Is Too Much Sitting Bad For Children?

Gretchen Reynolds of the New York Times Well Blog has shed light on a potential issue. Reynolds writes that “Children who sit too much may face adult-size health consequences,” and it certainly seems that way from her article.

Reynolds reports, “Ali McManus, an associate professor of pediatric exercise physiology at the University of British Columbia in Kelowna, and her colleagues decided to ask children to sit still.

In general, today’s children are doing plenty of that. One recent large-scale epidemiological study reported that children across the globe sit for about 8.5 hours every day. Another recent study found that activity levels among children dropped precipitously after about age 8 and continue to fall through adolescence, with young people trading movement for sitting.”

While we have long known about the health issues associated with a sedentary lifestyle in adults, this study is one of the first to properly examine what happens to children when they sit too much. The results of the study, and this blog as a whole are well worth a visit. You can read Gretchen Reynold’s blog post in its entirety HERE.

Exercise And The Brain

In her latest post on the New York Times’ Well blog Gretchen Reynolds investigates whether exercise changes your brain. 

Reynolds writes,

At the age of 93, Olga Kotelko — one of the most successful and acclaimed nonagenarian track-and-field athletes in history — traveled to the University of Illinois to let scientists study her brain.

Ms. Kotelko held a number of world records and had won hundreds of gold medals in masters events. But she was of particular interest to the scientific community because she hadn’t begun serious athletic training until age 77. So scanning her brain could potentially show scientists what late-life exercise might do for brains.

This is a fascinating topic, and although research is very thin on this topic, this article is well worth a read on the latest thoughts on the matter:

Drinking Too Much Water – What Are The Risks To Young Athletes?

The most recent submission to the New York Times’ Well Blog is a very timely one. In it, Gretchen Reynolds casts an eye over a recent report on overhydration which suggests that young athletes are perhaps being forced to drink too much water.

With at least three young athletes known to have died since 2008 because of drinking too much fluid, Dr. Kevin Miller, co-author of the overhydration report, set about investigating this problem.


Dr Miller’s advice is simple:

The key, he said, is for athletes to drink when they feel thirsty — not before and not after they feel sated. “You do not need to ‘stay ahead of your thirst,’ as many people think.”

You can read more about the risks of drinking too much water in the New York Times’ article HERE.

Editorial Sheds Light On Soft Drink “Science”

1398714_10151964881904378_396548395_oA recent New York Times editorial has shed light on the practice of large cola companies financially backing studies into how healthy a soda pop diet is. Most interesting of all is their claim that Coca Cola are backing a study which concentrates on emphasizing “exercise as the best way to control obesity and to play down the importance of cutting calories.”

This article goes on to claim that consumption of soda pop is on the decline, and because of this cola companies are trying to add their opinions on health and soda pop. I urge everyone to read this editorial, by clicking on the link HERE, and I’ll leave you with this quote below. Food for thought indeed…

An analysis published in PLOS Medicine found that studies financed by Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, the American Beverage Association and the sugar industry were five times more likely to find no link between sugary drinks and weight gain than studies reporting no industry sponsorship or financial conflicts of interest.

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Which Is Better: Walking OR Elliptical?

15677451492_f4fa74be1c_kLast year’s 61 Day Challenge at the DMC – our annual focus on healthy lifestyle management – was entitled: “Less Sugar – More Steps.” This challenge was a call to consume less refined sugars, substitute with complex sugars and increase physical activity.

This blog has focused primarily on the “less sugar” aspect of the challenge but I recently came across an excellent answer to the question, “How does walking compare with working out on an elliptical machine?”

This blog in the “Well” column of the New York Times gives an expansive answer, as well as this quote:

“Over all, the latest research suggests that elliptical machines are a good choice for people with creaky knees and the patience to master the machine’s operations. Others may prefer to walk.”

You can read more on “Walking vs. Elliptical Machine, Redux” HERE

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Are More Americans Saying “NO” To Soda Pop?

An interesting article was sent to me a few days ago, it was a Gallup Poll that indicates that Americans are increasingly learning to say “No” to soda pop… This is heartening news indeed.

Majority of Americans Say They Try to Avoid Drinking Soda

Americans are more likely to say they actively try to avoid including soda or pop in their diet than 14 other foods, including sugar and fat. At least six in 10 U.S. adults say they are trying to steer clear of these drinks — regardless of whether they are diet or regular.

You can read the full Gallup article, and its interesting results by clicking HERE

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New York Times: “Sugary Drinks Take a Deathly Toll.”


I came across the following article in the New York Times earlier this week, and although we aren’t in the midst of the 61 Day Challenge yet, it offers an excellent reminder of the dangers of consuming sugary drinks.

The first sentence is eye opening.

“Consumption of sugary drinks results in some 184,000 deaths worldwide each year, a new analysis found.”

Dr. Mozaffarian, Dean of the School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts, sums it up perfectly with this quote:

“There’s no need to drink these beverages. They’re causing tens of thousands of deaths, and we should eliminate them from the food supply.”

You can read more from the New York Times’ article on sugary drinks here: