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Most Popular in 2010 - Did you hear?
Written by January 31, 2011

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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The Stand Up (more) & Eat (better) web site is an educational and participatory site to help people balance the calories they eat with the calories they burn each day. Essentially, the site helps to promote “calorie literacy.” In doing so, the blog has served as a medium to offer fresh, new information each week that is research based. Since its inception in 2008, the site has had a number of very popular blogs. Below is a listing of the most popular ones in 2010, based on the number of page views. Exercise for Weight Maintenance: How Long? – What is

Your Food Environment Atlas
Written by January 28, 2011

Ruth Ann Carpenter, MS, RD

Lead Integrator
Health Integration, LLC

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Research continues to show that obesity is related to not only individual lifestyle choices, but also environmental factors like access to grocery stores and fast food restaurants and income and poverty level. These factors collectively define a county's "food environment," which can shed light on access to affordable healthy food. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has developed an online Environment Food Atlas which assembles statistics on three broad categories of food environment factors: Food Choices—Indicators of the community's access to and acquisition of healthy, affordable food, such as: access and proximity to a grocery store; number of foodstores and restaurants; expenditures on fast foods;

What's Your Squat IQ?
Written by January 24, 2011

Sue Beckham, PhD

Director of Adult Initiatives
The Cooper Institute

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Although the squat is one of the most common exercises used in resistance training programs it is often not performed properly. The squat is a great exercise in that it works multiple joints and muscles. It is also functional as it mimics movements involved in activities of daily living as well as sports skills. Scientists estimate that over 200 muscles are active during a squat with the dynamic movement targeting primarily the Quadriceps, Gluteus Maximus, inner and outer thigh muscles, and the Gastrocnemius. The Hamstrings contract moderately during the squat but produce twice as much activity during a leg curl

Storytelling's Not Just for Kids!
Written by January 21, 2011

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Looking for a way to help your friends, family members, or clients change their lifestyle behaviors? Storytelling might be the answer! Researchers from the University of Massachusetts Medical School1 recently tested whether hypertensive subjects randomized to an interactive storytelling intervention involving DVDs would have better blood pressure control vs. hypertensive subjects assigned to usual care, over a 6-month period. The interactive storytelling intervention involved 3 DVDs of stories drawn from the community and told in patients' natural voices to inform and inspire positive healthy behavior change. Specifically, the intervention DVDs contained two sections: Storytelling and Learn More. Storytelling featured real hypertensive

Individuals Who Over Exercise: Body Distortion Image
Written by January 17, 2011

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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How prevalent is “over exercising” for poor body image? Are you one of the individuals spending an excessive amount of time in the gym? If you are a Personal Trainer how likely is it that you will have any clients with this behavior? How will you address the issue? According to Karen Ritter, a licensed clinical social worker, “Your body image has to do with your health, your various talents, (and) how able you are to be in tune with sensations in your body.”(1) For many people their body image is negative. They perceive that parts of their body are

Maybe We Aren't Eating More!
Written by January 14, 2011

Ruth Ann Carpenter, MS, RD

Lead Integrator
Health Integration, LLC

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How many calories do you think the average American consumes each day? And what percentage of calories does he/she consume from carbohydrates, proteins, and fats? Do you think either of these have changed over the past 10 years? A report recently released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics answers just these questions1. Using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Study (NHANES), an ongoing study designed to monitor the health and nutritional status of the civilian, noninstitutionalized U.S. population, this report compares intake of energy (calories) and macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, fat) in

Enhancing Kids' Fitness with the Super Bowl
Written by January 10, 2011

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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  Research shows that regular physical activity builds healthy bones and muscles, improves muscular strength and endurance, reduces the probability for developing chronic disease risk factors, improves self-esteem, and reduces stress and anxiety.1 Also, recent studies have indicated an association between higher physical fitness scores and improved academic outcomes, including academic performance, attendance and discipline.2 But do you know if your kids are getting enough physical activity? Fitnessgram® is a fitness assessment and reporting program for youth. The objective of Fitnessgram is to increase parental awareness of children’s fitness levels by developing an easy way for physical education teachers to report

We've Told You Before and We'll Tell You Again - Log It to Lose Weight!
Written by January 7, 2011

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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It’s that time of year. Time when about a dozen of my family, friends, and coworkers show up at my doorstep asking for advice on losing weight. And again this year I have to tell them that there is STILL no quick fix. Not the HCG diet, not the caveman (paleo) diet, and not even the baby food diet! While millions of Americans will try one or more of the many “fad” diets out there this month, and may even lose weight following the strict guidelines, weight loss will be temporary. After all, are you really going to eat 14

Contracting your New Year’s Resolution
Written by January 3, 2011

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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In today’s society we enter into contracts and agreements on a regular basis, whether you know it or not. They are not all the big obvious ones that you sign off on like a contract for a new house, car loan or construction job. Many other contracts and agreements are ones entered into when you valet your car, buy a ticket to a performance or purchase air travel. They are all binding agreements. Inevitably we all enter into a number of binding agreements in your daily activities around this time of year. But have you ever thought of making a

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