Researchers found money is an effective incentive when motivating people to lose weight. 62% of participants who received financial incentives ($20 if they met their monthly goal vs. paying $20 if they fell short of their goal) met their goal, compared with 26% of the non-incentive group. In the incentive group, the participants’ mean weight loss was 9.1 lbs (~4.1 kg), and for the non-incentive group it was 2.3 lbs (~1 kg).
Mayo Clinic, March 2013
Health Alert: Get Healthier!
Epidemiologists estimate that 80% of the most common diseases are linked to obesity and a sedentary lifestyle. Obese people are at an increased risk for cardiovascular diseases, vascular diseases, hypertension, diabetes, and cancer. Regular physical activity lowers the risk of developing breast, colorectal, and cervical cancers.
National Center for Tumor Diseases, March 2013
Diet: Timing and Weight Loss.
In a study of over 400 overweight people, those who ate more of their calories earlier in the day lost more weight than those who skimped on (or skipped) breakfast or ate a later lunch.
International Journal of Obesity, January 2013
Exercise: Less Stress For Kids.
Children who exercise are less affected by stressful events than their more sedentary peers.
Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, March 2013
Chiropractic: Disk Biochemistry.
Proper joint motion helps remove wastes and fluids from the disks of your spine and improves the flow of proper nutrients into the disk. It is important to understand that the disk does not have a direct blood supply, and disks only stay healthy with motion. With lack of motion there is decreased oxygen, glucose, sulfates, and proteoglycan content, all of which are essential for disk health.
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 1992
Wellness/Prevention: Mental Stimulation and Alzheimer’s Disease.
Alzheimer’s disease is thought to result from the build up of amyloid beta protein in the brain. This protein can interfere with nerve cell communication, gradually eroding a person’s mental processes and memory. Regular, prolonged exposure to a mentally stimulating environment appears to prevent amyloid beta proteins from negatively affecting the brain’s inner workings.
Neuron, March 2013