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Written by December 31, 2012

Sue Beckham, PhD

Director of Adult Initiatives
The Cooper Institute

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Yes, you get to choose.  Another year, another resolution for change.  Like so many resolutions from years past, we may be focusing on our failures as we consider making resolutions for a new year.  If you have the right tools and support, a solid plan and are really committed to accomplishing your goals, you can do it.  Here is a checklist of steps to get you started.  Although you have probably heard these before, you might have missed a step here or there which got you off track.  Print off this list and use it to help you approach that

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Written by December 27, 2012

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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With Christmas over and New Year’s right around the corner, have you thought about making any resolutions for 2013? A common resolution is to adopt healthier eating habits. Recent research provides further evidence as to why this resolution is well worth the effort. The benefit of healthy eating on the prevention of cardiovascular disease (and many others) has been well established but little is known about its effects on those who have already had a cardiovascular event that are on drug therapy for secondary prevention. Each year approximately 20 million people worldwide survive a heart attack or stroke and these

Eat Less This Holiday Season By Slowing Down
Written by December 23, 2012

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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It is the eve of Christmas Eve already! Do you have all of your shopping, wrapping, baking, etc. done? There is a strong potential that these next few days will be filled with lots of food and drink with little physical activity although dashing to the store, cleaning the house, and playing with the kids does count some (as in our house, Gramps, the “tickle monster,” can attest to). So as you may have guessed, I wanted to remind you of some ways that you can keep your calories in check at your holiday meal (or meals). These are things

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Written by December 20, 2012

Erica Howard, MS

Research Associate
The Cooper Institute

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On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me: 12 Tracks for Walking 11 Gyms for Lifting 10 Ropes for Leaping 9 Ladies Dancing 8 Hours Sleeping 7 Pools for Swimming 6 Greens for Eating 5 Apple Rings 4 Trainers Training 3 Roasted Hens 2 Drinks for Men And a Fruit Arrangement from a Pear Tree!!! A classic song revamped to pass along an even more classic, yet at times neglected message—“Move More and Eat Btter”. Unfortunately holiday seasons are not the exception. Let’s review the 12 “gifts” listed above and discuss their benefits. 12: Tracks for

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Written by December 17, 2012

Karyn Hughes, MEd

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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Most of us know that to be “totally fit” we need a combination of strength, cardiovascular endurance, and flexibility but many of us only focus only on the cardio part. We do our running, cycling, elliptical, or walking with little to no regard for resistance training or stretching. Perhaps we justify it because we just think we don’t have enough time to work in resistance training. And stretching is all too often an after-thought and only lightly regarded as important. But what are we compromising in the long run?  Think about this: what good is all that cardio if you

Keep 'Em Crunchy!
Written by December 13, 2012

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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Last week we talked about one of the selected messages of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans being to reduce sodium intake. This week I want to talk about one of the other selected messages, which this time is about a food to increase. The message—make half your plate fruits and vegetables. You probably are familiar with the expression “eat your vegetables” and probably even heard these words frequently uttered from your parents’ lips (and may now utter them to your own kids—hate it when I start sounding like my parents) and justly so. Vegetable consumption reduces the risk of many

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Written by December 10, 2012

Steve Farrell, PhD

Science Officer
The Cooper Institute

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Are all obese individuals at high risk for adverse health outcomes? Well, it is well-established that obesity is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease and many other serious health problems such as metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and some forms of cancer. It would be hard to find a health and fitness professional that is unaware that current rates of obesity in the U.S. are at an all-time high; with a current prevalence of ~35% in both men and women. However, not everyone is aware that a subset of obese individuals exist who seem to have protection against many

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Written by December 6, 2012

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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Every five years the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) update the Dietary Guidelines for Americans with the intention of improving the health of our nation’s current and future genera­tions by facilitating and promoting healthy eating and physical activity choices. The most recent version released in 2010 is packed full of great information and recommendations that address the needs of our nation at this time. But for many, going through all of the information included in the guidelines can be overwhelming. To address this, several key messages were highlighted for us

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Written by December 4, 2012

Michael Harper, MEd

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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As I finish my preparations for the Dallas Marathon this coming weekend, I am looking forward to seeing the results of all my training. As you can probably imagine, that training has burned a large number of calories, and I still have some more to burn come race day!  As we have shared previously, during the Denver Marathon over 34 million calories were burned during the race. WOW! Of course those weren’t by just one person, and calorie burn varies by a number of factors, one of which is weight. If you are curious, click here and you can do

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Written by November 29, 2012

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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Well Thanksgiving is over and now the Christmas season is in full swing, at least at my house. The turkey wasn’t even out of the oven when my son requested we start decorating! If you are like me, the next few weeks (26 days as he would tell you—he’s four by the way) will be filled with decorating, holiday shopping, getting together with friends, cooking, more holiday shopping, and celebrations galore. You may find it hard during this exciting, fun-filled but also busy time to consume regular and healthy meals. This is a challenge in everyday life let alone during

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