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Written by March 26, 2012

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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Gas prices are on the rise–AGAIN–so that gives us the perfect opportunity to talk about active modes of transportation–AGAIN! We have posted several blogs over the years talking about the health benefits of biking to work, the environmental benefits, and even the time that can be saved biking versus driving a car. But the question is–have any of us actually made active transportation more a part of our lives or do we just pay it lip service every time gas prices go up?I know for me walking to the grocery store with my two young kids in tow when I

Mature Woman Lifting Weights
Written by March 19, 2012

Sue Beckham, PhD

Director of Adult Initiatives
The Cooper Institute

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When most people decide to start an exercise program to improve their health and lower their risk of cardiovascular disease the first activity that comes to mind is walking.  But is walking alone the best choice?  The American College of Sports Medicine (6) recommends 2 days per week of resistance training for all muscle groups.  But if you’re busy, is finding time for resistance training in your busy schedule really worth the extra effort?  A recent study (4) examined the health benefits of a walking vs. a walking plus resistance training program in inactive, middle-aged African-American women.  This study looked

GCorteseShipley Living for life 3-12-12
Written by March 13, 2012

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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Several years ago while I was working out at the gym I was approached by someone who asked me what I was training for. I quickly responded, “for life” which I think stunned him as it is not typically an answer you hear. Advances in modern medicine have allowed us to increase our life span but while we are living longer, are we living better? For many the answer is no. A decrease in functional capacity (strength, bone mass, coordination, etc.) is a natural part of the aging process. Combine this with chronic illness, or even just unhealthy lifestyle behaviors,

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Written by March 5, 2012

Michael Harper, MEd

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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Looking for ways to increase speed has led to a wide range of training methods and research on each method. Some of these training methods include weight training, form running, speed drills, uphill or downhill running, resistance running and plyometric training.

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Written by March 2, 2012

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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“Save America’s cooking skills!” “Improving food literacy!” Everyone from nutritionists and obesity researchers to chefs are starting to shouting these slogans. Why? Because many Americans can’t cook, resulting in a dinner choice of either eating out (often fast food) or packaged, convenience food (often high in fat, salt, and calories).

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