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    Monthly Archives: December 2011

starthere_todayiwill
Written by December 30, 2011

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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This weekend many of us will be looking back to the past year and looking forward to 2012. We’ll reflect on the changes we want/need to make and resolve do things like eat better, move more, and live well.

Going for the Burn
Written by December 26, 2011

Sue Beckham, PhD

Director of Adult Initiatives
The Cooper Institute

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Another year, another resolution to shed those unwanted pounds? For most folks, time is the biggest hurdle when it comes to consistent exercise and healthy eating patterns.

Two Sugar Cookies = 44 Minutes of Brisk Walking
Written by December 23, 2011

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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Which might make you think twice about scarfing down holiday treats this season – knowing the actual calorie count (e.g., 320 calories in 2 sugar cookies); knowing the calorie count as a percentage of total daily intake (e.g., 16% of your daily calories in 2 sugar cookies); or knowing how long you have to exercise to burn off the calories (e.g., 44 minutes of brisk walking to burn off 2 sugar cookies)?

Is Circuit Training Effective for At Risk Latino Girls?
Written by December 19, 2011

Karyn Hughes, MEd

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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The goal of this study1 was to test the effects of circuit training with and without behavioral intervention on reducing specific fat depots and other type 2 diabetes risk factors in overweight and obese adolescent Latino girls.

Rewarding Children for Taking a "Tiny Taste" May Increase Their Intake and Liking for Vegetables
Written by December 16, 2011

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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We all know that children (and adults, too!) need to eat more fruits and vegetables. But as a mother of a 2- and 4-year-old,I know getting children to eat a wide variety of produce (especially vegetables) isn’t always easy. In previous blogs we’ve discussed how modeling health eating and even renaming vegetables (x-ray vision carrots and power peas) may increase kids’ intake of healthy foods. A study out of London recently suggests a new strategy: give children a small non-food reward for taking a tiny taste.1 In this study, families with children aged 3-4 years were randomly assigned to one of

GoalSettingTool
Written by December 15, 2011

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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By creating a free Today I Will account, you will have access to numerous interactive tools to help you manage your weight. This is a sample of just one of the many helpful tools. It’s purpose is to help you set manageable goals based on your stage in the Today I Will program. People who set goals are far more successful than people who do not set goals. However, there are keys to goal setting that can improve your chances of success even more. Use the goal setting tool to set SMaRT goals for changing your lifestyle and losing weight.

treatfilled_wonderland
Written by December 12, 2011

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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‘Tis the season of joy and laughter, friendship and celebration, and of course “treats” galore. The holidays can be a challenging time to maintain healthy habits but some new research shows that help could be as easy as a short walk. (Seriously, what isn’t walking good for?!) In a recent study, regular chocolate-eaters were placed in a simulated work environment with a bowl of chocolate on their desk. Two groups were asked to take a brisk, fifteen-minute walk on a treadmill and then were given a task to complete.1 One group was given an easy, low-stress task while the other,

medicare_screening
Written by December 9, 2011

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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On November 29 (2011) the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced their decision to cover obesity screening and counseling as a preventive service under Medicare, free to beneficiaries. Despite the consensus on need for these services, there is controversy over the details. CMS will cover screening and intensive behavioral counseling for obesity by primary care providers in settings such as physicians' offices, for Medicare beneficiaries with a body mass index (BMI) greater or equal to 30. Specifically, Medicare will cover: One face-to-face visit every week for the first month; One face-to-face visit every other week for months 2-6; One face-to-face visit every month for

Wii_Fit_Yoga
Written by December 5, 2011

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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Click here to watch slides of this week’s blog. Share your comments on how you liked the blog in this Prezi format on our Facebook page, along with your thoughts on interactive video games and how to keep people exercising over the long term.  

childseatingbehavior
Written by December 2, 2011

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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The development and long-term health of children are linked to eating habits from very early on. These eating habits are shaped by a combination of genetic, familial, and environmental factors, all of which are being studied by researchers and practitioners. A recent article summarized the current data on effective determinants of childrens’ eating habits.1 Some of the (actionable) take-home messages are listed below. Parental Influences Pressuring kids to eat fruits and vegetables, limiting their access to sweets and fatty snacks, and using food as a reward are all strongly linked to children’s disinhibited eating behaviors (the tendency to lose control and

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