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Too Many Universities Not Requiring Important Physical Education
2013-01-07 13:13:41

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It wasn´t long ago that I strolled into a very daunting room filled with machines and contraptions that confounded and intimidated me. This sense of being lost at sea was only added to by the ease and skill with which I saw others navigating the room. As it turns out, according to a new study out of Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, my experience was far from unique. At my university, our workout facility was...

2012-10-09 20:51:36

But an hour's walk every day makes no difference: Intensity rather than duration is what counts The findings indicate that it is the intensity, rather than the duration, of exercise that counts in combating the impact of metabolic syndrome - a combination of factors, including midriff bulge, high blood pressure, insulin resistance, higher than normal levels of blood glucose and abnormal blood fat levels - say the authors. Genes, diet, and lack of exercise are thought to be implicated in...

2012-04-04 20:37:35

Improving or maintaining physical fitness appears to help obese and overweight children reach a healthy weight, reports a new study from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. Researchers analyzed four years of data from in-school fitness tests and body mass index (BMI) measurements of students in grades 1—7 in the city of Cambridge, Mass. In the study published online March 15 by the journal Obesity, Sacheck and colleagues examined the association...

2011-05-03 08:00:00

WASHINGTON, May 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Since 1983, our nation has observed National Physical Fitness and Sports Month during May as a celebration of the joy and benefits of leading an active, healthy lifestyle. Proclaiming a special month to promote physical activity and fitness is a way to offer Americans of all ages, backgrounds and abilities a special incentive to adopt an active lifestyle. As part of the celebration for National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, the President's...

2010-12-06 09:12:00

ACSM journal article probes relationship between childhood obesity, physical activity INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 6, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Scientists may have discovered a new trend in childhood obesity, according to research published this month in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®, the official journal of the American College of Sports Medicine. In comparing physical activity levels among American children, researchers discovered that the most overweight...

2010-05-03 10:30:00

SAN DIEGO, May 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Council on Exercise (ACE), America's leading authority on fitness and one of the largest fitness certification, education and training organizations in the world, joins a coalition of experts to announce today its involvement with and support of the National Physical Activity Plan, a sweeping initiative to improve public health by motivating people to become and stay physically active, and to remove the barriers that may stand in their way....

2009-09-03 23:30:00

Current primary care policies aimed at reducing obesity and increasing physical activity in children do not work and are very costly to run, according to research published on bmj.com today. Family doctor screening and brief counseling is part of national policy to tackle childhood obesity in a number of countries including the UK, US and Australia. While the programs do not harm children, research led by the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Melbourne, Australia, questions whether...

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2009-08-03 09:40:00

Children's after-school activities often consist of sedentary behavior such as watching television, but after-school programs that offer physical activity and healthy snacks could be the best place for children's health. David Dzewaltowski, head of the department of kinesiology at Kansas State University, and other K-State researchers have found that quality after-school programs are an important contributor to children's physical activity. "Participation in after-school programs tends to...

2008-08-10 15:00:10

By Steve Jacob American children are gaining weight in a period - summer - when they once did not. What or who is to blame? Two things spike at this time of year: the heat and, apparently, our schoolchildren's weight.The first observation is obvious. The second comes from Ohio State University and Indiana University researchers who found that the increase in children's body mass index, or BMI, during the summer was more than twice as fast as during the school year. Many of us who are...

2008-07-29 03:00:53

By Snethen, Julia A Broome, Marion E; Kelber, Sheryl; Leicht, Sandra; Joachim, Jackie; Goretzke, Maribeth PURPOSE. Obesity adversely affects children, yet limited information is available on the familial environmental influence of fathers. The purpose of this study was to examine fathers' influences on their children's eating and activity patterns. DESIGN AND METHODS. Participants for this mixed methods study was a convenience sample of 51 multi-ethnic fathers of children 8-12 years of age,...