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A few items to share:

Today’s PSA: Exercise with caution in today’s inferno

It’s been so darn hot the past week or so in the DC area and East Coast.  Make sure you are paying attention to tips and advice about exercising in this sort of heat. It tends to sneak up on you and by then you are screwed…

DC Schools to Discontinue Flavored Milk
This is Great news. If more schools and other places that cater to our children make changes like this, think of the impact we could have!

Some experts argue that the empty calories from sugar cause behavorial problems in school and prime children for health problems ranging from tooth decay to obesity and early onset of diabetes. Flavored milks also cause a drain on school food budgets because they are more expensive than plain milk. But the dairy industry has fought hard to keep flavored milk in school, fearing that children would drink less milk if it did not contain the added sugar.

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Study Finds Certain Drugs Can Keep Some Forms of Cancer in Remission Longer –

Using certain anticancer drugs for years at a time can help keep some types of cancer in remission longer, doctors reported Thursday.

In another finding, researchers said they had made progress on a long-sought goal — developing a way to screen healthy women for ovarian cancer, potentially catching tumors before they become virtually incurable.

The research findings were among more than 4,000 that will be presented next month at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Among the others: a randomized trial showing that twice-a-week yoga sessions can help cancer survivors sleep better and reduce their fatigue.

Study: Many Sunscreens May Be Accelerating Cancer – AOL News.

Very scary news. The full list of t sunscreens can be found on the EWG’s searchable database.

The report cites these problems with bogus sun protection factor (SPF) numbers:

  • The use of the hormone-disrupting chemical oxybenzone, which penetrates the skin and enters the bloodstream.
  • Overstated claims about performance.
  • The lack of needed regulations and oversight by the Food and Drug Administration.

Secretary of Health Visits Two ‘Active Schools’ in Southeast Pennsylvania to Recognize their Commitment to Daily Physical Activity

What a great concept – having kids exercise at least 30 mins a day. Good or this school for helping kids make the commitment!

Secretary of Health Everette James today visited Conrad Weiser Middle School in Berks County and Cedarbrook Middle School in Montgomery County to commend students and teachers for their yearlong commitment to exercising for 30 minutes every school day.

James pointed out that physical activity is essential for all children to develop healthy hearts, strong bones and sharp minds. Combined with good nutrition, physical activity is also important to address the childhood obesity epidemic. Childhood obesity rates have tripled in the last 25 years. Overweight children face an increased risk of health problems as adolescents and adults, including diabetes, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis and certain types of cancer.

How to Use Service Learning to Engage Kids | Edutopia.

This info is geared towards teachers and schools but can easily be incorporated by parents who want to help their kids get involved with giving back.

Integrating service-learning projects into your curriculum doesn’t have to add hours to your planning time, and these projects deliver a big payoff for students. Fowler Unified School District teacher Monica Sigala urges her colleagues to begin with a short project. “Just start small and let it grow,” says the teacher of grades 6-7. “Don’t fear it, because service learning creates the type of kids who know they can make a difference in a life or in the world.” Sigala and fellow Fowler teacher LeAnn Hodges share their strategies.

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Still a bit under the weather so my initial idea of getting up and going for a run fell to the wayside.

I did want to share some interesting news I have come across the past few days:

Vitamin D and colorectal cancer focus of new Arizona study

U of AZ is my Alma mater and they also have a great cancer center. I am glad to see that they got this grant.

Two Arizona researchers have been awarded a $1.5 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to study the relationship of vitamin D to colorectal cancer. Peter Jurutka, PhD, of the University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix, in partnership with Arizona State University, and Elizabeth Jacobs, PhD, Arizona Cancer Center scientist and assistant professor at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, will be spending the next five years on the study.

Is PE an Rx for ABCs?

Get out there and be active with your family. How can you argue with the benefits below?

A growing body of research says that students who are more active do better in school academically.

The idea is that exercise helps kids learn — and it’s not just Olwell who believes this. A growing body of research links physical activity and academic performance, according to a report released last month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Motivational Quotes for Your Healthy Lifestyle

We all need to see motivational quotes now and then to keep us fueled and motoring on…

Health is Happiness

Have you ever thought about the connection between happiness and good health? Most of us would probably agree that there is a connection, but many of us who feel unhappy don’t want to take the time to build a foundation of good health. Good health can be the launching pad for great things. Think about when you are feeling under the weather. It is hard to stay on track and consistent with your goals when your body isn’t up to the challenge. It is extremely important to make sure your body stays in great shape if you want to enjoy all that life has to offer.

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Boston Marathon Great for Winners; What About the Rest of Us? – Health Blog – WSJ.

The debate over whether running marathons is a fine form of exercise or dangerous to your health, however, isn’t likely to stop any time soon; arguing the pros and cons of long-distance running is practically a sport in itself. The Boston Globe takes a look at the “calamities small or large” that can afflict runners during the 26.2-mile event. The story mostly focuses on the less serious problems – muscle cramps, tendinitis, blisters, banged-up toenails – that are a pain, but aren’t going to kill you.

