Category Archives: Fitness & Weight Control

Healthy living, weight loss, emotional health, nutrition

Daily Physical Activity Prevents Weight Gain

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Daily Physical Activity Prevents Weight Gain Only in Women With Normal BMI
MedscapeCME Clinical Briefs , 2010-03-26

March 26, 2010 — Daily physical activity is associated with less weight gain only among women whose body mass index (BMI) is lower than 25 kg/m2, according to the results of a prospective cohort study reported in the March 24/31 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Approximately 60 minutes per day of moderate-intensity physical activity was associated with successfully maintaining normal weight.

“The amount of physical activity needed to prevent long-term weight gain is unclear,” write I-Min Lee, MBBS, ScD, from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, and colleagues. “In 2008, federal guidelines recommended at least 150 minutes per week (7.5 metabolic equivalent [MET] hours per week) of moderate-intensity activity for ‘substantial health benefits.”’

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Medscape: USPSTF Recommends Obesity Screening for …

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USPSTF Recommends Obesity Screening for Children Ages 6 to 18 Years
Medscape Medical News , 2010-01-22

January 22, 2010 — The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that clinicians screen children ages 6 to 18 years for obesity and refer as appropriate to programs to improve their weight status, according to evidence-based guidelines posted online January 18 and to be published in the February print issue ofPediatrics. The statement, which is an update of the 2005 USPSTF statement about screening for overweight in children and adolescents, is accompanied by a supporting systematic review and commentary.

“Since the 1970s, childhood and adolescent obesity has increased three- to sixfold,” write chair Ned Calonge, MD, MPH, from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment in Denver, and colleagues from the USPSTF. “Approximately 12% to 18% of 2- to 19-year-old children and adolescents are obese (defined as having an age- and gender-specific BMI [body mass index] at >95th percentile)….Previously, the USPSTF found adequate evidence that BMI was an acceptable measure for identifying children and adolescents with excess weight.”

The USPSTF evaluated evidence for the efficacy of pediatric weight management interventions that are feasible in primary care or referable from primary care. The task force also considered the evidence for the magnitude of potential harms of treatment in children and adolescents.

This evidence led the USPSTF to issue a grade B recommendation that clinicians screen children 6 years and older for obesity and provide obese children with intensive counseling and behavioral interventions designed to improve weight status, or that they refer them for such counseling and interventions.

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My Take: Improving the health of our youth will help improve our communities. Regular screening for obesity is needed at each health checkup. Parents need to encourage their youth to get regular exercise. Educators need to advocate for physical activity in schools. Health care providers need to screen and educate their patients.

Study: Ginkgo biloba has no effect on Alzheimer’s, dementia – USATODAY.com

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My Take;

Improving one’s memory should be done all during your life. Proven methods of reading and stimulating your mind throughout childhood, adulthood and beyond should be promoted daily. When early dementia sets in, it is really too late to undo change.


Washingtonpost.com: E. coli Tainted Beef in 16 States

E. coli-tainted beef infects 21 in 16 states

By Lyndsey Layton
Twenty-one people in 16 states have been infected in recent days with a potentially lethal strain of E. coli bacteria, after consuming beef in restaurants supplied by the same Oklahoma meat company, federal officials said.

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My Take:

Food safety is a constant ongoing problem in this country. Our children’s food in schools is not as safe as it could be. We should be demanding an immediate improvement in this precarious situation.

CALL TO ACTION: Write your congress person and demand action. Support those bills which work to ensure safty at al levels of our food chain. Establish greater funding for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Slim Fast Recall

NewsEmergency.comFDA Posts Nationwide Recall of Slim Fast Drinks: 10 million cans affected

A nationwide voluntary recall of all Slim-Fast ready-to-drink (RTD) products in cans has been posted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) due to the possibility of contamination with Bacillus cereus, a micro-organism, which may cause diarrhea and possibly nausea and/or vomiting. The probability of serious adverse health consequences is remote. Slim-Fast is a product of Unilever United States, Inc.

The products are packaged in paperboard cartons and contain four, six or 12 steel cans or individual cans that are 11 FL OZ (325 mL) each.  The recall involves all Slim-Fast RTD products in cans, regardless of flavor, Best-By date, lot code or UPC number. No other Slim-Fast products are affected by this recall.
The recall was initiated after the company conducted quality testing on Slim-Fast RTD products in cans. Out of an abundance of caution, the company is recalling all RTD products in cans that are currently in distribution centers, on-shelf or in back rooms in retail outlets or in consumers homes. The company is in the process of identifying and correcting the production issue, and will resume production and shipment of the product when the issue has been addressed and corrected.
Consumers who have purchased Slim-Fast RTD products in cans are urged to discard them immediately and contact the company at 1-800-896-9479 for a full refund. The Consumer Services Center is open Monday thru Friday, 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM ET. A recorded message is available 24/7.