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NBC Chicago | At over 75 years old, brothers return to run Chicago Marathon


At over 75 years old, two brothers are proving that age is truly just a number. Frank Abramic, 81, and his 78-year-old brother John return as veterans to this year’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon. “We are doing this to redefine out limits just like everyone else,” the brothers said. “How many people can run 26 miles, especially at our age?” The brothers discovered their love for running in their 60s, after retirement. Frank returns to run his 18th Chicago Marathon, and John his third. “When I first started out, I couldn’t run more than a few blocks,” Frank said. “But it really makes me feel better when I go on a run.” Continue.

The EDDIE Award: Sigal Sasson

Presented to a current Undergraduate Research Assistant who has demonstrated the EDDIE qualities of Excellence, Dedication, Diligence, Integrity, and Efficiency in the Exercise Psychology Lab.

Students who have been chosen to be members of the EPL research team have already shown themselves to be exemplary students in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health.  The recipient of this award, presented on a regular basis throughout the academic year, has been chosen because actions demonstrated in recent weeks exemplify the EDDIE qualities that help make the EPL a success.


The EDDIE Award goes to: Sigal Sasson

…for her diligence, friendly manner with participants, and outstanding attention to detail 

Thanks for all of your hard work, Sigal!

Reuters | Poor exercise habits may follow teens into adulthood

Clients work out on machines at the Bally Total Fitness facility in Arvada

Most American teenagers don’t get enough exercise, and they often stick with their sedentary ways as they enter adulthood, a U.S. study suggests. More than 9 in 10 adolescents fail to get the minimum 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous daily physical activity recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), researchers report in the journal Pediatrics. Continue.

NPR | Walking fends off loss of mobility, and it’s not too late to start


People who have reached their later years may think it’s primarily a time to relax, not to increase their physical activity. Not so. Previous research has suggested that exercise can improve memory and reverse muscle loss in older adults, among other benefits. And a study out Monday finds that a regular program of physical activity reduces the time spent with mobility-limiting disability. Continue.

NYT Well | Why fidgeting is good medicine


Are you a fidgeter? From now on, you can ignore the frequent requests you undoubtedly receive to just sit still. A new study finds that fidgeting — the toe-tapping, foot-wagging and other body movements that annoy your co-workers — is in fact good for your health. Continue.

Science Daily | Moderate physical activity linked with 50 percent reduction in cardiovascular death in over-65s

Senior couple on cycle ride

Moderate physical activity is associated with a greater than 50% reduction in cardiovascular death in over-65s, according to research presented at ESC Congress 2016 today. The 12 year study in nearly 2500 adults aged 65 to 74 years found that moderate physical activity reduced the risk of an acute cardiovascular event by more than 30%. High levels of physical activity led to greater risk reductions. Continue.

NPR Shots | Olympic athletes prove that older doesn’t have to mean slower


When Kristin Armstrong pedaled across the Olympic finish line to win a cycling gold in Rio de Janeiro, her nose was bleeding and her 5-year-old son was waiting for her. The 42-year-old told reporters that people constantly ask why she keeps competing despite her age and multiple hip surgeries. Her response? “Because I can.” Continue.

NPR Health Shots | How weight training can help women stay strong


For years I was a totally lopsided exerciser. I did aerobic workouts until the cows came home, easily meeting the government’s recommendation of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity exercise per week. But I rarely picked up a dumbbell or did a push-up. I definitely didn’t follow the government’s advice to work out all my major muscle groups with resistance training at least twice a week.I wasn’t the only one falling short on that front. Federal data show that, overall, adults do a much better job of meeting the requirements for aerobic activity than both aerobic and strength training. Continue.

BBC News | Hour’s activity ‘offsets sedentary day’


An hour’s “brisk exercise” each day offsets the risks of early death linked to a desk-bound working life, scientists suggest. The analysis of data from more than a million people is part of a study of physical activity published in the Lancet to coincide with the Olympics. Watching TV was found to be worse than sitting at a desk, probably because of associated habits like snacking. Current NHS guidelines recommend 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week. Continue.

Chicago Tribune | Exercise linked to fewer memory problems in breast cancer survivors

Featuring EPL alumna, Siobhan Phillips!


Breast cancer survivors who exercised more were less likely to report memory problems in a new study by researchers at Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The study looked at moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, such as brisk walking, biking and jogging, and complaints of memory problems, which are common among breast cancer survivors. The authors found that physical activity was linked to lower levels of distress and fatigue, which in turn were associated with fewer reported memory problems. Continue.