Thursday, January 28, 2010

What You Eat After Exercise Matters

ScienceDaily (Jan. 28, 2010) — Many of the health benefits of aerobic exercise are due to the most recent exercise session (rather than weeks, months and even years of exercise training), and the nature of these benefits can be greatly affected by the food we eat afterwards, according to a study published in the Journal of Applied the entire Science Daily article

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Fitness in Silicon Valley: Still time to register for adult fitness at MetroEd

The Metropolitan Adult Education Program is one of those jewels of a resource that often go unnoticed here in busy Silicon Valley. But they have a lot of classes - including career training (of course), but also fitness classes, 50+ programs, and online courses.

It's always worth a look, especially now as the spring semester is starting.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Lance Armstrong in Australia

Some pics posted here if you are looking for a few of Lance Armstrong in Australia as part of the Tour Down Under Cycling Event.

FRS gives ad viewers a look inside Lance Armstrong's gym and bike garage

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

Silicon Valley-based FRS Company got some good press this past week with the announcement about its "Lance Armstrong Has a Secret" ad campaign promoting FRSHealthy Energy. fueled by Quercetin which is a powerful antioxidant found naturally in apple skins, grapes, berries and red wine.

The ads (see two of the YouTube clips below) capture Armstrong's passion for training and give viewers ...
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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Weight Watchers tells Jenny Craig to lose the lies, and courts agree

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
When it comes to dieting we all lie just a little. But Weight Watchers is taking issue with what they call a lie in Jenny Craig's advertising.
But Weight Watchers is taking issue with what they call a lie in Jenny Craig's advertising.
In a television spot, lab-coated Vallerie Bertinelli tells fans that in a major clinical trial, Jenny Craig clients lost, on average, over twice as much weight as those on the "largest weight-loss program."
Weight Watchers, claiming that though it wasn't named it was the obvious target, took issue, and the courts agreed, at least for now.

A United States District Court granted Weight Watchers International, Inc. a temporary restraining order in its lawsuit prohibiting Jenny Craig from broadcasting, publishing or disseminating claims of superiority over the Weight Watchers program, finding that such claims are not supportable.

Jenny Craig, a division of Swiss-based Nestle, hasn't come back with a comment, however the punsters on Twitter are having some fun. As @alisond, a Boston-based copywriter, tweeted, "Anyone else find it funny that Jenny Craig is owned by Nestle, a company that made bank on chocolatey goodness?"

Amlawdaily explains that "in its complaint, Weight Watchers argues that Jenny Craig's claim is based on two separate trials, conducted 10 years apart, and that the conclusions do not withstand scientific scrutiny. The complaint charges Jenny Craig with false advertising, deceptive trade practices and unfair competition.

Both Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig have a major presence here in San Jose, as they do everywhere across the US. Weight Watchers makes it easy on its site to find a nearby meeting, but Jenny Craig requires a lengthy form before it gives up locations. Yelp, however, is more accomodating.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Counterfeit Alli hits market: here are photos and information about how to spot the fakes

Monday, January 18th, 2010
On January 18, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration began warning consumers about a counterfeit and potentially harmful version of the popular weight...
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Friday, January 15, 2010

New year, new you: Campbell resident Claire Ballard gets fit with Club One's Lite N' Up

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010 · 1 comment
"It's not that I don't like myself the way I am," says 42-year-old Claire Ballard. "I'd just like to be more fit...
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Ringo Starr to present at Grammys, says his secret to aging well is exercise and love

Friday, January 15th, 2010 · 1 comment
The GRAMMYS announcement this morning about presenters at the January 31 blow-out event had some folks abuzz about Miley Cyrus and the Jonas...
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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Cold, winter, rainy days in San Jose: it must be time for hula dancing lessons (they begin Jan 11)

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
Hula classes start January 11. Now that's an announcement that should bring joy to the heart of every person who is stuck with last year's fitness...
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Local politicians to join fitness effort for world record at Workout Worldwide Saturday, January 9

Monday, January 4th, 2010
Word just in from Becky Williamson, host of San Jose's activities for Workout Worldwide, that two popular local...

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Cell phone radiation may fight Alzheimer's... in mice

The possibility that cellular phones have an impact on human health has generally been viewed in terms of the potential to do harm, primarily by inducing or promoting the growth of cancer. But a study that will be published by the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease may turn that all on its head. The study examined the performance of mice that received a daily dose of radiation similar to that produced by cell phones, and found that, over a period of several months, their memory improved. When the same procedure was performed with mice engineered to be predisposed to Alzheimer's pathology, it was actually able to reverse some of the cognitive decline. The findings are very preliminary, and need to be interpreted cautiously, but there's an interesting lesson in this. Read the post...