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Written by July 17, 2014

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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It’s official – summer is here! I was tipped off by the 100° temperatures, an abundance of fresh fruit and veggies in the markets, and the MLB All-Star game… As we prepare (here in Texas) to break records of 100°+ days, it’s important to be reminded on how to safely remain active (and healthy) outdoors with the increasing heat indices and temperatures. The best solution to beat the heat, while continuing to get the recommended amounts of physical activity, is being educated and employing safety measures. According to the CDC, almost 6,000 individuals were treated in emergency rooms each year for

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Written by July 10, 2014

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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For years, many women have limited or avoided eating fish during pregnancy or feeding it to their young children. Their concern—mercury—which in high enough levels has the potential to damage their developing nervous systems. And in fact, in 2004, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued recommendations stating maximum amounts of fish that pregnant women and young children should be limited to, but at the time, did not promote a minimum amount that should be consumed. Research over the past 10 years, has overwhelmingly highlighted the importance of “appropriate” amounts of fish in the

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Written by June 19, 2014

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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Summer is coming… This Saturday, June 21!! With the summer heat comes cool thoughts of beaches, water parks, and ice cream. Yummy ice cream – a delicious, somewhat nutritious (i.e., calcium), hot weather treat. But be mindful that ice cream is high in calories. For example, a Baskin-Robbins banana split would add 1,010 calories to your day’s total calorie intake. For many people, that could be more than 50% of their daily calorie need. OMG! It’s okay – stay calm. An earlier post floats to mind that can help you “keep your cool” when selecting summer chillers and planning activities. The TodayIWill website

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Written by June 12, 2014

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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For years, scratch that, decades we have known that as a nation we need to move more and eat less but unfortunately our attempts to do so have been failing. It seems that we keep trying the same methods that don’t work. Insanity, by the way, can be defined as is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. So what is the key to engaging in a healthier lifestyle and losing weight? Many individuals, especially those who are already living a healthy lifestyle, have the mentality of “just do it” but the reality is making behavior

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Written by May 29, 2014

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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Every team needs a coach, right? Someone to motivate and encourage when the challenges seem overwhelming. Someone to help develop the skills needed to be a success. Someone to recognize those successes. Individuals need coaches, too. Especially those trying to lose weight. I’m inspired by an earlier post that provides some insight into coaching healthy behavior changes. Many doctors today are actually taking time out of their brief patient interactions to talk about weight loss. Given that most Americans are overweight or obese, this is a good thing. But, unfortunately, physician recommendations on behavior change aren’t very effective unless delivered using certain

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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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