Research Discovers Genes Linked To Twinning And Reproductive Fitness

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mombabyBearing fraternal non-identical twins, or dizygotic (DZ) twinning, has been known to run in families. Studies have suggested that DZ twinning is potentially influenced by more than one gene and linked to a maternal factor. In a study published in the American Journal of Human Genetics, an international collaborative team of researchers reports the finding of two genes that are associated with increased odds for women bearing fraternal twins.

“We know that dizygotic, or non-identical twins, is heritable and passed on down the maternal lineage. We had spent several years first identifying twinning genes in a really spectacular group of new world monkeys, the marmoset, who always have twins or triplets. Now we were ready to tackle the genetics of twinning in humans,” said Dr. Kjersti Aagaard associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine and OB/GYN and maternal fetal medicine specialist at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, and one of the study’s lead authors. “Working with our colleagues around the globe, we not only found two genes with links to twinning, but to a number of different important signs of reproductive fitness.”

“There’s an enormous interest in twins and in why some women have twins while others don’t,” said Dr. Dorret Boomsma, a biological psychologist at Vrije Universiteit (VU), Amsterdam, and corresponding author for this work, who has compiled one of the largest twin databases in the world. “The question is very simple and our research shows for the first time that we can identify genetic variants [variations of a gene] that contribute to this likelihood.”

The follicle stimulating hormone (FSHB) gene, one of two genes found to be linked to DZ twinning, has shown significant effects on fertility affecting multiple reproductive aspects. For instance, FSHB helps control the menstrual cycle and the production of eggs by the ovary.

“We found that not only did the FSHB gene variant in moms associate with an increased likelihood of having DZ twins, but was associated in a gene dose-dependent manner to the amount of circulating follicle stimulating. In addition, women from four different cohorts around the globe carrying this genetic variant had their first period, menopause, their first child and their last child at an earlier age than women carrying other FSHB genetic variants,” said Aagaard.

Women who carried this FSHB genetic variant also showed signs of less occurrence of polycystic ovarian syndrome. With this discovery, researchers were able to tie this FSHB gene to multiple reproductive fitness traits.

The second gene found by the research team, SMAD3, affected the bearing of dizygotic twins a little differently.

“We found that moms who had this SMAD3 genetic variant also had a higher occurrence of twins,” said Aagaard. “But these moms were older at the birth of their last child, so it is a little bit different than what we saw with the FSHB variant.”

The SMAD3 genetic variant associated with DZ twinning, the authors propose, might increase the chances of DZ twinning by increasing the responsiveness to FSHB through the supporting granulosa cells.

Both genetic variants affect the growth of multiple follicles, which is needed for the development of non-identical twins. Dizygotic twins start with multiple ovulation, a maternal characteristic, and identical twins start with one embryo that splits in half.

This study focused on many different moms of twin cohorts from around the world, including a validation cohort of the population of Iceland. In this group, having each allelic FSHB variant increased women’s chances of having dizygotic twins by 18 percent per allele, and the SMAD3 variant increased the occurrence of twins by 9 percent per allele. Women who had both variants showed an increased chance of 29 percent.

The work has numerous potential applications in reproductive medicine and maternal health. For instance, it may help predict the outcome of multiple births and assist in the development of new strategies to optimize fertility.

Drawing on their recent work in the marmoset, Aagaard is optimistic that these and future evolution based genetic studies focused on twinning may yield key insights for pregnancy and reproductive health.

“What has always struck us about the marmoset is that their capacity for twinning is accompanied by unique adaptive traits that optimize their ability to both carry and care for multiple young at one time,” she said. “The more we can integrate our molecular and genetic findings in both marmoset and human moms, the greater the chance that we can unravel the mysteries of what enables reproductive fitness and optimal pregnancy outcomes in both singleton and multiple gestations.”

For the names, affiliations and support of the authors of this research, visit the Supplementary Materials section of the manuscript.

Interval Training Helps Build Cardiovascular Fitness

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weightsInterval training means alternating between short bursts of intense exercise and brief periods of rest or less-intense activity. It builds cardiovascular fitness, but it does require exercisers to push their personal limit.

Wondering whether interval training is the best way to enhance your workout? Interval training simply means alternating between short bursts of intense exercise and brief periods of rest (or less-intense activity). The payoff is improved cardiovascular fitness.

