eNews on Prevention, Wellness & Lifestyle
Jun. 4, 2014

To age well, walk
The New York Times
Regular exercise, including walking, significantly reduces the chance that a frail older person will become physically disabled, according to one of the largest and longest-running studies of its kind to date. The results, published in the journal JAMA, reinforce the necessity of frequent physical activity for our aging parents, grandparents and, of course, ourselves.More

Getting the most out of a sports massage
By Heidi Dawson
Sports massage is a popular treatment method used by runners and many other athletes, both before and after an event. Those lucky enough to have access to a massage therapist may even have a regular treatment as part of their general maintenance. While many of us do this, do we really know why we are doing it and what the benefits are? Following these simple guidelines will ensure you get the most from your treatments.More

'Eat less, exercise more' isn't the answer for weight loss
You've heard it before: To lose weight, simply eat less and exercise more. In theory, that makes sense. Actually, it's not just in theory — science has proven that burning more calories than you consume will result in weight loss. But the trouble is that this only has short-term results. For long-term weight loss, it simply doesn't work, say renowned obesity experts in a recent JAMA commentary.More

Poor diet puts 1/3 of kids on path to diabetes
Donna Brazile writes: It's been a long time. A very long time. But I cannot forget my first school lunch. Call it free or call it charity, but it was a good meal that provided me, and so many others, with sustenance that made our school days more delightful. Our meals honored the traditions of the time — red beans and rice with smoked sausage, bread and perhaps dessert. And of course every Friday we had fish sticks, potato salad or French fries.More

Sweet drinks and flavorful foods need not doom your diet
The Washington Post
People trying to slim down always have the same question for James Hill, executive director of the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center at the University of Colorado: "Should I drink diet soda?" Hill didn't have an answer until recently, when his team released the results of a study comparing the effects of water and "non-nutritive sweetened beverages" on participants in a weight-loss program.More

5 reasons most diets fail and how to succeed
The Huffington Post
The average person gains 11 pounds for every diet they go on. Even worse, when they lose weight, they lose muscle and fat. When they regain weight, they gain back all fat. And since muscle burns seven times as many calories as fat, their metabolism is slower than when they started the diet. The cruel fact is that they then need even less calories to maintain their weight.More

Officials: Dietary supplement industry attracts scam artists
Ed Scicchitano consumes nearly 20 vitamins and other dietary supplements daily and is proud to say it's a practice he has followed for more than half a century. "I am a true believer in them," said Scicchitano, 83, of Bethpage, a retired mechanical engineer who says he thoroughly researches products before taking them.More

Do vitamins work?
Consumer Reports
Though we often take them to stay healthy, looking for protection from heart attacks, cancer, bone fractures and more, most supplements have not been proved to improve or prevent those conditions. Here's a quick review of seven of the top-selling supplements, including how they're used, known benefits and potential risks.More

Debate over value of vitamin, mineral supplements is far from over
Medical Xpress
Researchers from the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University and three other institutions have taken issue with recent claims that "the case is closed" on whether or not a multivitamin/mineral supplement should be taken by most people to help obtain needed micronutrients. In a correspondence to be published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the researchers reasoned that this type of dietary supplement helps fill nutritional gaps, improves general health, might help prevent chronic disease, will cause no harm and is easily worth the few cents a day that it costs.More

To age well, walk
The New York Times
Regular exercise, including walking, significantly reduces the chance that a frail older person will become physically disabled, according to one of the largest and longest-running studies of its kind to date.More

7 harmful diet lies you probably believe
As a culture, we go through phases with our diet preferences — low-fat gave way to low-carb, dairy-free begat gluten-free, and eggs (poor eggs) are either omega-rich wunderkinds or insidious cholesterol bombs depending on the current political climate and whether or not Mercury's in retrograde.More

Here's proof that exercise changes everything
The Huffington Post
While most of us are probably aware of the powerful benefits of regular exercise, we're clearly not all convinced: Just about 20 percent of American adults over the age of 18 meet the government's recommended guidelines when it comes to physical activity, according to a CDC report.More

Interval training may benefit men more than women
When it comes to reaping benefits of sprint interval training, it appears that men have won the battle of the sexes, if just barely. According to new research, men create more new proteins as a result of this exercise than women do. The good news, however, is that men and women experienced similar increases in aerobic capacity.More

Learning another language may help the aging brain
HealthDay News via CBS News
Speaking two or more languages helps protect your brain as you age, even if you learn new languages as an adult, new research suggests. The study included 835 people born in Scotland in 1936 whose first language was English. They were given mental skills tests at age 11 and again in their early 70s. Of the participants, 262 were able to speak at least two languages, with 195 of them learning a second language before age 18, and the rest after that age.More