eNews on Prevention, Wellness & Lifestyle
Jun. 26, 2013

The 4-minute workout
The New York Times
Thanks to an ingratiating new study, we may finally be closer to answering that ever-popular question regarding our health and fitness: How little exercise can I get away with? The answer, it seems, may be four minutes. For the study, researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway, and other institutions attempted to delineate the minimum amount of exercise required to develop appreciable endurance and health gains.More

In the crowded world of health, fitness tracking, winners slow to emerge
Trying to keep track of your sleep? There's an app for that. Need a handheld coach to help you make better food choices? There's an app for that. Want to record and measure workouts and fitness goals? There's definitely an app for that. In fact, there are probably a few thousand apps for that, not to mention several dozen devices designed to record all sorts of metrics relevant to your health and fitness. They're all working to make inroads among an increasingly tech-obsessed consumer base looking to get a health boost from the digital world. More

Exercise alone may help those with Type 2 diabetes
HealthDay News via MSN Healthy Living
Exercise benefits people with Type 2 diabetes even if they don't make any other lifestyle or diet changes, a new study says. Dutch researchers conducted MRI exams of 12 patients with diabetes before and after they did six months of moderate-intensity exercise. Each week, the participants, who were an average age of 46, exercised between three and a half and six hours a week during two endurance and two resistance training sessions.More

Talking to teens about weight loss tied to unhealthy dieting, laxative use
Reuters via Fox News
Teens were more likely to diet and use other unhealthy measures to control their weight when their parents talked to them about losing weight or the importance of being thin, in a new study. Conversely, family conversations about healthy eating that did not involve the topic of weight were linked to fewer unhealthy behaviors, such as laxative use and skipping meals — especially among heavier adolescents. More

How your body shape determines your metabolic destiny
The Huffington Post
A recent study in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology showed that among other health problems, apple shapes have a greater risk of kidney disease. "We found that apple-shaped persons — even if totally healthy and with a normal blood pressure — have an elevated blood pressure in their kidneys," said researcher Dr. Arjan Kwakernaak. "When they are also overweight or obese, this is even worse." More

Chicken in teen diet may ward off colon cancer
Eating chicken during high school may reduce the risk of a precancerous condition that may develop into colon cancer, a new study finds. In a study of nearly 20,000 women, those who ate more chicken during their teen years had lower risks of developing colorectal adenomas, which are benign tumors that may progress into colon cancer.More

The 4-minute workout
The New York Times
Thanks to an ingratiating new study, we may finally be closer to answering that ever-popular question regarding our health and fitness: How little exercise can I get away with? The answer, it seems, may be four minutes.More

The future of getting paid to be healthy
The Atlantic
When a 2014 portion of the Affordable Care Act comes into effect, employers will be able to use financial rewards and penalties to encourage healthier behaviors. Recently, the Obama administration released its final rules regarding these employer-based wellness programs. More

How accurate are fitness trackers?
The New York Times
Nate Meckes recognized that he needed to study the accuracy of activity monitors after wearing one. A shipment of the devices, known technically as accelerometers and designed to measure a person's movement and energy expenditure, had arrived at Arizona State University, where Dr. Meckes was a researcher.More

Vitamins: Too much of a not-so-good thing?
Dr. Paul Offit doesn't take any vitamins. In fact, while you might think that vitamins are great in any quantity, Offit urges you to take a step back and think before swallowing the equivalent of eight cantaloupes in a single dose. "I think that alternative medicine is often given a free pass," he told CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta. More

The vitamins and supplements most recommended by pharmacists
U.S. News & World Report
It's no secret Americans aren't always the best at eating a balanced, nutritious diet. When parents hustle from work, to day care, to soccer practice and dance class, a five-minute drive through McDonald's is more feasible than finding a precious hour to cook a meal. Perhaps it's one reason why more people have turned to dietary supplements to fill their daily need for iron, fiber and vitamins A, B, C and D. More

High SPF sunscreen ratings questioned
Sunbathers headed to the beach this summer will find new sunscreen labels on store shelves that are designed to make the products more effective and easier to use. But despite those long-awaited changes, many sunscreens continue to carry SPF ratings that some experts consider misleading and potentially dangerous, according to a consumer watchdog group.More

FDA begins regulating tobacco products
The New York Times
The Food and Drug Administration announced that it had begun exercising the authority to regulate tobacco products that it was given under a 2009 law supported by President Barack Obama. The agency authorized the sale of two new tobacco products — both types of Newport cigarettes made by the Lorillard Tobacco Company — and rejected approval for four others.More