Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Inspiring and Transformative Weight Loss Book Teaches How to Heal Relationship with Food and Body

(Diet and Weight Loss), Registered dietitian and award-winning author Dr. Annette Colby releases life-changing new book, Body Redesign: Goal Setting Secrets to a Thinner, Happier You - a profound resource where spirit and science connect. Create a love affair with self that will finally allow the empowerment needed to stop struggling with food, lose weight, and have more joy than ever before.

A unique and important book that provides the perfect balance of heart and expertise to end emotional eating, compulsive eating, binge eating, and overeating behaviors. There's nothing like Body Redesign on the market today.

"A powerfully guided process that will not only heal your relationship with food and body, but will transform your life - it's fantastic!" Emily Haeussler, Registered Dietitian.

In this unique book, anyone trapped in an endless cycle of food, despair, and weight issues will establish a new foundation for success. Fresh, clear, and compassionate - Body Redesign shows how to lose weight while creating a life that allows the heart to sing, the mind to expand, and the spirit to soar!

- Learn the biggest reasons why most goals fail
- End the bad habits that stand in the way of successful weight loss
- Stay focused and motivated when it really counts
- Stop constantly thinking about food
- Learn instant tools that end self-sabotage
- Develop unstoppable belief in yourself

Learn to stop procrastinating, become powerful in the face of fears, and stay on track until the goal is successfully accomplished. Make real changes that last a lifetime!

About the Author:

Annette Colby, Ph.D. R.D., is an internationally known consultant, educator, and visionary author. Her contagious passion for life is shared in her writing and private practice where she inspires people to believe in themselves and find themselves worthy of receiving their dreams. For over two decades, she has been committed to showing people how to take the pain out of life, turn difficult emotions into joy, release stress, end emotional eating, and move beyond depression into an extraordinary life. Annette is the author of Your Highest Potential: The New Psychology of Understanding and Working with Self and Body Redesign: Goal Setting Secrets for a Thinner, Happier You. To access hundreds of content filled articles and sign up for an inspirational Loving Miracles newsletter visit Annette Colby's website at http://www.AnnetteColby.com.

Use Care and Caution While Mowing the Lawn

Also See: Exercise Mowing Your Lawn

(Health and Fitness), Do you remember the carefree days of summer and running barefoot with the feel of the cool green grass between your toes? Keeping the lawn nice and trimmed is not the backbreaking chore it used to be, thanks to riding and traditional mowers. Lawn mowers can be dangerous. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) advises people to exercise extreme caution when operating these tools.

Caring for lawns can be a good form of physical activity that enhances a person’s overall sense of well-being. Unfortunately, thousands of Americans suffer deep cuts and lacerations, sprains and strains, fractures, and even loss of fingers and toes due to improper use of a lawn mower each year.

  • More than 210,000 people – including approximately 16,000 children – were treated in doctors’ offices, clinics and emergency rooms for lawn mower-related injuries in 2007, according to the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission

"A lawn mower is not a toy and in fact, it can be dangerous if not used properly," said Lori Karol, MD, pediatric orthopaedic surgeon and spokesperson for the Academy. "It's important to follow the proper precautions when using these powerful machines, including teaching kids to stay away from any and all running lawn mowers. Children should never be allowed to ride on the mower, even with parents."

Most injuries sustained from lawn mower use and treated by orthopaedic surgeons are preventable. To eliminate lawn mower-related injuries, the Academy recommends the following safety guidelines:

  • When using a lawn mower for the first time in a season, have it serviced to ensure it’s working correctly.
  • Do not remove safety devices, shields or guards on switches.
  • Add fuel before starting the engine, not when it’s running or hot.
  • Hands and feet should never be used to touch the lawn mower blade under any circumstances, even if the engine seems to be off. Once cleared of an obstruction, the blade can swing around and cause serious bodily harm.

