Focused On Fitness - June 21, 2007

   Since I send you this email each week to help you reach your fitness and health goals, then it better focus on doing just that. I will provide new articles for you to read and health news headlines that you can follow. The rest is up to you - you know the saying, "you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink." Last week I had a complaint about my newsletter and I took that to heart, so if you want my opinions or need my advice, you will have to go to my blog or send me an email. If you decide and commit, you will succeed - a healthy lifestyle is a conscious decision with life-changing benefits.

   9 Healthy Fun Kid Snacks - For kids and adults, it's recommended that we all eat five or six smaller meals spaced out over the day instead of the three traditional pig-outs. This is especially true for children, who, if they haven't already succumbed to obesity, have much smaller stomachs than adults. What this means is that kids don't, and shouldn't, eat as much as grownups at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And their fast-burning little metabolisms will make quick use of what does fit in their stomachs at lunch, which means they're going to have to refuel before suppertime rolls around. So snacking is a good thing, but, of course, not all snacks are good. Continued...
   12 Steps to Having Fit and Healthy Kids - Kids today are the first in history who will live less time than their parents. The primary reason for this is obesity, which is linked to an assortment of ailments. Childhood and teenage obesity rates have been skyrocketing over the past three decades, and the fatter you are, the sicker you are likely to become. According to a study conducted by Weight Watchers International, Inc. and the American Health Foundation, 25 percent of American children are now officially overweight. This is more than double what it was 30 years ago and the numbers have risen with each successive study. Continued...
   Test Your Snacks for Kids IQ! - Among other things, you'll find out which is better - Fruit Roll-Ups or animal crackers, Cap'n Crunch or Cheerios. Continued...

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    Bush vetoes popular stem-cell research bill - President George W. Bush on Wednesday vetoed legislation to expand federally funded embryonic stem cell research, triggering an uphill battle in the Democratic-led Congress to override him. Two-thirds majority votes would be needed in the Senate and House of Representatives to overcome Bush's opposition and make the bill law, and backers conceded they are short of support.
    Study finds staggering cost of treating diabetics - One out of every eight U.S. federal health care dollars is spent treating people with diabetes, a study found, and advocates are calling for the creation of a government post to oversee coordination of spending on treatment and prevention among federal agencies. The study, based on federal spending data from 2005, looked at various government health programs to determine how much was spent on diabetics versus non diabetics. It found it cost the U.S. government $79.7 billion more to treat people with the disease, or some 12 percent of the $645 billion in total federal health care spending projected that year.
    Low 'energy density' foods aid weight loss - Foods that fill you up without packing a ton of calories can help in the battle of the bulge, results of a new study suggest. In the study, obese women who reduced the "energy density" of their diet by cutting their intake of fats and adding more fruits and vegetables lost more weight over a 12-month period, and felt less hungry, than did those who simply reduced their fat intake. "Incorporating low calorie-dense foods into the diet is an effective strategy for lowering calories and reducing hunger when you're trying to lose weight," study co-author Dr. Julia A. Ello-Martin, of Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania, told Reuters Health.
    Diabetes poses health risks early on, study finds - Diabetes is dangerous even before the disease becomes full-blown, boosting the risk of death from heart disease in its earliest form, Australian researchers said on Monday. Before most people develop type 2 diabetes, they have trouble metabolizing sugar, a problem known as pre-diabetes that affects 56 million people in the United States. Elizabeth Barr of the International Diabetes Institute in Melbourne, Australia, said that a large study found people with pre-diabetes had more than double the risk of death from heart disease after five years. Type 2 diabetes is linked with obesity, poor diet and lack of exercise and is becoming a growing problem in many parts of the world. It can lead to blindness, limb loss, heart disease and early death.
    Obese young adults face high diabetes risk - People who are obese at age 18 will more likely than not develop type 2 diabetes at some point, according to a U.S. study. Using data from an ongoing federal health survey of U.S. adults, researchers found that, on average, obese 18-year-old men had a 50.1-percent lifetime risk of developing diabetes, while obese women had a 57.3-percent risk. Among 18-year-olds who were extremely obese, with a body mass index higher than 35, the odds were 70.3 percent for men and 74.4 percent for women, according to findings published in the journal Diabetes Care. Body mass index (BMI) is a ratio of height to weight that is commonly used to determine if a person is over- or under-weight. A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered normal weight, while a BMI of 30 or greater is obese.
    Brain gets a thrill from charity - Knowing your money is going to a good cause can activate some of the same pleasure centers in your brain as food and sex, U.S. researchers said on Thursday. People who participated in a study got a charge knowing that their money went to a charity -- even when the contribution was mandatory, like a tax. They felt even better when they voluntarily made a donation, researchers found. Ulrich Mayr, a psychology professor at the University of Oregon, said the research sheds light on the nature of altruism and could help people feel better about being taxed. "It shows that in an ideal world you could have a tax situation where you could be a satisfied taxpayer," said Mayr, whose study appeared in the journal Science.

    The Washington Way - Provided by Kit Pharo - Pharo Cattle Company
Three contractors are bidding to fix a broken fence at the White House. One is from New Jersey, another is from Tennessee, and the third is from Florida.

They go with a White House official to examine the fence. The Florida contractor takes out a tape measure and does some measuring, then works some figures with a pencil. "Well," he says, "I figure the job will run about $900: $400 for materials, $400 for my crew and $100 profit for me.

The Tennessee contractor also does some measuring and figuring, then says, "I can do this job for $700: $300 for materials, $300 for my crew and $100 profit for me."

The New Jersey contractor doesn't measure or figure, but leans over to the White House official and whispers, "$2,700."

The official, incredulous, says, "You didn't even measure like the other guys! How did you come up with such a high figure?"

The New Jersey contractor whispers back, "$1,000 for me, $1,000 for you, and we hire the guy from Tennessee to fix the fence."

"Done!" replies the government official.

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