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    Monthly Archives: February 2011

Do Trekking Poles Make a Difference?
Written by February 28, 2011

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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Trekking poles are popular with both serious and recreational hikers as well as fitness walkers.  These poles can provide stability when crossing streams and navigating loose surfaces. They allow you to transfer some of your weight from your legs to your shoulders, arms, and back which may reduce lower body fatigue.  Studies have shown that trekking poles reduce joint forces and loading of the ankle, knee, and hip joints1,4,6. Consistent with this, trekking poles reduced the occurrence of ankle fractures during a mountain walking study5. Another study showed that poles increased lateral stability and balance on uneven surfaces3.  A recent

Citizen-Centered Health Promotion
Written by February 25, 2011

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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A recent article in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine1 details the life of a man named Fred, living in the “Healthy Heart” utopian community called Metaphor City. Fred begins his day with a fresh fruit breakfast suggested by a free smartphone meal planner prompt (the wireless company is a Healthy Heart co-sponsor). Fred rides his bicycle to work, taking advantage of an alternative transportation incentive from his employer, and rides along pathways recently installed by the municipal department of transportation, another Healthy Heart cosponsor. A Healthy Heart message, featuring the common look and logo designed by a local advertising

Winter Blues?
Written by February 14, 2011

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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The holidays have come and gone, leaving us with new gifts, resolutions, and memories. Unfortunately for some, fall/winter festivities are accompanied by underlying bouts of seasonal depressive episodes. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a recurrent depressive or bipolar disorder that occurs predominately during the fall and winter months and remits during spring and summer.3 A direct cause and effect relationship has not been established, but research suggests that inadequate light, hormone regulation, and physical work capacity (PWC) may be related.1,5 It has been reported that up to 10 percent of people suffer from mild bouts of SAD, a subtype of

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Written by February 11, 2011

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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too much to ask after receiving millions of dollars from PepsiCo, Frito-Lay (Doritos), and Coca-Cola? Share your thoughts. Also, what did you think of "The Fun Theory"? Pretty cool! What do you do to make healthy eating and physical activity fun?

The Perfect Push-up: Is It Really Better?
Written by February 7, 2011

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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Every year there are a number of new fitness products and ideas introduced. Many of them claim they will elicit significantly improved results versus conventional strength training methods and equipment. Such as the idea of changing hand positions and range of motion that we explored. But do these new products and ideas really work? The push-up exercise has been around for decades. This exercise has been proven time after time as an effective means of strengthening and assessing muscular endurance of the upper body. Specifically, the push-up has been shown to activate muscles of the triceps brachii, pectoralis major, serratus

2010 (Yes, 2010) Dietary Guidelines Just Relased!
Written by February 4, 2011

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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The long awaited Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) 2010 have been released! Back in June, we blogged about the completion of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee report. This scientific report was written for the Federal government as the basis for developing the DGA. As previously mentioned, the DGA are updated every five years by the Secretaries of the United States Department of Agriculture and Health and Human Services. They form the basis of Federal nutrition policy, education, outreach, and food assistance programs used by consumers, industry, nutrition educators, and health professionals by providing advice for making food choices that promote

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