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Released: 7-Aug-2020 9:00 AM EDT
ACSM Publishes Call to Action Addressing COVID-19 and Return to Sports and Physical Activity
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

ACSM published a call to action statement addressing COVID-19 and safely returning to sports and exercise. Authored by ACSM subject matter experts, the statement highlights the current science around COVID-19 and provides 12 action steps to consider. “COVID-19: Considerations for Sports and Physical Activity” is ACSM’s first call to action statement and published in the August issue of Current Sports Medicine Reports.

Newswise: University of Miami Sports Medicine Institute expert leads call to action for harnessing exercise’s health benefits during the pandemic
7-Aug-2020 9:00 AM EDT
University of Miami Sports Medicine Institute expert leads call to action for harnessing exercise’s health benefits during the pandemic
University of Miami Health System, Miller School of Medicine

To address and overcome the challenges so Americans can return to or sustain physical activity safely, Thomas M. Best, M.D., Ph.D., FACSM, professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and research director of the UHealth Sports Medicine Institute, and sports medicine colleagues from around the U.S. wrote “COVID-19: Considerations for Sports and Physical Activity,” published August 7 in Current Sports Medicine Reports, an American College of Sports Medicine journal.

Newswise: HIIT programs show benefits for those with Down syndrome
Released: 4-Aug-2020 10:50 AM EDT
HIIT programs show benefits for those with Down syndrome
University of Georgia

Incorporating high-intensity interval training into exercise programs for individuals with Down syndrome may help achieve critical health outcomes in a more time-efficient manner, according to an article written by researchers at the University of Georgia and Kennesaw State University.

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Released: 4-Aug-2020 9:50 AM EDT
Arrhythmia-free survival is indeed survival of the fittest
Elsevier

In a new study, investigators report that patients undergoing atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation, who are physically fit before the procedure, have a much higher chance of benefiting from the procedure and remaining in normal sinus rhythm.

Newswise: National Farmers Market Week Kicks Off Sunday, and D.C. Ranks #1 in the U.S.
Released: 31-Jul-2020 10:55 AM EDT
National Farmers Market Week Kicks Off Sunday, and D.C. Ranks #1 in the U.S.
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

Aug. 2-8 marks National Farmers Market Week! D.C. ranks number one for farmers markets among the 100 largest U.S. cities according to the 2020 American Fitness Index rankings published by ACSM and the Anthem Foundation. More than 8,600 farmers markets currently operate across the U.S., stimulating the local economy and providing access to nourishing food.

Released: 30-Jul-2020 8:00 AM EDT
In August: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Celebrates Seventh Annual Kids Eat Right Month™
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

August is Kids Eat Right Month™, when the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and its Foundation focus on the importance of healthful eating and active lifestyles for children and their families.

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Released: 29-Jul-2020 1:35 PM EDT
COVID-19 and sports activity: How the heart could be affected and what athletes should do
LifeBridge Health

From inflammation to heart failure, the effects the new coronavirus (COVID-19) could have on your heart are alarming, particularly as it relates to vigorous-intensity exercise, training and sporting activities.

Released: 24-Jul-2020 3:25 PM EDT
Pizza study shows body copes surprisingly well with one-off calorie indulgence
University of Bath

A new study, which involved participants eating pizza well after feeling 'full' in order to test what immediate effects this had on the body, finds that our metabolism is surprisingly good at coping with over-indulgence.

Released: 23-Jul-2020 2:25 PM EDT
The best players are passionate about football
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

The best footballers (soccer players) have a high degree of passion and grit.

Released: 22-Jul-2020 12:25 PM EDT
UCI Anti-Cancer Challenge goes virtual for 2020
University of California, Irvine

UCI Anti-Cancer Challenge, a movement to raise awareness and funds for cancer research, is going virtual for 2020 in order to maintain social distancing and safeguard participant health. The reimagined Anti-Cancer Challenge now includes an eight-week virtual fundraising and wellness program that connects people around the local community and across the nation.

Released: 20-Jul-2020 12:45 PM EDT
Increased blood sugar levels may decrease benefits of aerobic exercise
Joslin Diabetes Center

Researchers at Joslin Diabetes Center have discovered that some benefits of aerobic exercise may be dampened by higher-than-normal blood sugar levels, and that this is independent of obesity and insulin levels in the blood.

