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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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IOM Supports Direction of Presidential Youth Fitness Program

Fitness, Physical Education, Youth | October 1, 2012

By: Stella Lucia Volpe, Ph.D., RD, LDN, FACSM, Chair of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition Science Board

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a report that provides guidance on youth fitness measures as they relate to health outcomes.  The report affirmed that fitness is a marker for health among youth and the use of certain measures in a school setting can enhance student learning and provide feedback on current health status and future health risk.

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