Lifestyle and Heart Disease Risk. Part 1

Every now and then, a scientific report comes along that emphasizes the association between lifestyle and health, and, thus, the importance of our work as fitness professionals. Such is the recently-published analysis from the Nurses’ Health Study, which found that subjects in the low-risk-lifestyle group had only 17 percent of the risk to develop coronary […]


Supervised Strength Training

Clients who have questioned whether supervised training really makes a difference in fitness performance may be surprised to find that it does. A new study published in the American College of Sports Medicine‚Äôs (ACSM) monthly journal, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, confirmed that supervised strength training improved maximal strength up to 45 percent […]


Getting Started

In the Female Body, I introduce many of the terms and concepts that are crucial to understanding the reproductive process. An introduction to female reproductive anatomy and the ovulation cycle is also provided.


Macular Degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) refers to degenerative changes in the retina leading to a loss of central vision. It is the leading cause of visual loss in the United States.


Back Function Improved with Exercise

Clients who have had back surgery may be able to improve function in their back through an exercise program, according to a study in the June 15th issue of Spine.


Model Mom Christie Brinkley

Christie Brinkley has to interrupt her interview for a very important appointment: “We love this cartoon,” she said, cuddling up with her 5-year-old, Jack, in front of the TV. Want more proof that she is truly a model mom? She can tell one Teletubby from another and thinks — along with 13-year-old daughter Alexa — […]


Define a deficiency in growth hormone. Part 2

What can a child’s parents do? Of course, parents can record their youngster’s height and weight. However, a growth examination which follows prescribed guidelines should be performed regularly by medical personnel, as measurements done at home can’t be deliberate, and it may be hard to properly interpret the ‘growth curves’.


Define a deficiency in growth hormone. Part 1

Slow physical development, either totally, or partial, is one of the key characteristics of a lack of human growth hormone. The hypophysis called the pituitary gland, a small gland on the underside of the brain, produces this growth hormone.