals are personal, realistic, specific, and

Introducing the American Fitness Index
Written by June 1, 2009

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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We told you in an earlier blog about www.walkscore.com, a web site that uses a patent-pending algorithm to assess and compile the distances to different lifestyle-related features in various categories (stores, restaurants, coffee shops, schools, parks, libraries, etc.).  The Walk Score web site is a really neat way to scout potential living areas that have easy access (i.e., short walking distance) to the things you need and want.   The new American Fitness IndexTM (AFI) is another way to judge the state of health and fitness of your current – or future – hometown.  Developed by the American College of Sports Medicine, the

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