Health News Roundup: September 10-18
|September 18, 2013||Posted by The Fit Scoop under Uncategorized|
Happy hump day! Here’s what’s new in the health and fitness world in the past week:
*Check this out for a fun and challenging variation on the traditional plank.
*So I’ve always wondered if it’s true that breaking up your exercise into several 10-minute segments gives you the same health benefits of a longer, continuous exercise session. The CDC says it does, but I’m still skeptical. A new study published in Diabetes Care sheds some light on the question. Researchers found that a single bout of moderate-intensity endurance-type exercise is better for daily blood sugar control than shorter, repeated bouts of physical activity. In fact, shorter, repeated bouts of physical activity (in this case three 15-minute walks) had no significant impact on blood sugar control as compared to being sedentary. In comparison, blood sugar control was positively impacted when performing moderate-intensity exercise in one 45-minute session.
*Allergies are expensive! I should know – sadly I’m allergic to all nuts and seafood 🙁 A new study published in JAMA Pediatrics estimates the average yearly cost of having a child with food allergies is $4,184. This amounts to $24.8 billion annually across the nation. The authors suggest that we need better allergy control and response plans in schools and more research into cures in order to help reduce these costs.
*The CDC released a report this week stating that antibiotic-resistant bacteria causes a least two million illnesses and 23,000 deaths each year in the United States. CDC director Thomas Frieden, MD says that without concerted action, “the medicine chest will be empty,” and that “more and more patients will be thrust back to a time before we had effective drugs.” What can you do to help prevent the creation and spread of resistance? The CDC recommends:
– avoid taking antibiotics that were not prescribed to you for your specific illness
– do not demand antibiotics from your doctor if you do not have a bacterial infection
– if taking prescribed antibiotics, carefully follow the directions about dose and duration
– keep current on your vaccinations
– wash your hands regularly
– cook meat and poultry thoroughly to kill bacteria, including potential drug-resistant bacteria
*A recent study in the journal Pediatrics suggests that interventions aimed at improving teen health are working. National survey data show that teenagers are exercising more, eating more fruits and vegetables, watching less television, and consuming fewer sweets and sweetened beverages. These are encouraging findings, though the study authors note that more work needs to be done to ensure that more children and teenagers meet the recommended minimums for physical activity and fruit and vegetable consumption.
*Last but not least, the President proclaimed September National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month!