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Tackling Obesity

Perennial Pro-Bowl attendee and future NFL hall of famer, Derrick Brooks, spent yesterday afternoon not playing football, but presiding over the inaugural meeting of Floirda Governor Charlie Crist’s Council on Physical Fitness. The council, formed by Gov. Christ in March, is aimed at reducing obesity in children and the elderly within 10 years.

According to the Center for Disease Control, over 60% of America’s youth are obese and have at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol, and approximately 25% have two or more risk factors.

As council chairman, Brooks headlines a noted group of athletes that includes Rocco Baldelli, outfielder for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays; Jennifer Capriati, former Olympian and women’s professional tennis standout; Nancy Hogshead-Makar, three-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer; Ken Griffey Jr., outfielder for the Cincinnati Reds; Shaquille O’Neal, center for the Miami Heat and four-time world champion; and Corey Simon, former NFL defensive tackle.

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Soda: It Doesn’t Matter if it’s Diet


A recent study has concluded that those who drink more than one soda a day have a 50% higher chance of developing a heart disease than those who drink one or less a day. The study also added that it doesn’t matter if the soda is diet or not.

The heart disease most commonly linked to soda is metabolic syndrome, a condition that is linked to several other health conditions.

According to CNN, “The study, in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, looked at more than 6,000 healthy people, who showed no signs of metabolic syndrome, and then followed up. After four years, 53 percent of people who drank an average of one or more soft drinks per day developed metabolic syndrome. Those who drank one or more diet soft drinks a day were at a 44 percent higher risk.”

Need more information? Read the health effects of drinking soda, which includes quotes from the experts.

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Heart Disease

Health News: “Tape measure, not scale, shows heart risk”

On Monday, researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center announced that waist measurement is much more indicative of predicting heart disease than weight. Even if a person is not overweight, those who have larger waistlines have been shown to be more at risk for the disease.

Read more at the National Library of Medicine.

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