Harvard Docs to Insurance Companies: Drop the Big Macs – Health Blog – WSJ.

Should life and health insurers be investing in the stocks of fast-food companies?

Researchers at the Cambridge Health Alliance, which is associated with Harvard Medical School, say no, citing the downside of fast food — associations with obesity and other health problems, heavy marketing to kids and the the chains’ environmental impact. Insurers, however, do have a responsibility to share- or policyholders to maximize returns, and that may include investments in companies that don’t share their health-promoting mission, they say.

You, your doctor and the Internet –

Should a caregiver ever Google a patient? Would you ask your physician to be a Facebook ‘friend’? Ethical questions abound, and the doctor-patient relationship is at stake.

Kettle bells for every workout –

The growing popularity of kettle bells, the primitive-looking bowling-balls-with-handles that deliver a great all-body workout, has given rise to similar products with more flexibility. Available now are weight-changeable kettle bells that can be customized to new fitness levels, for different family members or even during a workout — so you don't have to own more than one. Below, find four innovative ways to throw your weight around. — Roy M. Wallack

I discovered this great website one day See Adam Train at while searching Twitter and it really has offered up some great info and resources –  Including this site about running barefoot. Current popular thinking suggests that perhaps running barefoot is a lot better for us than we ever even considered.  I keep hearing about this approach from many different people, it is worth looking into.

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Personal Health – Risks for Youths Who Eat What They Watch –
We have all been there with our kids. They are watching a show on TV or at the store with us and you hear the “mommy, can you buy <insert product here> for me?  Usually at my house it’s a high sugar item like fruit rollup stickers or sugary cereal. I believe in moderation so I do buy some it and give it to them in moderation but the power of the ads is quite apparent.

Many factors influence children’s food choices: where they eat; what their friends and siblings eat; what parents eat and drink and bring into the house; what is served at school; and, of course, what they like.

Diets high in added sugar raise heart disease risk

Goes along with eating high sugar cereals and other junk. We advertise it to kids – they develop a taste for it – end up being adults with higher heart disease risks. Slippery slope.

A study says daily sugar intake can alter important blood fats. Whether the source is sugar cane or high fructose corn syrup, the ‘sugar effect’ persists.

Mourning the Death of a Pet – Well Blog –

Having lost my Scully a year ago this past weekend and talking with other friends who have or are going thru the loss of a pet right now – it is grief, sadness, loneliness. All the feelings you have towards people you know – pets are your family too. It takes time to deal with the loss —

It’s not only animal researchers who are taking note of the grief that occurs when a pet dies. The journal Perspectives in Psychiatric Care noted that the bond between people and their pets can affect both physical and mental health, and that the grief reaction that occurs after a pet’s death is “in many ways comparable to that of the loss of a family member.”

The many ways to share bad news – Los Angeles Times.

This resonated with me a lot. Having started my colon-c blog to primarily save me from having to relay the entire story and process to all of our friends and family. We have no family local so this was a way they could keep themselves updated. I also find that it has helped quite a few people who are now having to deal with a cancer diagnosis in their own family.  Instead of me having to rehash every doctor appointment, every test result – I just refer them to colon-c. Enough said.

More are using electronic forms of communication such as personal Web pages, e-mail, Facebook, Twitter and blogs to share medical news and updates. They can spread the word quickly, but critics believe such news demands a more personal approach.

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FDA plans to limit amount of salt allowed in processed foods for health reasons.

I have never been one to pay attention to the salt content in things. My blood pressure isn’t high, my heart is healthy. I am not known to add salt to my food on a regular basis.  But if you stop and really look at the sodium content of some so called healthier foods, it really is quite shocking.

The Food and Drug Administration is planning an unprecedented effort to gradually reduce the salt consumed each day by Americans, saying that less sodium in everything from soup to nuts would prevent thousands of deaths from hypertension and heart disease. The initiative, to be launched this year, would eventually lead to the first legal limits on the amount of salt allowed in food products.

Do You Drink Enough Water or Are Some of Your Health Problems Caused by Chronic Dehydration? – Associated Content –

I have lately been trying to ask myself when I feel like munching on something – could I Just be thirsty. I am not saying the answer is always yes, but it has helped. That and drinking herbal teas — I pee forever now because of all the water/tea I drink, but I do think it has helped curb my snacking.

If you exercise a lot, drink alcohol regularly, live in a hot country or keep your home heated to a high temperature you may not always be as well hydrated as you need to be for optimum health. In addition, as people age their thirst reflex becomes weaker. You cannot entirely rely on thirst to tell you when you need to drink more water.

Parents’ obesity, especially mom’s, tied to kids’ risk

Another thing to blame moms for, right?? Can we just have a few things that we can definitively say are from the dad? Please? I do think that at least in my mind, most front line parenting is done by the Mom – so it’s normal to assume that what they eat and their relationship with food plays a big part in their kids present and future relationship with food and living a healthy and fit life. Hence, lead by example and make small changes consistently over time and you will see a change in your family too.

