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Fitness Strategies for Holiday Success
Written by December 21, 2009

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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Are you afraid that you’ll gain weight this holiday season?  Or maybe you are worried about maintaining your fitness routine during the busy holidays? Worry no more. There are simple, but realistic ways to stay fit and trim during the holiday season.  In a typical day 60-70% of all calories burned are for basic body needs including sleeping and awakening. Then 10% of the calories you use are for the digestion of food and 15-30% are used during physical activity.1 To maintain your current weight “calories eaten must equal calories used”.  The good news is you have control over 15-30%

“Ew! “ or “Cool!” - You Be The Judge
Written by December 17, 2009

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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We have been following the New York City public health department’s efforts to educate the masses about healthier food options.  Earlier blogs focused on their food labeling initiatives. • Read ‘Em Before You Eat ‘Em • The Big Apple Puts a Bite in Calorie Labeling Now NYC is making news for using YouTube to tell people that drinking one can of regular soda per day can add 10 pounds of fat to your body in a year.  This follows a three month poster campaign  (see picture above).  The idea of the posters and video is to make people aware of the growing epidemic of

Holiday Cheer Minus the Stress
Written by December 14, 2009

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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  Can you believe it? Only 10 shopping days left until Christmas!  The holidays can be a wonderful and joyous time but for many, with this season comes some unwanted guests—no, not the in-laws—anxiety and stress. All of the shopping, decorating, card writing, baking, entertaining, partying, and our desire to make this the BEST Christmas ever can often be quite overwhelming. And this challenging economic time is definitely not helping. As a matter of fact, the American Psychological Association (APA) just released their 2009 National Stress in America Survey1 that found that at the time of the survey, 75 percent

Getting a Head Start on Energy Balance
Written by December 10, 2009

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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A new study out of Temple University was published this week showing that the Head Start programs across the country are doing a pretty good job – more than what is required of them – of giving kids a healthy, energy-balanced start in life1.  The question is, are you doing the same for your kids or grandkids? Head Start is a national pre-school program for children from low-income families.  The program focuses on preparing young children for success in school by “enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled

Active Gifts for the Holidays
Written by December 7, 2009

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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  Recently the Wii was confirmed again as a positive step in becoming more active compared to regular video games. “The range of energy expenditure in these active games is sufficient to prevent or improve obesity and lifestyle-related disease, from heart disease and diabetes to metabolic diseases,” according to Motohiko Miyachi, Ph.D.1 In August we took at look at calories burned playing the Wii versus doing the real activities in the blog “A Wii Bit of Physical Activity.” But is the Wii the only active gift this holiday season? Of course not, there are a plethora of other gift ideas

Eat Less This Holiday Season By Slowing Down
Written by December 3, 2009

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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A new study shows that slowing down to enjoy your food and your company while eating will biologically help you eat less. And what better time to do this than the holidays when you're surrounded by great food, family, and friends? While you may have heard that eating fast can lead to overconsumption of food and obesity, researchers from Greece and the UK set out to find the biological evidence behind this by serving 17 healthy men a generous portion of ice cream under two conditions.1 First they ate the ice cream in two servings over 5 minutes. Next, they

Energy Balance Conundrum
Written by November 30, 2009

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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Uh oh.  There may be trouble in energy balance land.  In the Stand Up and Eat blog we have touted the energy (i.e., calorie) burning benefits of all different types of movement.  Getting people to burn more calories to balance out the calories they eat is a way to prevent weight gain.  With the epidemic of obesity growing unabated, that’s a good thing. But a recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that exercising may make it a bit harder to lose weight  – for some people1.  It turns out that getting active may affect appetite

What's Important to you? Re-Evaluate Your Priorities this Thanksgiving Day
Written by November 26, 2009

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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With so many demands this time of year, it is important to re-evaluate what you value and how you will keep these things at the top of your "to do" list. Think about your most important values. Some examples might be health, family, energy, work, weight loss, financial stability, or physical fitness. Then, take a few minutes to think about how you actually spend your time. On a piece of paper jot down the activities that keep you busy in the morning, mid-day, and evening. Next, compare how you spend your time to your list of values. Are you spending

Physical Activity Links for Children
Written by November 23, 2009

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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In earlier blogs, we highlighted physical activity recommendations, resources, and programs that for seniors and young children from infants to pre-schoolers. We now want to bring you up to date on similar resources for elementary and middle-school age kids.  Happily, there is a bunch of stuff because this is an important age for kids to develop healthy habits that combat obesity all life long. Physical Activity Recommendations But before we go there, let’s take a look at how physical activity should fit into the lives of children ages six through twelve.  According to the American Academy of Pediatrics1, elementary children

Cutting Fat (vs. Carbohdrate) Calories Keeps Mood High
Written by November 19, 2009

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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The debate over cutting fat or carbohydrate calories for successful weight loss and weight loss maintenance continues. While some people say an eating plan filled with low-fat fruits, vegetables, and whole grains is best for people trying to lose weight, others argue that eliminating excess carbs (breads, added sugars, and even fruits and dairy) is key. Well, a new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine adds another twist by identifying a certain diet with improved mood in the short and long term.1   Researchers randomly assigned about 50 overweight/obese adults to a calorie-restricted very-low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet and another 50 or so overweight/obese adults

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