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Written by February 27, 2012

Sue Beckham, PhD

Director of Adult Initiatives
The Cooper Institute

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Approximately 57% of the adult population is estimated to have hypertension (resting blood pressure > 140/90) or pre-hypertension (Ostchega et al). We’ve all been told that aerobic exercise is a great way to lower blood pressure. However, there is more concern surrounding resistance training especially in individuals with high blood pressure. Given that resistance training causes a rise in both systolic (top number) and diastolic (bottom number) blood pressure when lifting, some individuals have avoided resistance training for fear of excessive rises in blood pressure.

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Written by February 24, 2012

Ruth Ann Carpenter, MS, RD

Lead Integrator
Health Integration, LLC

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My cousin told me this week that her five-year old son had learned to count to 100 recently. One of the ways he learned what 100 looked like was to put 100 Legos on a board. When he finished he exclaimed, “That’s 100? Wow!”

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Written by February 20, 2012

Karyn Hughes, MEd

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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There are numerous lifestyle factors related to back and neck pain such as poor posture, improper biomechanics, poor flexibility, muscle weakness, upper body obesity, and smoking.

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Written by February 17, 2012

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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In 2010, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) was signed into law by President Barack Obama. Discussed in a previous blog, the HHFKA was championed by Michelle Obama to address both childhood hunger and childhood obesity.

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Written by February 14, 2012

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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I have a son and a daughter who are, nicely put, extremely active (wild and crazy!). For instance, my son who is 3 is already riding his bike without training wheels and my daughter (now 14 months) at 11 months decided to climb out of her crib. They keep me on my toes for sure. I am a pretty “hands-off” parent letting them climb and jump (and fall) but there are times that I worry about safety and if certain activities or ways in which they are playing are too risky.

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Written by February 10, 2012

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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Hooray for a (successful) Super Bowl ad that promoted health and fitness… even if the main character was a dog! Last year, we wrote a blog asking for just this!

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Written by February 6, 2012

Michael Harper, MEd

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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Have you noticed a higher than normal predominance of red outfits being worn by your friends, co-workers or others? Maybe not, but interestingly enough the lack of seeing red is very similar to the reason that I asked the question.

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Written by February 3, 2012

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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Take a look at this neat “infographic” from TurboTax (click to enlarge). In particular, hone in on the second box, “Fans Eat, Drink, and Be Merry from Home.”

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