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In case you haven't heard, SparkPeople has launched a brand new blog-style website called dailySpark.com
. Instead of adding new blog entries here on my SparkPage, I'll be bloggi... Read more
California bans trans fats in restaurants
This story has been in the news a lot recently, and I've seen some discussion about it on the Message Boards. So I thought we could get a conversation going about it here!
A few weeks ago, California passed legislation that bans restaurant... Read more
Fitness protects brain in Alzheimer's patients
Need yet another reason to be physically active? Here's one: A new study shows that people in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease who are more physically fit, had less shrinkage in areas of the brain that are important for memory.
Pre... Read more
Curbing food waste
I'm sure we're all guilty of it from time to time: buying items at the supermarket that we never end up using and eventually end up in the trash. I know I'm to blame. Usually I have the best intentions, thinking I'll use something as an ingre... Read more
Turn off TV during meals or kids may get fat
You've probably heard this suggestion on our site before, but here's a new study that reinforces the idea: Watching TV during mealtime can lead to overeating. This study demonstrates that it not only applies to adults, but to our kids as well.... Read more
Keep a food diary, lose twice as much weight
Have you ever questioned whether using the nutrition tracker on SP really influences your weight loss? A new study says, yep, it sure does!
A study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine followed almost 1,700 obese and ov... Read more
Overindulgence in Small Packages
100-calorie and single-serve "snack packs" are pretty popular these days, as people try to limit consumption of some of their favorite treats like cookies, crackers and chips. But do these little packs really help control portions as much as we... Read more
Big, Well-Balanced Breakfast Aids in Weight Loss
Our program preaches it all the time: "Start your day off with a good breakfast and in the long run it will help with your weight loss." Now there's new research that supports the idea that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
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Get up, stand up!
New research from the University of Missouri shows that spending too much time sitting down can slow both your fat and cholesterol metabolism and simulate disease-producing processes.
In a series of studies, the authors found that being s... Read more
For heart-health, sprints match endurance training
I have to start this entry by saying that the results of this study probably won't change my exercise habits. I'll always be one of those crazy people who likes to train for marathons. ... Read more
Trying to get rid of chubby cells? Fat chance
We've known for a long time that people gain and lose weight by increasing or decreasing the size of their fat cells. You can't change the number of fat cells you have. In fact, a new study finds that you're stuck with the number of fat cells... Read more
Women Worry More About Weight than Disease
A recent study shows that women are more concerned about diet/weight (56%) and eating right (36%) than cancer (23%) heart health (20%) and diabetes (18%). Could it be that women are more worried about outer appearance than physical health, or m... Read more
Pole-Walking Offers Low-Pain Workout
Ever heard of Nordic (pole) walking? It started in Europe and is now catching on across the world as an excellent form of exercise, especially as you get older. Adding poles to a walking routine decreases the impact to the ankles, knee and hip... Read more
Many Moms Unwilling to Have Younger Daughters Get HPV Vaccine
HPV is a sexually transmitted disease that is the primary cause of cervical cancer. In 2006, Gardasil was the first vaccine approved for this disease. The current recommendation from the CDC is that 11 and 12-year old girls be vaccinated, sinc... Read more
Disordered eating is widespread among U.S. women
A new survey of women between the ages of 25 and 45 found that 75% eat, think and behave abnormally around food. These results weren't limited to a specific ethnic or racial group, applying to most women in general.
The study also found ... Read more