“Aerobic or cardiovascular training is designed to develop a healthier heart and circulatory system,” explains Howard Knuttgen, research associate in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Harvard-affiliated Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, in the September 2015 issue of the Harvard Men’s Health Watch. “Some regimen of aerobic training is really essential to good health.”

Interval training requires the person to exercise for very brief periods at a higher intensity or velocity than he or she could otherwise sustain for five to 10 minutes before becoming exhausted, Knuttgen says. Here are a few ways to turn a typical moderate-intensity workout into a session of interval training:

Swimming. Swim one lap as fast as possible. Rest for about the same time as it took to swim the lap. Repeat.

Walking. Walk as fast as possible for a minute or two. Then walk at a leisurely pace for the same period. Repeat.

Gym machines. Treadmills, elliptical trainers, and stationary bicycles often have a built-in interval training function to put gym-goers through their paces.

Read the full-length article: “Interval training for a stronger heart”

Also in the September 2015 issue of the Harvard Men’s Health Watch:

* How to lower blood pressure without more pills

* The truth about how much water you need every day

* New guidance on how to overcome spine-related back pain

* Influenza vaccination tips

The Harvard Men’s Health Watch is available from Harvard Health Publications, the publishing division of Harvard Medical School, for $20 per year. Subscribe at http://www.health.harvard.edu/mens or by calling 877-649-9457 (toll-free).

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Punching Up The Fitness Regimen

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newsFitness boxing is a great aerobic activity. It also helps improve muscle strength, endurance, balance, and possibly eye-hand coordination.

Boxing isn’t just a sport anymore. It’s also a popular way to stay fit — even among older adults — through a version known as fitness boxing, reports the November 2015 Harvard Health Letter. “This kind of boxing has many health benefits, because it constantly requires you to think, change your position, and change your posture,” says physical therapist Linda Arslanian, director of rehabilitation services at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Unlike traditional boxing that requires each boxer to spar with a partner, fitness boxing for older adults involves throwing punches at the air or at a punching bag, usually in a class. There are two main types of these exercise classes. In one, the class follows a leader and completes a series of boxing moves choreographed to bouncy music, similar to an aerobics class. The other type of exercise class involves strength training, stretching, and hitting a punching bag.

Don’t have the strength to stand and do boxing moves? Both types of classes are available for people who wish to remain seated while punching at the air or at a punching bag.

There’s no proof that fitness boxing is superior to any other types of exercise, but it does have many health benefits. It’s a great aerobic workout, it builds upper body strength, and it improves balance.

Read the full-length article: “Punch up your exercise routine with fitness boxing”

Also in the November 2015 issue of the Harvard Health Letter:

* Which blood pressure medication is the right one for you?

* How to tell if your medications are making you depressed

* Avoiding foodborne illness at home and at the holiday buffet

The Harvard Health Letter is available from Harvard Health Publications, the publishing division of Harvard Medical School, for $20 per year. Subscribe at http://www.health.harvard.edu/health or by calling 877-649-9457 (toll-free).

Common Sports Surgeries: How Orthopedics Help Sports And Fitness Related Injuries

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By Steve Barker

doctorSports stars commonly have orthopedic surgeries to fix injuries they receive during practice & games, like Oakland A’s catcher, Josh Phegley’s recent knee surgery. While most of us are aware of the importance of taking steps to avoid injury during physical activity, reading about these celebrity surgeries makes you wonder what sort of injuries sports stars (and us regular folk that just like to stay active) rely on surgeons at Orthopedic Associates to treat. There are a good number of injuries, but we’ve picked out a few of the most common to discuss the importance of orthopedics in helping with sports/fitness related injuries.

Common Injuries Sustained from Sports

Most injuries related to sports have something to do with joints, sprains, tears, and breaks, but do you know where? And what methods are commonly used to treat them?

Shoulder joint tear – About 20% of all sports injuries involve the shoulder, and that includes things like shoulder joint tears. Any of the three bones involved with the shoulder joint (scapula, clavicle, humerus) can become disturbed in such a way that injures the joint. One could sustain a severe fall which pulls the shoulder suddenly, or tear the joint while attempting a throwing motion incorrectly. The result is a typical one for joint problems: pain, reduced movement, and an overwhelming loss of strength in the joint. The treatment? Commonly, anti-inflammatory medicines, rest, and rehabilitative exercises can relieve symptoms. In other cases, though, a surgeon may have to perform an arthroscopic surgery to correct the issues within the shoulder, after which a period of rest and rehab will be necessary to regain full use of the joint.

