- You should drink fluids whenever you start to get thirsty during
exercise. T or F
- The body burns more calories during hot weather. T or F
- The health benefits of exercise begin to kick in when you raise
your heart rate into your "exercise benefit zone." T or F
- Your maximum heart rate is the level you achieve during strenuous
exertion. T or F
- It’s best to stretch your muscles for a few minutes before warming
up. T or F
- Weight training is dangerous for people with high blood pressure.
T or F
- Which can raise your level of "good" HDL cholesterol?
(a) aerobic exercise, (b) strength training, (c) stretching, (c)
all of the above
- Running and other types of high-impact exercise can lead to
osteoarthritis. T or F
- You can prevent muscle soreness by taking a pain reliever after
a hard workout. T or F
- The best first step for sedentary people is to do strength-training
exercises for their leg muscles. T or F
- To build strength, you need to push your muscles to the point
of exhaustion. T or F
- The more frequently you perform strength-training exercise,
the more muscle you’ll build. T or F
- You shouldn’t exercise when you have a head cold. T or F
NEWS YOU CAN USE……
POSITION PAPER ON DIABETES AND EXERCISE: The American
College of Sports Medicine and the American Diabetes Association
have issued a joint position statement on Diabetes mellitus and
exercise. It calls for greater emphasis on promotion exercise
as a tool for prevention and control of Type 2 Diabetes. The position
paper can be found in the December 1997 issues of Medicine
and Science in Sports and Exercise and Diabetes Care.
WOMEN’S HEART DISEASE AND STROKE CAMPAIGN: The American
Heart Association has initiated a program, "Take Wellness to Heart,"
to address the special needs of women at risk for heart disease
and stroke. This effort includes a new national coalition, a national
media campaign, new educational materials, minority initiatives,
grassroots activities, and advocacy efforts. Materials and additional
information are available from the American Heart Association
national office or your state’s affiliate office.
NATIONAL TRAILS ENDOWMENT GRANTS: The American Hiking
Society is seeking applications for funding projects to establish,
protect and maintain foot trails. Grants normally are awarded
to trail organizations and other non-profits with a trail-related
focus. Awards range from $1,000 to $10,000. The due date is February
1, 1998. For more information, call Terry Cummings at (301) 565-6704
or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK CAMPAIGN: A Planner’s Guide and other
materials are now available for National Public Health Week, April
6-12, 1998. The theme this year is "Healthy People in Healthy
Communities." For more information, contact one of the campaign’s
many partner organizations, including all state and most local
health departments, or download the materials from http://www.cdc.gov/od/oc/phwphoto/98contes.htm.
Be sure to check out the National Public Health Photography Contest
that is part of this year’s campaign.
RECOGNITION OF WALKING HEROES: Walking magazine
is seeking nominations for "Heroes on Foot," who will be featured
in the magazine’s December 1998 issue and will be eligible for
great walking prizes. Nominate yourself, a relative, or a friend
in one of three categories: Personal Achievement (such as weight
loss, recovery, or a feat of endurance), Community Contribution
(for pedestrian advocates or conservationists), or Inspiration
(for those who inspire others to walk). Submit a photo of the
nominee, along with his/her name, age, address, telephone number
and a brief summary about what he or she achieved through walking
in 1997. Mail your entries, before June 15, 1998, to Heroes, Walking,
9-11 Harcourt Street, Boston, MA 02116.
BOOST YOUR BRAIN POWER: Steinberg et al., in the British
Journal of Sports Medicine 31: 240-245 (1997), reported that
exercise enhances creativity, regardless of your mood. Improvements
were highest after low impact aerobics, possibly because this
type of class offers more freedom in movement than high impact
A WALK A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY: Hakin et al., in the
New England Journal of Medicine 338:94-99 (1998), found
that men in the 60s, 70s and 80s can cut their risk of death almost
in half by walking just two miles a day. Every extra mile they
walked per day lowered their death rate by 19 percent.
UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AND CONFERENCES
FOURTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON FAITH AND HEALTH: Parish Nursing
and Congregational Health Ministry. February 28, 1998, Columbia,
SC. Cost is $10. Registration deadline is January 30, 1998. Featured
speaker is Mr. Tom Droege, Interfaith Health Program Director
at The Carter Center, Atlanta, GA. For more information, contact
Debbie Lee, SC Department of Health and Environmental Control,
THE 1998 NATIONAL BLACK FAMILY SUMMIT: Education, Health
and Social Welfare, Implications for Economic Viability. March
4-6, 1998, Myrtle Beach, SC. Cost is $200 before February 20;
$225 after February 20. Featured speakers include Alexis Herman,
Robert Hill, Marva Smalls, Calvin Butts, and Andrew Cuomo. For
more information, call Events Unlimited at 803-771-6784.
1998 ANNUAL MEETING OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNORS’
COUNCILS ON PHYSICAL FITNESS AND SPORTS: Back to Basics
Summit, Physical Activity and Health for the Right Reasons. March
4-7, 1998, Denver, CO. Cost is $150 before February 1; $165 after
February 1. Featured speakers include Don Iverson, Jack Dillenberg,
Jim Rippe, others. For more information, call 317-237-5630 or
YALE CONFERENCE ON WOMEN’S HEALTH AND FITNESS: May 2-3,
1998, New Haven, CT. Featured speakers include Steve Blair, Loretta
DiPietro, Christina Wells, JoAnn Manson, James Clapp, and Rebecca
Lobo. To receive a conference brochure with specific details,
call 1-800-929-0473 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NATIONAL HEALTH OBSERVANCES
January 18-24: Healthy Weight Week. Contact Healthy Weight
Journal, 402 South 14th Street, Hettinger, ND 58639;
(701) 567-2646. Website: http://www.healthyweightnetwork.com/.
January 28: School Nurse Day. Contact National Association
of School Nurses, Inc., P.O. Box 1300, Scarborough, ME 04070-1300;
(207) 883-2117. Website: http://www.nasn.org/.
American Heart Month. Contact American Heart Association,
7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75231; (214) 373-6300. Website:
February 5: National Girls and Women in Sports Day. Contact
Women’s Sports Foundation, Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, NY 11554;
(800) 227-2988. Website: http://www.womenssportsfoundation.org/.
DID YOU KNOW …..
A 157-pound person carrying a 44-pound pack burns 624 calories
per hour of uphill hiking? Want something a bit less strenuous
for your wintertime physical activity? How about cross-county
skiing at 612 calories per hour on level ground, or snowshoeing
at 500 calories per hour? Still a bit much? Well, don’t discount
a brisk walk around the block – a 150-pound person can burn 350
calories by walking purposefully for one hour – just keep moving!
WEB SITES OF INTEREST
HEALTHFINDER: Healthfinder is a "gateway" web site which
can lead you to online publications, clearinghouses, databases,
support groups, web sites, and organizations that produce reliable
information for the public. Check it out at http://www.healthfinder.gov/
PUT PREVENTION INTO PRACTICE: Put Prevention into Practice
is a national campaign to improve the delivery of clinical preventive
services – including patient education and counseling for health
behavior change. The program targets primary care providers, their
patients, and their staffs. Check it out at http://www.hhs.gov/PPIP/faq.html.
AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SPORTS MEDICINE: The ACSM is undergoing
a "visioning process" that includes revisiting the organization’s
vision statement. Here’s your chance to participate, to offer
comments and suggestions for improvement. Check it out at http://www.acsm.org/.
ON THE MOVE: ON THE MOVE! is the physical activity promotion
program of the California Department of Health Services. It supports
a variety of community projects that promote active lifestyles
to reduce chronic disease risk. Check it out at http://www.sbdrc.org/Pages/page65.html