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Health : Fitness Last Updated: Nov 18, 2006 - 1:55:25 PM

Health : Fitness
The need for "exercise prescriptions."
For many older adults, a visit to the doctor is not complete without the bestowal of at least one prescription. What if, in addition to prescribing medications as necessary, physicians also prescribed exercise?
Oct 6, 2006 - 9:05:00 PM

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High Common Daily Activity Levels Reduce Risk Of Death
Older adults who expend more energy through any daily activity, including non-exercise activity, have a lower rate of death than adults who are less active, according to a study in the July 12 issue of JAMA. Observational studies have shown that older adults who report low physical activity levels are at a higher risk of death compared with those who report moderate or high levels of activity. These findings have been based on questionnaires asking about physical activity levels, which may not be recalled accurately and are unable to account for many types of daily activity, according to background information in the article. Self-reported physical activity does not provide accurate estimates of absolute amounts of activity (kilocalories per day) and thus is less precise in determining whether higher levels of total activity-induced energy expenditure offer survival advantages.
Jul 12, 2006 - 6:11:00 PM

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How Group Dynamics Affect Fitness and Eating Habits
Imagine break-room vending machines featuring fruit juice and vegetables instead of cookies and soda pop. Consider colleagues who insist on mid-morning group exercise breaks and applaud a lunchtime workout rather than criticizing the cut of the sweat suit. Ponder an organizational culture that encourages walking the stairs instead of riding the elevator.
Jul 10, 2006 - 8:51:00 PM

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Exercise benefits in building strong bones
Recent studies indicate that exercise can help build and maintain healthy bones. But just how early should one start? At the IOF World Congress on Osteoporosis in Toronto, Canada this week, several studies highlighted the importance of exercise in children and adolescents for building peak bone mass that will help protect against osteoporosis in later life.
Jun 7, 2006 - 12:08:00 AM

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STRRIDE trial: Exercise reverses unhealthy effects of inactivity
Many of the detrimental effects of physical inactivity can be reversed, and in some cases improved, by a similar period of moderate exercise, Duke University Medical Center researchers have found in a new analysis of data from the first randomized clinical trial to evaluate the effects of exercise in sedentary overweight men and women. Just as important, the trial participants who exhibited the greatest decline in physical status during inactivity benefited the most from exercise training, according to the researchers. These findings linking the ability of exercise training to reverse the negative effects of inactivity can be attributed to the exercise alone, because the participants did not alter their diets during the trial, the researchers said.
Jun 3, 2006 - 9:58:00 AM

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Avoid fungal infection by using towel at gym
People who work out at the gym should use a towel when they are on the stationary bike or other shared exercise equipment to reduce the spread of fungal infections.
Apr 25, 2006 - 8:40:00 PM

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Each Extra Hour of TV Translates Into 167 Extra Calories in Diet
Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Children's Hospital Boston found that kids who spend more time watching television also eat more of the calorie-dense, low-nutrient foods advertised on television. Previous studies had demonstrated that children who watch more television are more likely to be overweight, but this is the first time a research team has found evidence for a mechanism explaining that relationship. The study results appear in the April 2006 issue of the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine.
Apr 23, 2006 - 5:10:00 PM

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Being obese could prove dangerous
Obesity's main causes are well known - an unhealthy diet and lack of exercise. The dangers of being too fat are, however, often underestimated.
Apr 1, 2006 - 2:28:00 PM

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Exercise unlikely to cause sudden cardiac death in women
Sudden cardiac death during exertion is an extremely rare occurrence in women, and regular moderate to vigorous exercise may significantly lower the long-term risk, according to a study in the March 22/29 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on women's health.
Mar 22, 2006 - 1:24:00 AM

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Strenuous exercise may harm obese kids
Obese children can barely get out of their chairs and sending them running round the block would do more harm than good, an Australian study has shown.
Mar 21, 2006 - 2:28:00 AM

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Bulging waistline could indicate how your heart is
Excess fat around the waist is harmful and could be an indicator of the state of your heart, say scientists in a new study of how body weight affects the heart.
Mar 19, 2006 - 8:19:00 PM

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Thin? You still need exercise
If you are naturally thin you still need as much exercise as others in order to stay healthy, says a study.
Mar 8, 2006 - 9:35:00 PM

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Babies of fat women face problems at birth
Pregnant women should exercise and take appropriate caloric intake before they go for conception, as the babies of obese mothers are more likely to be admitted to intensive care units, says a study.
Feb 7, 2006 - 2:53:00 AM

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Personal Fulfilment May Motivate Adolescents to Be Physically Active
Adolescents are most likely to report personal fulfillment as the strongest motivation to be physically active. Personal fulfillment motivation should be considered when designing physical activity promotion programs for youth, according to a study in the December issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
Dec 8, 2005 - 3:16:00 PM

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Healthy junkfood with seaweed alginate
The highly-fibrous seaweed extract, alginate, could be used to increase the fibre content of cakes, burgers and other types of food which usually contain large amounts of fat and a low degree of healthy nutrients, say British scientists.
Sep 27, 2005 - 5:59:00 PM

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Fitness trumps cholesterol as key to heart health
Being physically fit can dramatically reduce men’s deaths from heart disease – even when their cholesterol rates are high, says Queen’s researcher Peter Katzmarzyk.
Sep 4, 2005 - 8:17:00 AM

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