Achilles tendon rupture – It’s the largest tendon in the body, so injury can occur in a number of ways. The actual structure of the tendon may become separated above the heel, but the tendon can also break away from the spot where it is connected to the heel bone. Ouch. It can be brought about in just about any sort of sport since a rupture of this nature can be induced from even simple actions like running. An achilles rupture can be treated by immobilizing the area with a cast (or something similar) and allowing the tendon to repair itself. Surgery can also suture the tendon back together, followed by a period of immobilization and then physical therapy.

joggerAnkle sprain – Almost everyone has seen one of these. The ligaments in the ankle are pushed too far and then tear apart. Perhaps you were walking on an uneven surface and fell? Or you were attempting a sports technique and twisted your foot? Sprains may even result from a blow to the foot. If the injury is minor enough, it can be treated at home with basic rest and application of ice. If it is a more severe injury, however, the type that causes intense pain and swelling, the doctor might need to intervene. They might have to do some X-Rays, and examine your ankle to assess the level of pain and range of motion. After this, the severity of the sprain will be graded. It could be a mild, grade 1 sprain, or it could be a very severe grade 3 sprain. The remedy? Most involve a combination of rest, compression, elevation of the ankle, and icing it down. If the injury is severe enough, you may also need to use crutches or an ankle brace for a period, and perhaps even undergo physical therapy.

Meniscus tear – One of the most common of all injuries to the knee. The cartilage in the knee, which serves to cushion it and keep it stable, can become torn through athletic activity. A bad squat, direct contact, and many other regular sports occurrences can bring about meniscus tears. Tears can limit mobility and should be treated correctly, depending on their size and location. Some meniscus tears can heal on their own. Others will need to be dealt with surgically. Knee arthroscopy is one of the most widely used procedures and involves trimming away damaged parts of the meniscus or suturing torn pieces back together. As with many procedures, therapy is often recommended afterwards to complete the healing process.

In Summary

Injuries happen, especially when engaging in strenuous physical activity! Thankfully, orthopedic procedures are an excellent way to correct many of the most common sports-related injuries. Orthopedics procedures are also a good option for treating joint injuries sustained through day-to-day activity. If you’ve experienced an injury, orthopedic consultation might be the way to begin your road to recovery.

New Bacteria-Resistant Fitness Towel

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exerciseballTowel Tech’s groundbreaking new gym towel calls on breakthrough fiber technology to resist bacteria and microbes, while at the same time exceeding the functionality of most existing fitness towel products. From its sleek zippered mesh pocket and color-coded sides to a powerful small magnet that allows it to attach to the side of equipment rather than lie on the floor – Towel Tech is a game-changer set to help thousands avoid contracting colds and the flu from their local health club.

While most gym-goers pay their monthly fee to work towards improving their health, millions hate using the gym during wintertime for its somewhat magic ability to harvest debilitating cold and flu viruses. And the culprit? Wiping down equipment with the last guy’s infected sweat! But one California-based team may have solved this conundrum with what could be the world’s most revolutionary towel.

They have aptly titled it ‘Towel Tech’; a gym towel made from a state-of-the-art combination patented fiber called TENCEL®. It’s naturally resistant to most forms of bacteria and microbes, allowing fitness fanatics to wipe down gym equipment and themselves, without the inherent risk of contracting a virus.

“Public gyms and fitness centers are riddled not only with cold and flu bacteria, but just about any disease that can live in someone’s sweat. For decades people have been trying to avoid getting sick from the gym, and what they often don’t realize is that their trusty gym towel is its own worst enemy,” says Henry Cohn, co-founder of Towel Tech. “So, we tasked ourselves with creating a towel that can hygienically be used to wipe down equipment, wipe ourselves and do it all while resisting bacteria.”

Continuing, “It is eco-friendly, highly-absorbent and dries almost twice as fast as any other towel on the market. The new age materials and elite functionality fuse to create something that is not only useful, but something that actually works.”

Towel Tech’s breakthroughs stretch far and beyond its bacteria resistance. A convenient zippered mesh pocket allows for easy storage of small items while working out, along with a tiny powerful magnet that allows the towel to hygienically stay attached to equipment/lockers and off the floor.

But perhaps the most ingenious extra feature comes from simple color-coded sides.

“The towel’s reverse-color design allows users to remember which side to use to wipe down equipment and which side to use for their body. This further enhances Towel Tech’s hygiene mandate. It has to be the “safest” towel in the world!”

