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Mar
15
The Notorious RBG (Ruth Bader Ginsburg) Workout! Can You Do It?

Ruth Bader Ginsburg isn’t getting any younger. As the Jewish Supreme Court justice just turned 85-years-old on March 15th, many of her fans are praying that she lives through the Trump presidency.

It isn’t hard to tell how Ginsburg herself feels about the current political situation. In an interview with the BBC last week, she avoided mentioning President Trump by name — as she did last July, when she was harshly criticized for lambasting the former real estate magnate before the election — but said that the U.S. is not “experiencing the best of times” right now. She also said she is worried about the freedom of the press, argued that the current Congress is “not working” and praised the rec...


Mar
12
Exercising While Pregnant? Great Idea

Being pregnant can sometimes feel like traversing a minefield of advice: You want to do the right thing for your baby and yourself, but conflicting input from physicians, relatives, friends and even total strangers makes it difficult to know exactly what is helpful and what is potentially harmful.

A group of researchers want women to know that when it comes to exercise, there is a strong consensus of benefit for both the mother and developing fetus.

“Within reason, with adequate cautions, it’s important for [everyone] to get over this fear,” says Alejandro Lucia, a professor of exercise physiology at the European University of Madrid, an author of the viewpoint published Tuesday in JAMA, the journal of the American Medica...


Mar
01
Feb
20
Professor Investigating Food Marketing On Kids

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University of Connecticut Allied Health Sciences Professor Jennifer Harris has conducted research in food studies for years, focusing specifically on how food advertising affects child nutrition.

In her most recent study, she and her team at UConn’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity were interested in food advertising that uses health and wellness messages to market toward kids, Harris said.

“What they’ve done is in many cases they’ve taken a product that isn’t very healthy—such as a McDonald’s Happy Meal—and in the advertising they talk about eating farm fresh food, and showing fruits and vegetables in the ad, but they’re doing this in an ad for a product that isn’t healthy,” Harris said.

The companies never come out and say that their product is healthy, but they use subtle messages that can sway people if they aren’t looking carefully at the nutrition label, Harris said.

The research team brought kids into the lab and separated them into three groups.

“One group saw unhealthy food ads that had messages in them about nutrition or physical activity, another group saw ads for unhealthy food but had fun messages that kids like but don’t have anything to do with health or nutrition and then another group of kids saw ads for food that was actually healthy,” Harris said.

The ads were for products not sold in the United States so that the kids wouldn’t have any preconceptions about the products they were shown.

The results coincided with Harris’s hypotheses, as the children were inclined to believe that the unhealthy food advertised with healthy subjects was healthier than it actually was, creating something similar to a Health Halo Effect—a phenomenon in which depiction of certain foods makes people perceive the product as healthy, often resulting in an increased consumption of the product, according to the Guardian.

“Then we also followed up with some questions about exercise and nutrition and asked them to rate some healthy and unhealthy products about how healthy they were. And the messages didn’t have any effects on that. In research we can’t say that this proves that there’s no effect,” Harris said.

The main reason Harris is conducting this research is to inform policymakers and advocates who are trying to get these companies to stop using falsified messages of health and fitness that incline kids to believe unhealthy food is good for them.

Harris said that she’s seen some improvement in how companies advertise. She said she has seen fewer food advertisements on kids’ channels like Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network, and a greater awareness in parents about what the companies are doing.

“Policymakers are starting to look at local laws to help marketing. For example, a few towns in California have recently passed laws that fast food restaurants can’t automatically provide a soda with children’s meals. They have to provide healthier options with kids’ meals,” Harris said.

“It’s important to think about the bigger message the advertising is doing and how it’s convincing people to buy products that taste great but aren’t so good for you,” Harris said.Professor


Feb
10
Why strength training is important for those with Parkinson’s disease

Patients living with Parkinson’s disease may experience tremors, slower movement, and issues with balance that can inhibit their ability to exercise and keep their body strong. This has proven to be an issue, as without regular exercise that includes some measure of strength training, these symptoms can worsen as muscle mass decreases, making moving progressively slower and more difficult.

This slowing of movement is referred to as bradykinesia and is what causes many Parkinson’s patients to have a slow, shuffling gait. Regular exercise can help improve the movement of those with Parkinson’s, as well as their balance and gait.

Before beginning any exercise regimen, patients should consult with their doctors to ensure they...


May
12
What Happens To Your Body When It’s All About the Cardio?

We’ve all been there: You just finished your 30-minute sweat sesh on the treadmill and you know you should probably break up the pavement crushing with some free weights, but meh, you’re just not in the mood. Not only can cardio be more fun than other types of exercise, you get that rush of endorphins that makes you feel uber accomplished.

Plus, cardio can give you loads of benefits: The Mayo Clinic found aerobic exercise can slow down the aging of certain cells in the body, and years of research highlights how cardio is good for weight loss and heart health. “Cardio is any exercise that works your heart and gets your heart rate up. The goal of cardio is to challenge your heart to work hard and get strong,” says Mi...


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