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Eat Local in Winter: As eat-local trend grows, farmers markets go year-round

Opt-farmersmarketAs Americans show greater interest in eating locally produced fruits and vegetables, an increasing number of farmers markets are selling year-round.

Since 2010, the number of winter markets jumped 38% from 886 to 1,225 in August 2011, according to the updated National Farmers Market Directory.

These winter markets, defined as those operating at least once between November and March, now account for nearly 17% of the nation’s 7,222 operating farmers markets.

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No Point in Telling Parents About Kids’ Weight?

back-to-schoolNEW YORK (Reuters Health) – School policies that let parents know when their children are overweight or obese appears to have little impact on the problem, a new study finds.

In the last decade, almost all public schools in California collected information about height and weight on kids in the fifth, seventh, and ninth grades, but only some opted to send the results to parents. This gave Dr. Kristine A. Madsen of the University of California, San Francisco, an unique opportunity to evaluate the impact of that notification.

She found that children whose parents were told they were overweight were no more likely to have lost weight years later than children whose parents were not notified.

These findings, reported in the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine, suggest that school officials should concentrate their efforts on interventions that have the most impact, such as making school lunches healthier, and increasing the use of physical activity, Madsen noted.

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Inactivity: A Hidden Cancer Risk

TV-for-web1According to The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) expert report shows that physical activity lowers the risk of several cancers, both independently and by preventing weight gain. Yet if activity can help prevent cancer, can inactivity increase the risk? It’s quite possible, suggests the emerging field of sedentary behavior.

Recent studies suggest that sitting for prolonged periods of time leads to unique physiological effects – independent of a person’s structured activity time – that play a role in cancer and other chronic diseases. The research is still in its early phases, experts say, yet it may soon change the traditional view of healthy activity.

“There has been an explosion of research in [sedentary behavior] and health, and the preliminary evidence is pretty encouraging to make us think this is an important area of work to focus on for cancer risk,” said Brigid Lynch, PhD, an epidemiologist at Canada’s Alberta Health Services and author of a review on cancer risk and sedentary behavior.

“People who are active are getting health benefits of physical activity, and that’s great, but what the research is finding is that it’s not enough. We need to think about how people are spending the bulk of their day.”

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Overweight with Strong Heart Beats Thin and Weak

For overweight people with heart disease, improving their physical fitness could pay big dividends.

1ovrweight-lifting-wtsA new study has found that fitness, not body weight, is a more important predictor of whether people with clogged blood vessels in their heart will die in the relatively near term.

Being overweight, or even obese, but having a heart that could tolerate heavy exercise was markedly better than being a lean person who panted from walking up a hill.

Not surprisingly, the study also showed that obese heart patients who were least physically fit, and those with large amounts of fat concentrated around their hips and abdomen, were much more likely to die during the 14-year study period compared to their fitter, more slender peers. The combination of poor fitness and that kind of so-called “central obesity” was even more dangerous, raising the risk for death roughly sevenfold, the researchers said.

“The bottom line here is that fitness modulates the prognosis in patients with coronary artery disease according to their body weight,” study leader Dr. Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, a heart specialist at Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minn., told Reuters Health. “To have a low fitness and to have central obesity seems to be a pretty bad combination.”

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Seven Habits of Successful Weight Loss

More physical activity, less inactivity and eating breakfast rank among the most common behavioral strategies adopted by a group of people who have successfully lost weight and maintained their weight loss, according to a new review of approximately 6,000 self-selected individuals who make up the National Weight Control Registry (NWCR).

lose-weightTop 3 of the Seven Habits of Successful Weight Loss Maintainer
1. High levels of physical activity
2. Limit television watching
3. Low-calorie, low-fat diet

Founded in 1994, NWCR asked adults to join who had maintained a weight loss of 30 pounds or more for at least one year. Members had all maintained their lower weight for an average of more than five years by the time they enrolled. Although almost all NWCR members (89 percent) reported combining both diet and physical activity to lose weight, one of the most common and prominent behaviors was the high amount of physical activity, says James O. Hill, PhD, director of the Center for Human Nutrition of the University of Colorado and one of the founders of the NWCR.

“What we find over and over is that physical activity is very, very important,” says Hill, who has also presented at the American Institute of Cancer Research (AICR) Annual Research Conference. “I suspect it’s maybe the strongest key.”

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High Blood Pressure = Low Walking Speed

High Blood Pressure Linked to Slower Walking Speeds in Seniors

walking Researchers have found a link between high blood pressure and a greater drop in average walking speeds in older adults, according to results from a new National Institutes of Health funded study.
The drop seems to occur even in study participants whose high blood pressure is successfully treated. Drastic changes in walking speed can impact a senior’s ability to remain independent and indicate
possible health problems.

The study examined the role of brain, heart, and kidney function in changes in seniors’ walking speeds over 14 years. Participating seniors, with an average age of 76 at the start of the study, who had high blood pressure, saw their average walking speeds decline 0.2 miles per hour more than seniors who did not have high blood pressure. The study appears in the March 2011 edition of the Journal of the American Geriatric Society.

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Live Longer with Chronic Illness

CCChallenge11Logo_NoC5_2C[1]Exercise Boosts Colon Cancer Survival
Increasing Physical Activity After Treatment May Up Odds of Survival 50%

Regular exercise may help colon cancer survivors beat their disease for good.

Research suggests people who have been treated for colon cancer can reduce their risk of the cancer coming back, and improve their odds of survival, by as much as 50% by engaging in regular exercise, such as walking.

“From previous studies we know that regular physical activity reduces the risk of developing colon cancer, but until now few studies have looked at the survival effect of exercise on people who have been treated for disease,” says researcher Jeffrey Meyerhardt, MD, MPH, of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, in a news release.

A pair of studies on two different groups of colon cancer survivors both showed people who exercised regularly after completing colon cancer therapy were more likely to be alive and cancer-free six to 12 months after treatment than those who didn’t exercise.

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Take it to Heart


National Wear Red Day is Friday, February 4, 2011

Make it your mission to fight heart disease in women. Heart disease is still the No.1 killer of women, claiming 1 in 3 womens’ lives.

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No Better Medicine for Diabetics Than Exercise

Optimized-walking_winter_peDiabetics should exercise 150 minutes a week

NORFOLK — People with Type 2 diabetes should get 150 minutes of aerobic exercise a week, according to a new recommendation written in part by an Old Dominion University professor. “There is probably not a better medicine out there for people with diabetes than exercise,” said Sheri Colberg-Ochs, an ODU exercise science professor.
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Greetings from Lisa

Lisa_girls_Nov. 2010_Greetings from Lisa –

Once upon a time I started a business. With help from a neighbor who could type, a DBA from the city, a $200 gift from my parents to buy some stationary, a blood pressure cuff, caliper, stop watch and metronome – Solo Fitness & Wellness was born on April 16, 1990.

Who had even heard of computers, Facebook or blogging, let alone owning a cell phone back then? Conversations were phone calls or face-to-face meetings. Invoices & receipts were mailed. Banking was done at the bank and checks were handwritten. We focused on writing brochures, creating stationary and business cards to get our message out. Now that’s all gone and the new gold standard for marketing and communication is a website. Clearly the world has changed, but our mission hasn’t.

Solo Fitness & Wellness’s mission is to make health an accessible goal in many people’s lives. And we continue to do so twenty years later. Our social strategy is clear: to engage people so they will participate in physical activity as a lifelong habit.

I hope by communicating with you via this blog from time to time, I get to connect with you in hopes to influence you and your network of friends, towards activity via real world and virtual social networks.