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Kenneth H. Cooper MD, MPH

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Wednesday, Oct 11, 2017

One Creative Exercise for the Whole Body

This exercise focuses on musculoskeletal fitness, specifically muscular endurance. Defined, muscular endurance is the ability of a muscle or a group of muscles to contract repeatedly for a prolonged period of time. Body weight and low-resistance exercises can be adequately utilized for the purpose of improving muscular endurance. The exercise shown within this fit tip targets the whole body by combining various exercises into one....

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Tuesday, Oct 10, 2017

Is Hormone Replacement Therapy for Menopause Symptoms Worth the Risk?

Rightfully so, there’s literally an awareness month for each and every cause. October happens to be Breast Cancer Awareness Month and World Menopause Month. Our understanding of menopause today is far greater than our mothers’ generation and their mothers before them. However, one thing that hasn’t changed is still one of the most debilitating aspects of menopause: the severe symptoms that interfere with quality of life. Advancements in science can provide substantial relief, but the ‘risks versus benefits’ concern remains high among women. New findings from the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI), the largest study of its kind, sheds new light on treating menopausal symptoms and what may, or may not, be right for you or a woman in your life you care about....

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Monday, Oct 02, 2017

Dietary Fish Intake and Risk of Mercury/PCB Exposure

We hear the statement ‘fish is good for you’ quite often. At the same time, concerns are sometimes raised regarding the mercury and other contaminants that are present in some fish. In this blog, we discuss the current dietary guidelines, as well as the pros and cons of consuming various types of fish. As you will see, for most people most of the time, the benefits outweigh the risks. However, certain members of the population do need to be cautious about consuming certain types of fish. Read on for more info!...

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Friday, Sep 29, 2017

Creative Cardio Circuit Strategies for Youth – Part 2

In June, we introduced you to the first part of our “creative cardio circuit strategies” designed to improve FitnessGram® scores. Part two focuses on 3 new exercises that can be modified or amplified for any grade level. As always, the instructor/teacher is only limited by his/her creativity. Try these fun cardio strategies as part of you next circuit training program. Remember, a circuit training session should alternate one minute of cardio exercise with one minute of strength exercise. The strength training portion of a circuit routine should target all major muscle groups....

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Tuesday, Sep 26, 2017

How Fitness Testing Can Make a Positive Impact on Any Quality PE Program

Too often, physical education teachers are faced with dwindling resources, limited time and a lack of support. One of the most powerful tools PE teachers have at their disposal today is FitnessGram data. Understanding how to use this data to garner support and yes, even funding, for your PE programming can make a substantial difference in how you teach physical education and most importantly, the impact you have on your students and their development of lifelong healthy habits. Read on to learn more about maximizing success with fitness assessment data from Fort Worth ISD’s Director of Health and PE, and FitnessGram Scientific Advisory Board member, Georgi Roberts....

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Friday, Sep 22, 2017

Vitamin D Levels in the U.S. Population are Getting a Little Better!

It is well-known that vitamin D deficiency is widespread in the U.S., and that deficiencies are tied to numerous health problems. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) has been tracking vitamin D levels in the population over the past few decades. The most recent findings and recommendations are summarized in our current blog....

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Tuesday, Sep 12, 2017

Correcting the Excess Forward Lean During the Squat

A common movement pattern deviation observed during the squat is the excessive torso lean. This misalignment in form is often the result of weak back extensors (erector spinae) and hips. Learn more......

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Tuesday, Sep 05, 2017

Dietary Carbohydrate: Facts and Misconceptions

Many people have misconceptions regarding dietary carbohydrate. Rather than being the villain as portrayed in several off-the-wall popular diets, carbohydrate is actually essential for human survival, optimal bodily function, and disease prevention. However, it is very important to distinguish between the two major types of dietary carbohydrate; simple and complex. In this blog, we will take a careful look at facts and common misconceptions about carbohydrates. We also provide links to several previous blogs related to this topic....

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Thursday, Aug 31, 2017

Update on The Cooper Institute® Certified Personal Trainer Exam

The Cooper Institute continuously completes internal procedures in compliance with NCCA standards in order to maintain accreditation. Over the past 14 months, exam development processes have resulted in an updated CI-CPT exam that will be launched on June 1, 2017....

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Wednesday, Aug 30, 2017

Des Moines Public Schools and FitnessGram

Acquiring the ideal setup of roster integration with the FitnessGram software is key to streamlining and minimizing time spent managing rosters. With the right technology and support, importing FitnessGram rosters can become an efficient and smooth process that meets the needs of physical education teachers. Des Moines Public Schools shares their unique solution using Infinite Campus....

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Tuesday, Aug 29, 2017

New Studies Bolster Existing Support for Whole Grains!

When it comes to grains, misinformation abounds, particularly in how grains are processed for consumer consumption. The basic understanding between grains and whole grains means a world of difference. As September is Childhood Obesity Awareness month, it’s important to reflect on this important distinction and evaluate whether you and your family are truly eating for optimal health. Read on for The Cooper Institute’s Dr. Steve Farrell’s keen insights into this critically important dietary component....

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Wednesday, Aug 09, 2017

Back-Saver Strategies

Low back pain, injury, and other back disorders may be the most pressing orthopedic health problem in modern America. The exercise strategies performed in this Fit Tip can be utilized to improve the strength of the back muscles, specifically the erector spinae....

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