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Written by April 4, 2014

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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April Showers Bring May Flowers! I enjoy a good rainstorm – there’s something about the pitter-patter of water falling from the sky that soothes my soul. It also soothes my lawn and surrounding foliage that are in desperate need of some water. For those of you who don’t want your April work-outs to become wash-outs, let’s déjà vu to an earlier post that can prepare you to be an all-season exerciser. Prepare Your Body Unlike the Wicked Witch of the West from the Wizard of Oz (she was the one who melted when Dorothy threw a bucket of water on her, remember?),

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Written by January 16, 2014

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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As we resume our “normal” routines and welcome the New Year with resolutions of slimming down, I’m reminded of an earlier post that encourages physical activity in shorter bursts (which sounds more realistic with my crazy schedule!). When somebody tells you to “take 10,” it usually means take a break from the task at hand for 10 minutes. There is a different, healthy take on this common command. For over 10 years, advocates for increasing physical activity have emphasized the importance of accumulating multiple, small bouts of physical activity over the day. This can be in addition to or a

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Written by October 31, 2013

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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  Halloween has finally arrived! I think my son started asking me in the spring when it was going to be time to dress up again. He had his costume picked out two months ago! Actually, he got to wear one costume for school today and has another one to go around in tonight. He is so excited! For him, I don’t think it is the candy (since I don’t let him eat that much of it anyway) but the thrill of running door to door to see if someone is home and will they answer the door. For weeks

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Written by October 10, 2013

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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If you are a fitness professional, health care provider, or wellness coach trying to help others make lasting changes, we have another great tool to help you in these most admirable efforts. It is called CIFit! We created CIFit to bring you all the great information from Today I Will for the Professional to your tablet or mobile device to make it even easier to guide and inspire your clients on their wellness journey. CIFit uses the most efficient and effective tools for weight management and features The Cooper Institute’s REACH approach. This approach addresses the five key components necessary

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Written by August 29, 2013

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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As we mentioned last week, it is “back to school” time! So since we are on the topic of kids, we thought it was the perfect opportunity to present some recent research relating to their physical activity recommendations. You may be aware that the physical activity guidelines for kids differ from that of adults. Try to jog your memory. Do they need more or less than us adults? The answer (spelt backwards to give you a chance to answer it on your own)—EROM! Many people have the misconception that kids don’t have to worry about their health, however disease processes

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Written by August 22, 2013

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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Can you believe it is that time of the year again? Summer flew by (at least for me it did) and now your kids have either started school or will be in the next couple of weeks. Are you in the camp of jumping for joy or dreading it? Well I am in the camp of parents who are sending their firstborn off to Kindergarten. I can’t believe my little man is really a little man! Watching him run into his new school with a backpack the size of him without looking back will forever be burned in my memory.

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Written by July 4, 2013

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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We have always stressed the importance of “eating the rainbow” when it comes to fruits and vegetables but today we thought we would highlight the benefits of eating those that are red, white, and blue in the spirit of this most patriotic of holidays. So here we go. Red Red fruits and veggies get their color most often from lycopene and anthocyanins, which are antioxidants important for disease prevention. They help with everything from heart disease, stroke, blood pressure, prostate cancer, and macular degeneration just to name a few.  Here are some of my favorites. Strawberries—Nothing says the Fourth of

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Written by May 30, 2013

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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I am sure you probably responded Subway. And why wouldn’t you. That is probably the main message promoted any time you see an advertisement for their sub sandwiches. But is it really true? A recent study decided to assess if adolescents ages 12 to 21, purchased foods that had fewer total calories at a restaurant marketed as “healthy” compared to one of it’s competitors. The “healthy” chain studied was Subway and the competitor, McDonald’s. The 97 adolescents in the study purchased an average of 1,038 calories from McDonald’s and 955 calories from Subway. The difference was not statistically significant meaning

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Written by May 9, 2013

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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It is not uncommon to hear individuals express concerns about the potential of developing dementia as they age. They talk about engaging in activities like Sudoku, crossword puzzles, and chess in hopes of preventing a decline in their cognitive function. And while research has shown these and other mental activities to be helpful (playing an instrument, learning a new task, socializing), there is a whole lot more we can be doing to prevent a decline in our cognitive function. As with many disease conditions, we often feel powerless in terms of their development and progression. It should be empowering to

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Written by April 19, 2013

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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Do you hear the word “organic” and automatically think “healthy”? If you answered yes, you are not alone. Studies have shown that labeling something as “organic” produces a “health halo effect” or a cognitive bias of a food item as being healthy based on certain attributes of that food. Recently, researchers wanted to see just how deep this bias extends. They presented one hundred and fifteen participants at a shopping mall with three pairs of foods—2 yogurts, 2 cookies, and 2 potato chip portions. One item from each food pair was labeled as “organic” while the other was labeled “regular”

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