Archive for March, 2012

Reuters | Aerobics may ease menopause symptoms: study.

In a small study of Finnish women who had recently entered menopause, those who stuck to an aerobic exercise program for six months were less likely to report night sweats, mood swings and irritability than women who didn’t exercise.

The study’s authors say their results suggest exercise could serve as an alternative to hormone replacement therapy for quelling bothersome menopause symptoms. Continue.

MedicalXpress | Walking may lessen the influence of genes on obesity by half.

Watching too much TV can worsen your genetic tendency towards obesity, but you can cut the effect in half by walking briskly for an hour a day, researchers report at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism 2012 Scientific Sessions. Continue.

The College of AHS presents “Physical Activity in Cancer Survivors: Quality of Life, Fitnes, and Disease Outcomes” at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, March 7, 2012. 

Kerry S. Courneya, PhD
Professor and Canada Research Chair
Behavioral Medicine Laboratory
Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

KP News Center | Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre
Teaches Kids about Healthy Eating and Physical Activity.

Live productions involving music, puppets and plays are effective ways of teaching young children about the importance of eating healthy and being physically active, an independent study of Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre Program found. The Center for Community Health and Evaluation’s article was published online March 8 in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. Continue.

lifehacker | Nano Workout Offers Simple, Easy Exercises You Can Do Anywhere.

We all know how bad sitting all day can be, but most of us don’t have the luxury to give up working at a desk for a more mobile and break-filled lifestyle. Nano Workout is a new site that understands that your desk and chair is where you spend your workday, and offers some helpful, easy exercises you can do to keep your body healthy without leaving your cubicle. Continue.

Lifestyle Changes and Dementia

CNN | Avoiding dementia similar to heart disease – lifestyle changes important.

Late-life dementia has a lot in common with heart disease – and many of the same causes, according to an article published Tuesday in Nature Reviews Neurology.

Like heart disease, the cognitive impairment that accompanies aging is usually the result of a combination of lifestyle and other factors, the article says. Diabetes, obesity, untreated hypertension, sedentary lifestyle and stress are all linked to both heart disease and dementia. Continue.

Scientific American | It hurts so good: the runner’s high.

I just came back from an 11 mile run. The wind wasn’t awful like it usually is, the sun was out, and I was at peace with the world, and right now, I still am. Later, I know my knees will be yelling at me and my body will want nothing more than to lie down. But right now? Right now I feel FANTASTIC.

What I am in the happy, zen-like, yet curiously energetic throes of is what is popularly known as the “runner’s high”. The runner’s high is a state of bliss achieved by athletes (not just runners) during and immediately following prolonged and intense exercise. It can be an extremely powerful, emotional experience. Continue.

MNT | Exercise Linked To Change In DNA.

A recent study, published in Cell Metabolism , and conducted by researchers at the Karolinska Institute, demonstrates that exercise almost immediately alters DNA in healthy inactive men and women.

The researchers explain that although the genetic makeup is not altered, DNA molecules change structurally and chemically when a person exercises. An example of this is the DNA gaining more or losing parts of methyl groups that are found on sequences of DNA families. Continue.

The Dana Foundation | Brain Awareness Week Campaign.

Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is the global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. Every March, BAW unites the efforts of partner organizations worldwide in a celebration of the brain for people of all ages. Events are limited only by the organizers’ imaginations and include open days at neuroscience labs; exhibitions about the brain; lectures on brain-related topics; displays at libraries and community centers; classroom workshops; and more. Learn more.

80 percent of obese children are likely to become obese adults, according to a 2011 study published in The New England Journal of Medicine. We can stop the cycle. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is on the frontline of the childhood obesity epidemic in Georgia. Learn more about how to be Strong4Life.