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Founded in 1970 by the "Father of Aerobics"
Kenneth H. Cooper MD, MPH

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Thursday, Feb 04, 2016

Sodium Sensitivity and Hypertension: What’s the Connection?

Hypertension is defined as a resting blood pressure of >140/90 mm Hg on two or more separate occasions, and is a major risk factor for heart attack, stroke, heart failure, and kidney disease. About 78 million Americans are thought to have hypertension; most of these individuals have no symptoms. In fact, recent data shows that nearly 20% of hypertensive individuals are completely unaware of its presence....

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Karyn Hughes, MEd
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Thursday, Jan 28, 2016

There’s More to Workouts Than Just Cardio!

Most of us know that in order to be “totally fit” we need a combination of strength, cardiovascular endurance, and flexibility but many of us only focus only on the cardio part. We do our running, cycling, elliptical, or walking with little to no regard for resistance training or stretching. Perhaps we justify it because we think we don’t have enough time to work in resistance training. Stretching is all too often an afterthought and is not regarded as being important by some people. What are we compromising in the long run...

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Thursday, Jan 21, 2016

2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans: Better Late Than Never!

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services first published the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) in 1985. Since that time, the DGAs have been updated every 5 years. The purpose of the DGA is to help all people ages 2 years and older and their families to make healthful choices with regard to dietary intake and regular physical activity. The overarching goal of DGA is maintaining good health and reducing the risk of chronic disease throughout all stages of the lifespan. Before we continue any further, it is important to emphasize that the DGAs are primarily evidence-based (i.e., published research studies) and not opinion-based (i.e., most diet books). The 2015-2020 DGA1 were released on January 7, 2016, hence the title of this article! The key recommendations are shown below:...

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Michael Harper, MEd
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Wednesday, Jan 20, 2016

Low Back Correctives

Corrective exercises for muscle imbalances around the hips and low back can often be as simple as the exercises in this video....

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Thursday, Jan 14, 2016

Is Butter Back? Not so Fast!

As you may already know, there are four types of dietary fat; saturated, monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, and hydrogenated (trans). Because of the longstanding relationship between dietary saturated/trans fats and cardiovascular disease (CVD), current guidelines from world-renowned groups like the the American Heart Association call for limiting saturated fat to less than 7% of total calories and keeping hydrogenated fat intake as low as possible....

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Sue Beckham, PhD
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Tuesday, Jan 12, 2016

Functional Training with the ViPR

Looking for new tools for functional training? The ViPR (an acronym for vitality, performance, and re-conditioning) is a great tool that allows for loaded, multi-directional training that easily transfers to activities of daily living. This video shows a combination sequence designed to raise heart rate, improve muscular strength, and coordination....

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Written by
Michael Harper, MEd
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Thursday, Jan 07, 2016

Tips to Improve Your Resistance Training Sessions

"Whew, I made it here. Now with all of these choices, what should I do first?” It almost sounds like you could be at Disneyland or Six Flags, but I am actually talking about the thoughts that often go through my head when I walk into the gym to do resistance training. Do you ever feel this way too?...

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Sue Beckham, PhD
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Thursday, Dec 31, 2015

Make It Happen In 2016!

2016 rings in a renewed commitment to health and fitness for many people. If you have the right tools and support, a solid plan, and are really committed to accomplishing your goals, YOU CAN DO IT. Here is a checklist of steps to get you started. Although you have probably heard these before, you might have missed a step here or there which got you off track. Print this list and use it to help you approach that New Year’s resolution with the power of a defensive tackle playing for the Super Bowl win....

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Thursday, Dec 24, 2015

The 7 Recommendations for a Healthy Heart: How Are American Adults Doing?

It’s no secret that cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women. In fact, this has been the case nearly every year for over a century. The American Heart Association has 7 recommendations that aim to improve cardiovascular health and decrease unnecessary and premature cardiovascular morbidity (illness) and mortality (death).1 These recommendations are listed below....

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Thursday, Dec 17, 2015

Plan Healthy During the Holidays!

Are you stressed about overindulging this holiday season? It comes as no surprise that the average person will gain 4-6 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, then spends the next several weeks trying to lose the extra weight. We have talked about this before but it doesn't hurt to be reminded. Here are tips to help you avoid sabotaging your healthy habits this holiday season....

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Michael Harper, MEd
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Tuesday, Dec 15, 2015

Exercises for Anywhere for the Chest using a Towel

Finding ways to incorporate exercises wherever you are can often mean just knowing how to use the tools around you. A towel, or even a thick piece of paper, are not traditionally thought of as exercise tools. However, these can be all you need to make traditional bodyweight exercises such as push-ups or body squats more dynamic!...

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Friday, Dec 11, 2015

Amp Up Your Push-Up Skills With These Progressions

Getting back into working out in the New Year? Try these push-up progressions as your body adapts....

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