Why to Get Fit: In the News

I thought I would share a few health and fitness related articles I’ve read in the last few days.  If you’re looking for reasons to get fit, peruse these health articles and convince yourself that today is the day.

Study Links Obesity to Lower Pancreatic Cancer Survival Rates

Scientists built on earlier studies that showed that having a high body mass index (BMI) could boost an individual’s chances of developing this type of cancer.

Battling Parkinson’s Through Boxing

 …research has shown that exercise can transiently increase the levels of dopamine in the brain, which is significantly reduced in Parkinson’s disease.

Ready to Ditch the Running Shoes? Tread Carefully 

“The fact is we evolved to run barefoot, but that doesn’t mean it’s the best thing for everybody.”

Drinking Coffee Could Prevent Liver Cancer

The risk of developing liver cancer can be reduced by getting hepatitis B virus vaccination, protection against hepatitis C, and reduced alcohol intake. These precautions could prevent 90 percent of all potential liver cancer cases worldwide.

High Blood Sugar May Affect Memory in Some People 

The findings showed that chronically higher blood glucose levels exert a negative influence on memory…

Ed Whitlock Runs 3:41 Marathon at Age 82

At Toronto last year, Whitlock set the age-81 world best of 3:30:28.

Runner in KC Marathon Knits His Way into Record Book 

For the technically minded, Babcock used a garter stitch, 30 stitches wide, and size 15 plastic needles. And he finished the marathon in 5 hours, 48 minutes and 27 seconds.

Fitness Test Results Mixed for Sacramento County Students

About 58.2 percent of 5th, 7th and 9th graders tested in the county had a healthy body composition last school year, up slightly from 57.8 percent the prior year.

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