eNews on Prevention, Wellness & Lifestyle
Jul. 16, 2014

Study: To prevent Alzheimer's, diet and exercise are effective
No one believes that a disease as complicated as Alzheimer's can be warded off by an apple a day or by faithfully hitting the weight room. But a breakthrough study presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference shows that after just two years, people who underwent lifestyle interventions showed improvements in their mental functions, including in memory, executive function and speed tests of their cognitive skills.More

This is our youth
The New York Times
America's young people, as a group, are becoming more out of shape with every passing year, regardless of their family's economic situation, a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. The finding raises troubling questions about the future health and longevity of our children and suggests that parents and other authority figures need to find better ways to get our youth moving.More

Looking good and staying fit: What to look for in a wearable device
By Yvette Craig
Starting each day with motivation to exercise can be a challenge. But imagine having the power to track and monitor your physical performance with ease, while reaching your best fitness potential. Imagine no more. Fitness technology — especially wireless bracelets — is becoming a mainstream phenomenon. In fact, tech research firm IDC recently found that an estimated 19 million devices, including smart watches, connected glasses and wearable technology, will ship this year.More

Study: 2 hours of sitting cancels out 20 minutes of exercise
CBS News
We already know that a sedentary lifestyle isn't good for our health, but can we measure just how bad it really is for us? A new study offers an answer: two hours of sitting cancels out the benefits of 20 minutes of exercise for our cardiorespiratory fitness levels. The study, published online July 8 in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, found that prolonged sitting affected people's fitness levels regardless of whether they exercised or not.More

How you eat can amp up or tamp down stress
Eat more when you're stressed? You're not alone. More than a third of the participants in a national survey conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health said they change their diets during stressful times. And many of us are quick to turn to either sugary foods or highly refined carbohydrates such as bagels or white pasta when the stress hits.More

Unwelcome dieting news: Forcing yourself to exercise will make you reach for more dessert
Bloomberg Businessweek
Exercise and eat right, we get it. The two go together for anyone looking to get fit and lose weight. But now comes this news: Dutifully forcing yourself to go to that spin class after work might actually interfere with your resolution to lay off the junk food. A study by the Cornell Food and Brand Lab found that people who were active for the sake of exercise consumed more desserts and snacks than those who were active for fun.More

Eating up fad diets puts your health at risk
Chicage Tribune
Drinking carrot juice, sticking with a low-calorie diet and avoiding egg yolks all seem superhealthy. Not so fast. Nutritionists are warning people that these seemingly healthy eating fads aren't as good as they sound, and they want people to stop jumping on the all-or-nothing bandwagon diets, stat.More

5 signs you're vitamin deficient
Q by Equinox via Yahoo News
When your body is trying to tell you something — for example, that you’re skimping on critical vitamins — it may go to some strange lengths. "With today's diet of processed foods it’s easy to become vitamin deficient — either by not eating enough of the right foods or not absorbing them properly due to digestive issues," says Dr. Susan Blum, founder of the Blum Center for Health and author of the new book, "The Immune System Recovery Plan." More

Taking B vitamins does not prevent Alzheimer's disease
Taking B vitamins doesn't slow mental decline as we age, nor is it likely to prevent Alzheimer's disease, conclude Oxford University researchers who have assembled all the best clinical trial data involving 22,000 people to offer a final answer on this debate. High levels in the blood of a compound called homocysteine have been found in people with Alzheimer's disease, and people with higher levels of homocysteine have been shown to be at increased risk of Alzheimer's disease. More

Study: To prevent Alzheimer's, diet and exercise are effective
No one believes that a disease as complicated as Alzheimer's can be warded off by an apple a day or by faithfully hitting the weight room.More

Want to lose weight? 3 fitness myths you should never, ever believe
Fitness myths are tempting to believe, because if they were true it would be easy for everyone to get in shape.More

Study: It's lack of exercise — not calories — that make us fat
A new study published yesterday in the American Journal of Medicine reported over the last 20 years there has been a sharp drop in Americans' physical exercise, and an increase in average body mass index, but that average caloric intake has remained the same.More

Are fitness trackers really helpful?
The Boston Globe
Fitness tracking monitors promise to lead to all sorts of results: You'll melt off fat just by monitoring your steps; eat better by tracking your food intake; get better sleep. But the fitness devices can cost as much as hundreds of dollars, and often aren't as helpful as users hope they will be. Consumers should consider carefully whether a fitness monitor is worth the purchase, researchers advise in a Harvard Health Publications report.More

7 best anti-aging anti-cancer superfoods for summer
It's high summer, and farmer's market tables are sagging under the bounty of the harvest coming in. And if you planted a garden, you’re probably begging your neighbors to take beans and tomatoes off your hands. But while you want to eat a rainbow as the USDA advises, not all fruits and veggies are created equal when it comes to disease prevention. Here are seven in-season showstoppers with some of summer’s most powerful health benefits.More