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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 14, 2014

Jennifer Broze, B.S. candidate


Does it really matter whether you do strength training before or after your cardiovascular training? It is important to consider the primary goal of your workout when deciding which to do first. One study looked at the effects on fat loss and cholesterol levels. Maryam and his colleagues2 studied 30 overweight females with a BMI over 25 kg/m2.  Subjects were divided into three groups – 1) strength training followed by endurance (SE) training, 2) endurance followed by strength (ES) training, and 3) control (C) group that did not do any training. Each group worked out three days per week for

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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 June 19, 2014

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

Summer is coming… This Saturday, June 21!! With the summer heat comes cool thoughts of beaches, water parks, and ice cream. Yummy ice cream – a delicious, somewhat nutritious (i.e., calcium), hot weather treat. But be mindful that ice cream is high in calories. For example, a Baskin-Robbins banana split would add 1,010 calories to your day’s total calorie intake. For many people, that could be more than 50% of their daily calorie need. OMG! It’s okay – stay calm. An earlier post floats to mind that can help you “keep your cool” when selecting summer chillers and planning activities. The TodayIWill website

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Written by June 12, 2014

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

For years, scratch that, decades we have known that as a nation we need to move more and eat less but unfortunately our attempts to do so have been failing. It seems that we keep trying the same methods that don’t work. Insanity, by the way, can be defined as is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. So what is the key to engaging in a healthier lifestyle and losing weight? Many individuals, especially those who are already living a healthy lifestyle, have the mentality of “just do it” but the reality is making behavior

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Written by June 3, 2014

Kenneth H. Cooper, MD, MPH


In light of recent discussions around schools wanting to opt out of healthy school lunch programs, Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper, Founder and Chairman of Cooper Aerobics, would like to take a moment to offer his point of view… Who Says Kids Won’t Eat Fruits and Veggies? Many families face serious health and weight challenges due to lack of proper nutrition and exercise. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that since 1980, the percentage of overweight children ages 6 – 11 has doubled, and the percentage of overweight adolescents ages 12 – 19 has tripled. In addition, less than

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Written by May 29, 2014

Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

Every team needs a coach, right? Someone to motivate and encourage when the challenges seem overwhelming. Someone to help develop the skills needed to be a success. Someone to recognize those successes. Individuals need coaches, too. Especially those trying to lose weight. I’m inspired by an earlier post that provides some insight into coaching healthy behavior changes. Many doctors today are actually taking time out of their brief patient interactions to talk about weight loss. Given that most Americans are overweight or obese, this is a good thing. But, unfortunately, physician recommendations on behavior change aren’t very effective unless delivered using certain

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Written by May 22, 2014

Steve Farrell, PhD

Science Officer
The Cooper Institute

If you saw the headline ‘dog bites man’, you’d probably just shrug your shoulders because that sort of thing happens every day. Imagine your reaction if you saw the headline ‘man bites dog’. Now that would make for some interesting reading! We have known for decades that higher levels of physical activity and cardiorespiratory fitness are each strongly associated with a decreased risk of illness and death. Current public health guidelines call for adults to be physically active for at least 150 minutes per week if working at a moderate intensity, or for at least 75 minutes per week if

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