May 10, 2012

Don’t Meet CDC Guidelines

1 Americans Don’t Get Enough Exercise

While the Centers for Disease Control recommend that adults, ages 18-64, get 4 hours of exercise/week, most adults exercise for about half that time, finds a study from Penn State U and the U of MD. Using data from more than 100,000 people who participated in the American Time Use Study, researchers found that walking is the most prevalent exercise, engaged in by 5% of Americans. “ ... we live in an automobile culture," says Penn State researcher Geoffrey Godbey, adding that 4 out of every 5 miles Americans spend moving are in an automobile. He also blames Americans’ lack of exercise on computer and TV use, the cost of equipment for sports such as hockey and tennis, and crime, which forces people to remain at home instead of going outside for a walk or run.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Diet & Exercise Required for Major Weight Loss

Tags: Centers for Disease Control, Exercise, Penn State University, University of Maryland, Americans Don't Exercise Enough, Exercise Guidelines, American Time Use Study, Geoffrey Godbey

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Customized Tools for Military

2 Facebook to Fight Suicide in Vets, Military

Facebook, in conjunction with the nonprofit Blue Star Families and the Department of Veterans Affairs, is unveiling tools for suicide prevention for active service members and their families, as well as veterans. According to Los Angeles Times, Facebook already offers a "Report Suicidal Content" link that sends an email to the poster with information from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, but the new information and response tools are customized for service members and their loved ones. People connected to veterans and military families on Facebook will be able to receive specific information on crisis services for the military, such as the Veterans Crisis Line.

More at Los Angeles Times | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Facebook Adds Organ Donation to Timeline

Tags: Facebook Services, Facebook Suicide Prevention Military, Active Duty Military Suicide Risk, Report Suicidal Content, Blue Star Families, Department of Veterans Affairs, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

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5.6% Adults Used Tanning Bed

3 Most Likely Tanning Bed Users

About 30 percent of women ages 18 to 25 used some kind of indoor tanning machine in 2010, find researchers. The figures, published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, also show that about 5.6 percent of adults used a tanning bed or similar UV machine in 2010. NPR reports that the most likely tanning bed user is white, young, and lives in the Midwest. Of the white women who tanned indoors, 58 percent did it 10 or more times in a year. That figure drops to 40 percent for white men. Doctors suspect that the recent increases in melanoma skin cancer among young women may be attributed to tanning bed use.

More at NPR | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Dying for a Tan, Majority of Young Indoor Tanners Ignore Risks

Tags: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Who Uses Tanning Beds, Dangers Tanning, Health Dangers Tanning Beds, Women More Likely Use Tanning Bed, Melanoma Skin Cancer Young Women

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