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Volume 1, Issue 27 - September 14, 2006 Brought to you by
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In this issue:
» Editorial: Life Expectancy in the "Eight Americas"
» Fitness tips, recipes, motivation and more
» This week's health and fitness resources
» This week's health and fitness articles
» This week's featured health book
» Fitness for moms and moms-to-be
» Health and fitness news headlines
» Health and fitness article archives
» Polar's "Back to School" Sale
» Making a difference
» Going, going, gone...

Editorial: Life Expectancy in the "Eight Americas"

The gap between the highest and lowest life expectancies for race-county combinations in the United States is over 35 years. Appearing in the Public Library of Science Medicine, in a new study released on Monday done by the Harvard School of Public Health with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Institute on Aging, "the U.S. population is divided into eight distinct groups with different epidemiologic patterns and mortality experience. The Eight Americas are Asians (America 1), below-median-income whites living in the Northland (America 2), middle America (America 3), poor whites living in Appalachia and the Mississippi Valley (America 4), Native Americans living on reservations in the West (America 5), black middle-America (America 6), poor blacks living in the rural South (America 7), and blacks living in high-risk urban environments (America 8)." According to MedPageToday, that means that "depending on which of the eight Americas one inhabits can make the difference between the possibility of living until age 90 or dying at 55."

According to PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, "Life expectancy for males in America 8 is 21 years lower than life expectancy for females in America 1. For males, the gap between America 1 and America 8, 16.1 years, is as large as the gap between Iceland with the highest male life expectancy in the world and Bangladesh. Even in Americas 5, 6, 7, and 8, U.S. child mortality is in the middle of the range defined by the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries. For young and middle-aged males and females, however, mortality experience in the disadvantaged Americas is up to two times worse than the worst Third World countries." In the PubMed article, it goes on to say that "The enormous excess of young and middle-aged mortality is largely due to chronic disease death. Based on the World Health Organization Comparative Risk Assessment project, we expect the major risks in the United States to be tobacco, alcohol, obesity, blood pressure, and cholesterol. Risk factor analysis using Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data for the Eight Americas suggests that the pattern for tobacco, alcohol, and obesity is distinct for each America. Currently available data in the public domain do not provide an adequate basis to assess levels of blood pressure and cholesterol in the Eight Americas. To tackle disparities in the United States, public health will need to increase its focus on chronic diseases in young and middle-aged Americans."

Given the fact that some people in the US fare worse than people living in some Third World Countries, it is no wonder that, according to WebMD, "Half of middle- and lower-income Americans have serious problems paying their medical bills, and more than three-fourths say the system is in need of a major overhaul." In a new survey, "the results show Americans are growing increasingly concerned about the affordability of health care and want better coordination and improved access to information and care." The survey goes on to say that "One in four adults said their physician had recommended unnecessary care or treatment, and one in six reported their doctor repeated tests already done. Overall, the survey showed 42% of Americans reported an instance of receiving inefficient, poorly coordinated, or unsafe health care in the past two years."

Although relatively few of us live in the Colorado Rockies, where 7 Colorado counties are in the top 10 in the US for average lifespan, all of us can address the primary issues that affect lifespan, which are, according to the NIH, "tobacco, alcohol, obesity, blood pressure, and cholesterol." Lifestyle and diet and exercise will make a huge difference not only in your quality of life, but also the number of quality years of life that you have.

Richard Dafter   
OEO (Only Executive Officer)   
This week's featured health and fitness articles
The Longevity Bible Keeping Our Bodies Young For Longevity - Today’s lifestyles are sedentary compared to those of our ancestors who were busy hunting and gathering. We spend time sitting in front of computers, driving in cars, and watching our televisions, so many of us need to plan our daily physical exercise. By sticking with those fitness plans, we can increase the number of years we can expect to live. And, regular exercise adds quality to those extra years because it makes us feel better – physically and emotionally. Continued...
10 Reasons Why You Need to Drink Water - You hear that you need to drink water constantly but rarely hear the reasons why. Sure, you know that you need to stay "hydrated" but you may not really even understand what this means. Let's delve into the meaning behind hydration and just why you need to drink so much plain "boring" water. Continued...
This week's featured health book
The Sugar Solution: Your Symptoms Are Real - And Your Solution is Here  
The Sugar Solution: Your Symptoms Are Real - And Your Solution is Here - Take control of your health and well-being and in the process lose weight, gain more energy, sharpen your memory, and protect yourself against life-threatening illnesses like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. By eating The Sugar Solution way-mastering the glycemic index; learning what foods to combine; discovering the best herbs and supplements to take; engaging in regular, moderate walking and strength-training; and learning how to control stress-you will take back control of your blood sugar-and your health.

