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Kenneth H. Cooper MD, MPH

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Thursday, Jan 18, 2018

Knee Pain: Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

Are you experiencing knee pain? While a vast majority of knee problems involve ligament damage, another common cause of knee pain is patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS). PFPS is characterized by pain underneath the patella (knee cap). The pain increases with squatting movements, stair climbing, and prolonged sitting. This fit tip provides a variety of exercise that will strengthen the quadriceps muscle group and increase hip stability....

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Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018

Exercise…Your Right to Vote

Everyone has a voice, and when a group of passionate volunteers come together and use their voices collectively, change happens. Imagine a world in which our youngest generation never experiences early onset type 2 diabetes, never faces having to work in an environment that is a health hazard due to secondhand smoke exposure, and where daily physical activity is simply a way of life. This is a reality that is not only possible, but entirely within our reach. This is the reality that The Cooper Institute® fights for every day. We’re asking you to join us in this fight as well by exercising…your right to vote....

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Tuesday, Jan 09, 2018

Fuel Up to Play 60: Physical Activity Plays

Fuel Up to Play 60 is a key component to the NFL Play 60 FitnessGram project, and there are so many ways to get started on implementing the various facets of the program. In this month’s blog post, Seattle Seahawks champion Krista Winn shares her innovative strategies for incorporating Fuel Up to Play 60’s physical activity plays at her school. Strategies include Family Fitness Nights, Peace Pals, effective uses of grant funding, and more. Read on to learn about how Krista’s school engages students, families and staff to create a culture of activity that promotes lifelong fitness....

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Monday, Jan 08, 2018

What if kids felt empowered by a focus on fitness?

"Gym class" conjures up a wide array of memories for most adults, who either loved it or dreaded it. We know now that physical education is one of the most important classes a student will ever take, as scientific research has shown us just how critical physical education and literacy are to the whole child from health to academics and beyond. Read on to learn more!......

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Thursday, Jan 04, 2018

Is there such a thing as too much exercise?

The New Year is accompanied by many resolutions such as ‘exercising more.’ Is there such a thing as too much exercise? Definitely! In situations where muscles are severely damaged as a result of doing too much exercise, a serious condition known as exertional rhabdomyolysis can result. Read on to learn more!...

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Tuesday, Jan 02, 2018

Should You Eat Like a Caveman? The Paleo Diet

While rates of obesity in the U.S. remain at an all-time high, hip and trendy diets are a dime a dozen. One such diet suggests that we should ‘eat like a caveman.’ Does this approach have any scientific validity? Read on to learn more!...

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Tuesday, Jan 02, 2018

The Alkaline Diet

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right of free speech. Thus, anyone can write a diet book and make whatever ridiculous claims that they wish to make. A prime example is ‘The Alkaline Diet’ which is promoted by gullible celebrities, athletes, and others who either do not understand or choose to ignore basic chemistry. Read on to learn more!...

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Tuesday, Jan 02, 2018

The Ketogenic Diet

Hip and trendy diets are a dime a dozen, and cycle in and out of popularity. Most lead to short-term weight loss rather than long term-weight control. Oftentimes, the only thing that changes is the name of the diet. One example of ‘same diet, different name’ is the ketogenic diet. Read on to learn more!...

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Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017

Partner Strength Training

Small group and partner exercises have become quite popular as they keep individuals motivated and accountable while adding fun and variety to an exercise routine. Partner strength training may be performed with minimal or no equipment and typically does not require a large space. This can be extremely useful with a limited budget. So grab a friend, and try these partner exercises during your next workout....

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Monday, Dec 11, 2017

The New Blood Pressure Guidelines: It’s not a Conspiracy!

With the holidays upon us, everyone knows that things can get really hectic and stressful. Stress can have an adverse effect on our blood pressure. As it just so happens, the American Heart Association has recently released new guidelines for identifying and treating hypertension. Read on to learn more about these important changes and how they might affect you!...

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Thursday, Dec 07, 2017

Using MET-Minutes to Track Volume of Physical Activity

For those who like to keep track of their physical activity, there are many options. These range from simply tracking the total number of minutes per week spent in physical activity, to using sophisticated wearable devices such as Smart watches. In this blog, we discuss the use of MET-minutes and the Compendium of Physical Activities as an option to track activity. If you like math, you will love MET-minutes!...

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Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017

Are you Nutty if You Eat Nuts?

Health-conscious parents and caregivers are always on the lookout for appropriate snacks for kids. When it comes to dietary ‘good fats’ and ‘bad fats,’ there’s a lot of myth and misinformation swirling around. In this blog, we take a careful evidence-based look at the role that nuts can play in a healthful diet for kids as well as adults. Read on to see good news for nut-lovers!...

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