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Issue: #44

October 2014

Do You Exercise Enough?


According To A New CDC Study, Probably Not!

Only about one-quarter of US adults over 45 are meeting federal recommendations for strength training-and regular exercise...and the percentages drop even lower in certain age and other demographic groups, according to a new study from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If you have been thinking that you get enough exercise, or, if you know you don't and are looking for some guidelines on simple ways to get started, the CDC has some great materials to get you going in the right direction. For a handout that describes what the CDC recommends for regular exercise, click here. If you are just looking for a simple grid to review to give you some tips to get you out of your chair and on the road to better fitness, click here.


Do You Know Your BMI?
If Not...You Should. 
If you have been to your regular medical check up, your doctor may have discussed your BMI with you. The CDC feels that calculating BMI is one of the best methods for population assessment of potential weight problems. Because calculation requires only height and weight, it is inexpensive and easy to use for clinicians and for the general public. The use of BMI allows people to compare their own weight status to that of the general population.

Having a high BMI has been linked to hypertension, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea and even some cancers (endometrial, breast and colon). To calculate your BMI, click here. For more information about BMI and why it's important to know (and try to control), click here.


It's Fall...Time For "Pumpkin" Everything....
...And Raking Leaves.

It's Fall in New England and we are just around the corner from "peak" foliage...which is then quickly followed by "peak" leaf raking time. Leaf raking can be one of the more time consuming and exhaustive jobs we do in our yards (aside from snow shoveling, but we won't talk about that now) and for people that are not used to physical activity and/or regular exercisers, the dynamics of raking can lead to strains and injuries to the back, shoulders and wrists. For a simple series of stretches to do before and after raking, click here....and happy leaf raking!



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