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Aug. 26, 2015

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Are we marketing fitness all wrong?
By Natalie Rodriguez
According to a recent poll, most Americans don't understand the basics of health and fitness. The poll found nearly 75 percent of people surveyed didn't know you have to burn 3,500 calories to lose one pound of fat. Only 35 percent of those surveyed knew eggs are a good source of protein, and so on. Big fail, America. When so many people want to be healthy and fit, how is it that we know so little about fitness and nutrition? As it turns out, fitness marketing might be the culprit.More

Suffering from exercise burnout? Take 2 steps for a 'fitness refresh'
The Huffington Post
Most of us are pretty impatient. When we decide that we want something, we tend to want it now and are ready to do whatever it takes. This can be a good thing since a little impatience can be a great motivator to take action. However, it can also lead to taking on too much, which is often what happens when it comes to getting in shape.More

Age is irrelevant when it comes to fitness
Outside Magazine
Last February, 59-year-old Ned Overend, aka “The Lung,” aka “Deadly Nedly,” won the first National Fatbike Championships, held in Ogden, Utah. Fat Bike Nats isn’t exactly the Tour de France, but it’s no charity ride, either. Overend had to compete against a field of much younger pros, including former national mountain bike champion Travis Brown, 46, on a tough 19-mile course.More

5 ways runners can beat the heat
Katherine Hopper writes: I experienced an unfortunate case of exertional heat stroke at the 2014 Boston Marathon. After running the marathon in 3 hours and 40 minutes, five minutes off my goal time, my body temperature was 106.8 degrees when they checked it in the finish line medical tent. This body temperature could have been lethal if the medical personnel hadn’t immediately submerged me in a giant ice bath.More

Back-to-school nutrition tips
Fox News
As the summer winds down, millions of children are headed back to school. In addition to getting new books and school supplies, preparing your kitchen with nutritious foods is also important to their learning. Research shows eating a healthy diet is key to a child’s development, school performance and overall health. Here are five nutrition tips to help keep your kids properly fueled without taking a lot of extra time out of your day.More

Eating 'on the go' could lead to weight gain
Dieters who eat 'on the go' may increase their food intake later in the day which could lead to weight gain and obesity, new research shows. The findings from the study also showed that eating while walking around triggered more overeating compared to eating during other forms of distraction such as watching TV or having a conversation with a friend.More

Why eating late at night may be particularly bad for you and your diet
The Washington Post
Loath as you may be to admit it, chances are that at some point you have found yourself in the kitchen late at night, devouring some sweet, salty or carb-rich treat even though you weren’t hungry. Scientists are getting closer to understanding why people indulge after dark and to determining whether those nighttime calories wreak more havoc — whether they drive up the risk of weight gain and of chronic diseases such diabetes — than ones consumed earlier in the day.More

Salt vs. sugar, a nutrition battle royale
The Boston Globe
Even if you usually opt for choose kale salad, grilled salmon, and fresh fruit, something about summertime — like the winter holiday season — tempts us to relax the rules about what we eat and drink. And when given the choice, many of us feel somewhat better about grabbing usually forbidden snacks that are sweet as opposed to over those that are salty, believing that because of its well-known links to cardiovascular disease, salt presents the bigger health risk.More

Can the 'pee strip diet' actually help you lose weight?
Woman's Health via Yahoo Health
When you’re trying to lose weight, your body’s acid level is probably not something you track like calories or trips to the gym. But apparently, the diet that requires peeing on a little strip of paper to test your pH levels is gaining a ton of notoriety. Does it actually work, though?More

A sleep disorder may be harming your body and brain
It's time for consumers to wake up to the risks of sleep disorders, scientists say. More than 50 million adults in the U.S. have a disorder such as insomnia, restless leg syndrome or sleep apnea, according to an Institute of Medicine report. And it's now clear that a lack of sleep "not only increases the risk of errors and accidents, it also has adverse effects on the body and brain," according to Charles Czeisler, chief of the division of sleep and circadian disorders at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.More

Better maternal diet linked to lower risk of heart abnormalities in babies at birth
Medical Xpress
A relatively healthy diet before pregnancy is linked to a lower rate of certain heart abnormalities in babies at birth, finds research published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood. Congenital heart defects are common, costly, and affect around 1 percent of newborns in the U.S. Around 1 in f4 affected children will die infancy as a result. So far, doctors have few preventive options at their fingertips.More

Exercise may help control irregular heartbeat
HealthDay News via WebMD
Exercise appears to help control an irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation in obese people, a new study finds. Australian researchers found that "cardiorespiratory fitness" reduced the risk that this potentially dangerous heartbeat will return by as much as 84 percent — even more than losing weight. Cardiorespiratory fitness refers to the ability of the heart and lungs to supply oxygen to the body during sustained physical activity.More

Vitamin B2: sources, benefits and dosage
Vitamin B2, also known as riboflavin, is one of the eight B-complex vitamins. Like other B vitamins, it plays a role in energy production in the body, but also has many other important uses. Vitamin B2 is a water-soluble vitamin that is flushed out of the body daily, so it must be restored each day. More

Should everyone be taking a vitamin D supplement?
Yahoo Health
A daily vitamin D supplement may soon be recommended for people in Britain. The British government is currently debating a proposal put forth by the independent Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition, an independent body similar to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force here in America, recommending that everyone age one and older take the supplement.More

Do omega-3 supplements help the brain? NIH study casts doubt
Chicago Tribune
Among dietary supplements, fish oil is one of the most popular, its softgel tabs found everywhere from natural food stores to Target. Fish oils contain omega-3 fatty acids, which are necessary for normal growth and development. Omega-3 fatty acids are highly concentrated in the brain, leading to assertions of their influence on memory and brain performance.More

Do the testosterone supplements that some men take cause any harm?
The Washington Post
Hoping to counter the effects of aging, older men with low testosterone levels sometimes turn to testosterone replacement therapy. Might this hormone treatment put their cardiovascular health at risk? This study involved 308 men 60 and older who had lower than normal testosterone levels. More