Focused On Fitness - May 10, 2007

   Having lost my Mom almost four years ago and wishing every day that she could see her granddaughters, I am fully aware that Mother's Day is not a joyous time of the year for everyone. But for those of you who are blessed to still have your mothers to honor this weekend, I have a couple of helpful articles for you to read and some good resources for all of you moms out there.
   Ironically, Mother's Day originated in the United States when it was copied from England by social activist Julia Ward Howe after the American Civil War with a call to unite women against war. She wrote the Mother's Day Proclamation. Today in England, as here, motherhood is celebrated and we give thanks to mothers. Learn more about how Mother's Day is celebrated around the world by clicking here.
   Whether you are celebrating your mother or missing her, Sunday is a day to remember and to appreciate what mothers in all parts of the world bring to our lives.

Featured Articles 
   9 Healthy Gift Ideas for Mom - With Mother's Day just around the corner, the pressure's on to find a great present for a great woman who has cared for you, taught you right from wrong, and provided you with many interest-free loans over the years. Flowers are a favorite, but they wither and die within days, not exactly a lasting gift. You could get chocolates or candy, because there's nothing like the gift that says "Mom, here's my contribution to your adult-onset diabetes!" Or, you could look for a gift that tells your mother you love her and want her to be around for a long time to come. Continued...
   10 Super-Easy Daily Stretches - The best Mother's Day gift anyone could receive would be better health. Most of us are aware of what we can do, but dedicating your life to exercise and healthy eating is easier said than done. Sometimes the best things in life are the simplest. Here's a quick way to feel great that's so easy you won't even know you're exercising. Happy Mother's Day! (By the way, this routine is helpful for anyone, not just moms.) Continued...
   Test Your Comfort Food IQ! - Learn where the potato chip was invented, the official cookie of Massachusetts, the healing properties of chicken soup and more. Continued...

Resources for Moms 
   Healthy Moms - Healthy Moms® is an organization dedicated to enhancing the physical and psychological well being of women before, during, and after pregnancy. Continued...
   Marathon Moms - A women's blog appearing in Runner's World Magazine and written by fitness writers Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea. Continued...
   Fitness For Moms - Christy's uniquely on-target advice for moms on how to balance personal fitness and the joys and demands of motherhood Continued...

Health News Headlines 
    Planned weight loss won't weaken older women - Obese, postmenopausal age women who decide to trim down don't need to worry that they will put themselves in danger of disability by doing so, even if they don't exercise as recommended, a new study shows.
    Parent interviews may prevent child obesity - Researchers are developing a potential new weapon in the battle against obesity: training pediatricians and dietitians in a special interviewing technique designed to motivate parents of overweight kids to make healthy changes in their family lifestyles.
    Despite warnings, most U.S. babies watch TV - About 90 percent of U.S. children under age 2 and as many as 40 percent of infants under three months are regular watchers of television, DVDs and videos, researchers said on Monday.
    More TV time means worse school performance - The more TV adolescents watch, the more likely they are to develop attention and learning problems, and to do poorly in school in the long-run, a new study confirms.
    Teens gorge on fast food even when not super-sized - A new study suggests that there's something about fast-food burgers and fries, other than the often giant portion sizes, that encourages teens to gorge.
    Pure fruit juice not likely to put weight on kids - Contrary to popular belief, drinking pure 100 percent fruit juice does not make young children overweight or at risk for becoming overweight, new research shows. Pure fruit juice provides essential nutrients and, in moderation, may actually help children maintain a healthy weight.
    U.S. dark chocolate sales soar on health benefits - U.S. dark chocolate sales are anything but bittersweet, as its much-touted health benefits and mass marketing introduced by companies such as Hershey Co. and Lindt & Sprungli Co. Plc. turn the product into a popular, guilt-free indulgence.
    Doctors get millions for giving anemia drugs - Amgen Inc. and Johnson & Johnson are paying doctors hundreds of millions of dollars every year in return for prescribing anemia drugs which regulators now say may be unsafe at commonly used doses, the New York Times reported on its Web site on Wednesday.
    Feds Probe Moore's Film Trip to Cuba - Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore is under investigation by the U.S. Treasury Department for taking ailing Sept. 11 rescue workers to Cuba, The Associated Press has learned. In his upcoming health-care documentary 'Sicko,' Moore takes 9/11 workers to Cuba trying to prove the point that it has a better health care system than the U.S.
    Farmed U.S. fish latest to get contaminated feed - U.S. fish farms may have been given meal laced with melamine, expanding an investigation that already has found the industrial chemical in food for pets, pigs and chickens, officials said on Tuesday.
    How food is prepared important to health - By relying more on steaming, boiling and stewing to cook foods and using acidic marinades on meat cooked with dry heat, people may be able to stay healthier, a New York City researcher suggests.

On A Personal Note 
   I believe that I got a reprimand this morning after last week's newsletter. The title was, "Don't Judge What Others Eat" and contained a quote from Romans 14, "One believes he may eat anything, while the weak man eats only vegetables. Let not him who eats despise him who abstains, and let not him who abstains pass judgment on him who eats". Perhaps that is why I had a few unsubscribes and I apologize if I offended and seemed judgemental. I am admittedly narrow minded when it comes to eating and think of food as fuel and in terms of how much your "tank" should hold.

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Happy Mother's Day, Moms
    Richard Dafter