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TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2014

TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2014

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.

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TUESDAY, JAN. 21, 2014

Vanessa Branstetter powers up a 35-pound kettle bell at CrossFit Spokane. (Dan Pelle)

TUESDAY, JAN. 21, 2014

CrossFit provides high-intensity, varied workout

When Vanessa Branstetter, 38, started CrossFit last year she couldn’t perform one pull-up. Not only has she conquered that challenge, she’s doing a host of everyday and athletic activities with greater ease, thanks to the workout regimen. An ER doctor and mother of two, Branstetter said she’d exercised her whole life, from high school sports, kayaking and backpacking to aerobics, yoga and triathlons. But after developing repetitive use injuries from running, including Achilles tendonitis and back pain, she tried CrossFit.

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TUESDAY, JAN. 14, 2014

TUESDAY, JAN. 7, 2014

TUESDAY, JAN. 7, 2014

More conservative workouts may help avoid injuries

Those fitness resolutions will do you no good if they lead you to visit the likes of Hooman Melamed. As an orthopedic spine surgeon, Melamed sees the downside of efforts to get strong and fit. Exercising the wrong way can put a person out of commission for a long time, he says.

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TUESDAY, DEC. 24, 2013

Stabilicers SportRunners are chains for your feet. These ice cleats strap to running shoes.

TUESDAY, DEC. 24, 2013

New gadgets to consider for fitness fans in your life

Maybe the best part of having a fitness fanatic on your holiday shopping list is that you likely won’t be stumped when creating your gift list. “What do you get for somebody who already has everything?” doesn’t really apply in an industry that is perpetually producing new exercise gadgets.

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TUESDAY, OCT. 22, 2013

Althea Nelson, center, is joined by other staff and management during “Bruin Break” at UCLA Medical Center.

TUESDAY, OCT. 22, 2013

‘Recess’ keeps workers moving

LOS ANGELES – UCLA Health encourages a little goofing off on company time. But inefficiency is the last thing on the agenda. At least three days a week, employees from 10 departments at UCLA Health facilities gather as the music gets cranked up for a 10-minute workout. It’s called Bruin Break, an adaptation of the “instant recess” initiative developed to motivate “mouse potatoes” by the late Dr. Antronette Yancey, a UCLA public health professor.

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 26, 2013

THURSDAY, SEPT. 26, 2013

Trainers address mental health

INDIANAPOLIS – The National Athletic Trainers Association wants colleges to start treating the mental health of college athletes just as seriously as they do physical well-being. The organization outlined a set of broad guidelines Wednesday that it believes should be adopted in an effort to help athletes cope with everything from depression to suicidal thoughts. The recommendations include using athletic trainers and team physicians to help with early detection of potential mental illnesses, provide advice and make treatment referrals while maintaining patient confidentiality.

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 24, 2013

TUESDAY, SEPT. 24, 2013

Benefits of exercise improve with age

I love watching our daughter run and play. A desire to run, do cartwheels, splash in the pool and be active comes naturally to most children, but as time passes many of us seem to have less interest in physical activity. We mature, have injuries, become busier, and our activities frequently become more sedentary. Physical activity can start to look more like work than fun. However regular physical activity is a key element to being healthy. Becoming sedentary contributes to weight gain and increases in blood pressure and cholesterol levels. It also puts us at risk for other health issues, like cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Physical activity is one part of recommended treatment for insomnia, depression, and anxiety. Keeping fit may also decrease our risk of dementia as we age.

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 10, 2013

TUESDAY, SEPT. 10, 2013

Weigh emotional consequences of young dieters

CHICAGO – Counting calories is common for many, especially when trying to lose weight. But can there be emotional consequences from being put on a diet too early in life? “My mom was obsessed with my food intake for as long as I can remember,” said Karen Kataline, author of “Fatlash: Food Police & the Fear of Thin.” “She put me on the stage at the age of 3 and wanted to live out her dreams and disappointments through me. She had unresolved issues about weight and appearance and she wasn’t happy with her own body.”

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MONDAY, SEPT. 9, 2013

Hundreds of cyclists begin to move down Spokane Falls Boulevard for the 21-mile road ride at SpokeFest on Sunday. Cyclists could take part in rides of varying lengths and children could ride a 1-mile loop at Riverfront Park. (Jesse Tinsley)

MONDAY, SEPT. 9, 2013

SpokeFest draws cyclists from miles around

If kids today are afflicted by inactivity, there was no evidence of that Sunday at Spokane’s Riverfront Park. Tots, tweens and teens were well-represented at SpokeFest, the cycling celebration that offers riders four course options ranging from 1 to 47 miles.

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SUNDAY, AUG. 18, 2013

SUNDAY, AUG. 18, 2013

Idaho board to consider PE requirement

The Idaho State Board of Education agreed to hear public comment on proposed new statewide physical education requirements during its monthly meeting this week in Pocatello. The board also agreed to a public hearing on a proposal to allow certain computer science and engineering classes to count toward math requirements.

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TUESDAY, JULY 30, 2013

A flock of Canada geese fly past Rachel Rowley, Jenni Niemann and Amy Gates as they participate in a paddle board yoga class. (Dan Pelle)

TUESDAY, JULY 30, 2013

Downward frog

Katie Fitzgerald’s yoga students, instructed to close their eyes and notice their surroundings at the start of a class last week, had much to be mindful of. The gentle breeze. The warm sun. The calling birds.

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TUESDAY, JULY 2, 2013

TUESDAY, JULY 2, 2013

Slacklining growing in popularity

It wasn’t so long ago that Andy Lewis appeared in the Super Bowl halftime show, wearing a gleaming-white toga, silver-spangled boots and his brown Afro, balancing and bouncing on a 2-inch-wide line of webbing suspended 4 feet above the stage as a gladiator-costumed Madonna sang and squatted alongside him. But his sport has come far since that 2012 performance, Lewis said last week at Riverfront Park, where the World Cup of slacklining was taking place as part of Hoopfest.

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TUESDAY, MAY 28, 2013

TUESDAY, MAY 28, 2013

Stem cell therapies remain question mark

CHICAGO – Until recently, I didn’t know that I could use stem cells to help heal my bum shoulder. Perhaps that’s because I don’t use said shoulder for hurling baseballs or footballs at speeds approaching the sound barrier for obscene amounts of money. I can see why elite athletes are interested in cutting edge therapies to stay in the game. They have their yellow Ferrari, but an injury is threatening to end their career, and they want to keep earning massive paychecks so they can get the matching yellow Lamborghini. Also, the love of the game, or something.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2013

Donna Husick will push Gail Ableman, who has muscular dystrophy, in a nonmotorized chair at Sunday’s Bloomsday race. (Colin Mulvany)

TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2013

Bloomsday buddies

Competing in the unofficial wheelchair division – in the back with the strollers – Donna Husick and Gail Ableman probably will not win Bloomsday on Sunday. But when they finish, it’ll represent a couple of victories.

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