Category: Health+Wellness

Sports Instruction Programs Help Kids Follow Path to Active Adulthood

Of Americans who received physical education (PE) in school, a vast majority are active as adults and more than one-third are active to at least a “healthy level,” according to the Physical Activity Council’s (PAC) recently released 2018 Participation Report.

Nonprofit Organizations to Focus on Homeless, Hungry College Students

More than a third of college students don’t always have enough to eat and they lack stable housing, according to a survey published recently by researchers at Temple University and the Wisconsin HOPE Lab.

Athletic Footwear Industry Sales Grew 2 Percent to $19.6 Billion

The U.S. athletic footwear industry grew by 2 percent in 2017, generating $19.6 billion in sales, according to global information company The NPD Group. Unit sales also grew by 2 percent and average selling price remained flat, at $58.16.

Biking Can Slow Aging, Strengthen Immune System

New research finds that older adults who bike can reverse muscle decline and keep their immune systems strong. Older adults who bike showed muscles and immune systems that acted “young,” meaning they were stronger and more disease-resistant.

Studies Say More Protein, More Weightlifting for Those Older than 40

“People who would like to become physically stronger should start with weight training and add protein to their diets, according to a comprehensive scientific review of research,” Gretchen Reynolds writes. “The review finds that eating more protein, well past the amounts currently recommended, can significantly augment the effects of lifting weights, especially for people past the age of 40. But there is an upper limit to the benefits of protein, the review cautions.”

Tout Health Benefits of Sleep to Better Sleep Seekers

Lack of sleep could be taking a serious toll on Americans’ mental and physical health. Sleep centers and mattress stores can educate consumers on the ramifications of bad sleep and loss of sleep to drive traffic. Sleep deprivation has been linked to everything from chronic health conditions to barely-there libido and strained relationships.

5 Reasons Gardening Is Good for Your Health

“Gardening can boost your productivity and creativity right away, and may even reduce your risk of developing dementia later in life,” Heather Hausenblas writes. U.S. News & World Report gives five reasons getting out in the dirt can improve one’s health.

Moms Who Co-Sleep Beyond Six Months May Feel More Depressed, Judged

Recent trends and popular advice telling moms not to sleep with their babies may make mothers who do choose to co-sleep with their infants more likely to feel depressed or judged, according to Penn State research. Douglas Teti, department head and professor of human development and family studies, Penn State, said that regardless of current parenting trends, it’s important to find a sleep arrangement that works for everyone in the family.

Key to Weight Loss Is Diet Quality, Not Quantity

A new study, published in JAMA, found that people who cut back on added sugar, refined grains and highly processed foods while concentrating on eating plenty of vegetables and whole foods — without worrying about counting calories or limiting portion sizes — lost significant amounts of weight over the course of a year.

Study Finds ‘Magic Pill’ for Adults Aged 45-64 is Exercise

A new study concludes that walking has the potential to significantly improve the public’s health. It finds regular walking, even if not meeting the minimum recommended levels, is associated with lower mortality compared to inactivity. The study appears early online in American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Fitness Trackers Hit More Specific Targets

A new report from Juniper Research forecasts that specialized fitness wearables integrated into clothing and ear-based ‘hearables’ will grow from an expected 4.5 million shipped in 2018 to nearly 30 million in 2022, an increase of more than 550%. By contrast, conventional activity tracker shipments will only grow by 20% in that time.

Doctors Reveal Reproductive Risk Factors Women Face for Heart Disease and Stroke

A recent study reveals reproductive risk factors women face for heart disease and stroke. Practitioners can develop ad campaigns to raise awareness and inspire checkups. Dr. Lela Emad of the Women’s OB/GYN Medical Group talks about the new study while emphasizing that health care providers need to be vigilant about screening women for cardiovascular disease.

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