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Written by January 29, 2015

Lauren Ruzicka B.S., MPH Candidate

Would I fit stereotypes well enough if I write a health blog about health resolutions in January? Probably, and this is precisely the reason that I am not writing a health blog about resolutions in January! I’m writing about what often comes after the resolution: the relapse. Whether you are famous for phasing out your goals or known for never giving up, it’s time to talk about how to deal with defeat in a productive way. When it comes to health goals in particular, failure can be pretty hard to swallow. The reality is that life often comes with setbacks.

Written by January 22, 2015

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

As we eagerly prepare our gym bags and raw veggies in support of our 2015 resolutions to exercise and watch what we eat (you are still at them right?!), I flash back to a previous discussion on training expectations that will come in handy as we move forward with our goals. When setting expectations for your results with exercise training it is important to consider the “window of adaptation.” Whenever you begin something new, you have a very large window of adaptation meaning there is a great potential to see significant (and often large) increases in performance. As you become

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Written by January 8, 2015

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

It’s only January 8th but doesn’t it seem like those New Year’s resolutions are already a thing of the past? Unfortunately for many, their good intentions have already been abandoned. If you are still on the path to trying to make healthy changes here are some suggestions on how to make those changes lasting. Ask yourself: Do you really want to make this change? We often decide to make a change because someone else is going to, or suggests that we should (or because that is what you do at the start of a new year) but the decision to

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Written by January 1, 2015

Sue Beckham, PhD

Director of Adult Initiatives
The Cooper Institute

Electronic cigarettes or e-cigs, have increased in popularity since they were introduced in the U.S. in 2007 (Breland, A. et al., 2014). They deliver a nicotine-containing aerosol (vapor) as well as flavoring agents and other chemicals. Some are rechargeable and/or refillable. They deliver anywhere from 0-36 mg/mL of nicotine in a variety of flavors including fruits, coffee, cola, menthol, and candy. Flavored tobacco products are used primarily by youth and new smokers. Despite the growing use of e-cigs, there is little research with regard to safety and their role in smoking cessation. So what do we know about e-cigs? Labeling

Written by December 25, 2014

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

Happy holidays from The Cooper Institute! On this day when people are celebrating with family and friends, I have a vision of an earlier post that reminds us to balance our calories with physical activity. 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

Written by December 18, 2014

Steve Farrell, PhD

Science Officer
The Cooper Institute

If you are under the age of 40 or so, you might not understand the Dr. Seuss reference in the title of this article. I just couldn’t help myself. Many years ago, it was assumed not only that all fat cells were alike, but also that fat cells were simply storage facilities for fat; and not active metabolically. More recently, we have learned that nothing could be further from the truth. Everybody’s probably familiar with white fat because that’s the type of fat cell we find ~98% of the time in the human body.  It’s also the type of fat

Written by December 11, 2014

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

What are your plans to maintain your fitness routine this holiday season and keep those calories in balance? This hasn’t crossed your mind yet? Not to worry – an earlier post reminds us of some simple, but realistic ways to stay fit during the upcoming food- and drink-filled festivities. 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 taken in must equal calories used. The good news

Written by December 4, 2014

Tamorra Jackson, B.S Candidate

As cold weather approaches, so does cold weather. If you’re anything like me, as the temperatures drop, my immune system seems to drop as well. Although flu prevention is promoted widely, the common cold seems to sneak in under everyone’s radar every year. So what exactly is this common cold and how can it be prevented? Common colds are an inflammation of the upper respiratory tract caused by a viral infection. The most common cold viruses are rhinovirus infections that often occur during the fall and spring seasons, and coronavirus which is more common during the winter. They are spread

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Written by November 27, 2014

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! Tis the season to give thanks for our many blessings. As I get ready for the fun, family-filled day ahead of me, I am thankful for a previous post that encourages a focus of family, friends, physical activity, and good food in moderation over the holidays. Seems like a simple plan, but wait until you are staring down the never-ending buffet of home-made temptations. Here are some tips to help keep you on track: Drinks If you consume alcohol and/or sugary drinks, limit yourself to one. Egg nog with heavy cream, sugar, and

Written by November 16, 2014

Anna Winter, (B.S. candidate)

It is almost impossible not to eat out, but if you are watching what you eat, don’t worry, there are still some healthy options out there for you in a world where the fast food industry is growing rapidly. Rarely is it healthy to consume a meal that is of low nutritional value and high in Trans fats, saturated fats, sodium, and calories, but there are ways to make healthier choices when eating out! Some quick tips when it comes to eating out are to make careful menu selections, drink water with your meal, “undress” your food by special ordering

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