Gary Olsen, Higher Education This month, you may have seen a lot of green. St. Patrick's Day shamrocks, green cash tax refunds for buying "green" products, and maybe even a few green blades of grass popping up in your lawn. And of course, you've been eating green given this year's National Nutrition Month® theme, Eat Right With Color! But don't stop seeing, buying, eating, and thinking green once March is over. "Going green" is not just a good slogan for protecting the Earth; it's also a great slogan for protecting your health! Over the next few weeks, fresh,
With swimsuit season around the corner you might be looking for new ways to lose those last few pounds. Since squeezing in an extra workout may be hard to do with a busy schedule, you might consider increasing the intensity of one or two workouts each week to boost calorie burning post exercise. A recent study published ahead-of-print in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise1 examined the effect of 45-minutes of vigorous exercise on metabolism. Ten conditioned, healthy males participated in initial testing for body fat and aerobic capacity. Then their caloric expenditure was measured on two different days in a metabolic chamber, a specially
Many people set vague goals like, "I want to lose weight." Others set specific goals like, "I will lose 5 pounds over the next month by replacing my evening dessert with a walk around the neighborhood." New research from McGill University in Montreal, Canada1 shows that people who not only set specific goals, but actually write them down AND visualize how they are going to carry them out have greater success achieving them. Students at the university (177) were assigned the goal of consuming extra portions of fruit every day for 7 days and randomly assigned to one of four
Yes, I'm a registered dietitian. And no, I'm not writing this blog to toot my own horn! I'm writing this blog to inform the highly misinformed public (health professionals included) about who registered dietitians (RDs) are and why they are the most valuable and credible source of timely, scientifically-based food and nutrition information. Let's start with some facts: RDs have degrees (undergraduate and often graduate) in nutrition, dietetics, public health or a related field from well-respected, accredited colleges and universities; completed an internship; and passed a national examination. RDs are the food and nutrition experts who can translate the science of nutrition into
As previously mentioned, the push-up exercise has been proven many times 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 anterior, anterior deltoid, and trunk muscles.