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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

Pedometer Use: Adding to What We Know Already Works
Written by April 19, 2010

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

Gilbert R. Kaats, Ph.D. is passionate about health enhancing products and has researched them over the past 32 years.  This blog is a summary of his research and findings regarding the usefulness of pedometers.1  The concept is simple as related by Kessinger in the December 2007 issue of The Original Internist “…Find what works, make sure it works, and then add to it; re-tool one good idea with another. Never take away from what works. Always add to it.” 2 Pedometers work; they serve to increase physical activity and “…the device is a great little motivator.” Says Dr. Dena Bravata.

Mobile Apps to Whet the Calorie Balancer's Appetite
Written by April 15, 2010

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

If you're an owner of an iPhone, iPad, Palm, Blackberry, Android, or other smartphone or mobile device you're likely a fan of apps (short for software applications). While games remain the number one downloaded and used application, apps for mobile shopping, social networking, and utility/productivity tools are gaining in popularity.   We've created a brief list of apps that may help you achieve calorie balance. Please comment on any of these apps and suggest other apps that you've found to help you decrease calories in and/or increase calories out. With over 100,000 apps available at Apple's App Store (not to mention the thousands

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