Health and Fitness News Roundup
|January 6, 2014||Posted by The Fit Scoop under News and Research|
Happy Monday! Hope the first weekend of the new year was a good one. I had a bout of food poisoning unfortunately but am feeling better today. It’s been a while since I did a health and fitness news roundup so here’s what’s new and interesting:[su_divider top=”no”]
The Marine Corps decided to delay implementing a new pull-up requirement for females. The minimum standard was supposed to be raised to three pull-ups but over half of the female marines are unable to meet this standard. In response the Marine Corps decided to postpone changing the requirement. This reignites the heated debate regarding whether women are strong enough to perform certain military jobs.
Another reason to choose your friends wisely: they influence how you eat. What is interesting is that this effect is observed not just when you are in the company of your friends but also when you eat alone.
One lesser-known provision of the Affordable Care Act is that vending machines now need to display calorie information. While I think calorie information is useful, I wonder about its effectiveness in deterring people from purchasing high-calorie foods. Does seeing calorie information affect your food choices?
The flu season has started and the main circulating strain is H1N1. Go get your flu vaccine if you haven’t yet! If you are worried about the safety and efficacy of the flu vaccine, the CDC has an excellent fact page to check out.
If you are an injured athlete or prone to injuries and haven’t tried ART (Active Release Thearpy) check out this article on this movement-based treatment for soft tissue injuries. I can personally attest to ART’s effectiveness!
Finally, January is National Blood Donor Month. After receiving six units of blood due to Violet’s delivery I am so grateful for people who are blood donors. If you are healthy and can donate please do – your donation could save a life!