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Sep. 2, 2015

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New fitness site is an exercise in diversity
USA Today
Walk into an exercise class or turn on a workout video and odds are you’ll see a familiar sight: An instructor who’s young, super-energetic, ultra-thin and white. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course. But for some people, it’s hard to feel as if they belong in an exercise class when the instructor looks nothing like them.More

Can digital fitness trackers get you moving?
Harvard Health Blog
Heidi Godman writes: I’m a little obsessed with the pedometer in my smartphone. It’s fun to carry it with me and see how many steps I take when exercising or grocery shopping or carrying laundry across my house. I aim for 10,000 steps per day, but I don’t always hit the mark, and I’ve wondered if switching to a digital fitness tracker would push me to go the extra mile. So a small study published in the September American Journal of Preventive Medicine caught my attention.More

7 health and fitness pros on what they love (and hate) about their jobs
Business News Daily
Have you ever thought about pursuing a career or starting a business in the health and fitness industry? If you're passionate about nutrition, exercise and helping others, it could be a great option for you. Health and fitness coaches do everything from helping people fix their eating habits and get in shape, to training athletes and helping people recover from injuries. More

Is diet or exercise best for weight loss? 4 reasons your workout doesn't work
Hey you, sweating on the treadmill with visions of fat melting away as you watch the miles go by on the counter. Or you, huffing and puffing in a cardio class, hoping to fit into those skinny jeans. Moving your body is critical to well being, but when it comes to losing weight, exercise is not the optimal strategy, experts say.More

Sugar spell: Breaking away from your sweet tooth's hold
By Natalie Rodriguez
It was a gray day in America earlier this year when the World Health Organization recommended adults and children reduce their daily intake of sugar to less than 10 percent of their total energy intake. In English, that's roughly 25 grams of sugar per day. America's sweet tooth wept in agony, not just from the cavities. The average American consumes 110 grams of sugar daily — a disconcerting 85 grams higher than the WHO's recommended amount. More

Hungry for a diet that works? Dive into delicious data
Cedric Hutchings writes: As the CEO of a company that invents devices designed to improve people’s health, I pour over the latest weight management data to see if it might hold the keys that can help unlock the secrets of long-term success. A quantified-self addict, I’ve always believed in bringing in data to provide evidence for what works and what does not. With new results from a study on diets and eating habits, we now have data to take a smarter look at the best ways to lose weight.More

The worst diet sodas you can drink
Yahoo Health
A freshly revamped Diet Pepsi — with the phrase “now aspartame free” on its silver label — will hit supermarket shelves nationwide. PepsiCo ditched the controversial sweetener aspartame in response to consumer demand, replacing it with sucralose, known by the brand name Splenda, and acesulfame potassium, or ace-K, both sweeteners thought to be safer.More

Have the 'booze talk' by age 9, pediatricians' group advises
NBC News
Parents and doctors need to take the lead in talking to kids about drinking, and they need to do it before children try their first sip, the main pediatricians' group says. And that moment might come sooner than most adults think it should, the American Academy of Pediatrics says in new guidance. It's before they're even 10 years old.More

CDC: Your heart is probably much older than you think
Los Angeles Times
You may feel young at heart, but with apologies to Frank Sinatra, that’s probably a fairy tale. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the average American man has a heart that’s 7.8 years “older” than his chronological age; for women, the comparable “heart age” is 5.4 years higher than her calendar age.More

Sports specialization worries medical experts
By Bob Kowalski
Playing only one sport throughout the year can bring a level of expertise, but when it comes to youth sports, this specialization can also bring injury. Young athletes are increasingly suffering sports injuries that can be attributed to overuse. Some medical experts consider these injuries preventable, but the solution is not clear. Should young athletes avoid focusing on one sport and play multiple sports? Parents, coaches and athletes appear to be divided on the topic. More

FDA: Pure powdered caffeine a serious health risk
HealthDay News via WebMD
Pure powdered caffeine poses a serious health risk and is known to have caused the death of two teens in 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. One teaspoon of pure powdered caffeine contains the same amount of caffeine as in about 28 cups of coffee. Use of this product can cause health problems such as rapid or erratic heartbeat, seizures, vomiting, diarrhea, disorientation and stupor, and even result in death.More

NIH study: Supplements don't fight cognitive decline
The New York Times
Omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants are often marketed to promote brain health. But one study to test these supplements has found no evidence that the pills stave off cognitive decline in older people. The study, conducted by the National Institutes of Health, randomly assigned participants to take a lutein/zeaxanthin supplement, a supplement of omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids with docosahexaenoic acid and eicosapentaenoic acid, both or a placebo.More

FDA cracks down on dietary supplements
The Hill
The FDA is on the hunt and dietary supplements are in its sites. In April this year, the FDA expanded its policy of restricting the sale of adulterated dietary supplements containing untested additives. Many of the substances targeted are dangerous and worthy of restriction.More