Science Daily | Cardio and Weight Training Reduces Access to Health Care in Seniors
Forget apples — lifting weights and doing cardio can also keep the doctors away, according a new study by researchers at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute. The study, published today in the online journal PLOS ONE, followed 86 women, aged 70- to 80-years-old, who were randomly assigned to participate in weight training classes, outdoor walking classes, or balance and toning classes (such as yoga and pilates) for six months. All participants have mild cognitive impairment, a well-recognized risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The researchers tabulated the total costs incurred by each participant in accessing a variety of health care resources. Continue.
RWJF | New Study: Does Better Recess Equal a Better School Day?
A new study released today from Mathematica Policy Research and the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities at Stanford University suggests that there may be more to recess than just a break in the school day. The randomized controlled trial of Playworks, a nonprofit organization that delivers a safe, healthy recess in low-income elementary schools in 22 U.S. cities, found that the program reduced bullying, enhanced feelings of safety at school, increased vigorous physical activity during recess, and provided more time for classroom teaching. The research raises the possibility that what happens at recess can affect a school’s learning environment in important ways, and that improving recess and play may enable schools to address a number of pressing issues at the same time. Continue.
The News-Gazette | Champaign gets ‘bronze’ bike-friendly status
The city can now boast its “bicycle friendly community” status after it was one of 17 new cities listed by the League of American Bicyclists on Monday. Champaign entered the ranking as a bronze-level bicycle-friendly community. Five other Illinois cities are ranked — including Urbana, which achieved its bronze level status in 2010. Continue.
Sparking a Movement to Energize America: 10 Minutes at a Time
Instant Recess® is an evidence-based model designed to improve health & productivity by incorporating 10-minute physical activity breaks into the routine daily ”conduct of business”–fighting the inactivity epidemic 10 minutes at a time. ”Instant Recess is a call to all of us to get up and move. I’m betting that she [Dr. Toni Yancey] can convince anyone that moving more is not only good for health, but easy and lots of fun to do” - Marion Nestle, PhD, Food Politics. Learn more here.
In celebration of May as National Bike Month, the Champaign-Urbana community will celebrate its fourth annual Bike to Work Day on May 1, 2013! To learn more and register for this event, click here.
The Daily Illini | Urbana to hold first bike education course
The city of Urbana will host its first bike education course next Thursday. The course serves as an option to reduce the $100 fine normally given for biking offences. During the month of May, two classes will be offered and serve as a trial run for a potentially permanent option for bicyclists written tickets. The program was put together by Lt. Bob Fitzgerald of the Urbana Police Department. Continue.
Congratulations to Undergraduate Research Assistant, Sarah Eid, on recently being identified as a University of Illinois Senior 100 honoree!
Through the Senior 100 Honorary program, the University of Illinois Alumni Association and its Student Alumni Ambassadors recognize undergraduate members of the Class of 2013 for both their past accomplishments and their continued commitment to the University. For more information, click here. Congratulations, Sarah!
ACSM | Op-Ed: Moving step-by-step with Earth Day— getting physical about the environment
Since 1970, April 22 has been recognized as Earth Day. Led by U. S. Senator Gaylord Nelson as a day to increase awareness about the environment and to encourage conservation efforts. In 2013, more than 500 million people in 175 countries will observe Earth Day. Throughout the years, Earth Day has played a key role in environmental awareness and action efforts. This year, consider focusing on Earth Day through a new lens. Active Transportation – increased walking and bicycling for transportation— can not only help the environment but also the health of participants. Continue.
The Atlantic Cities | The link between kids who walk or bike to school and concentration
Every day outside my son’s Brooklyn school, no matter what the weather, you will see a distinctive pale blue bicycle locked to the rack. It belongs to a 7th-grade girl from a Dutch family whose members have stuck with their traditional practice of riding to school each day, despite finding themselves in the not-so-bike-friendly United States for a few years. This lovely blue city bike was a gift from the parents to their eldest child, who is now almost as tall as a grown woman. She has graduated from riding with her parents, and deserves a first-class vehicle to get to class each day. She is fiercely proud of it.
According to the results of a Danish study released late last year, my Dutch friends are giving their daughter a less tangible but more lasting gift along with that bicycle: the ability to concentrate better. The survey looked at nearly 20,000 Danish kids between the ages of 5 and 19. It found that kids who cycled or walked to school, rather than traveling by car or public transportation, performed measurably better on tasks demanding concentration, such as solving puzzles, and that the effects lasted for up to four hours after they got to school. Continue.
HHS HealthBeat | Seniors home exercise
Working out with a safe and sensible exercise DVD can do a senior good. At the University of Illinois, Edward McAuley tested a DVD program that focused on flexibility, toning and balance.
McAuley says most of the 307 seniors stayed with it over the six months of the study, and did about as much work as the program required. And he says physical tests showed they wound up in better shape. Continue.