For an excerpt from The Sugar Solution, click here

Health and fitness news headlines
Diabetes could cripple health budgets
Weight loss is the best way to prevent diabetes
McDonald's throws weight behind obesity research
Increased dietary fish oil may prevent many deaths
Green tea shown to prolong life in Japanese study
Whole-grain diets may help reduce blood pressure
Excess weight gain during pregnancy bad for baby
Providing free fruit in schools may boost intake
Active women with breast cancer may live longer
Fitness for moms and moms-to-be
Over the Labor Day Weekend, I created a forum for moms and moms-to-be to share their experiences, knowledge, wisdom and concerns in staying or becoming more fit. I am relying heavily on you as friends of mine and advocates of health and fitness to contribute to this forum and make it a success. Please go to Fitness For Moms and start creating a wonderful and insightful site for the exchange of knowledge.
Going, going, gone...
A heads up to your family members and friends about two models of Polar heart rate monitors being discontinued. The Polar F6 Sand Pearl has been discontinued because the color was not popular. The Polar M32, which is a great model, has come to the end of its reign. There is no price drop allowed yet, but as of 9/14, I have one Sand Pearl and three M32's in stock.
Polar F6 Sand Pearl - $99.95
Polar M32 - $109.95
This week's "sidewalk sale" items
When you go to the grocery store, or any store for that matter, don't you always buy the product in the perfect package. I always ship the heart rate monitor to you in the perfect box and then order new boxes if I get shipments that have heart rate monitors in even slightly damaged boxes. That really doesn't make sense, so I decided to put those monitors out on a "table" in front of the store and create a "sidewalk sale." I can't advertise these items, so this is a "private" sale, just for my readers. All of these items are brand new and obviously come with full two year Polar warranties. Because these prices can't be advertised, I can only accept phone orders at 866 797-7336 and all orders will be shipped USPS Priority Mail
Polar FS3 Dark Grey - $64.95 - you save $5.00
Polar F4 Black Amber - $73.70 - you save $6.25
Polar F6 Black Coal - $92.45 - you save $7.50
Polar F6 Denim Stone - $92.45 - you save $7.50
Health and fitness resources
» Beachbody's Fitness Programs - Beachbody offers a wide range of fitness programs to help you achieve real and lasting results!
» Denise Austin Fit Forever - Her newest body-slimming program zeros in on your trouble spots and helps you start to shrink your fat zones in 6 weeks!
» Global Health & Fitness - An award winning, results-based online fitness program
» Jillian Michaels's Real Weight Loss for Real People - Best known as the strength trainer and life coach for the Red Team on NBCs hit series The Biggest Loser
» eDiets Diet and Weight Loss Programs - The #1 visited Health, Fitness & Nutrition Site
» MyBeachbody - Personalized meal plans and interactive diet and fitness tools
» Weight Watchers® - Online weight-loss from the name you trust
Fitness tips, recipes, motivation and more
Postive Habits  
Body Fat Calculator - online body fat estimator from Stevens Creek Software
Fitness & Nutrition Calculators - get your BMI, calorie intake and more
Fitness Solution Finder - determine which fitness solution is right for you
Fitness Tip of the Day - get insightful tips everyday
Get Motivated For Life Success System - for struggle free fitness and fat loss
Motivation for Today - great thoughts to keep you going
Demos & Tutorials - Polar product demos for various models
Recipe of the Day - a great recipe for every day of the week
Target Zone Calculator - key target zones to help you achieve specific goals
Training Logs - keep track of all of your workouts with these free training logs

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Editor: Richard Dafter, OEO (Only Executive Officer),

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