Sedentary behavior (watching TV), arterial health in the news

Is watching TV setting you up for health problems? According to a recent study, the more time 30-somethings spent watching TV, the stiffer their arteries became. Stiff arteries are not a good thing, at any age. Joel Stager, an exercise physiologist at the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington, talked with Reuters about the study. […]

Elite athletes often shine sooner or later — but not both

We all know people who say they stopped growing in eighth-grade (like me) or grew several inches in college (like my brother). For high school athletes who try to take it to the next level after graduation, this variation can mean the difference between mediocrity or athletic success. An Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington […]

Simple steps for skin safety

Two news stories put skin cancer and skin protection top of mind for me this week. The New York Times’ “For a Boomer, Sunscreens Came Late and Cancer Came Too Soon” drove home the potential consequences (disfigurement, plastic surgery) of skin cancer. WebMD’s “Sunscreens Not Created Equal: Consumer Reports” discusses tests results for effective sunscreens […]

Here’s to stepping off the sidelines and jumping into the game

Some people see exercise as a chore or game. For Emily Ward, it’s so much more. It’s adventure, community. It can be life-changing, especially when it involves surpassing limits and accomplishing the unexpected. “It helps us get beyond our self-imposed limitations, to be someone we might have been keeping ourselves from being and doing things […]

Making sex normal — one picture at a time

Are Americas obsessed with sex? It’s always in the news, from the fast-paced national discussion about same-sex marriage (I like “marriage equality”) and hardcore political maneuvering to shut down Planned Parenthood clinics, to “news” articles about Hollywood crotch shots (really, Anne Hathaway?). What Americans need to do, says Indiana University sex researcher Debby Herbenick, is […]

A matter of resolve: What floats your boat?

When it comes to resolve, I’ve received some interesting advice from Indiana University professors over the years. Bernardo J. Carducci, at IU Southeast, recommends making New Year resolutions in February, or September – but never during the emotional and advertising-intense holidays. During the holidays, or in stressful times, “instead of making a lot of changes, […]

Protect your eyes with style and restraint (leave the fireworks to the pros)

It looks like my kids and I need to pick up some sunglasses. Melanie Pickett, O.D., assistant professor of clinical ophthalmology at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute at the IU School of Medicine, said sunglasses are the most important component of a summer wardrobe – for adults and kids. I always wear them, […]

Not your sisters’ yoga

Researchers at Indiana University and the Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis have been studying the feasibility of using yoga as part of rehabilitation following a stroke. The results are promising. Arlene Schmid, lead investigator of the VA-funded study, says the yoga will look unlike anything practitioners see in studios or other classes. The positions are […]

Who says girls can’t compete athletically with boys?

Each spring I begin looking forward to the American College of Sports Medicine annual meeting, wondering what interesting health and fitness studies I will discover when I begin looking into the Indiana University research that will be discussed. This week, a study by exercise physiologist Joel Stager and some of his graduate students is receiving […]