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A Whole Lot of Whole Grain Options
Written by September 24, 2010

Ruth Ann Carpenter, MS, RD

Lead Integrator
Health Integration, LLC

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According to market research, 2010 is set to be the biggest ever for U.S. whole grain product launches, with more than 650 new products (across all food categories) carrying the claim so far this year. In this blog, I’ll briefly describe the what, why, and where’s of whole grains. What is a whole grain? See the picture to the left from MyPyramid.gov. A whole grain contains the entire grain kernel – the bran, germ, and endosperm. Whole grains differ from refined grains that are milled, a process that removes the bran and germ. This gives grains a finer texture and improves their

Are Video Games A Weapon in the War Against Obesity?
Written by September 20, 2010

Ruth Ann Carpenter, MS, RD

Lead Integrator
Health Integration, LLC

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Technology is everywhere and the fitness center is no exception. From TV’s and iPods to interactive video games, it’s hard to find people exercising without some technological distraction to make exercise more enjoyable. Although technology can add spice to any new activity initially, what about after the newness wears off? Researchers1 from the University of Victoria in Canada studied the effects of music vs. video games on exercise adherence and attitude. Dr. Rhodes and his colleagues studied 29 inactive young men who volunteered to participate in a six week exercise program. Subjects were randomly assigned to listen to self-selected music

September 2010 - National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
Written by September 17, 2010

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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September has been proclaimed by Congress as the first National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. In his proclamation, President Obama urges all Americans to take action to meet the national goal of solving the problem of childhood obesity within a generation. What’s the government doing to help solve the problem of childhood obesity? Created a Task Force on Childhood Obesity to develop interagency solutions and make recommendations on how to respond to this crisis. The Task Force produced a report containing a comprehensive set of recommendations to address childhood obesity including: providing healthier food in schools, ensuring access to healthy affordable food,

A Bracelet That Improves Performance?: How to Evaluate a Product’s Effectiveness
Written by September 13, 2010

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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You may have been out at your town or city’s exercise hotspot and noticed people wearing a colored bracelet that looks somewhat like a watch. This bracelet is different from the silicone bracelets that serve as an awareness and information tool for various charity campaigns that were popularized by Nike and Lance Armstrong through the yellow Livestrong bracelet. cPRIME™ is a patent-pending product that claims that it may yield benefits in strength, balance, flexibility, and endurance. How exactly can a bracelet do this? Our body exchanges information through a series of electrical events. A coordination of this exchange is important

Do Americans Think They're Thinner Than They Really Are?
Written by September 10, 2010

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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According to a recent poll, Americans do think they are thinner than they really are. Almost 2,500 American adults were asked through an online survey to report their height, weight, and perceived category of weight – underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese. The Harris Interactive/HealthDay pollsters calculated each person’s body mass index (BMI), a ratio of weight to height and determined their actual weight category. Results showed: 30% of the those in the “overweight” BMI category believed they were “normal weight” 70% of those in the “obese” BMI category believed they were just “overweight” Most survey responders who felt they

Does altering an exercise make it better?
Written by September 6, 2010

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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New ways to challenge the body in the weight room are frequently explored by lifters. As individuals explore new ways to lift and challenge the upper body, different hand placements are often tested. In the push-up exercise, research by Cogley et al.1 found that an increased number of muscles were activated in a push-up with a narrow hand placement compared to wide hand placement. In the lat pulldown exercise, a wide grip hand position was shown by Signorile et al.2 to be the best hand placement for latissimus dorsi activation during both phases of the lift. But what about changing

Long-term Effects Found From Short-term Overeating
Written by September 3, 2010

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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While the November/December holidays are still a few months away, research shows that we should start planning for them now. The thought that overeating and physical inactivity for a month or two can be reversed by a New Year’s Resolution and few months of dieting and working out at the gym may not be true. Swedish researchers recently published results from a study that placed 18 normal-weight healthy participants (averaging 26 years of age) on a restricted physical activity regimen of no more than 5,000 steps per day and eating plan with about 70 percent more calories than usual, including at least two fast

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