eNews on Prevention, Wellness & Lifestyle
Oct. 30, 2013

10 commandments of injury prevention
By Heidi Dawson
Injury prevention strategies are big business in professional sports. This is due to the cost in terms of treatment and playing time lost when an injury occurs. But it's not just professional athletes who should be taking injury prevention seriously. Even for an amateur athlete or "just for fun" athlete, many types of injury can be prevented, which in turn prevents time off work and costly treatment sessions. With this in mind, here are the top 10 commandments for preventing sports and exercise injuries.More

Study: Sexercise? Getting busy could be as good as some exercise
LiveScience via Fox News
Does sex count as exercise? Good news: It might. A new study finds that, in young people, sex burns an average of 4.2 calories a minute for men and 3.1 calories a minute for women. That intensity is moderate, the researchers reported in the open-access journal PLOS ONE. In other words, sex is better exercise than a walk, but not quite as good as a jog.More

Surprising benefits of exercise
The Huffington Post
Healthy heart. Stronger bones. Leaner muscle mass. Faster metabolism. The benefits of exercise are far reaching, and most of us are familiar with the advantages of working up a sweat. We know that exercise helps trim the waistline, tone the biceps and build cardiovascular fitness. But, there are other benefits to exercise that may surprise you. More

How exercise beefs up the brain
Science AAAS
While our muscles pump iron, our cells pump out something else: molecules that help maintain a healthy brain. But scientists have struggled to account for the well-known mental benefits of exercise, from counteracting depression and aging to fighting Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. Now, a research team may have found a molecular link between a workout and a healthy brain.More

Alkaline diet claims get sour response from doctors
Los Angeles Times
In cookbooks, health food stores and alternative health clinics, the word is getting out: Acid is the latest dietary villain. It's not necessarily the acid in foods like tomatoes and lemons that supposedly cause the trouble. Instead, a growing number of people claim that meats, wheat, soda, coffee, alcohol and processed foods of all sorts produce acid in the body after they've been digested. The acid, in turn, is said to fuel health problems including arthritis, obesity and cancer.More

Study: Shoppers follow nutrition star ratings
The Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle
A nutritional rating system using gold stars affixed to price labels on grocery store shelves appears to have shifted buying habits, potentially providing another tool to educate people on how to eat healthier, according to a new study. The independent study examining a proprietary gold star system used in Hannaford Supermarkets suggested it steered shoppers away from items with no stars toward healthier foods that merited gold stars.More

10 reasons to give up diet soda
Health.com via Fox News
When taken at face value, diet soda seems like a health-conscious choice. It saves you the 140-plus calories you'd find in a sugary soft drink while still satisfying your urge for something sweet with artificial sweeteners like aspartame, saccharin and sucralose. But there's more to this chemical cocktail than meets the eye.More

10 commandments of injury prevention
By Heidi Dawson
Injury prevention strategies are big business in professional sports. This is due to the cost in terms of treatment and playing time lost when an injury occurs. More

Housework: No compensation for exercise
Heatlh Newsline
If you thought doing housework is an alibi for not exercising; think again. Findings of a new research show that doing housework is no substitute for recommended physical activity.More

The nutrition lies that made the world fat
Nutrition trends sometimes seem to fluctuate even faster than fashion trends. One day it's skinny jeans and low fat everything; the next day it's 90s-throwback jumpers and raw veganism. More

7 supplements that aren't a total waste of money
A balanced diet of natural foods, mainly fruits and vegetables, is the one thing every runner needs nutritionally to establish a foundation for health and performance. But, the following seven supplements are worth considering as tools to round out a balanced diet of natural foods.More

Vitamin D deficiency linked to high risk of anemia in kids
Medical Daily
Children who drink milk and play outside in the sunshine are mistakenly thought to be getting the recommended daily amount of vitamin D. Surprisingly, most infants, adolescents and adults are diagnosed with a vitamin D deficiency due to lifestyle changes and increased sunscreen usage. Children who exhibit low levels of vitamin D have been found to face a high risk of anemia, according to a recent study.More

New testing strategy detects population-wide vitamin, mineral deficiencies
Johns Hopkins researchers have demonstrated that levels of certain proteins in the bloodstream may be used to estimate levels of essential vitamins and minerals without directly testing for each nutritional factor. The team's use of a new strategy allowed them to indirectly measure amounts of multiple nutrients in multiple people at the same time, an advance that should make it possible in the future to rapidly detect nutritional deficiencies of an entire population, apply remediation efforts and test their worth within months instead of years.More

Doing the sugar math for Halloween
The Wall Street Journal
Amid the ghosts and ghouls spooking trick-or-treaters, there is something even more terrifying to their parents: sugar. Research into candy and children helps explain why they love it and, despite some contradictory theories, offers a few guidelines for this time of year. Children may be more partial than adults to sugar because of the way their taste buds are clustered. More

Even healthy kids can die from flu complications
USA Today
A new report underscores what health professionals know but parents may not: The flu can be fatal to children, even healthy kids who don't have other medical conditions. Researchers with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 830 kids died from flu-related complications between October 2004 and September 2012, and most of those children had not gotten a flu vaccine.More