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The Role of Resistance Training for Children and Adolescents

Fitness, Sports, Youth | December 28, 2012

By: Jim Pivarnik, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Michigan State University and Member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition’s Science Board

A recent study in Pediatrics by Eisenberg et al. indicates that adolescent boys and girls self-report a number of "muscle-enhancing" behaviors.  The authors cautioned that some of the behaviors, particularly those related to diet and steroid use are particularly troubling

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The School Day Just Got Healthier!

Nutrition, Youth | November 16, 2012

By: Rachel K. Johnson, PhD, MPH, RD, Bickford Professor of Nutrition and Professor of Medicine at the University of Vermont and Member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition’s Science Board

This fall, school nutrition programs underwent major changes that improve the nutritional quality of school lunches nationwide. The media has been filled with stories about the new menus, which feature more whole grains, fruits, and vegetables in items such as sweet potato fries, whole-wheat tortillas and black bean and corn salsa.

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The Importance of Physical Activity for All Americans

Physical Activity | October 18, 2012

By: Dominique Dawes, Three-time Olympic gymnast, motivational speaker and Co-chair of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition

Obesity impacts more than just the waistbands of Americans – life expectancy, health, medical spending, and productivity are all affected by the weight of the nation. If recent trends continue, experts predict all adults will be overweight or obese by 2048.

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Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies

Fitness, Nutrition, Physical Activity | October 9, 2012

By: Jim Pivarnik, Ph.D., President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition Science Board member

Having studied physical activity during pregnancy for over 25 years, I am amazed at how far we have progressed.  When I began to research this area in the late 1980's, information was scarce, and recommendations were very conservative.  This only makes sense, as "first do no harm" is even more important than normal when you are talking about protecting the maternal-fetal unit.

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Fuel For Success: My Sports Plate

Nutrition | October 2, 2012

By: Allyson Felix, U.S. Track and Field Olympian & Member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition and Kevin Concannon, Under Secretary for USDA Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services

The new nutrition standards established by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act at the US Department of Agriculture represent an important step in America’s fight against childhood obesity and will help promote healthy eating habits for youth in our nation’s schools. These standards promote a balanced diet of additional fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy products, lean proteins, and whole grains, while eating less sugar, saturated fat, and sodium.

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