May 30, 2013

Last Place: Oklahoma City

1 Twin Cities Are America’s Healthiest

According to the American College of Sports Medicine’s newly-released American Fitness Index, the ten healthiest and fittest cities in the U.S. are Minneapolis-St. Paul, Washington, D.C., Boston, Portland OR, Denver, San Francisco, Hartford, Seattle, Virginia Beach and Sacramento. The bottom ten cities, from number 41 down, are Los Angeles, Houston, Las Vegas, Riverside CA, Indianapolis, Detroit, Birmingham, Memphis, Louisville and Oklahoma City. Twin Cities residents are below average in obesity, above average in exercise, unlikely to smoke or to have chronic health problems such as asthma or diabetes, and enjoy a multitude of convenient parks and recreation facilities. Oklahoma City citizens, by contrast, are smokers, get little exercise, and consume few healthy food items.

More at Usatoday30.usatoday.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: 20 Fittest US Cities, 2010

Tags: American College of Sports Medicine, American Fitness Index, Fittest US Cities, Healthiest US Cities, Healthiest Places to Live, Most Unhealthy Cities, Least Fit Cities

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Blame Inflammation

2 Losing Weight Reduces Psoriasis Symptoms

Losing weight may reduce the symptoms of psoriasis, an autoimmune condition that causes red, scaly patches on the skin. Researchers followed a group of obese psoriasis sufferers, half of whom were assigned a low-calorie diet, over a period of four months. Those who lost 34 or more pounds had fewer symptoms and reported improvement in quality of life. It’s now known that psoriasis, once thought to affect only the skin, is a chronic condition which is a reflection of systemic and immune-related inflammation. Obesity is also associated with inflammation. The study’s authors say weight loss should be considered as part of an approach to “to effectively treat both the skin condition and its associated comorbid conditions in overweight patients.” The study is published in JAMA Dermatology.

More at NYTimes.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Psoriasis More Serious Than Previously Thought

Tags: Dermatology, JAMA, Obesity, Psoriasis, Skin Condition, Scaly Patches on Skin, Obesity and Psoriasis, Weight Loss and Psoriasis

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Improving Genetics by Knife

3 Mom's Weight-Loss Surgery Helps Future Kids

Children born after a mother's weight-loss surgery may be healthier than children born before the mother had surgery, suggests a new study. Researchers found that children who were born after the mother had gastric bypass surgery had differences in the activity of their genes compared to siblings born to the same mother before surgery. The genetic differences suggest that the kids born after the mother had surgery may experience better heart health. Children born after mom had surgery had better fasting insulin levels and lower blood pressure. Also, children born before the mother had sugary had greater waist and hip girth, and the weighed more. The research, involving 50 children born to 20 mothers, was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

More at WebMD | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Diners Way Underestimate Fast-Food Calories

Tags: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Benefits Gastric Bypass Surgery, Mother Weight Affects Unborn Children, Effect Mother's Obesity, Lose Weight Before Pregnancy

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Shark Watching Beats Shark Eats

4 Sharks More Valuable in Ocean Than in Soup

Shark ecotourism worldwide is expected to rise to $780 million during the next 20 years, while global shark fisheries have experienced steady decline. According to a new study by the University of British Columbia, global shark fisheries are currently valued at $630 million, and have been in decline for 10 years. However, an estimated 38 million sharks are killed each year to support the shark fin trade. While shark ecotourism stands at $314 million, it's expected to more than double in the next two decades. Researchers note that shark tourism directly supports 10,000 jobs, and attracts almost 600,000 shark watchers each year. The study is published in Oryx – The International Journal of Conservation.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Diners Way Underestimate Fast-Food Calories

Tags: Shark Soup, Shark Tourism, International Journal of Conservation, Shark Fisheries, Shark Ecotourism Data, Oryx

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