Towel Tech is already being used by thousands of gym users, athletes, personal trainers and even professional sportspeople. Many have come out with rave reviews.

Zack K. from Huntington Beach comments, “I don’t have to empty my shorts before hopping on the leg press or row and I can stash my gloves since I only use them on a few sets.”

Dan from Seattle bought Towel Tech for his wife. The results have blown him away: “Michelle is using it all the time – she’s in training to become a barre teacher for a second income and is at the gym most nights after work. She really likes the towel for sure. She goes to barre class 3-5X a week and uses it every time. So it’s seen regular use, and she’s happy to have it. The magnet is so darn strong – it’s a cool feature especially for athletes like her that are very germ-aware. And the barre studio is very Spartan. Nowhere to set anything down so the magnet is key.”

For more information on Towel Tech or to place an order, visit the official website: toweltech.com.

Product Specs: 26 inches X 16 inches, color: Grey/Silver, weight: 9 Ounces, made from eco-friendly 50 %TENCEL® (Lenzing AG of Austria) and 50% combed cotton, US Utility Patent Pending.

Towel Tech can also be seen in action on YouTube: http://bit.ly/1I2v1Nc.

Summer Doesn’t Mean Fitness Goals Have To End

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joggerKeep track of fitness goals this summer with newly released, easy-to-use templates from MyExcelTemplates.com

The majority of fitness goals are created around January 1st of every year. Some may reach their goals by summer and some may not. Some goals are set a year or two out. Whatever the goal or deadline, MyExcelTemplates.com has created a variety of documents to help keep the goal in sight and track progress.

Measuring everything at the start of a fitness journey is imperative to tracking progress over time. MyExcelTemplates.com offers a few different types of calculators to help identify measurements such as body fat percentage and Body Mass Index. Once these calculations have been made and all other necessary measurements are taken, any of the fitness plan templates can be used to track everything from workouts to diet.

“Some of our templates help with one specific area such as workouts,” says Ben Davidson, spokesperson for MyExcelTemplate.com. “We know some people already have a diet or meal plan in place so they may only need to track exercise. Others need the whole package so we also offer templates that cover measurements over time, diet, and exercise.”

joggersFor those looking to work out with a partner and track dual progress, MyExcelTemplates.com offers a Partner Weight Loss template as well. They also offer calculators and trackers that take into account gender so that men and women can see how they compare to average benchmarks for their gender, height, and beginning weight.

“We did our best to think of various scenarios and types of information consumers would need to help track their fitness progress,” adds Davidson. “We know a lot of people want to meet their goals before summer starts, but there is a large group of people still working on their goals or maintaining the progress they achieved before summer began. We’re here to help everyone.”

To download fitness log and tracker templates, visit MyExcelTemplates.com.

Family Fun And Fitness: Finding The Best Backyard Playset

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By Jereme Thomas

groupkidswbgFinding something that promises to deliver hours of family fun and helps to keep kids fit and active is not always that easy, but a backyard playset can often satisfy all of these requirements.

Children naturally enjoy playing outside and are always keen to have some fun through climbing, sliding and swinging, which are things you can do when you install a backyard playset for them.

Plenty of reasons

If you need a reason to buy a playset for your kids, there are plenty of them, and when you add them all together it makes the idea of investing in one for your backyard seem like a bit of a no-brainer.

Fresh air and exercise

In a digital age, it is great to see the kids enjoy some fresh air and exercise and soon forget about the iPad when they are having so much fun.

Outdoor play equipment offers the opportunity for physical exercise whilst they are playing. Climbing to the top of a slide before enjoying that quick descent helps children to develop their upper and lower body strength and also improves their cardiovascular health with all that running around.

Good for their health

There are definite benefits attached to being outside that go beyond the obvious advantage of keeping kids fit and healthy through the exercise that a playset offers.

Simply being outside and soaking up some sunlight will help boost their vitamin D intake and some studies also show that regular exposure to mud and dirt, which is part of the fun as far as they are concerned, actually boosts their immune system, which is obviously a positive aspect to consider.

Choosing the right equipment

Kid’s playsets offer a wide variety of different options, so you can have a slide, monkey bars and different combinations of ladders and other equipment to allow them to climb safely.

Although a good playset will have been manufactured with safety as an important consideration, you do have to ensure that you choose the right equipment that is appropriate to the age of your child.

