Diet Trends and Resolutions to Exercise Make 2012 Headlines
Our in-boxes this month are filled with gym offers, discounted memberships to diet plans and reminders to start watching calories to make up for the holiday indulgences so many of us fell prey to! How do we sort through all of the nutrition and diet information we receive and find guidelines and recommendations we can trust?
The U.S. News & World Report
just released its Best Diets 2012 article featuring a rating of 25 different diet plans. Winner of the best diet overall, the DASH Diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension), offers specific dietary selections to prevent high blood pressure. The other diets that made the list can be viewed by visiting http://health.usnews.com/best-diet
OWH recommends that you talk to your physician about the right diet options for you and your personal goals. Do you wish to manage diabetes? Lose weight? Select nutritious and healthy choices? OWH reminds you to focus on the big picture of getting to and maintaining a healthy weight, which requires focusing on your lifestyle and how you will be successful with a long-term change, rather than on changing your eating for the first few months of 2012.
As for exercise, we know that it helps boost our mood and control our weight, but did you know about some of these new exercise offerings and trends to try? OWH offers these three new exercise trends as choices to help you work your unused muscles and re-energize your workout routine:
1) Kettlebells - many gyms have these cast iron balls that are used for swinging and working muscles that are not often used. Women should stick with an 8 - 15 lb kettlebell and should first receive instruction on proper form for the exercises from a trainer or experienced professional.
2) TRX Suspension Training - developed by a Navy Seal and requires a minimum level of fitness to start. Suspension devices are used to create resistance on muscles with gravity and a person's own body weight, requiring already developed core muscles. Individuals over the age of 45 should first check with a physician before beginning this exercise activity.
3) Aerial Yoga - among the other trends of mixing yoga with classical fitness classes such as strength training, this blend involves the formation of traditional poses while being suspended upside down in "hammocks."
Spotlight on Cervical Health
January 2012 is the official observance of cervical health awareness month, sponsored by the National Cervical Cancer Coalition.
There is a wealth of information available on cervical cancer and HPV (human papilloma virus) at www.womenshealth.gov
and the Centers For Disease Control's website at http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/cervical/
. Also, OWH has just received notice from the Vaccine Education Center (a division of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)) of a newly developed resource to give information about HPV and the HPV vaccine in time for the January 2012 spotlight and health observance. This new resource offers videos of parents discussing the vaccine, and offers the latest information and a question and answer section. This resource can be accessed at www.prevent-hpv.com
. We encourage you to check it out!
To mark the observance in Indiana, OWH has collaborated with the Indiana State Department of Health's Breast and Cervical Cancer program and the Comprehensive Cancer Control program to issue a press release on the importance of cervical health and the life-saving screening methods that are recommended. In addition, OWH has interviewed Dr. Jeanne Schilder, a gynecologic oncologist with the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, about HPV and its relationship to cervical cancer in an advertisement for the Indianapolis Woman magazine's February issue to spotlight cervical health and help raise women's awareness about HPV and the prevention of cervical cancer. Please watch for this upcoming Indianapolis Woman issue!
Addtionally, OWH is working with Roche Diagnostics, the Indiana University School of Medicine Continuing Medical Education office, and the Family and Social Services Agency to develop a series of webinars aimed for the provider community to educate on many of the new diagnostic tools available for detecting cervical cancer. This series will launch in the spring of 2012 and more information will be forthcoming in the February OWH Wellness Watch issue. Stay tuned!