For additional lawn mower injury prevention tips and more

Sunday, May 25, 2008

New "Calorie Shifting" Diet Burns Fat and Promotes Weight Loss

(Diet and Weight Loss), Statistics say that 95 percent of diets fail, and in most cases dieters end up gaining weight. According to a new diet theory─the "calorie shifting" theory--this is because they are eating the wrong foods, in the wrong pattern each day. The "calorie shifting diet" teaches a new way of eating. It is different from other diets because it does not involve reducing calories, carbohydrates, or fat, and it allows dieters to eat four times a day.

The "calorie shifting" diet is gradually gaining momentum in the weight loss industry as an effective method of achieving fast and continuous fat loss. Proponents say low calorie diets don't work because your body will detect any major drop in calories and will slow down your metabolism accordingly. Low fat diets have proven to be ineffective, evidenced by the fact that society as a whole is getting fatter and fatter despite the low fat diet trend. Low carbohydrate diets make you miserable because they are nothing more than thinly disguised starvation diets.

According to "calorie shifting" theory, your body needs certain foods at certain intervals each day. If you don't eat the right foods at the right times, you won't burn calories efficiently, and will store them as fat. Because you deprive your body of food when you are starving yourself on a low fat, low calorie, or low carbohydrate diet, it goes into survival mode, switching from a fat burning machine to an energy saving, fat storing machine. Calorie shifting works by constantly changing what you eat, so that your body doesn't get used to a routine. It tricks your metabolism into thinking that you are not dieting. That way the metabolism doesn't slow down and you lose weight.

This is detailed in a new weight loss program called "The Idiot Proof Diet," which includes a Diet Handbook and Diet Generator.

The Diet Handbook teaches you how to: lose nine pounds in eleven days, stop retaining water, eat out, drink alcohol while still burning fat, shop for fat-burning foods, eat more than three times a day to speed up weight loss, eat late at night, overcome genetic predisposition to obesity, and stay slim for life.

The Diet Generator gives you a customized daily menu which constantly alternates between every possible type of calorie, ensuring that your weight keeps dropping. It computes the menu for you. There is no need to count calories or read labels. That's why this is called the "Idiot Proof Diet."

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Fitness Helps Arthritis Sufferers, Expert Reports

(Health and Fitness), 46 million people have a doctor-diagnosed case of arthritis in America. With the aging US population, this number is expected to grow to nearly 70 million people in the coming decades, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Arthritis is defined as joint inflammation and is used to describe more than 100 rheumatic diseases and conditions that affect joints, the tissues which surround the joint and other connective tissue. The number of arthritis cases typically increases with age and is higher among women than men in every age group, as reported by the data found from the National Center for Health Statistics National Health Interview Survey in 2003-2005.

One of the leading causes of arthritis is obesity. There is a strong correlation between the rise in overweight and obesity levels, reaching approximately 60% of the US population, and the projected rise in arthritis cases. "Obese adults are more likely to develop arthritis and joint discomfort than normal weight adults," reports Aaron Dawkins, owner of two Fitness Together franchises located in the Denver Metro area, in Colorado.

"First of all, our clients that have arthritis usually begin to feel better immediately after starting a weight management program. Our fitness trainers design programs to help clients decrease body fat and increase muscle strength. These benefits help to better manage arthritic pain and improve the way the body responds to normal daily physical activities such as driving, picking up a dropped item and even standing up from a chair."

The CDC (www.cdc.gov) report that many arthritis sufferers do not take part in leisure time physical activity even though the research shows exercise benefits people with arthritis by improving pain, function and mental health. "A host of additional risk factors are associated with not participating in a regular physical activity program, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity and functional limitations," reports Dawkins, who is a certified personal trainer himself and has been working with clients since 1999 before buying his first Fitness Together franchise in 2007.

"I have an 86 year-old-client who reports less aches and pains, which are commonly associated with arthritis affecting people his age. He has been using our personal training services three times per week for several years, and has not only lost body fat but has also realized an increase in muscle strength," Dawkins said.

For more information about Fitness Together personal training, or to visit a location near you, visit www.fitnesstogether.com

Is a Bad Economy Good for Losing Body Fat?

