February 16, 2011

South at Standstill

1 Southerners Get Least Amount of Exercise

People living in the South are the least active, finds the CDC. In their report, the CDC says that people residing in parts of Appalachia and the South don't exercise enough. CNN reports that the study found that at least 29 percent of adults living in most counties in Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Tennessee reported no exercise beyond their jobs. The number was even as high as 43 percent in some areas. However, people living on the West Coast, in Colorado, parts of the Northwest, and Minnesota were more likely to be active when not working. Prior research by the CDC shows that the South and Appalachia also have the highest levels of obesity and diabetes.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Conditioning Exercise

Tags: Exercise Frequency, Amount of Exercise, Southerners Not Getting Enough Exercise, Reasons to Exercise, West Coast Healthy, Exercising in Colorado, Northwest Active, Minnesota Exercise Habits, Importance of Being Active, CDC Report on Exercise, Least Active States, Most Active States

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Must Have Obesity-Related Issue

2 Lap-Band Approved for Less Obese

Today the FDA approved wider use of Allergan's Lap-Band to include people who barely qualify as obese, reports New York Times. Yet, the FDA has approved the lower weight requirement for Lap-Band surgery only for people with a health problem related to obesity, such as diabetes or high blood pressure. Under the new requirements, people with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 and an obesity-related health condition qualify for Lap-Band surgery. Surgery for the stomach-restricting device will now be available to more than 26 million additional Americans. People with no obesity-related health problems must have a BMI of at least 40 before qualifying for the surgery.

More at New York Times | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: LA Invaded by Lap-Band Billboards

Tags: Allergan Lap Band Surgery, Lap Band Procedure, Lap-Band, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Lapband, Lap Band Approved for Less Obese

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You May Die

3 Death Race Is Ultimate Test of Endurance

In June, 200 carefully selected entrants will travel to Vermont to compete in the sixth annual Death Race, a competition so grueling that each must sign a waiver that reads simply “You may die.” Creators Joe De Sena and Andy Weinberg say the adventure race is an emulation of life, as competitors are not told when it will begin or end, nor do they know exactly which tasks they will be asked to complete during the Race. Entrants are predominantly men and, over the course of six years, only 50 have finished the race. As like a triathlon, the Death Race features runs, bike rides and swims – but with a twist. In 2009, the racers had to carry a stump through the entire race, one that they had to chop out of the ground because it held their race bibs. The race website is www.youmaydie.com.

More at Washington Post | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Elvis Saves Runner in Las Vegas Marathon, Exercise Longer in the Heat, Drink a Slushie

Tags: Endurance, Fitness, Marathon, Triathlon, Adventure Race, Death Race

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Heart Healthy Nut

4 February 16th Is National Almond Day

Not only is February National Heart Health Month, the 16th is also dedicated to a heart-healthy nut – the almond. According to the Almond Board of California, a one-ounce handful of almonds a day may be good for your heart and help maintain a healthy cholesterol level. A serving, which is about 23 almonds, contains only 1 gram of saturated fat but 13 grams of heart-friendly unsaturated fat. Other heart healthy nutrients found in the nuts are fiber, potassium, calcium, and iron. Almonds are also a satisfying snack because they contain protein. The Almond Board of California is offering convenient single-serving tins to hold almonds at their website www.almondsarein.com.

More at PR Newswire | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Almonds May Reduce Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Tags: Almond Board of California, Almonds, Benefits of Almonds, Cholesterol, Heart Health, Nuts

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High Quality Carbs Plus Protein

5 Foods That Will Help You Out of Winter Slump

Seasonal affective disorder is a condition of episodic depression that occurs each year during fall or winter, with symptoms improving in the warmer, sunnier spring and summer. Not everyone suffers from full-blown depression during colder weather, but most of us can sympathize with the “winter blues”. Joy Bauer, nutritionist for The Today Show on NBC, recommends a healthy diet that limits refined carbohydrates to help ward off symptoms. Choosing foods with higher-quality carbs such as vegetables, grains, lentils and beans can help keep blood sugar steady, leaving you feel happy. Combine these with a healthy protein source, especially omega-3 rich salmon and sardines, for a healthy winter meal. Other mood-lifting foods include walnuts and dark chocolate.

More at Chicago Sun Times | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Winter Birthday Affects Biological Clock and Mood

Tags: Carbohydrates, Depression, Seasonal Affective Disorder Causes, Mood-Boosting Foods

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Mind over Better

6 Expectations for Pain Meds Affect How They Work

By examining the brains of 22 volunteers, researchers demonstrated that not believing a pain medication was working decreased pain relief, while believing it potentiated the drug’s effect. They were placed in an MRI and heat was applied to one leg and remifentanil, a short-acting lab-made opioid was given to each volunteer without their knowledge. They were then told the drug infusion was going to start and finally told it had been stopped even though it had not been. Being told the drug was given resulted in a greater drop in the average pain rating than blindly receiving it. Thinking they were no longer receiving it caused the average rating to increase almost to its initial value. They call the reduction in effectiveness the “nocebo” effect, the placebo effect's opposite.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Sea Snail Saliva May Treat Severe Pain

Tags: Opioids, Pain Relief, Placebo Effect, Nocebo Effect, Pain Medications, Remifentanil

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