Children develop quite quickly and you will certainly want to buy a playset that offers your kid’s the chance to enjoy at least several years of enjoyment, but it is always advisable to remember that equipment that is fun and safe for a 10-year old, will not be suitable for a toddler.

Look for a playset model that allows you to modify the equipment at a later date but if you are unsure, take advice from the supplier as to what combination of equipment is safe and appropriate for your child to use right now.

twokidsunSuitable and safe

If you have children who are under two, the tower railing needs to be as open as possible with slats in place rather than solid walls, so that they can learn to climb more easily.

A tower for a child of this age should ideally not be any more than five feet off the ground, but a six foot tower might be acceptable in order to keep the playset just as exciting as they grow a bit bigger. A two-child back-to-back glider is worth considering, as it children tend to get the hang of these more quickly than a traditional swing, and it encourages them to use their arm muscles which will help them get fitter as well.

A glider is suitable for ages two and up and you should get plenty of use out of it, as older kids also tend to enjoy riding them too.

Equipment options

Older kids will love using a rock-climbing wall and if you get one with colored grips or rocks, they can play games following the color patterns as they climb up and down. Tire swings are quite popular with kids, but they are quite heavy and can easily knock a child over if they get too close while someone else is on it, so it wouldn’t be advisable to get one fitted if you have kids aged under four.

Trapezes are also best avoided for younger children, as the young ones find them difficult to get the hang of and this can present a dislocation hazard. Monkey bars are another item that are more suited to older children, as they need a reasonable amount of upper body strength and can become dangerous if a young child manages to climb to the top, but can’t then get down safely.

A playset in your backyard offers a great chance to enjoy some family fun and improve fitness, just take the time to choose the right combination of equipment so that they can play as safely as possible.

– Jereme Thomas is the owner and founder of Totally Swing Sets, an online swing set store that specializes in quality wooden swing sets and outdoor accessories. His wife, Nikki, assists in running Totally Swing Sets as the Director of Sales and Service.

Everlast Climbing™ News

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kidsjumpingNew product line extension adds elements of adventure and positive risk taking to the playground that appeal to children.

Netted Boulders are the newest addition to the NatureROCKS Playground Boulder Line from Everlast Climbing. A variety of durable climbing nets and ladders are attached to boulders or log-theme posts of differing sizes to create unique and fun adventure elements for outdoor play spaces.

Seven different configurations are available and all are named after mountain ranges. They include Cascade Range, Mount Hayden, Mount McKinley, Pikes Peak, Sierra Nevada, Spider Mountain and The Rockies. The Cascade Range is the largest Netted Boulder configuration and includes small, medium and large NatureROCKS Sandstone Boulders connected by a Tapered Ladder Net, Corkscrew Ladder Net and Double Sloped Ladder Net. Instead of using additional boulders, Mount Hayden features a unique log-theme post with Balance Ropes to create a more affordable configuration. Pikes Peak is the simplest arrangement with a V Ladder Net attached to a small NatureROCKS Granite Boulder. There is enough variety to accommodate different tastes, budgets and spaces.

Traveling up, across, over and down all of the different nets, ladders and boulders requires problem solving, strength, coordination and courage. “The fact that the Netted Boulders are challenging makes them very fun for kids,” said Sarah Howard, Marketing Manager for Everlast Climbing. “The developmental benefits of that kind of play are an added bonus.”

Each NatureROCKS boulder is constructed of durable glass fiber reinforced concrete and is hand painted to resemble granite or sandstone. The boulders are weather resistant and look and feel like real rock boulders. The ropes, nets and ladders are constructed of steel wire and synthetic fiber covered in outer layers of polypropylene and UV-resistant polyester fiber making them strong, flexible and comfortable to grasp. NatureROCKS Netted Boulders should be installed by professional playground installers and require safety surfacing that meets ASTM standards. NatureROCKS Netted Boulders are appropriate for children ages 5 to 12 years.

“We’re really excited about this new product,” said Tim Sudeith, General Manager of Everlast Climbing. “Netted Boulders engage children in active, outdoor play which is something children these days need more of.”

About Everlast Climbing
Everlast Climbing is committed to improving youth fitness with dynamic and innovative products that engage children and inspire physical activity. The company is headquartered in Mendota Heights, MN, and is a PlayCore company. More information is available about Everlast Climbing at http://www.everlastclimbing.com.