(Diet and Weight Loss), As Americans are tightening their budgets, something else may be loosening up - their clothing. As discretionary income is used more and more to cover non-discretionary expenses, Americans will be choosing to eat at restaurants less and eat at home more, where they will have more control over how their food is prepared.

If they do head to a restaurant, the portion sizes will be smaller than ever, as the restaurant industry is feeling the crunch. As peoples' food intake changes, it could have a positive impact on their waist line. Lean State University™ would like to continue that momentum, as well as help during this time of financial crisis, by offering a free newsletter to help people further their fat loss efforts.

Less discretionary income also means less money to spend on snack cakes and chips at the supermarket and calorie-laden "crap-puccinos." There will also be less money to waste on the ineffective weight loss scams that are being hawked at every turn - pills, potions, creams and diet books that just don't work. Through the Fat Loss 101 Newsletter, Lean State University will provide the most effective and efficient ways to lose unwanted body fat without resorting to the allure of late-night infomercials.

To those considering dropping their gym membership to save some money - go for it! Using your own bodyweight to challenge yourself - pushups, squats, and uphill walking/sprinting - is much more effective at burning body fat and can be done at or near home for free.

Losing inches from the waist line can also have other unintended benefits to the bottom line, like:

  • Better gas mileage - potential 5 to 7 cents per gallon savings by dropping 50 pounds of body fat
  • Lower food bills - the leaner a person is, the less food required to run on a daily basis
  • Lower medical costs - trimming body fat may reduce spending on doctor visits, outpatient care, inpatient care and prescription drugs
  • Lower insurance premiums - life insurance companies are giving discounts to their healthier clients
  • Lower clothing costs - moving back into widely available sizes means spending less money as opposed to buying clothes at specialty online or "big people" stores
  • Potential raises - losing body fat leads to better self-esteem. Better self-esteem leads to higher productivity at work. Higher productivity at work could lead to raises and/or promotions

For additional information on reducing your waistline and your bottom line, contact Matt Lisk or visit Lean State University

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Americans’ Food Safety Practices in Doubt: Food & Health Survey Highlights a Potentially Dangerous New “Diet Disconnect”

(Health and Fitness LifeStyles), More than three-quarters of Americans (82 percent) say they are confident in their ability to safely prepare food, yet many report not following simple procedures to reduce the spread of bacteria in their kitchen or ensure safe cooking temperatures. In particular, less than half of Americans (48 percent) report using separate cutting boards for raw meat or poultry and produce, and even fewer Americans (29 percent) say they use a meat thermometer.

These findings are part of an extensive look at what Americans are doing regarding their eating and health habits in the third annual "Food & Health Survey" conducted by the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation. The survey of 1,000 American adults was conducted over a two and a half-week period in February and March of 2008.

The contradiction or “disconnect” between consumers’ beliefs and their own behavior toward safe food preparation is among seven overall “diet disconnects” identified in the survey over the past two years.

“The gap between Americans’ desire to do what’s best when it comes to eating and what they actually do is going to take some time to bridge,” said Susan Borra, IFIC Foundation President and registered dietitian. “A new question this year found that almost half of Americans think health information is ‘confusing and conflicting,’ which means there’s a lot of work to do to break through the food information clutter out there and make nutrition advice practical.”

This year’s new questions surrounding food safety included both general cooking and microwave cooking practices. Most Americans (92 percent) report washing their hands with soap and water when preparing food, and nearly as many (79 percent) say they store leftovers within two hours of serving. However, few Americans (15 percent) report checking the wattage on their microwaves, and even fewer (seven percent) say they use a meat thermometer when using their microwave.

“Consumers are a lot more confident about their ability to safely prepare food than they ought to be, based on what we learned," said Danielle Schor, Senior Vice President of Food Safety for the IFIC Foundation and registered dietitian. “We still have a long way to go to educate the public about the basics such as avoiding cross contamination and cooking to proper temperature.”