Newswise: When it comes to longevity, any exercise is good exercise
Released: 17-Jul-2020 7:05 AM EDT
When it comes to longevity, any exercise is good exercise
Arizona State University (ASU)

ASU sociologist finds team-oriented exercises benefit us socially and can also increase life span

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Released: 15-Jul-2020 1:35 PM EDT
Regular physical activity seems to enhance cognition in children who need it most
University of Tsukuba

A common school-age stereotype is that smart kids are unathletic

Newswise: Arlington, Va., Named ‘Fittest City’ 
in 2020 American Fitness Index Ranking of Top 100
Released: 14-Jul-2020 7:00 AM EDT
Arlington, Va., Named ‘Fittest City’ in 2020 American Fitness Index Ranking of Top 100
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

ACSM and the Anthem Foundation release the 2020 American Fitness Index, ranking America’s 100 largest cities on health behaviors, chronic disease and community infrastructure indicators. Arlington, Va. earned the title of “America’s Fittest City.” Seattle, Wash.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Madison, Wis.; San Francisco, Calif.; Washington, D.C.; Irvine, Calif.; Denver, Colo.; Boise, Idaho; and Boston, Mass., round out the top 10 fittest cities.

Released: 9-Jul-2020 9:20 AM EDT
Contracting COVID-19, Lifestyle and Social Connections May Play a Role
Association for Psychological Science

Current research indicates that unhealthy lifestyle choices along with emotional stressors like social are important risk factors for developing upper respiratory infections. It is possible these same factors also increase the risk of contracting COVID-19.

Released: 8-Jul-2020 3:40 PM EDT
In Firefighter Trainees, ‘Mediterranean Lifestyle’ Linked to Lower Health Risks
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Young firefighter recruits who follow a ‘Mediterranean lifestyle’ are less likely to have hypertension (high blood pressure) and more likely to have good aerobic fitness, reports a study in the July Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Released: 8-Jul-2020 12:50 PM EDT
Healthier School Food and Physical Activity Environments Matter for Childhood Obesity
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

School food choices and number of physical activity facilities are associated with students’ BMI, Rutgers study finds

Newswise: Cedars-Sinai Named Age-Friendly Health System
Released: 7-Jul-2020 12:40 PM EDT
Cedars-Sinai Named Age-Friendly Health System
Cedars-Sinai

Shortly after COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, more than 450 older adults learned their weekly exercise classes offered through the Cedars-Sinai Geriatrics Program were on hold. But under the quick-thinking direction of geriatrician Allison Moser Mays, MD, the program pivoted, creating a way for seniors to access live classes over Zoom from the comfort of their homes. The online format has proved especially popular.

2-Jul-2020 11:00 AM EDT
Mental Health Benefits of Parks Dimmed by Safety Concerns
NYU Langone Health

No matter how close parks are to home, perceptions of park-centered crime may keep New Yorkers from using them.

Released: 6-Jul-2020 12:10 PM EDT
Increased risk of injury in contact sports after prolonged training restrictions
University of Bath

As professional sports look to make a phased return behind closed doors across much of Europe, researchers from the University of Bath caution that the prolonged individual training players have been exposed to for months is insufficient to help athletes maintain the physical fitness and mental strength they need for competition.

Newswise: Exercise can slow or prevent vision loss, study finds
Released: 1-Jul-2020 9:45 AM EDT
Exercise can slow or prevent vision loss, study finds
University of Virginia Health System

Exercise can slow or prevent the development of macular degeneration and may benefit other common causes of vision loss, such as glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, new research suggests.

Newswise: ACSM/Anthem American Fitness Index to Reveal 2020’s Fittest City
Released: 30-Jun-2020 8:00 AM EDT
ACSM/Anthem American Fitness Index to Reveal 2020’s Fittest City
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

For more than a decade, the American Fitness Index has recognized the critical role all three play in a city’s overall health and fitness. ACSM and the Anthem Foundation will release the 2020 Fitness Index rankings at 7 a.m. EDT on July 14, 2020.

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Released: 29-Jun-2020 7:30 PM EDT
Ohio State Study: Exercise Increases Benefits Of Breastmilk For Babies
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

A new study led by researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and College of Medicine finds even moderate exercise during pregnancy increases a compound in breast milk that reduces a baby’s lifelong risks of serious health issues such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease.

Released: 26-Jun-2020 8:45 AM EDT
At the Heart of the Matter: ACSM Updates Recommendations to Prevent Cardiovascular Events at Fitness Facilities
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

American College of Sports Medicine's new expert consensus statement updates guidance on training staff and establishing emergency plans to prevent cardiovascular events at fitness facilities, community and hotel fitness facilities and sporting event venues.

Newswise: HSS Sees Huge Increase in Participation in Virtual Health and Fitness Offerings
Released: 24-Jun-2020 2:30 PM EDT
HSS Sees Huge Increase in Participation in Virtual Health and Fitness Offerings
Hospital for Special Surgery

At Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), participation in virtual health and wellness offerings has increased almost 500 percent since March. The webinars, which are open to the public, have garnered interest nationwide. They run from an hour-long discussion on managing chronic pain to seven-week sessions in yoga, Pilates or Tai Chi.

