Hard-core Gamers Found to be Overweight and Sad!

Hard-core Gamers Found to be Overweight and Sad!

When you think of hard-core video gamers, do you picture teenagers or 35 year old paunchy adults? A very revealing study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) finds that the average gamer is in their thirties--not a teen. What is more startling is when children and teens become game players, it marks the beginning…

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Exercise and Diet Lower Risk of Dementia

Two recent observational studies found physical activity and a Mediterranean-type diet are associated with lower risks of cognitive decline in elders. The first was a US study of 2000 elders followed for five years. Close adherence to a Mediterranean-type diet and regular physical activity (even light activity like gardening) independently resulted in significantly less Alzheimer…

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Prestroke Physical Activity Improves Stroke Recovery

We all know physical activity can reduce our risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease. However, new research strongly suggests that physical activity three or more times per week in the year before a stroke significantly increases the likelihood of good outcomes, compared to those who hardly exercised at all. One of the authors, James Meschia, MD…

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Sedentary Lifestyle Delays Onset of Sleep in Kids

A new population-based study in Archives of Disease in Childhood has found for each hour of sedentary activity during the day, it took three minutes longer to fall asleep at night. These seven year olds went to sleep faster when they were more active! Your grandmother probably told the same thing from simple observation, but…

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A Walk a Day May Keep Breast Cancer Away

Ladies, here is more evidence that physical activity may prevent breast cancer. A prospective study conducted at the Cooper Clinic in Dallas, Texas examined 14,811 women aged 20 to 83 years old with no history of breast cancer. At the beginning of the study each subject received a maximal exercise test to determine their cardiorespiratory…

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Keep Moving!

 Think you only need to be physically active once a day? We all know that daily moderate-to-vigorous physical activity is essential to good health and a long life. However, a new 12 year study of 17,013 Canadians 18-90 years of age reported that the higher the daily sitting time the higher the all-cause death rate.Death rates in…

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Exercise is Medicine!

 Research shows exercise is useful in the treatment and prevention of more than 40 chronic diseases including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension. This month the American College of Sports Medicine is again partnering with the "Exercise is Medicine" program to celebrate the benefits of physical activity so crucial to ensuring a healthy and productive lifestyle. The US Surgeon General's…

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