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Are You Short on Time? Make Weight Training Count!
Written by May 24, 2010

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

What if you could burn calories faster while strength training? A recent study1 compared the calories burned during two types of strength training workouts – traditional and superset. Traditional involves completion of one set of repetitions for a specific exercise followed by an inactive rest period. Superset training works two opposing muscle groups before taking a recovery period. Working opposing muscle groups allows the first muscle to rest while the opposing muscle group is working.   The study measured calories burned during the two types of resistance training. Ten active men (average age 22 years and 165 pounds) completed a superset

Not-So-Happy Meal
Written by May 20, 2010

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

Kids in Santa Clara County, California will no longer get toys with their fast food meals per a newly approved proposal which eliminates toys in meals that have more than 485 calories and high levels of fat, sugar, and salt. While implementation of this measure has been delayed a few months to allow fast food restaurants to make kids’ meals more healthful, it’s unlikely that this will happen. Yes, restaurants like McDonalds now offer apple slices instead of fries and low fat milk instead of soda, but even with one of these healthier selections it’ll be tough to meet the

Go Nuts?!?
Written by May 13, 2010

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

Eat 'em, don't eat 'em, eat 'em… that's what we've been told about nuts over the past decade. Once slammed for their high fat and calorie content, nuts are now touted for their LDL (bad) cholesterol lowering effect, healthy fats, fiber, phytosterols, and other antioxidants. Who's to say, though, that next week we won't be told to avoid them again? Well, that's the tricky part about the science of nutrition – it's always changing based on new, better, and more research. But, the evidence behind the benefits of nuts is now pretty strong. Just this month researchers from the Loma

The Way to Get Teens to Be More Physically Active May Be Through Their Phones
Written by May 10, 2010

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

Sounds crazy right? A device that many of us associate with sedentary behaviors can help increase physical activity? The reality is mobile devices are extremely popular amongst the teenage population. According to a national survey from CTIA (The Wireless Association®) and Harris Interactive, four out of five teens (17 million) carry a wireless device1. The study titled “Teenagers: A Generation Unplugged” also found that a majority of teens (57%) view their cell phone as the key to their social life and that most admitted to spending nearly an equal amount of time talking as they do texting each month.  So

American Children and Adults "Constantly Consuming" Foods and Beverages
Written by May 6, 2010

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

How frequently do you eat? Do you eat because you are physically hungry or do you eat as a result of other internal or external factors - like because you’re bored or because you’re at a party? Researchers from the University of North Carolina set out to answer these questions by analyzing data from several national surveys of food intake in the U.S. They compared meals and snacks, called eating occasions (EOs) eaten in 1977 to those eaten in 2006 and found1: Both children (2-18 yrs) and adults (greater or equal to 19 yrs) increased their EOs from 3 EOs/day to 5

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Written by May 3, 2010

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

Tom Brokaw was the keynote speaker last week as The Cooper Institute celebrated its 40th anniversary. The celebration paid tribute to Dr. Kenneth Cooper, whose name is synonymous worldwide with wellness and physical fitness programs. “Long before wellness became part of the health care debate, Ken Cooper was promoting fitness and personal responsibility, a message that has an enduring urgency for all ages,” said Brokaw, now a special correspondent for NBC News. The former NBC Nightly News anchor spoke about his personal passion for healthy living at the luncheon. Today Mr. Brokaw remains very active and has found an interest in

Can You Cook?
Written by April 29, 2010

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

"Save America's cooking skills!" "Improving food literacy!" Everyone from nutritionists and obesity researchers to chefs are starting to shouting these slogans. Why? Because many Americans can't cook, resulting in a dinner choice of either eating out (often fast food) or packaged, convenience food (often high in fat, salt, and calories). Researchers in Australia (Queensland University of Technology) are leading a research project to study food literacy in young adults (16-26 years old) and how to improve them. Specifically, they're defining food literacy as a "combination of food choices, shopping, and cooking" and looking at what food skills people need to be healthy and how measure and influence

Catching ZZZZs To Prevent Obesity
Written by April 28, 2010

Ruth Ann Carpenter, MS, RD

Lead Integrator
Health Integration, LLC

The more time you spend laying in bed asleep the fewer calories you burn and thus, the greater your risk for overweight and obesity.  Right? That may seem logical but that is not what the research is showing.  In fact, a growing body of scientific literature suggests that sleep duration is inversely related to obesity.  That is, with increasing hours of sleep, obesity risk goes down.  To a point.  What studies have found so far is that sleeping on average less than seven hours per night increases obesity risk.1 But sleep duration of longer than eight or nine hours per

Does Exercise Make You Hungry?
Written by April 26, 2010

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

Does Exercise Make Us Hungry? There has been much debate about the effect of exercise on appetite and energy intake.  Although some scientists have proposed that exercise stimulates appetite; most studies do not support this finding.  A recent study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise4 examined the effect of walking on appetite and food intake.  In the study, subjects participated in two different trials – an exercise and a nonexercise (control) trial.  One day subjects walked for 60 minutes on a treadmill with some mild shortness of breath but were still able to hold a conversation.  On

Serving Your Family "Healthy" Foods May Not Be Helpful
Written by April 22, 2010

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

New research out of the University of Chicago suggests that eating foods labeled as "healthy" makes some people hungrier (and eat more!) than eating foods labeled as "tasty" or not eating at all. Thus, researchers suggest that if you're trying to encourage a family member to lose weight it's best not to focus on the healthfulness of the foods you serve. A series of studies were performed to examine how imposed healthy eating influenced individuals' experienced hunger. In one study, research subjects were all given the same protein bar and told their job was to taste a food that was described as either healthy or tasty (imposed conditions) or

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