The seven “diet disconnects” include: (People-on-the-Street Videos)

1- Food Safety: Seventy-six percent of Americans say they cook food to the required temperature. But, only 29 percent use a food thermometer to check the doneness of meat and poultry items (New disconnect identified in 2008 data).

2- Counting Calories: Nearly seven in 10 Americans (69 percent) who say they are trying to improve the healthfulness of their diet reported doing so in order to lose weight. But, only 15 percent of Americans know the number of calories they should consume each day (Four Percent more Americans were able to accurately state the number of calories they should consume in 2008 than in 2007). And, only 37 percent agree that low-calorie sweeteners can reduce the calorie content of foods.

3- Diet & Physical Activity: A clear majority of Americans (88 percent) report being physically active, for health benefits, at least once a week. But, nearly half (44 percent) of Americans who report being physically active say they do not ''balance diet and physical activity'' to manage their weight.

4- Breakfast: Ninety-two percent of Americans agree that breakfast is an important meal to achieve a healthful diet, with significantly more Americans rating it as “extremely important” than last year. But, less than half of Americans (46 percent) report eating breakfast every day (10 percent more noted that eating breakfast is “extremely important” in achieving an overall healthful diet compared to 2007 data).

5- Dietary Fats: Consumers’ concern about the types and amounts of fats they include in their diet remain high and they are more aware of trans fats than ever (91 percent). But, more than 60 percent of consumers don’t understand that unsaturated fats are healthful.

6- Carbohydrates: More than two-thirds of consumers say they are trying to consume more of certain types of carbohydrates like fiber and whole grains. But, more than 50 percent remain concerned with the amount of carbohydrates they consume.

7- Food and Beverages with Added Health Benefits: Nearly 80 percent of Americans agree that consuming specific foods and beverages can provide certain health and wellness benefits beyond basic nutrition. But, 50 percent or more of Americans say they currently do not consume foods or beverages that deliver these benefits, although most are interested in doing so (No significant change from 2007 data with one exception – four percent more Americans report consuming foods and beverages to improve their mental performance).

Additional topics addressed in this year’s survey include: caffeine, food additives, food labeling, and consumer information sources, among others.

For a PDF copy of the entire survey visit: http://www.ific.org/research/foodandhealthsurvey.cfm.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Fitness First USA Sponsors Bodybuilding Contest

(Health and Fitness LifeStyles), Fitnessfirstusa.com is proud to announce the sponsorship of an INBF (International Natural Bodybuilding & Fitness Federation) sanctioned bodybuilding competition in Iraq on May 24, 2008. The competition is open to all US Military, families and support personnel. FitnessFirstUSA.com is providing prizes for the top 3 winners in each of the three categories (men's, women's & fitness), as well as gift bags for all the contestants containing popular and useful items for bodybuilders and health enthusiasts. The Event is promoted by Tanya and Mike Marshall.

This is not the only event FitnessFirstUSA.com has sponsored. In the last several years they have sponsored many competitions at military bases overseas as well as ones here in the US.

Along with bodybuilding supplements the site also sells nutritional supplements such as vitamins, accessories, books/DVDs, and light exercise equipment. "We try to provide a large selection of products to help maintain a healthy body at prices that are well below what you can find in a retail store," says Mark Taylor, one of the partners.

"We enjoy sponsoring events directed towards our service members overseas. It reminds them that they are supported for all their efforts and for everything they have given up to defend our country", says Taylor.

Program Encourages Big People to Ride a Bike for Health, Fitness, Weight Loss

(Diet and Weight Loss), Super Sized Cycles announces the Just Start Riding! Challenge to encourage people of all sizes to start bike riding. May is National Bike Month, and Super Sized Cycles wants all people, particularly those larger people who normally don't participate in the monthly array of bicycling activities, to sign up for the online program. Cycling is an ideal activity for every body, and it doesn't matter how far you go, it simply matters that you Just Start Riding!

