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Written by September 25, 2014

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

High-risk situations such as increased work hours, periods of stress, or even bad weather have the potential to cause even the most committed exerciser or healthy eater to slip back into unhealthy habits. It’s important to think about the situations, events, people, thoughts, and feelings that may keep you from achieving or maintaining your goals. Once you identify high risk situations, you can build a plan to deal with them in positive and helpful ways. As the saying goes, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going!” Below are some challenging situations that people often face when making changes

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Written by September 18, 2014

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

Fall is nearly upon us. The shorter days, changing foliage, and decrease in temperatures means a rapidly growing to-do list around the house. You know like cleaning the garage, storing items in the attic, and raking the leaves. These to-do’s are considered lifestyle physical activities, which are important to our health. In a previous post we discussed how a regular exercise program alone may not be enough of a protection if you spend a good portion of your day sitting. As a reminder, research has demonstrated a dose-response association between sitting time and mortality from all causes, independent of leisure

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Written by September 11, 2014

Steve Farrell, PhD

Science Officer
The Cooper Institute

In a previous post we discussed the relationship between cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) level and future risk of dying from heart failure (HF)1. Specifically, higher levels of CRF significantly decreased the risk of HF death in a group of nearly 45,000 men who were followed for an average of 20 years. In two other posts, one in 2013 and one earlier this year, we wrote about some of the cardiovascular and mental health benefits of increased dietary intake of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3’s are commonly known as fish oils, but are also found in plant-based foods such as walnuts. The most

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Written by September 4, 2014

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

Today is the NFL season opener between the reigning Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers. Football season brings fun and excitement but it also brings hours of sitting and lots of food and drinks, which can pose a challenge to our weight loss or weight maintenance efforts. Let’s revisit some tips we have posted in the past that hopefully will help you to engage in healthy behaviors while allowing you to enjoy the greatness that football season is! Schedule a time to be active. No, jumping up in excitement and then sitting back down doesn’t count—well maybe

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Written by August 21, 2014

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

Can eating too much sugar cause diabetes? It is widely accepted that eating too much of any food (sugar included) causes you to gain weight which in turn can lead to obesity which, yes, is a predisposition to diabetes. I’m reminded of a recent study that provides evidence that there may be a direct and independent link between sugar and diabetes. Researchers looked at food availability in 175 countries and after controlling for a large number of factors—other food types including fiber, meats, fruits, oils, cereals; total calories; overweight and obesity; aging; urbanization; income; physical activity; tobacco use; alcohol use—an

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Written by July 31, 2014

Sue Beckham, PhD

Director of Adult Initiatives
The Cooper Institute

Lactic acid gets blamed for everything from muscle soreness to muscle fatigue. Research does not suggest lactic acid plays a primary role in muscle fatigue but serves as an energy source for skeletal and cardiac muscle after its conversion to lactate. In fact, lactate can also be converted to glucose by the liver. Lactic acid production just might be your friend rather than your enemy. It is well­-known that the breakdown of glucose to make ATP (adenosine triphosphate) needed for energy during high intensity exercise produces lactic acid. Strong acids generate positively charged hydrogen ions. Lactic acid is a relatively

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Written by July 24, 2014

Steve Farrell, PhD

Science Officer
The Cooper Institute

It is well-known that obesity and sedentary lifestyle are each strongly associated with all-cause mortality. Among Cooper Clinic patients, cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) is measured via a maximal treadmill stress test, while adiposity status is measured via Body Mass Index (BMI), waist circumference, and percent body fat using the 7-site skinfold caliper method. It is not uncommon for an individual to be classified as obese using one measure of adiposity and non-obese using another measure. For example, one might be classified as non-obese when using BMI, but be classified as obese when using waist circumference. We designed a study to examine

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Written by July 17, 2014

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

It’s official – summer is here! I was tipped off by the 100° temperatures, an abundance of fresh fruit and veggies in the markets, and the MLB All-Star game… Although here in Texas so far our 100° temperature days have been lower than normal, it’s always important for all of us to be reminded on how to safely remain active (and healthy) outdoors with the increasing heat indices and temperatures. After all, you never know when those temperatures will spike. The best solution to beat the heat, while continuing to get the recommended amounts of physical activity, is being educated

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Written by July 10, 2014

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

For years, many women have limited or avoided eating fish during pregnancy or feeding it to their young children. Their concern—mercury—which in high enough levels has the potential to damage their developing nervous systems. And in fact, in 2004, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued recommendations stating maximum amounts of fish that pregnant women and young children should be limited to, but at the time, did not promote a minimum amount that should be consumed. Research over the past 10 years, has overwhelmingly highlighted the importance of “appropriate” amounts of fish in the

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Written by July 3, 2014

Rachel Huber, MPH, RD

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

Happy Independence Day, America! Freedom, family, picnics, parades, barbecues, and fireworks pop into mind. And let’s not forget the over-indulgent hot dog eating contests! An earlier post pops to mind that encourages you to “think before you eat!” 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

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