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

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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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Monday, Jun 30, 2014

6 Simple Tips to Fuel Your Workout

Keeping your body well fueled is a key component to a good workout and other demanding physical activities. Good nutrition not only helps to delay workout fatigue, but it also assists with a faster recovery, and helps improve body composition and strength. In order to fit healthy eating into your day, planning ahead is essential. Whether you are a morning, afternoon, or evening exerciser, think about how snacks or meals can fit in and be prepared. Follow these tips for fueling your workouts:...

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Thursday, Jun 26, 2014

Effects of Aspartame on Short and Long-Term Weight Control

The average U.S. adult consumes 14.6% of total daily calories from added sugars, such as those found in non-diet soft drinks and many other foods and beverages. High intake of added sugars is associated with higher calorie intake and lower diet quality, which can increase the risk for obesity, prediabetes, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease1. Because of Americans preference for sweeter foods, the use of non-nutritive sweeteners (NNS) has exploded over the past few decades. Since 1958, the Food and Drug Administration has been responsible for evaluating the safety and acceptable daily...

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Thursday, Jun 05, 2014

Promoting Fish Consumption: The Challenges

The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans advise consumption of 8 ounces of fish per week in order to reach an average daily intake of 250 mg of omega-3 fatty acids1. At present, per capita consumption remains at approximately half of this recommended level. The Dietary Guidelines are based not only on fish being a good source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, but also on clinical studies associating fish consumption with a reduced risk of coronary artery disease in adults, and with improved neurological outcomes in infants and young children2. These recommendations are also based on eviden...

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Thursday, May 08, 2014

Eating for Recovery

After a spirited training session, your body may be lacking energy and nutrients it needs to recover. Have you ever wondered what is best to eat for recovery after that hard workout? Well here are some guidelines. For the purposes of this article, we will define an endurance athlete as someone who spends 5-7 hours per week or more performing moderate to vigorous aerobic training, with a goal of improved endurance performance. We will define a strength athlete as someone who is performing multiple sets of multiple high intensity strength training exercises at least 4 days per week with a goal ...

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Thursday, May 01, 2014

Red Yeast Rice: Get the Facts!

Red Yeast Rice (RYR) has been used for centuries in China as a culinary and medicinal product. It is said to lower cholesterol level, improve blood circulation, and help with digestive problems. The yeast naturally produces monacolins (a statin), which help to minimize the production of cholesterol in the liver. Dietary supplements containing RYR have been marketed to help lower blood levels of cholesterol, reporting the same beneficial effects as the cholesterol-lowering drug, lovastatin. Research In 2006, Liu et al.1 published a meta-analysis of clinical trials studying RYR. The article re...

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Monday, Feb 24, 2014

Hydrate for Optimal Well-being

Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that women consume 2.7L (91 oz.) of fluid and men consume 3.7L (125 oz.) daily. These are general recommendations for the public and will vary depending on unique individual needs. Two simple ways to monitor your needs include:...

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Thursday, Nov 21, 2013

Surviving the Holiday Season

Are you stressed about over indulging this upcoming holiday season?  It comes as no surprise, that the average person will gain 4-6 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Years, 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 since it is that time of year again so here are tips to help you avoid sabotaging your healthy habits this holiday season. Avoid Self-Defeating Goals: Vowing to avoid your favorite foods or promising to lose weight over this season is often counterproductive.  Instead, work on maintainin...

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