The objectives of Just Start Riding! are to increase fitness levels and self esteem, to do something positive for the environment, and to have fun. Riders can to set personal goals for bike riding, fitness and desired weight loss, while saving money and doing their part for the environment.

The Just Start Riding! Program is targeted towards people who don't customarily ride bikes, with a significant focus on big people. "Biking is an excellent, fun activity for large people," states Denizot. "We want to encourage people who usually don't join bike month activities to take on a manageable, private goal of 10 miles a week (or something appropriately suited to each individual)." The program begins during the month of May and goes through October.

"We're starting with our local Vermont community and our online community," says President and Founder Joan Denizot. "We hope to grow this summer challenge each year so that in 10 years all 50 states will have large numbers of participants connecting, riding together, making friends, and improving their health."

Participants will register online at www.SuperSizedCycles.com/JustStartRiding. A buddy system will be set up so that those who wish can meet other registered riders from their geographical area. Everyone who registers will be supported through online activities. Recognition and prizes will be available to all registered bike riders.

"The idea," Denizot says, "Is to have people experience and re-experience the joys of riding a bike no matter what size you are!"

Super Sized Cycles is on the web at http://www.SuperSizedCycles.com, and they will be holding a Press Conference on Just Start Riding! on May 13th at the Trailside Center of Local Motion, greater Burlington, Vermont's Center for outdoor enthusiasts.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Stay on Track with Grandma's Ten Commandments for Healthy Weight Loss

(Diet & Weight Loss), Weight loss goals can seem unattainable with the road blocks that our everyday lives can create. Hectic schedules can force us to eat unhealthy on the go and everyday stress can tempt us to reach for a candy bar instead of a banana. With this in mind, weight loss expert Grandma Bev Grey offers a list of wall-mountable rules to live by when the going gets tough which is available for download at www.grandmashealthykidsclub.com.

Grey developed the Ten Commandments of Healthy Weight Loss as portable tip sheet that will reminds us of weight loss goals even in the most trying situations. Post it on a refrigerator door, bathroom mirror or in the break room at work to keep weight loss efforts focused and reduce the risk of "cheating."

Grey recognizes that week moments arise when we're bored, lonely, angry and or upset. "When our emotions get the best of us, we are more likely to reach for unhealthy snack, binge on a bag of cookies or sulk lazily in front of the TV," says Grey. That could be why her first commandment is "Thou shalt not eat unless thou art hungry."

According to Grey, another rule to live by involves getting plenty of beauty sleep. "Thou shalt not stay up late instead of getting the sleep thy body needs," commands Grey. "Thy body will burn calories more efficiently with adequate sleep, which usually means 7-8 hours for adults and 9 or more for young children and teens."

Knowing that we are all human, Grey offers advice for those days when our best intentions just aren't enough in commandment number ten.

"Thou shalt not be discouraged and give up if thee "falls off the wagon" and eats the wrong foods for a day. Thou shalt realize that every day is a new day, and continue to follow the Ten Commandments of Healthy Weight Loss!"

Download a weight loss tip sheet at www.grandmashealthykidsclub.com and check out her books Winning the Food Fight and Conquering Childhood Obesity for Dummies at www.grandmashealthykidsclub.com/books.


(Health and Fitness), Aerobics founder Dr. Ken Cooper, TV fitness pioneer Jack LaLanne, Jazzercise creator Judi Sheppard Missett, bodybuilding popularizer Joe Weider, conditioning advocate and researcher Bonnie Prudden, and philanthropist Bud Seretean are winners of the first Lifetime Achievement Awards given by the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

The President’s Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award is given to individuals whose careers have greatly contributed to the advancement or promotion of physical activity, fitness, or sports nationwide. Winners are chosen by the members of the PCPFS based on the span and scope of an individual’s career, the estimated number of lives the individual has touched through his or her work, the legacy of the individual’s work, and additional awards or honors received over the course of his or her career.

