BBC News | ‘Late starters’ still have much to gain by exercising
Taking up exercise in your 60s will still help stave off major ill health and dementia, research suggests. The study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine followed 3,500 healthy people at or around retirement age. Those who took up exercise were three times more likely to remain healthy over the next eight years than their sedentary peers. Exercise cut the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and depression. Continue.
Business Insider | The 20 best college towns in America
When picking a college, a school’s location can sometimes be just as important as its academics. The American Institute of Economic Research has released its latest College Destination Index, which compared college towns around the country based on their academic environment, quality of life, and professional opportunity.
32,000 undergrads attend class at the University of Illinois here. These sister cities ranked second in terms of student diversity (15.2% of students are non-U.S. residents) and fourth in city accessibility (17.3% of workers commute by public transportation, bike, or walk). Continue.
The Daily Illini | UI professor encourages active, healthy lifestyle
Dr. Wojtek J. Chodzko-Zajko’s workspace is far from ordinary. Although a computer monitor is positioned at the top of his desk, a treadmill takes the place of his chair. In addition to his work as a Khan professor in AHS and the department head of Kinesiology and Community Health, he uses the time spent in the office to exercise. Every once in a while, he will stop what he is doing and do sets of pushups. Chodzko-Zajko, an active father of three children under 3 years old, has found an exercise routine and diet that suits his schedule. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from the University of London and a Ph.D. from Purdue University, he has focused his research on the different effects that exercise and physical activity have on health and quality of life. His decision to lead a healthy, active life is one that he said is all about “personal empowerment and self advocacy.” Continue.
Digital Trends | Subway ticket machine in Moscow dispenses free rides if you do 30 squats
With obesity rates in nations around the world blobbing into oblivion, any scheme encouraging us to get off our butts and be more active surely has to be a good thing. Take the Moscow subway, for example. A special vending machine has been installed at Vystavochaya station in the west of the Russian capital which offers travelers tickets for free rides – so long as they perform 30 squats first. Continue.
Huff Post | Tatyana McFadden, University Of Illinois alum, completes marathon ‘grand slam’ with NYC victory
American Tatyana McFadden has completed an unprecedented marathon “Grand Slam.” The 24-year-old Maryland resident won the New York City Marathon women’s wheelchair race Sunday after taking the titles in Boston, London and Chicago in 2013. No other athlete has won those four races in the same year. McFadden also was the 2010 champion in New York. Continue.
Hear more from Tatyana about her record breaking win here.
Washingtonian | Badge of honor: national fitness programs from the President’s Council to Let’s Move
Six months before 1963’s historic March on Washington, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy went on his own march—a 50-mile one. Donning a pair of leather oxford loafers and dress pants, the President’s younger brother set off from Great Falls at 5 am, traipsing through snow and slush along the C&O Canal all the way to Harpers Ferry. His four aides and his dog having dropped out along the way from exhaustion, RFK finished the walk in 17 hours and 50 minutes. His goal? To prove that the Kennedy administration was physically fit—and to challenge the country’s citizens to be the same. Continue.
The College of Applied Health Sciences cordially invites you and your guest to the groundbreaking ceremony for The Chez Family Foundation Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Friday, November 8, 2013, 11:00 a.m.
908 W. Nevada Street, Urbana, Illinois (one-half block west of Lincoln Avenue, next to the Family Resiliency Center) Acceptances only by November 6 to email@example.com
MNT | Jamming to music at the gym helps physiologically
Many runners and gym-goers may have noticed that listening to music sometimes helps with running the last 400 meters or completing those final 20 reps. And now, researchers in Germany have found that controlling music while doing strenuous activity actually reduces the perceived effort. The Seven Dwarfs told us to “whistle while you work,” and prisoners chipping away at stones in quarries used to sing songs in rhythm with the striking of their tools. But why? Though we may have suspected that music merely distracts us while doing physical work, researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Germany, along with other colleagues, have found that there is another effect of this music, one that lies in the muscles. Continue.
MSN | 10 cities where you want to walk to work
#6. Champaign-Urbana, IL
Residents of the sister cities of Champaign and Urbana, which straddle the University of Illinois campus, often walk to work and to the weekend farmer’s market and local outdoor cafes. Eight percent of workers travel to the office without a car. Five years ago, Champaign officials made a big push to make pedestrians, not cars, the priority. Continue.
The 4th Annual Disability Awareness Program is November 6th, 2013:
If you will need disability related accommodations in order to participate in this event, please contact Pat Malik at 333-3316 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Early requests are encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.