13 Iowa football players hospitalized after workout
January 27th, 2011
03:53 PM ET

13 Iowa football players hospitalized after workout

Thirteen University of Iowa  football players were hospitalized after a strenuous workout this week.

They were found to have  rhabdomyolosis, several days after taking part in an off-season workout, according to CNN affiliate KWWL.

When a muscle ruptures, it releases its cellular content, including particles called myoglobin, into the body. These particles get caught in the kidneys and can block the organ's functions and in worst cases, cause death. FULL POST

FitFriday: Faux blueberries deceive, a history of weight loss and cold recess weather
January 21st, 2011
02:05 PM ET

FitFriday: Faux blueberries deceive, a history of weight loss and cold recess weather

Blueberries- they're full of antioxidants and vitamins - unless they're not real.   And here's more about why weight loss isn't as modern as you might think and when even Minnesota kids think it's too cold to play outside.

Fraudulent fruit

Ever wondered about those round, rock-hard dehydrated blueberries in your cereal?  Well, they’re probably not real, says the Consumer Wellness Center.

Those are a mix of sugar, corn syrup, starch, hydrogenated oil, artificial flavors, and food dye blue No. 2 and red No. 40, masquerading as blueberries.  The episode can be viewed here. FULL POST

Fit Friday: Take a break, learn tai chi, walk and save yourself money
January 14th, 2011
02:02 PM ET

Fit Friday: Take a break, learn tai chi, walk and save yourself money

Anchored to your desk and chair all day?  Get up, stretch, walk, move. Even if you’re old. Here’s why.

Take a break.

Even a brief break can be good for your heart and weight, according to the European Heart Journal. With more people increasingly tethered to the phone and their cubicles, the evidence that prolonged sitting is bad is mounting, reported the BBC.

“Experts found those who sat down for long periods without getting up had a larger waist circumference and lower levels of good HDL cholesterol,” according to the news website.


Fit Friday: ‘Subtract’ years from age; mood and weight; exercising while pregnant
December 31st, 2010
08:00 AM ET

Fit Friday: ‘Subtract’ years from age; mood and weight; exercising while pregnant

Old beyond your years?

The UK's Daily Mail asked leading health experts to create a quiz to test its readers’ true body age.

The paper asks, "How old or young is your body compared with your years?"

The quiz tests the strength of your brain, skin, muscles, heart, lungs and other body parts.

Take the test yourself (click here) and see how well you fare, what the scores mean and how you can "subtract" years from your age.

Could your mood affect your diet?

Improving your mood may help you shed pounds, according to a report published on ScienceDaily.

"Most weight loss programs do not pay enough attention to screening and treatment of depression," said Babak Roshanaei-Moghaddam of the psychiatry and behavioral sciences department at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Researchers in the study placed 203 obese women into two treatment groups, one that focused on losing weight and another that focused on weight loss and depression. Those who focused on both weight and depression shed more pounds.

Exercise may limit pregnancy weight gain

Women who hit the gym or find other ways to work out gain less weight than women who don't exercise during pregnancy, according to a Reuters report.

Researchers in Germany found that active women gained an average of 1.3 fewer pounds than women with a sedentary lifestyle.

Although that number may not seem like a lot, the research shows that exercise can have a positive effect on a woman's mood - and finds that women who gain too much weight during pregnancy risk of a number of health problems, including diabetes and labor complications.

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Jared Fogle's 'weird light bulb moment'
December 29th, 2010
11:37 AM ET

Jared Fogle's 'weird light bulb moment'

Jared Fogle, eater of Subway sandwiches and runner of the last New York marathon, became a pitchman for the chain after losing 240 pounds.

After regaining a little bit of weight in 2009, Fogle (above at right) decided in January to get healthy and run a marathon. He finished the race at 5 hours, 13 minutes and 28 seconds.

CNN spoke to him for a story about a defining weight-loss moment tied to New Year’s fitness goals.


Fit Friday: Snacking at the desk, Palin-Obama food fight expands, marriage and fitness
December 24th, 2010
01:10 PM ET

Fit Friday: Snacking at the desk, Palin-Obama food fight expands, marriage and fitness

Munching while distracted could make for mindless eating

Eating lunch at your desk might be convenient, but it could whet your appetite to eat more.

Researchers from the University of Bristol asked one group to eat lunch while playing Solitaire and gave a second group the same foods without the game, reports the UK’s Daily Mail.  The distracted team felt less full and could not recall all the foods eaten during lunch, scientists found, according to the newspaper.


Fit Friday: How Army is turning to lipo, sports not giving kids cardio
December 10th, 2010
12:10 PM ET

Fit Friday: How Army is turning to lipo, sports not giving kids cardio

“Army Strong” or Army, tad pudgy?

They’re increasingly turning to starvation diets,  weight-loss pills, laxatives and even liposuction.

No, these aren’t the antics of models or even housewives on reality cable shows.  The Army Times reports that soldiers are turning to extreme diet measures to meet the military’s weight requirements.

About 24,000 soldiers were discharged between 1992 and 2007 for failure to comply with weight standards, according to a military fitness report.  Weight can kill military careers making them ineligible for promotions, leadership positions or professional military schools. FULL POST

Walking may slow brain decline
November 29th, 2010
02:45 PM ET

Walking may slow brain decline

Three studies presented Monday at the Radiological Society of North America’s annual meeting use imaging techniques to show how exercise can affect our bodies and brains.

Walking may slow cognitive decline in adults diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as benefiting brains of healthy adults.


November 26th, 2010
11:36 AM ET

Fit Friday: Fat rats, Natalie Portman's workout, misperceivers don't believe mirrors

Stuffed and content from your Thanksgiving? Here’s good news—all that turkey may not be as detrimental as you thought. Read on about high protein diets.

Every Friday, we'll give a Web shout-out to interesting, quirky or bizarre diet-and-fitness news and trends. Tell us your suggestions for interesting stories, posts or websites that caught your eye.

European study identifies most effective diet

Eating lots of protein and skimping on refined starch is the best weight maintenance diet, reports a Danish study. Researchers at the University of Copenhagen compared the results of five different weight-maintenance diets on almost 800 European families.


The triathlon journey
November 10th, 2010
04:47 PM ET

The triathlon journey

I was on a plane about a year ago getting ready to take off, when I got a call from the director of our unit at CNN. She is a triathlete, and in very good shape. “Hey, Sanjay! I have a great idea. You should do the New York Triathlon with me, and we can pick six viewers around the country to do it with us,” she said. At this point, the flight attendant came around and politely asked me to turn off my phone. “Roni, uh. Yeah sure. Sounds great,” was my reply. And, that is how I found myself signed up for my first-ever triathlon.

Truth is, I never dreamed that I could do this. With a busy schedule at the hospital, three children and constant travel around the world, I immediately worried that I wouldn’t be able to train properly or adhere to the diet necessary to be a triathlete.

When July came around, and we were just days from the race, I reflected on the past several months. I realized my whole approach to fitness had changed. As busy as life is, I somehow found time to break a sweat every single day.


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