“The President’s Council is very proud to honor these six distinguished individuals,” Council Chairman John Burke said. “Our Lifetime Achievement Award winners are luminaries in their respective fields, passionately serving as role models by demonstrating, through their work, the important role physical activity can play in leading a long, healthy life.”

The Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented at a joint awards luncheon held in conjunction with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) to kick off National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. The United States Olympic Committee also presented awards to their 2006 USOC SportsMan, SportsWoman, Team and Paralympian of the Year, as well as their 2006 Coaching Awards.

2007 PCPFS Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

Ken Cooper, M.D. – Considered the Father of Aerobics, Dr. Ken Cooper started a fitness revolution with his 1968 publication, Aerobics. His publications have been translated into 41 languages. In his professional career, Dr. Cooper developed a cardiovascular fitness test and Aerobics point system that continues to be used today to assess physical fitness levels among military and law enforcement personnel, among others, and helped NASA develop programs to condition astronauts preparing for flight. Dr. Cooper opened the Cooper Aerobics Center, a clinic and nonprofit research facility, in 1970.

Jack LaLanne – At 92 years old, Jack LaLanne is considered the Godfather of Fitness and has been impacting lives for over 70 years. He opened one of the first health studios in 1936 and hosted the "Jack LaLanne Show", a health and fitness TV series that ran nationally from 1959-1985. He has been recognized with the California Governor's Council on Physical Fitness Lifetime Achievement Award, Dwight D. Eisenhower Award, and the Academy of Body Building and Fitness Award.

Bonnie Prudden – Bonnie Prudden is one of the founders of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, which was established in 1956 as the "President's Council on Youth Fitness." She utilized the fitness test developed by Drs. Hans Kraus and Sonja Weber to test the fitness of children in the United States, Europe and Central America, which ultimately led to a report that was presented to President Eisenhower and the establishment of the President's Council. She was inducted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame in 2006 and has dedicated more than 60 years of her professional career to improving the health of women, men, and children.

Bud Seretean – At 83 years old, Bud Seretean still finds the time to lecture on health and wellness and practices what he preaches. He changed his own health habits in 1975 due to a health scare and in turn, changed many other lives. In 1990, through a gift from Mr. Seretean, the Oklahoma State University/Sereatan Wellness Center was built. In 1997, Emory University dedicated the M.B. Seretean Center for Health Promotion, where Mr. Seretean saw an opportunity to serve and educate. He recently wrote a book, "Living Healthy to 100," which conveys the message of healthy living for seniors. He has also served as President of the Atlanta Hawks.

Judi Sheppard Missett – Ms. Missett is the Founder and CEO of Jazzercise, Inc., a company with 6,800 instructors in 30 countries. She has been promoting physical fitness and health for almost 40 years. She continues to lead classes and spread her fitness enthusiasm through community-based projects, including raising $26 million for charity, her Kids Get Fit program, and the CyberStretch School Giveaway Program. She has received numerous awards for her entrepreneurial efforts, including induction into the Enterprising Women magazine Hall of Fame, Small Business Administration, IDEA Lifetime Achievement Award, and Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement in Business.

Joe Weider – At 87 years old, Joe Weider has been promoting strength and fitness since 1936. He oversaw a publishing empire that included Muscle & Fitness, Muscle & Fitness Hers, Flex, Men's Fitness, Shape, Fit Pregnancy and Natural Health. He and his brother formed the International Federation of Bodybuilding in 1946. He created the Mr. Olympia contest, which Arnold Schwarzenegger won seven times. There are 170 countries affiliated with the IFBB, and it ranks as one of the world’s top seven international sports federations. Mr. Weider is considered by many to be one of the pioneers in the field of strength conditioning.

7 Quick and Easy Fat Loss Tips for Swim-Suit Season

(Weight Loss), Each year, as summer draws near, beach goers begin to panic about how they will look in their bathing suit. Registered Dietitian Jayson Hunter recommends starting a diet and exercise program right now to guarantee a beach ready body by the time summer officially arrives.