About PlayCore
PlayCore helps build stronger communities around the world by advancing play through research, education and partnerships. PlayCore combines best in class planning and education programs with the most comprehensive array of recreation products available to create play solutions that match the unique needs of each community they serve. Learn more at http://www.playcore.com

….more Everlast News

newsSpecialty climbing walls will be made available through a preferred vendor partnership between Everlast Climbing and the Jewish Community Center Association of North America.

Everlast Climbing, manufacturer of innovative indoor and outdoor rock climbing walls, has been accepted into the JCC Association of North America’s Preferred Vendor Program. Its comprehensive offering of high-quality climbing walls and programming, for ages 3 to adult, align well with JCC’s early childhood, youth, fitness and aquatics programs.

“We have spent time and effort researching companies that best suit the needs of our JCCs and we strongly believe that because Everlast Climbing offers a full line of climbing walls that already serve schools, camps and parks and recreation facilities, they are a perfect partner,” said Brian Soileau, JCCA Health & Wellness Consultant. “Their attention to detail in offering climbing resources, installation services and on-site staff training shows their commitment to serving all of our JCC communities.”

Everlast Climbing’s product line includes horizontal and vertical climbing walls with surfaces that vary from rock-realistic to write-on/wipe-off and custom mural scenes. Its outdoor climbing line includes NatureROCKS® Playground Boulders and a double-sided Playground Climbing Wall. Its Kersplash® Pool Climbing Wall is ideal for any pool, indoors or out. Additionally, Everlast Climbing offers installation services, on-site staff training and educational programing to help facilities reap the greatest benefits from their climbing walls.

“We are honored to be identified as a JCC Association Preferred Vendor,” stated Tim Sudeith, General Manager of Everlast Climbing. “We look forward to supporting JCCs as they explore the benefits of adding rock climbing to their youth and adult programming.”

As a first step in introducing JCCs to rock climbing, Everlast Climbing is offering a webinar to JCCA members entitled Climbing the Walls at the JCC: Rock Climbing 101. The webinar includes an overview of the various climbing walls available in the marketplace, the rationale for adding rock climbing to programming, safety and risk management protocol, programming ideas and exciting activities that can be hosted on a climbing wall. The webinar is taking place on May 27, 2015 at 1:30 PM CST at no cost. Registration is available online at https://www.anymeeting.com/AccountManager/RegEv.aspx?PIID=EB58DD82874B38

About Everlast Climbing
Everlast Climbing is committed to improving youth fitness with dynamic and innovative products that engage children and inspire physical activity. The company is headquartered in Mendota Heights, MN, and is a PlayCore company. Learn more at http://www.everlastclimbing.com

About JCC Association
JCC Association is the continental umbrella organization for the Jewish Community Center Movement, which includes more than 350 JCCs, YM-YWHAs, and camp sites in the U.S. and Canada. JCC Association offers a wide range of services and resources to help its affiliates to provide educational, cultural, social, Jewish identity-building, and recreational programs for people of all ages and backgrounds. JCC Association supports the largest network of Jewish early childhood centers and Jewish summer camps in North America, and is also a U.S. government accredited agency for serving the religious and social needs of Jewish military personnel through JWB Jewish Chaplains Council. Learn more at http://www.jcca.org

80 Percent Of Americans Fail To Meet Fitness Goals

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obesityCosts related to obesity continue to rise with health care costs soaring as a results, MuscleAndFitnessTips.org announces…..

According to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, more than 80 percent of adults in the United States fail to meet the guidelines for both muscle-strengthening and fitness activities, and this trend extends to adolescents. Figures such as this help to explain rising obesity statistics within the country, yet many are working to change these statistics. With the help of bodybuilding and fitness tips, like those found at http://www.MuscleAndFitnessTips.org, individuals find getting healthy becomes an easier task.

“MuscleAndFitnessTips.org provides training articles covering a wide range of topics. Visitors to the site learn about nutrition, popular workout programs, staying motivated, and more. Individuals often find they become a victim of fitness scams, and the purpose of this site it to weed out those scams, leaving only products that actually do as they claim and help users achieve their personal health and fitness goals,” Tom Hofman, founder of MuscleAndFitnessTips.org, declares.

Nutrition plays a role in one’s overall health, yet Americans typically fail to eat a balanced diet. The council found that the average American diet typically exceeds the recommended amounts of refined grains, saturated fat, sodium, and solid fats and added sugars. Americans also fail to eat the suggested amounts of fruits, vegetables, dairy products, and whole grains. Individuals often find they struggle to make healthy food choices, and MuscleAndFitnessTips.org can be of aid in this area also.

