Archive for May, 2012

MNT | Personalizing Exercise For People With Cancer.

Exercise generally helps the nation’s 12 million cancer survivors, and researchers are working toward being able to prove, with scientific certainty, that prescriptions for daily yoga or 20 minutes of walking will likely extend a patient’s survival. Continue.

NIH News | NIH-funded study examines use of mobile technology to improve
diet and activity behavior.

A new study, supported in part by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health, suggests that a combination of mobile technology and remote coaching holds promise in encouraging healthier eating and physical activity behavior in adults. The study focused on the best way to change multiple health behaviors. Continue.

WebMD | Exercise, Vitamin D Can Lower Fall Risk in Elderly.

Older people can reduce their risk for serious falls by exercising regularly and taking vitamin D supplements, an expert panel now says. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force panel found “convincing evidence” that exercise or physical therapy and vitamin D supplementation can help reduce the risk of falls in people aged 65 and older. Continue.

Greatist | 60 Must-Follow Health and Fitness Twitter Accounts for 2012.

When it comes to connecting with anyone — be it friends and fans, colleagues, influencers, or your celebrity crush — Twitter is often the way to go. And when it comes to health and fitness, Twitter is an information gold mine. But with countless accounts to choose from, it can be tricky to separate the awesome from the decidedly not-so-great. We sorted through the Twitterverse to bring you only the most valuable, must-follow accounts. Continue.

CNN | Learning the running lingo.

Did that fartlek workout lead to a major bonk instead of runner’s high? Need a glossary just to understand what we’re talking about? We demystify some of the most common running terms. Continue.

Scientific American | Texts May Beat Phone Calls For Survey Honest Answers.

Someone doing a survey calls and asks: “How many times a week would you say you exercise?” What do you tell them? And would it be different if the survey was being done via text rather than telephone? Continue.

engadget | Engineer Guy shows how a phone accelerometer works,
knows what’s up and sideways.

We love finding out how things work, and arguably one of the most important parts of the smartphones and tablets we thrive on is the accelerometer gauging our device’s orientation. Imagine our delight, then, when we see the University of Illinois‘ Bill Hammack (i.e. The Engineer Guy) giving a visual rundown of how accelerometers work. Continue.


BMED Report | Exercise Not Only Safe For Those With Asthma, Physical Activity Is Recommended.

Not only is it safe for people with asthma to exercise, but doing so could reduce their risk of asthma symptoms or attacks, according to a new evidence review in The Cochrane Library.  Many people with asthma report avoiding exercise because they are afraid it could trigger symptoms including shortness of breath, wheezing or a full-blown asthma attack, said review author Kristin V. Carson. These fears might be encouraged from misreading their symptoms, their family’s beliefs about exercise and asthma, or even from their physicians. Continue.

Another outstanding academic year has come to a close. Our students, faculty, and staff achieved great things, and we announced our plans to establish a new facility on campus that will address the educational, personal, and social needs of veterans with severe and multiple disabilities. Read all about it in this issue of AHS E-News! 

| Health and Community Fitness Status of the 50 Largest Metropolitan Areas |

With support and funding from the WellPoint Foundation, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) launched the ACSM American Fitness Index™ (AFI) program in 2008 to help communities identify opportunities to improve the health of their residents and expand community assets to better support active, healthy lifestyles. The AFI reflects a composite of preventive health behaviors, levels of chronic disease conditions, health care access, as well as community resources and policies that support physical activity. In addition, demographic diversity, economic diversity and violent crime levels are included for each metropolitan area to illustrate the unique attributes of each city. Continue.