Newswise: LifeBridge Health & Fitness to Reopen June 25 with New Safety Procedures
Released: 24-Jun-2020 2:10 PM EDT
LifeBridge Health & Fitness to Reopen June 25 with New Safety Procedures
LifeBridge Health

LifeBridge Health & Fitness is ready and energized to reopen its doors, following Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s announcement allowing health clubs around Maryland to resume operations at modified capacity following the COVID-19 shutdown.

Newswise: American Cancer Society Updates Guidelines for Cancer Prevention
Released: 24-Jun-2020 1:40 PM EDT
American Cancer Society Updates Guidelines for Cancer Prevention
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

The American Cancer Society recently updated its nutrition and physical activity guidelines for cancer prevention. These updates focus on increasing physical activity and developing healthy eating patterns at every age, with an emphasis on maintaining a healthy body weight through all stages of life.

Newswise: A Simple Device to Monitor Health Using Sweat
Released: 24-Jun-2020 8:55 AM EDT
A Simple Device to Monitor Health Using Sweat
Penn State Materials Research Institute

A device to monitor health conditions in the body using a person’s sweat has been developed by researchers at Penn State and Xiangtan University.

Newswise: Study shows sedentary behavior independently predicts cancer mortality
Released: 18-Jun-2020 1:25 PM EDT
Study shows sedentary behavior independently predicts cancer mortality
University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

In the first study to look at objective measures of sedentary behavior and cancer mortality, researchers from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center found that greater inactivity was independently associated with a higher risk of dying from cancer.

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Released: 16-Jun-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Exercise offers ‘profound’ benefits for Friedreich’s ataxia, research suggests
University of Virginia Health System

A top exercise researcher is urging clinical trials of exercise in patients with Friedreich’s ataxia after finding that physical activity has a “profound” protective effect in mouse models of the debilitating genetic disease.

Released: 11-Jun-2020 8:05 AM EDT
Time-Saving High-Intensity Workouts Can Benefit People with Spinal Cord Injuries, Researchers Find
McMaster University

Research from the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University has found that the practical advantages of high-intensity interval training (HIIT), or short bursts of all-out exercise, could be especially beneficial for people who have experienced spinal cord injuries (SCI).

Newswise: Shining a Light on How Exercise Reduces Cataract Risk
Released: 9-Jun-2020 8:55 AM EDT
Shining a Light on How Exercise Reduces Cataract Risk
University of South Australia

Chinese and Australian researchers have combined studies of more than 170,000 people and found conclusive evidence that regular physical exercise reduces the risk of age-related cataracts, the cause of blindness in an estimated 13 million people worldwide.

Released: 2-Jun-2020 7:00 AM EDT
Exercise Maintains Blood Vessel Health in Men after Sugary Beverage Consumption
American Physiological Society (APS)

A new study finds that regular exercise can offset the blood vessel impairment that occurs after drinking sugary soft drinks. The study is published ahead of print in the American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology.

1-Jun-2020 10:25 AM EDT
Exercise Levels Can Help Doctors Predict Risk of Heart Disease and Death Among Older Adults
Mount Sinai Health System

Asking elderly patients how much they exercise can help predict their risk of heart disease and death, Mount Sinai and collaborative researchers say.

28-May-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Playing Video Games Linked with Unhealthy Behaviors for College Men
American Society for Nutrition (ASN)

Results from a new study suggest that college men who play video games tend to exercise less and have poorer eating habits compared to non-gamers.

Released: 28-May-2020 9:15 AM EDT
Featured research from NUTRITION 2020 LIVE ONLINE
American Society for Nutrition (ASN)

Press materials are now available for NUTRITION 2020 LIVE ONLINE, a dynamic virtual event showcasing new research findings and timely discussions on food and nutrition. The online meeting will be held June 1–4, 2020.

Newswise: Hackensack Meridian Health Joins #FitForTheFrontLine Challenge with Nation’s Top Medical and Academic Centers in Support of Frontline Health Care Workers
Released: 27-May-2020 3:05 PM EDT
Hackensack Meridian Health Joins #FitForTheFrontLine Challenge with Nation’s Top Medical and Academic Centers in Support of Frontline Health Care Workers
Hackensack Meridian Health

Hackensack Meridian Health is joining medical centers across the United States to start a country-wide movement of physical activity to honor and support frontline health care workers who have worked tirelessly to save lives. Spearheaded by Mount Sinai Health System, #FitForTheFrontLine is a national fitness challenge which began on Tuesday, May 26, and ends on Sunday, June 14 (Flag Day). The event encourages Americans young and old to move, exercise and get fit to increase awareness and raise funds to support our nation’s health care heroes.


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