Strength training improves heart health, from the June 2015 Harvard Heart Letter


Boston, MA (PRWEB) June 11, 2015

Aerobic exercise, such as brisk walking, biking, and swimming, is good for the heart. Strength training, also known as weight training or resistance training, also has cardiovascular benefits, reports the June 2015 Harvard Heart Letter.

“Strength training maintains and may even increase muscle mass, which people tend to lose as they age,” says Dr. Rania Mekary, a visiting assistant professor of surgery at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital and assistant professor at MCPHS University. Increased muscle mass has a trickle-down effect that benefits blood vessels and the heart.

Boosting muscle mass speeds up metabolism, which helps people burn more calories, even at rest. A faster metabolism also helps prevent weight gain, which puts extra strain on the heart. Strength training seems to be especially important for keeping off belly fat. This so-called visceral fat, which surrounds the internal organs, is particularly dangerous.

Mekary and colleagues at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that healthy men who did weight training for 20 minutes a day had less of an age-related increase in abdominal fat compared with men who spent the same amount of time doing aerobic exercise.

Strength training can help control blood sugar levels by drawing glucose from the bloodstream to power muscles. High blood sugar, the hallmark of type 2 diabetes, is also a leading risk factor for heart disease. Building more muscle mass also makes the body more sensitive to the effects of insulin, the hormone that regulates blood sugar levels.

Read the full-length article: “Add strength training to your fitness plan”

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New Study Shows Effectiveness of KAMUT

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Kurbo, First Mobile Weight Loss Program for Children and Teens, Enhances Coaching with New iOS In-App Chat and Messaging from Coaches


Palo Alto, Calif. (PRWEB) June 01, 2015

Kurbo Health, which offers the first mobile weight loss program for children and teens, announced today it has added in-app chat and messaging to provide additional support and coaching channels for kids and teens to eat smart and reach their healthier weight. While in the past, Kurbo users communicated with their coaches via text message and phone or video calls, now they can receive daily tips, advice, and supportive reminders through their in-app chat window. For paid users, they will be able to communicate with their personal coaches directly through in-app chat.

Kurbo kids love to talk to their coaches, explained Kurbo founder and CEO Joanna Strober. And because regular interaction between Kurbo kids and their coaches is so critical to their successes, we wanted to build the ability to easily engage and communicate right into our app.

How the Kurbo Program Works

Unlike adult-oriented programs that focus on calorie-counting, which can be dangerous for children, Kurbo is a comprehensive, evidence-backed system designed to empower and encourage kids to make healthier lifestyle choices. A digital adaptation of Stanfords renowned pediatric weight control program, Kurbo follows the well-known Traffic Light Diet food classification system, which encourages users to consume fewer red foods (i.e., processed foods high in sugar and fat), more greens (most fruits and vegetables) and yellows (e.g., whole grain breads, dairy products, lean meats, etc.) in moderation.

Within the Kurbo app itself, features include the food and exercise tracker, as well as fun games, budgeting tools, helpful videos, weekly challenges and progress screens. Users also receive feedback and recommendations based on tracker entries, as well as personal coaching in the form of weekly phone calls or video chats with a live coach.

About Kurbo Health

Kurbo Health provides the first mobile coaching solution that is designed specifically to help children and families lose weight and develop smarter eating skill. It is based on one of the most advanced weight-management programs from Stanford University and proven effective in helping kids lose weight and create healthy habits. Kurbo kids and families receive weekly video consults and goal-setting with a trained professional coach via Skype or FaceTime, a mobile app designed to help them track food and exercise on their smartphone, and daily support from a team of experts through emails, text messages, and in-app games and videos. The company has offices in San Francisco and Palo Alto. For more information, please visit http://www.kurbo.com.

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A recent study conducted by Medicus Research shows in an interim analysis that subjects on the Dukan Diet lost on average 9.12 pounds in the first two phases of the diet plan, the Attack and Cruise phase, and as much as 21 pounds total over the eight week period. In addition to weight loss, there were no reported adverse events and subjects were found to have lost the weight according to what is recommended by dietitians as healthy, consistent weight loss.

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