Latest stories: Fitness & Eating

Livestrong at YMCA helps cancer patients move toward fitness

It was like many beginning yoga classes in most ways. Students gathered in a studio at the downtown YMCA raised and stretched their limbs in wobbly formation, their instructor at the front talking them through poses. It was unlike many yoga classes in a few ways. One student’s oxygen machine purred at regular intervals; cancer had cost him part of a lung. In the center of the room, the waning sunlight lit another student’s face and her colorful hat, her hair sparse after treatment for lymphoma. Read more

Join group at Riverfront Park to honor National Walking Day

Lace up those walking shoes. The American Heart Association is hosting a group walk at Riverfront Park Wednesday morning in honor of National Walking Day. Read more

Raw milk may not help those with lactose intolerance

A pilot study failed to show something many people believe – that drinking raw milk reduces the symptoms of lactose intolerance or malabsorption. The condition is common worldwide, and can lead to bloating, abdominal pain and diarrhea. But the specific prevalence of lactose intolerance is not known, the researchers from Stanford University said. Read more

House Call: Weight-loss medications offer hope

Last month we had good news about obesity rates in the United States – a significant decline among children 2 to 5 years old. Because children who are overweight or obese are more likely to struggle with weight as adults and are at a higher risk of developing conditions like diabetes, stroke and cancer, this is good news. But what about adults who are overweight? Whether it has been an issue since childhood or high school, controlling weight is a difficult and serious health concern. Read more