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Finding the Fountain of Youth in 2010
Written by January 11, 2010

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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Is one of your wishes this year to look and feel younger? Who doesn’t want those things! What if we told you we had the answer to the long sought out ‘fountain of youth’? No, it isn’t a magic pill or solution. No, you don’t have to travel far to find it. No, it isn’t something that costs a lot of money nor is it very hard to do. Would it surprise you to know that it is EXERCISE?! Studies, including many done here at The Cooper Institute, have long shown that exercise can defend against all causes of mortality

Slim Chance Awards
Written by January 7, 2010

Ruth Ann Carpenter, MS, RD

Lead Integrator
Health Integration, LLC

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The focus of the Stand Up & Eat web site is on helping people attain calorie balance.  The prevention of overweight and obesity are the result of long-term calorie balance.  But if you have followed the Stand Up & Eat Blog for any length of time, you know that attaining calorie balance takes effort.  You have to eat healthfully and stay physically active which is often hard to do with today’s hectic lifestyles and unsupportive eating and exercise environments. Of course, there are plenty of unscrupulous people and shady companies that are happy to sell you a quick fix.  Lest

A New Look at Creating Resolutions
Written by January 4, 2010

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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It is that time of year again – time for New Year’s Resolutions. Last year we talked about resolving to get active by setting realistic, specific, and measureable goals in our blog “Resolve to Get Active.” But did you keep those resolutions and achieve as much as you set your sights? If not, you are not alone as it is estimated that more than 88% of those who make New Year’s Resolutions will not reach their goal.1 Ultimately it is an issue of adherence, which is the process or condition of steady or faithful attachment to something. But the problem

A New Year, A New Diet
Written by December 31, 2009

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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January 1st is a time for making resolutions and losing weight undoubtedly will be high on many people’s goals for 2010.  If you are one of them, here’s a great diet to try:  “Eat more greens and less seeds. “  That’s it.  This is the advice that Michael Pollan, an acclaimed journalist who specializes in exposing the unhealthy consequences of our commercial food industry, including our agribusiness way of farming.  Pollan has written several bestsellers including the “Omnivore’s Dilemma” and “In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto.”  Both are excellent books that every eater (that’s you!) should read and digest. 

Exercise: A "Brain Booster" for Kids
Written by December 28, 2009

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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  Many school districts have removed recess and gym class as required courses.  Studies suggest exercise improves brain function in kids. A recent study1 reported in Psychology of Sport and Exercise studied the immediate effects of exercise on the brain in 7- and 10-year old boys.  Boys in each age group were assigned to either a no exercise (control) or exercise group.  Two tests which measured reaction time and decision making ability were given to both groups.  All boys performed a practice session to become familiar with the tests before the first official testing session.  Then both groups were tested

Antidote for Holiday Calories
Written by December 24, 2009

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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The holidays have descended upon you and you can’t pass on Uncle Bert’s special eggnog.  Perhaps you have visions of Grandma’s sugar cookies dancing in your head (and on your tongue!).  Maybe you also have not-so-nice visions of having to let your belt out a notch or two the first week of January. Fear not.  You can have your holiday fruitcake and eat it, too.  The antidote for all of these extra holiday calories is – physical activity, of course.   Here’s a list of common holiday treats, their calories, and how how long you would need to do a brisk

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

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