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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

Getting Your 30-30-30
Written by February 4, 2010

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

In last week’s blog we introduced you to the concept that eating 30 grams of protein at each meal might be a good way to help you manage your weight.  If you haven’t read the blog, check it out and come back here to learn how you can easily get your 30-30-30, even if you are a vegetarian. Where’s the Protein? Protein is found in all food groups.  But as you can see from the table below, meat, poultry, fish, milk products, and nuts, seeds, and legumes are the best sources.   Food Group   Grams of Protein Meat, Poultry, Fish        3

Finally, Actual Cardiorespiratory Fitness Data for the US population
Written by February 1, 2010

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

Chances are you have heard news that about 2/3 of the adult U.S. population is overweight or obese.  Ever wonder where this comes from?  The answer is The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).  This is a government run study directed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.   The purpose is to monitor the health status of the nation so the data can be used to develop health policies, programs, and services that target the least fit members of the U.S. population.  In 1996, the Surgeon General’s report on physical activity and health stated that higher cardiorespiratory fitness,

The Pro(tein) Bowl
Written by January 28, 2010

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

In case you didn't know, the NFL Pro Bowl this Sunday.  Whether or not you love professional football, if you are interested in managing your weight you should tune in to another type of “pro” bowl.  That is, getting adequate protein in your diet.  (Be mindful that I am saying, “adequate” not “excessive” here.  More on this later.) Weight Management Effects of Protein An emerging body of research1 is suggesting that protein intake may be connected to reduced hunger feelings when compared to other nutrients such as carbohydrate and fat.  It has not been determined why this is so but it

Fitness vs Fatness: Diet vs Exercise for Weight Loss
Written by January 25, 2010

Ruth Ann Carpenter, MS, RD

Lead Integrator
Health Integration, LLC

The diet vs exercise debate for weight loss continues as TV and web sites market their weight loss programs.  A recent study1 performed at Louisiana State University examined the benefits of losing weight by diet only and combined diet plus exercise compared to a control group.  The purpose of the study was to determine if dieting plus exercise provides more health benefits than dieting alone.  Thirty-six healthy male and female, healthy, overweight participants (average age of 39 years) were assigned to either a control, diet, or diet and exercise group.  The diet only group reduced their caloric intake by 25%. 

People Don’t Have a Calorie Clue
Written by January 21, 2010

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

It is well documented in the nutrition science world that most people can’t count calories correctly.  Need proof?  Take a look at this YouTube clip that we showed you in an earlier blog.  What’s the big deal about being clueless when it comes to knowing how many calories are in different foods?  If you don’t know the calorie content of the foods you eat then you will have a hard time managing your weight – balancing calories in with the calories you burn – over time.  Now test yourself.  What do you estimate is the calorie count for each the

New Health Benefits Cited with Good Trunk Flexibility
Written by January 18, 2010

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

Have you ever taken the “Sit and Reach” test?  It is a basic physical fitness test given to participants of all ages to determine trunk flexibility? A good score on this test generally indicates good overall flexibility.  Good flexibility in turn is associated with improved range of motion in movement, and thought to reduce the risk of exercise related injury.  But there is new evidence that being flexible has a strong health related benefit of reducing arterial stiffness. Arterial stiffness in turn is associated with increases in blood pressure which is an increased risk for coronary (heart) artery disease and

Don’t Believe All That You Read
Written by January 14, 2010

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

The saying goes that you can’t judge a book by it’s cover.  It appears that you may not be able to believe the calorie content posted on the packaging of frozen foods or the menus of some restaurant chains either.  If you do, you might find that attaining calorie balance is hard to do.  Here’s why. In a study published last week, researchers found that on average, fast food (i.e., Taco Bell, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Domino’s, Dunkin Donuts) and family-style restaurants (such as Denny’s, Ruby Tuesday, P.F. Chang’s, Olive Garden, Applebee’s) underreported the calorie content of certain entrees by 18 percent

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

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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

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

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