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Posts Tagged ‘diet and exercise’

Let’s Move Program Makes Changes

The “Let’s Move” program of first lady Michelle Obama, a campaign against childhood obesity launched in February 2010, has shown positive results in several cities like New York, Philadelphia, California and Mississippi.  Private sector companies like Wal-Mart have started making changes as well in response to the campaign. About one-third of U.S. children are overweight or obese, which therefore increases their risk of obesity-related diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease.  The First Lady said in an interview that they are beginning to see shifts in the trend lines and data were starting to show improvements as well. In […]

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Intensive intervention programs encourage weight loss through healthier diet and exercise. These one-on-one programs are often guided by lifestyle coaches. Research shows that they have led to a 58% decrease in the incidence of type 2 diabetes among people who are obese or pre-diabetic. However, primary care doctors who are involved with such programs are often burdened with high patient loads, preventing them from providing adequate individualized care patients need. Researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute have found that new self-directed interventions could increase the accessibility of educational programs to […]

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Protecting the Astronauts’ Bone Health

Astronauts on long-duration missions suffer from bone density loss, a major medical problem which results in an average of 1 to 2% bone loss per month. This is worse than what happens in an elderly person, who loses about 1 to 2% bone density per year. Dr. Scott M. Smith, NASA nutritionist at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston and lead author reports that their new study marks the first significant progress in protecting International Space Station astronauts’ bone through diet and exercise during spaceflight. Resistance exercise has been thought to be essential in protecting astronauts’ bones since the […]

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