January 24, 2011

Superhuman Fitness Pro Moves On

1 Fitness Legend Jack LaLanne Dead at 96

Jack LaLanne, star of one of America's first fitness shows, has died of respiratory failure due to pneumonia at the age of 96. Rick Hersh, LaLanne's longtime agent, confirmed the death, says Washington Post. LaLanne wore his trademark jumpsuits while hosting "The Jack LaLanne Show," which aired from 1951 to 1985. The fitness guru is also credited with opening the first health club in the U.S. in the 1930s. The club included a health food store and juice bar. LaLanne, who earned a reputation of having superhuman strength, eventually expanded his business to form a chain of health clubs. He also endorsed health products like the power juicer.

More at The Washington Post | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Jack LaLanne, Rick Hersh, Superhuman Strength, Best Fitness Experts, Poplar Fitness Experts, Power Juicer, The Jack LaLanne Show

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Icons Provide Content at Glance

2 Nutrition Info Moving to Front of Package

Under a new program called "Nutrition Keys," icons featuring a product's saturated fat, sodium, calories and sugar content may be coming soon to the front of your favorite box of cereal and other food items. However, the detailed nutrition boxes on the back or sides of packaging aren't going away. The Grocery Manufacturers Association and the Food Marketing Institute have joined up to launch the voluntary Nutrition Keys program with a $50 million marketing campaign, reports MSNBC. With the new system, food manufacturers can choose to include anywhere from one to all four of the small icons on the front of packages indicating saturated fat, sodium, calories or sugar content. Most food producers will include the new icons by the end of 2011.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Alcoholic Drinks May Get Labels

Tags: Food Labels, Nutrition Keys Icons, Nutrition Labels on Front of Package, Making Nutrition Info Easier to Read, Grocery Manufacturers Association, Food Marketing Institute

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Researchers Not Always Welcome

3 How to Get the CDC to Stop Calling You for Surveys

If you're getting upset by repeated health research survey calls, there may be a simple solution to stop them. Many people who've signed up with the Federal Trade Commission’s Do Not Call Registry are surprised when they receive calls from the National Opinion Research Center (NORC), commissioned by the CDC to conduct research by phone on topics like vaccines. Since they're not selling anything, government researchers are exempt from the provisions of the Do Not Call Registry. MSNBC says that people on the receiving end of unwanted survey calls should "ask directly" to be removed from the call list. Comments such as "I'm busy" will merely prompt another call. To request that NORC stop calling, call 1-866-999-3340. For the CDC, dial 1-800-223-8118, and mention protocol #2000-17.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Rotavirus Vaccines

Tags: National Opinion Research Center, Federal Trade Commission’s Do Not Call Registry, Stop Research Calls, Stop Survey Calls, CDC Research Calls, Aggressive Researchers

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Poverty an Obesity Risk Factor

4 Economic Insecurity Contributes to Obesity

Research from American University in Washington DC suggests that the economic insecurity of our times will greatly affect our already epidemic level of obese persons. Jon D. Wisman and Kevin W. Capehart note that between the years 1960 and 1980, unemployment was relatively low and there were a number of programs in place such as Medicaid and labor protection that reduced insecurity and stress. During this time, obesity also remained stable. However, the epidemic began in 1980 when safety nets began to fall apart, says Wisman. Today there are uncertain economic factors, increasing health care costs, and high unemployment rates that leads to stress and the release of hormones that augment the body’s appetite for high fat, high sugar foods.

More at Newswise | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Stock Market Dips Increase Heart Attacks, Poverty Is a RIsk Factor for Obesity

Tags: Economy, Economy and Health, Obesity, Obesity Epidemic

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Fiber?

5 Woman Addicted to Eating Couch Cushions

A new TLC reality show called My Strange Addiction chronicles Americans who have strange tendencies and obsessive habits. Folks have been featured to eat toilet paper, soap, and hair. More recently, the show featured a 30 year-old Tampa woman who eats the foam out of couch cushions when she is anxious. She admits to consuming seven couches and two chairs in her lifetime. The disease is called pica, an eating disorder where a person has an appetite for non-food objects such as clay, dirt, and even laundry detergent. Many people with pica have malnutrition or are missing adequate levels of certain nutrients such as iron or zinc. Treatment involves aversion therapy from the non-food item followed by positive reinforcement when consuming healthful foods.

More at Time Magazine | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: New TLC Show Rehabs Freaky Eaters

Tags: Addictive Behaviors, Eating Disorders, Pica, Reality Television

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Timing Is Everything

6 To Lose Weight Eat Breakfast After Workout

Many newbie fitness participants wonder if they should eat breakfast before an early morning workout or wait until after they are done. Researchers from Belgium suggest that if your goal is weight loss, you may want to exercise first and eat later. The team followed 2 groups of young men who worked out for six weeks either before or after eating a carbohydrate-rich breakfast. The group that ate first gained about 3 pounds while the men who ate afterward gained almost no weight. The team also found that those waiting to eat had lower blood sugar levels, reducing the risk of diabetes. A Dallas fitness expert says that the body is most effective at using protein within 30 to 45 minutes of a workout but those who cannot exercise on an empty stomach should eat something small, like a banana.

More at NBC Georgia | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Eating a Big Breakfast Doesn't Help with Weight Loss

Tags: Breakfast, Diabetes, Exercise, Fitness, Weight Loss

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