“MuscleAndFitnessTips.org provides information on foods which burn fat, eating habits of professional bodybuilders, and more. Everything that goes into one’s mouth affects their overall health and fitness. With the right foods, achieving one’s fitness goals becomes an easier task. The site strives to provide the information consumers need to make healthy eating choices,” Hofman states.

The cost of obesity continues to rise. The council estimates Americans spend approximately $190.2 billion every year on illnesses related to obesity, including disability, chronic disease, and death. They project Americans will spend $344 billion a year on obesity related costs, or 21 percent of total health care costs, by 2018. With the help of training articles and tips on getting into shape, Americans can reverse these trends, saving money and their health in the process. Many turn to workout programs for assistance in achieving their fitness goals.

Hofman provides workout program reviews on the site to assist consumers in making informed choices as to which program is right for them. Visit the site to learn about popular programs, such as Burn the Fat-Feed the Muscle and the Turbulence Training Program. With the information found on the site, one can not only choose the best workout program for their needs, but also get into shape and stay that way for life, a goal everyone should strive for.

About Muscle And Fitness Tips:

Tom Hofman founded MuscleAndFitnessTips.org to share insights on fitness and bodybuilding. Individuals often fall for scams in these two industries, and Tom Hofman hopes to help consumers avoid these scams, providing information on the best diet and workout programs offered today. With the help of valuable training articles as well as advice and tips, consumers know they can learn about the best when it comes to fitness and bodybuilding with the help of this site.

Global Employee Health & Fitness Month

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seniorexerciseIn conjunction with May’s “Global Employee Health & Fitness Month,” the Austin sports medicine team at Medicine in Motion presents compelling reasons for establishing health and wellness programs at the workplace.

Held every year during the month of May, Global Employee Health & Fitness Month promotes “the benefits of a healthy lifestyle to employers and their employees through worksite health promotion activities and environments.” Given that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have projected that the United States’ National Healthcare Expenditure will continue to rise and reach $5 trillion by 2022, worksite wellness has never been more important. According to the “Guide to Workplace Wellness” by Health Advocate™, some of the workplace costs related to having unhealthy employees include:

* Obesity-related conditions cost more than $13 billion each year in medical expenses and lost productivity.

* A typical smoker costs about $3,900 each year in medical expenses and lost productivity.

* Stress costs approximately $300 billion each year in medical expenses, lost productivity, missed work days, accidents and employee turnover.

* Diabetes costs 14 million disability days each year.

* Cardiovascular disease cost $142 billion in lost productivity in 2001.

As health care costs continue to rise for workplaces, many organizations are seeking ways to improve the health and wellness of their employees. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, increasing physical activity can:

* lower the risk of heart disease,

* lower the risk of stroke,

* lower the risk of high blood pressure,

* lower the risk of colon and breast cancers,

* help prevent weight gain,

* improve cardiovascular and muscular fitness strength,

* prevent falls,

* improve bone strength, and

* reduce symptoms of depression.

Programs that focus on education of and engagement with employees on topics such as nutrition, stress management, physical fitness, and smoking can facilitate a healthier worksite. A healthier workforce, in turn, can lead to higher productivity, fewer missed days, decreased health care costs, higher morale, and stronger retention rates – all of which will improve an organization’s bottom-line.

The 2010 “Workplace Wellness Programs Can Generate Savings” report revealed that for every dollar spent on wellness initiatives, medical expenses dropped by about $3.27, while the costs associated with missed days by employees decreased by about $2.73. This and other similar return-on-investment studies continue to collect evidence that offering workplace wellness programs makes an enormous impact on employee health and organizational savings.

Medicine in Motion (MIM) specializes in providing top quality sports medicine in Austin, Texas, for athletic individuals of all ages and levels. The staff at MIM believes active bodies are healthy bodies, therefore it is the office’s goal to keep patients energetic and fit. To that end, MIM provides treatment of injuries and illnesses, including the use of physical rehabilitation; promotes healthy living with personal training and nutrition coaching; and offers comprehensive sports medicine evaluations to optimize health, activity level and sports performance. For more information or for questions regarding sports medicine in Austin, contact Medicine in Motion at 512-257-2500 or visit the website at http://www.medinmotion.com.