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Food Prices and Calories
Written by March 11, 2010

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

There’s a big beverage brouhaha brewing in New York state.  It has nothing to do with coffee or beer.  A proposed tax on soda is at the center of this storm. Local (e.g., Philadelphia) and state governments such as New York are looking to raise revenues and reduce waistlines by taxing sweetened beverages.  The proposed taxes range from 12 to 24 cents per 12-ounce container.  As expected, soda manufacturers are all afizz over this development. We won’t opine about whether or not taxing soda is worthy public health idea.  We’ll save that for another blog on another day.   But there

Physical Activity: It Does a Colon Good
Written by March 8, 2010

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

You may be aware that March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the third most common diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society, almost 150,000 new cases of colorectal cancer were diagnosed and approximately 50,000 people died from the disease last year. Despite these statistics, unlike some cancers, colorectal cancer is highly preventable and can be detected early through proper screening. And what do you think one of the most important prevention tools is? That’s right—physical activity.

Attack Your Snacks
Written by March 4, 2010

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

Eating on the run. Dashboard dining.  Surfing and snarfing.  Viewing and chewing.  These are all ways to describe our modern eating patterns.  Especially our snacking habits.  Research suggests we are doing a lot more of that today than 30 years ago.  I know, it doesn’t surprise you given our hectic lives.  But do you know just how much we snack?  Read on. Studying Snacking Researchers at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill compiled data from four very large national nutrition surveys done between 1977 and 20061.  I won’t go into the complicated methodology but suffice it to say the scientists

Caloric Expenditure of the Winter Games
Written by March 1, 2010

Michael Harper, MEd

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

The 2010 Winter Olympics, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada ended yesterday. There were fifteen sports and 85 medal events. These events were split up into three categories of ice sports, alpine skiing/snowboarding and Nordic events. Here at The Cooper Institute in Dallas, Texas I felt a little bit more connected to the games this year…  Most due to the actual winter blasts we’ve had. During the games we had colder than normal temperatures and it even snowed.  We set a new 24 hour snowfall record at over 12.5”. With a winter wonderland in Dallas and the winter Olympics it was

Spare Tire May Lead to Thinking Problems
Written by February 25, 2010

Ruth Ann Carpenter, MS, RD

Lead Integrator
Health Integration, LLC

Too many calories eaten and not enough calories burned.  You know the result – weight gain.  And you likely know that an increase in weight may lead to health problems such as diabetes, arthritis, and heart disease.  But did you know that packing on the pounds may also contribute to problems in your head?  Specifically, a decline in your ability to process information as you get older. According to a new study1 from Sweden, men and women who had high a body mass index (BMI) – a measure of body fatness based on height and weight – in midlife (average age

Is Your Exercise Program a “Best Fit” For You? Take this Self Assessment to See!
Written by February 22, 2010

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

Whether you are making an effort to become a regular exerciser or you’ve noticed a decrease in your motivation to maintain a routine, take the following self assessment and see if your current exercise choices are really the “Best Fit” according to your schedule, likes and dislikes, social goals, and fitness goals. Directions: Read the following statements and circle or select yes (Y) or no (N) regarding your agreement with the statement. 1. Y N I have well defined fitness goals. 2. Y N I know how to reach my fitness goals. 3. Y N My fitness program includes all 3

Portion Size Helper or Marketing Excess?
Written by February 18, 2010

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

We don’t do this too often in the Stand Up & Eat blog but I am going to ask you to click on the link below and read the article that it leads to, especially the last four paragraphs.  Then come back to this blog entry because I want to pose some questions to you. Candy Maker Cut the Calories, by Cutting the Size OK.  So the article is an in-depth story about Hershey’s new line of mini versions of some of their favorite branded candies.  Apparently, York Peppermint Patties, Almond Joy, and Hershey’s Special Dark chocolate have gone to

Happy man walking up the stairs
Written by February 15, 2010

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

As most individuals recognize, physical inactivity has been shown to increase the number of deaths from all-causes, as well as from heart disease and cancer. But what about individuals who meet the physical activity recommendations but spend most of the day sitting?  Does all that sitting have a negative impact on health? A study performed by Dr. Katzmarzyk1 and his associates (2009) examined the effects of prolonged sitting on all-cause and cardiovascular death rates in individuals who exercised and those who did not.  The researchers collected information about daily activities including time spent sitting in over 17,000 individuals.  They followed the subjects

What Does 100 Calories Look Like?
Written by February 11, 2010

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

My cousin told me this week that her five-year old son had learned to count to 100 recently.  One of the ways he learned what 100 looked like was to put 100 Legos on a board.  When he finished he exclaimed, “That’s 100??  Wow!” So I thought it would be fun to see what you would say if I showed you what 100 calories looks like for different foods.  Here goes: ¼ of a large bagel 2 slices American cheese 1 ounce pretzels ¼ cup premium ice cream ¾ can of regular soda 2/3 of single serving bag of potato chips

The "Super" Effect of Clothing on Activity
Written by February 8, 2010

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

  The Super Bowl is over. The Saints are Super Bowl champs! Did you get your fill of football food and commercials? The conclusion of football season for many of us means that spring is just around the corner. If you believe Punxsutawney Phil who saw his shadow, however, we are in for 6 more weeks of winter. In past blogs we have discussed the decline in physical activity levels of our nation’s youth and some of the potential reasons. A recent study published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity has found that inappropriate clothing is

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