According to Hunter, "I specifically designed these rapid fat loss tips to help men and women who want to look great in their bathing suits. They will help men lose that ugly belly fat. And they will help women look amazing in either a bikini or a little black dress."

Here are Jayson Hunter's 7 Quick and Easy Fat Loss Tips for Swim-Suit Season:

1) Take five minutes every day to visualize a beach ready body. A crystal clear mental image of success greatly increases the chances of success.

2) Keep a food journal. Research studies indicate dieters underestimate their daily caloric intake by a full 25%.

3) Limit portion sizes by eating from smaller plates. Studies show people that eat from smaller plates eat fewer calories.

4) Participate in rigorous strength training exercises to promote calorie burning for up to 48 hours after your work-out.

5) Always eat a healthy breakfast to stimulate metabolism for the entire day.

6) Keep healthy snacks on hand at all times. Hormones released in stressful situations cause cravings of foods that are high in fat and sugar. Being prepared greatly reduces the chance of binge eating the wrong foods.

7) Avoid processed foods sold in the middle aisles of grocery stores. Instead, consume lean proteins, vegetables and fruits.

Jayson Hunter, RD, CSCS is a registered dietitian and personal trainer with over ten years of experience. He specializes in helping people lose weight quickly and safely so they can look great for any special event. He is available for story ideas and interviews.

Colorado Civil Servants Lost Nearly Two Tons of Fat in 12 Weeks

(Weight Loss), By simply following a healthy nutrition plan and an intense exercise regimen, Civil Servants across the Denver Metro area lost a total of nearly two tons of fat within just 12 weeks.

Participants were inspired to make such a dramatic improvement in their health and fitness by joining in the 911 Ultimate Transformation Challenge, sponsored by iSatori Technologies, which provided both the motivation and a plan to achieve their goals, along with exciting prizes, including an all-expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas, to show off their new bodies.

Each participant was then judged on three criteria: the overall body transformation (as determined by before and after photos), the total amount of bodyfat lost and lean muscle gained, and finally, a written essay about how the 12 weeks changed their lives.

There will be a Grand Champions Awards luncheon presentation, Friday, May 9, at 11:00 p.m. at the Golden Hotel. Lunch will begin at 11:00 and the awards presentation will begin at noon. (The best time for the media to attend will be noon.)

Perhaps most exciting, Stephen and Julia Adele, founders of iSatori, and their staff will make a check presentation for the BIG FAT BUY BACK to the charities of choice for each department, for the total fat loss and muscle gain at a dollar a pound. The charities include The Burn Foundation, MDA, COPS Fighting Cancer, and The Denver Police Foundation.

"The turn out for this competition--as well as the dramatic transformations--have been far greater than we ever anticipated," exclaimed iSatori co-founder and 911 UTC Challenge coordinator Julia Lacy-Adele. "We've met so many incredible people and have seen some of the most remarkable changes, not only in physiques, but in attitude. This transformation process yields some of the most fantastic internal changes, far beyond the external changes. Watching each participant transform has made for an exciting 12 weeks. Hearing their stories, answering diet and exercise questions, and being a part of their transformation has been as humbling as it has been inspiring."

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Crispy Green's Crispy Fruit Snack Appeal Lets You Indulge Your Cravings

(Health & Fitness), Crispy Green Inc., the maker of Crispy Green® Crispy Fruit premium, freeze-dried fruit snacks, today announced that its all-natural, freeze-dried fruit products available in single-serving, snack-sized packages are an excellent healthy snack choice for children and adults who want to practice better eating habits for a more healthy lifestyle - without compromising on taste.

Specialty Food magazine recently cited a Mintel study that found as the growing trend away from the traditional three meals a day evolves into frequent, smaller meals, consumers snacked 7.4 times a week, with nearly one-quarter doing so more than ten times weekly. More consumers are reaching for snacks to satisfy cravings and Crispy Fruit is the perfect healthy snack to help fill this void and provide your fruit quota for the day.

