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    Monthly Archives: November 2010

Same Burn for Everyone?
Written by November 29, 2010

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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Thanksgiving has passed us by and with it marks the finish of a 1k, 5k, half marathon, marathon or other distance associated with a local Turkey Trot race. And up next here in Dallas is the White Rock Marathon and Half-Marathon. Over 22,000 runners and walkers will embark on the 26.2 mile marathon or 13.1 mile half marathon courses through the Dallas area. Looking at the number of calories burned at marathons, we calculated that an astonishing number of calories were burned in the Denver Marathon. But does everyone burn the same number of calories? No, that depends on things like

November is National Diabetes Month: Are You at Risk?
Written by November 26, 2010

Ruth Ann Carpenter, MS, RD

Lead Integrator
Health Integration, LLC

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23.6 million Americans have diabetes including 5.7 who don't know it! 1.6 million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed each year! 57 million Americans have prediabetes! 1 in 3 Americans (1 in 2 minorities) born in 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime if present trends continue! It's VERY likely that you or someone you love dearly will be diagnosed with diabetes. So stopping diabetes must start now! Take this really quick test to ASSESS YOUR RISK (scroll down and click on "START" in the blue box in the middle of the page). More Facts About Diabetes Diabetes is a

Fitness: An Investment in Your Child’s Success
Written by November 22, 2010

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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According to a new study which examined the link between fitness and intelligence, classroom learning is not the only way to boost IQ. The study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences followed over 1.2 million Swedish men. Researchers measured fitness level and IQ at age 18 years when they enlisted in the military and tracked academic achievement and job and socioeconomic status later in life.   Researchers found that higher cardiovascular fitness was linked to better scores on IQ tests while muscular strength showed little relationship to IQ.  They also reported that fit teens were more likely to obtain a college

This Thanksgiving, Say Thanks to Someone Who Helped You Choose Health
Written by November 19, 2010

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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Most of the readers of our blog agree with Dr. Cooper's frequently repeated message, "It is easier to maintain good health through proper exercise, diet, and emotional balance than it is to regain it once it is lost." The students who come to our classes, the community and school educators who disseminate our messages, and the men and women who volunteer for our research studies all seem to get it. A healthy lifestyle isn't always easy, there are no magic bullets or quick fixes, but day after day of healthy food and physical activity choices sure makes you feel good!

Age Does Not Affect Exercise Intensity Progressions
Written by November 15, 2010

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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For many individuals, inactivity due to aging leads to a loss of physical conditioning which in turn can lead to loss of independent living.  It is well documented that aerobic training and strength training improve cardiovascular conditioning, body fat, muscle mass, strength, functional independence and reduces the risk of diabetes, chronic diseases, falls, and fractures.  Focus of the Study: The aim of this study was to compare exercise intensity progression for resistance training and aerobic activity in older and young women undergoing an Exercise Training (ET) program.    The study population consisted of 33 physically inactive but healthy women, divided into

More Families Making Time for Meals At Home Together
Written by November 12, 2010

Ruth Ann Carpenter, MS, RD

Lead Integrator
Health Integration, LLC

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It seems like study after study reports parents making poor food and beverage choices and practicing fewer healthy eating behaviors like cooking at home and serving children breakfast. Results from a new survey, however, show that family nutrition and physical activity habits are improving. The American Dietetic Association Foundation’s 2010 Family Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey was administered nationwide to 1,193 pairs of children (ages 8 to 17) and their parents, examining eating habits and physical activity. The survey was previously conducted in 2003. Positive changes in family behaviors included: Since 2003, there has been a significant increase in daily family meals eaten at home, from 52 percent in

Another benefit of exercise: Beating the common cold
Written by November 8, 2010

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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Can you believe that the holidays are upon us already?! While this can be a CRAZY time of year, I so look forward to visiting with family and friends. How about you? One visit you probably are not looking forward to though is a visit from the common cold. Adults experience on average 2-4 colds a year and children 6-10 with a higher prevalence during these fall and winter months1. And the cost of this illness adds up. A study looking at the economic effects of the common cold estimated that $40 million are spent on doctor’s bills, over the

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