The iPhone application Nexercise monitors physical activities such as weightlifting and running and offers users rewards to improve adherence. The app keeps track of points based on workout duration and exercise behavior, and users with more points have a better chance of winning a prize.
Data on more than 400 sedentary and overweight postmenopausal women found that those who followed a dietary weight-loss program had better insulin response and lost more weight compared with those who used an aerobic exercise program alone. However, a combination of diet and exercise worked best for weight loss and insulin and blood glucose control, according to the study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
Making small dietary changes that cut calories and improve nutrition can have a big effect on weight loss without making people feel deprived, says clinical dietitian Vicky Cora at Metroplex Hospital in Killeen, Texas. Army Maj. Nicole Charbonneau, of the nutrition care division at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, says one way to do this is to add healthy foods to recipes, such as mixing shredded zucchini with spaghetti and mixing frozen vegetables with a can of soup.
A study in Obesity found that 22% to 55% of state-level obesity-related health costs in the U.S. are publicly funded through Medicare and Medicaid. Experts said annual medical spending across all states could be 6.7% to 10.7% lower without obesity costs.
CrossFit Bartlett fitness center spearheaded efforts to bring a farmers market to the Memphis, Tenn., area because, as owner Justin Emmons says, "Eating healthy is two-thirds of the equation" in his business. Organizers focused on local vendors that offered healthy products such as organic baked goods, grass-fed beef and fresh fruits and vegetables.