UK researchers found that among more than 7,000 2- to 15-year-olds in a national study, those who had two obese parents were 12 times more likely to be obese than children with two normal-weight parents. That was with factors such as socioeconomics — gauged by parents’ jobs — and ethnicity taken into account.Mothers’ weight showed a particularly strong association with children’s weight, the study found.

Don’t Stretch Before Exercising | Fitness Health

I have read articles that said make sure you loosen up/stretch and then read articles where it says don’t do static stretching. Not sure who to believe – I always find personally a little stretching feels good before I do lifting. For running, I do a few hamstring stretches and then I am off. What do you think?

Working at home: Family-friendly? –

I thought this was an interesting article. Blurring the lines between work and home is really the core discussion point. A friend of mine was telling me today that she doesn’t have a blackberry and had to do some work travel recently. She does have a cell phone. She was out of touch via email during the day because of the project work she was doing and her boss said you need to get a Blackberry so you can keep up on emails.  Her company won’t pay for one because of budget issues, so she said – well then I will not be able to check mail regularly.  She has no personal need for one, so pay for it or no go.  I was thinking about that and how rare it is now a days to find anyone that isn’t almost completely wired and reachable anytime of the day. It’s quite astounding if you think about it.

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EAT: DIY Greek Style Yogurt

So many of us eat Greek Yogurt. It can be really expensive and I have found the newer ‘cheaper’ versions – like from Yoplait – are actually a small bit higher in calories and a small bit lower in protein. I have never tried to make my own but it seems pretty straight forward. Let me know if you have tried to do it before.

Bend and stretch those hamstrings

I seriously have the tightest hamstrings and we think it may have contributed to my back issues last week. Here is a good exercise to do to help loosen those hamstrings – you need a chair – that’s it! No excuses.

Report On The State of U.S. Health

Life life expectancy in the United States is now 77.9 years —

Mortality from heart disease, stroke and cancer continue to decline but the leading cause of death for people age 65 and older is still heart disease. The leading cause of death for people age 1-44 is unintentional injuries.

If you think about it, lifestyle changes can really impact our lives and our health. Eating healthy, exercising, relaxing, meditating, doing yoga or other fun activities have been proven over and over to be the antidote to modern illness. Stop the wars and put that money into education, school lunches and fun physical education. I know it is utopia but I’d like to see this report in the future if we could accomplish that.

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Coffee As An Antioxidant Source – How Good Is It?

The results of a long-term study on the impact of coffee consumption on aggressive prostate cancer indicate there may be tangible health benefits.  A study that lasted 20-years and included nearly 50,000 men showed that regular coffee consumption reduced the risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer.  Those men who consumed 6 cups of coffee daily saw a 41% reduction in their risk of developing the disease.

Coffee has also been shown to reduce the risk of adult dementia by as much as 65%, as well as reducing the risk of breast cancer, colon cancer, and even gout.

I love my coffee in the AM – and my trainer says no coffee! Just water! Well – I think everything in moderation – the one cup I have a day is good after all!


Interval training is high intensity work, interspersed with short intervals of rest. The main idea: rest intervals allow more work to be completed at a higher level of intensity than can be accomplished with steady state training.

Eating Ramen Instant Noodles – How Much Risk Are You Taking?

We all remember eating ramen in college — well that’s not entirely true. I don’t think I did to be honest – just not my thing. I sure did know a lot of people who did and looking back – none of us really looked at nutrition labels. My how times have changed. Shocking to see the actual “value” of ramen noodles.

U.S. To Improve School Meals and Children’s Health | Gov Monitor.

USDA Food and Nutrition Service Administrator Julie Paradis today highlighted the Obama Administration’s priorities for improving school meals and the health of children across the nation.

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Organic: What it means on different products –

Organic: What it means on different products

You see the word more and more, but what does it say about what it’s on? Here are tips for fruits and vegetables, dairy and meat, cosmetics, processed foods and cotton and coffee.

How to Be Organic on a Budget – Gaiam Life.

…there are ways to offset the costs so that your overall expenses in going organic won’t be much more than what you’re paying now, and possibly even a little less.

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Study: Women who drink are less likely to gain weight –

a new study suggests that women who are moderate drinkers actually tend to gain less weight over time than teetotalers.

And if you don’t drink, experts say, these findings shouldn’t inspire you to start hitting the bottle.

Sleep, pray, love — survey sheds light on U.S. bedtime routine –

Can You Credit/Blame Your Mom for Your Body? |

What Real Women Look Like |

I for one need to be reminded that we all come in different shapes and sizes and have to “know” that no one looks like those images we are bombarded with in the media. No One!

Big in Japan? Fat chance for nation’s young women ::

Social pressure — women looking critically at other women — is the most important reason female skinniness is ascendant in Japan. “Japanese women are outstandingly tense and critical of each other,” said researcher Hisako Watanabe, who has spent 34 years treating women with eating disorders. “There is a pervasive habit among women to monitor each other with a serious sharp eye to see what kind of slimness they have.”

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