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

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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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Monday, Jun 26, 2017

Should You Be Nuts Over Coconuts?

Over the past few years, a number of claims have been made regarding the benefits of dietary coconut oil (DCO). Weight loss and improved heart health are among the most commonly purported health benefits of DCO. Because I’m a big proponent of the old adage ‘if it seems too good to be true, it probably is’, let’s take an objective look at what the science says. First off, while dietary saturated fats tend to increase blood levels of LDL-cholesterol (the bad cholesterol), not all saturated fatty acids are exactly alike. Dietary saturated fatty acids fall in two categories based on how many carb...

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Does Blood Pressure Earlier in Life Predict Hypertension Later in Life?

In a recently published paper, the authors presented data strongly suggesting that monitoring blood pressure during childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood can be used to predict future prehypertension and hypertension, as well as future risk of cardiovascular disease....

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Tuesday, Apr 11, 2017

Fitness, Body Mass, and Risk of Cancer Death in Women

It’s no secret that cancer is the second leading cause of death for women in the U.S., accounting for approximately 275,000 deaths per year. This causes not only a tremendous physical and emotional toll, but also places a significant economic burden on society. Approximately $90 billion is spent each year on the direct costs of cancer such as medication, hospital, physician, and nursing services....

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Thursday, Feb 23, 2017

Dietary Cholesterol is no Longer a Concern?

Most of us are aware that heart disease is the leading cause of death among U.S. men and women. It is also indisputable that abnormal blood cholesterol level is one of the eight major risk factors for heart disease. While approximately 100 million Americans have abnormal blood cholesterol levels, many of them are not aware of the presence of this ticking time bomb....

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Thursday, Nov 17, 2016

Does Physical Activity Relate to Cancer Risk?

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States. While much is known about the relationship between physical activity (PA) and heart disease risk, less is known about the relationship between PA and various types of cancer....

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Friday, Sep 30, 2016

Cardiovascular and Brain Health: How are They Related?

While we know quite a bit about the relationship between lifestyle habits and the risk of cardiovascular diseases such as stroke, much less is known about lifestyle and other aspects brain health such as cognitive function. This study examined the relationship between lifestyle and cognitive function among 3298 adult men and women, who underwent extensive testing at baseline. They were then followed for an average of 6 years, and then had the testing repeated....

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Friday, Jul 29, 2016

Decrease Your Cardiovascular Disease Risk! Life’s Simple 7

The American Heart Association has developed 7 easy to understand recommendations that aim to improve cardiovascular health and decrease unnecessary and premature cardiovascular morbidity (illness) and mortality (death) in the U.S. by 20% by the year 2020. These recommendations, known as Life’s Simple 7 are discussed....

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Thursday, Jun 02, 2016

Fuel Use during Exercise: Myths and Misconceptions

In order for the human body to function, it needs to be continuously supplied with fuel for energy. Most of this energy comes from the breakdown of carbohydrates and fats within the cells. There are several common myths and misconceptions regarding the use of these two fuels relative to exercise and energy. Let’s address some of these myths......

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Sue Beckham, PhD
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Thursday, Apr 14, 2016

Boot Camp for the Brain and Body

We focus on training our bodies but miss opportunities to train the brain. Making healthy choices to exercise, eat right, or manage stress doesn’t happen by chance. Learn how to create a brain training workout....

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Thursday, Mar 31, 2016

Exercise Your Way to a Stronger Skeleton

What if you could prevent or at least delay, one of the most common diseases affecting the senior population? The disease is osteoporosis, and believe it or not, there is an exercise program for that!...

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Tuesday, Mar 08, 2016

Sudden Cardiac Arrest: Not Always so Sudden?

Sudden Cardiac Arrest results in a very high mortality risk; about 10% of victims survive. This is due to the fact that the heart has completely stopped pumping blood. When tissues are deprived of oxygen for more than a few minutes, they begin to die. “Up until recently, it was assumed that Sudden Cardiac Arrest was so unexpected that there wouldn’t be any time to act"......

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