Crispy Fruit snacks contain 100% high quality, all-natural, freeze-dried fruit slices with real fruit taste and natural fruit fiber with no additives, preservatives, fat, or cholesterol. Each single-serving of Crispy Fruit is 40 calories or less and is available in five delicious flavors: Crispy Apples, Crispy Apricots, Crispy Peaches, Crispy Pineapples and the newest taste sensation - Crispy Pears.

Crispy Green's light, Crispy Fruit slices have been certified kosher-parve by Shatz Kosher Services and are soy-free, gluten-free and dairy-free for Vegans and people who suffer from gluten sensitivity. Crispy Green's .36-ounce single-serving size was created with snack portion control in mind so that consumers do not over-eat and feel guilty about giving in to their snack cravings. And best of all, Crispy Fruit is fun to eat.

"We developed Crispy Fruit in single-serving portions so that people can stop trying to control their cravings and instead learn to satisfy them with healthy and nutritious options like Crispy Fruit," says Angela Liu, President and Founder of Crispy Green. "When your mind is telling you to eat some chips, then Crispy Green's freeze-dried fruit snacks are the smart, healthy choice."

For people on the go, Crispy Green offers the handy 'Grab & Go' 6-PACKs - six single-serving in one convenient package. Crispy Green's moisture-free, convenient packaging was designed to accommodate a consumer's hectic lifestyle and offers the healthfulness of fruit in small, snack-sized portions.

The product's portability and long shelf life make Crispy Fruit the ideal 'emergency snack' to keep in your desk, briefcase, backpack lunchbox or locker. Crispy Fruit is the snack for all occasions and puts healthy, all-natural fruit at your fingertips at anytime. Visit www.crispygreen.com/Press/Ways_to_Enjoy.pdf to learn about other creative ways to enjoy Crispy Fruit.

Crispy Green's line of Crispy Fruit products can be found in the produce and grocery aisles of many leading supermarkets and natural and specialty food stores located throughout the United States. To find a Crispy Green retailer in your area, go to http://crispygreen.com/storelocator/main.html. Crispy Green can also be purchased online at http://www.amazon.com or at the Crispy Green Web site at http://crispygreen.com/onlinestore.html.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

In Response to Recent Survey on a Natural Remedy for ADHD, NourishLife Announces a Free Sample Give-Away

(Health & Fitness), A recent survey conducted by NourishLife revealed that less than half of the participants were aware of a link between nutrition and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children, and fewer than 30% of those polled were aware that most children with ADHD have a deficiency in omega-3. Omega-3 has been proven to be a natural remedy for ADHD

Recent research indicates that compared to other children, children with focus and behavior issues have lower levels of omega-3s, and supplementation increases these to healthy levels. After omega-3 supplementation, children have exhibited reduced anxiety and impulsivity while also showing improved test scores, improved concentration, and improved reading ability. Approximately 8% of American children (4.4 million) have been diagnosed with ADHD according to current estimates. Symptoms of ADHD include problematic behavior, hyperactivity, child anxiety, and child depression.

"In our polling, we found that the majority of current omega-3 consumers were oblivious to the connection between ADHD and nutrition. Unfortunately, we were not surprised that so few people were aware of the omega-3 deficiency that exists in most hyperactive children," said Kara Bolton, Communications Manager at NourishLife. "Even health-conscious consumers, like those who buy our PharmaOmega supplements, are unaware that there is a natural remedy for ADHD."

"With over 20 million prescriptions written each year for ADHD treatment, we are determined to let people know that while drugs may address the symptoms of ADHD, omega-3 can address some of the underlying causes," said Jason Way, VP of Customer Experience. "Omega-3 fats are nutrients, not drugs. And, unlike pharmaceuticals, there are additional health benefits with omega-3s, not side effects. By providing free samples of PharmaOmega Learn, we can help eradicate the omega-3 deficiency in children and provide a natural alternative to Ritalin."

Learn has been specifically formulated for school-aged children. To receive a free sample of Learn, go to pharmaomega.com