Newsworthy Information: Health and Fitness


The New York Times: Why Your Workout Should Be High Intensity

nyt.articleMany people with chronic health problems resign themselves to lives of modest activity or no activity at all, thinking vigorous exercise is unsafe or that they lack the stamina for it. But recent studies are proving just the opposite.



Health: 5 Fitness Trends to Try in 2015

2015-fitness-trendsCurious about what’s going to be hot in the wellness sphere next year? Well, you’ve come to the right place. We put our sneakers to the ground to find out what fitness trends could be making their way into your gym in 2015. Happy sweating.



U.S. News and World Report: Health Tip: Build a Fitness Support System


A strong support system can help you stay motivated as you work toward your health and fitness goals. The American Council on Exercise offers advice: Communicate with your partner and other loved ones about your commitment to health and fitness, and ask for help.


Live Science: Will The Apple Watch Make People Healthier

watchThe Apple Watch will have a number of health and fitness features, including activity tracking and reminders to get moving, but could the watch really make people healthier?

Experts say the Apple Watch's health features are an improvement over some previous apps and wearables, and could indeed get some people to exercise more. But these features may not be enough to motivate everyone, and the watch also leaves out diet tracking, which may mean that some people get the wrong idea about how much they eat.

"I think the big question will be, for whom will this be motivating or change behavior," said Sherry Pagoto, an associate professor of medicine co-founder of the Center for mHealth and Social Media at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Pagoto noted that people who buy fitness trackers may already be a little more motivated to be active than the average person.


New England Journal of Medicine: Cleaner Air, Bigger Lungs

In the latter half of the 20th century, Los Angeles had, by many measures, higher levels of photochemical air pollutants than any other major city in the U.S.nejm.logo To address this problem, the California Air Resources Board and its partners became leaders in quantifying the health effects of air pollutants and in aggressively implementing pollution-control strategies. 

Even with these actions, air-pollution levels remained high. In 1993, “Health Advisories” were issued on 92 days. In that year, the prospective Children's Health Study was launched to examine the effects of air pollution on lung growth in children. Fourth-grade children were recruited from 12 communities in southern California with varying exposures to the pollutants of concern (ozone, nitrogen dioxide, and particulate matter). Repeated lung-function measurements were taken for these children for 8 years, the period of life during which the greatest growth of lung function occurs.