Monday, May 31, 2010

Not Exercising May Be Worse than Being Overweight

Source: Telegraph.co.uk (Summary by NIM)

If you're a healthy weight and you're happy with your body, you may not think you need to exercise. What's more, you probably think you're not at risk of disease because you're not carrying around all those excess pounds. Unfortunately, according to experts, that is not the case.

Physical activity does more than just help us lose weight. But since it does burn calories, we have to eat more food to compensate if we want to maintain our current weights - so not only do we give our hearts, lungs and muscles a good work out, we also get to eat more food and in turn, get more nutrients into our bodies. More nutrients in your body means more antioxidants and disease-fighting compounds that can help keep you healthy.

People who are not physically active are at a higher risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and mental health issues. Not to mention, it's more worthwhile for the government to keep people healthy instead of spending billions of dollars repairing the damage of poor lifestyle choices.

All it takes is 30 minutes of physical activity each day - a stroll, walking the dog, cleaning the house, doing some gardening - to help keep your body healthy.

Find out more by reading the article called "Lack of exercise 'worse for health than being obese'" from the telegraph (May 26, 2010).

Friday, May 28, 2010

Study: No Health Benefit to Organic Foods

Source: Reuters Health (Summary by NIM)

For those of us who choose to eat organic foods, there are a host of reasons why. Not only are organic foods produced in a more sustainable fashion, but organic farmers tend to be treated more fairly and actually earn a decent living. There are indeed other reasons as well, but if the 'health' benefit of going organic is your main objective, you may just be out of luck according to a new study.

Published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the study found that there is currently no convincing evidence that there are any specific effects of organic foods that can improve health beyond that of non-organic foods. The researchers sifted through 162 other studies conducted over the past 50 years. Many studies, the researchers found, were extremely limited in their nature, or were mainly short-term studies.

Despite this finding, there may be some other benefits of organic foods in that they are produced without using conventional pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, antibiotics or hormones. In the long run, this may be beneficial not only to our health but also to the health of the planet.

Find out more by reading the article called "
No evidence organic foods benefit health: study" from Reuters Health (May 24, 2010).

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Loophole Allowing Food Products to Avoid Nutrition Labels Becoming Law

Source: The Vancouver Sun (Summary by NIM)

"Bursting with superior levels of naturally occurring antioxidants and backed by $34 million in medical research, it’s also 100% authentic, 100% delicious and 100% pure, meaning there’s no added sugar, colorants or cheap filler juices." But how many calories does it have, and what else is in there?

You may have noticed that some food and beverage products in your supermarket have amazing health claims on them, but they lack nutrition facts labels. And there's a good reason for it (sorta) - they're considered "Natural Health Products".

In Canada, Natural Health Products (NHPs) don't follow the same rules and regulations as regular food and beverages, even though they look just like them, only they're boosted with vitamins, minerals and other 'medicinal-type' ingredients. All companies currently have to do is apply for a permit for an NHP and they can go straight to the shelf. And since there is currently a backlog of nearly 10,000 permits, these products are hitting the shelves even faster.

Due to the increasingly long list of backlogged items, Health Canada's solution to the problem is to make these unlicensed products legal until the backlog is cleared.

Find out more about what this means for Canadians by reading the article called "Health Canada to legalize loophole on fortified foodstuffs lacking nutrition labels" from the Vancouver Sun (May 20, 2010).

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

2010 Xtreme Eating Award Winners are Diet Losers

Source: CSPI (Summary by NIM)

Ever wondered where you could find the worst possible food for your health? It's probably not something you'd deliberately go out and do, so the The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) decided they'd do the dirty work for you. Just released is the list of recipients of the 2010 Xtreme Eating Awards presenting the top five unhealthiest menu items found in America.

The winners of the Xtreme Eating Awards, including the Cheesecake Factory, P.F. Chang, and Outback Steakhouse, have been presented with this distinguished "honour" for specific menu items that are excessive in calories, fat and/or sodium. Keep in mind that the average individual only needs about 2,000 calories per day, with around 30% of those calories coming from total fat (including healthy fats), and only about 1200 mg of sodium per day.

So, who takes the cake with the worst menu item in America? That would be The Cheesecake Factory's Pasta Carbonara with Chicken - With four cups of white-flour pasta, smoked bacon, chicken, and Parmesan cream and butter sauce, this dish rolls in at a heart-stopping 2,500 calories and more than four days worth of saturated fat (85 grams). It’s like eating the chain’s onion-ring-topped Grilled Rib-Eye Steak with French Fries, and a slice of Tiramisu Cheesecake.


Check out the details of the other 'winners' in the article called "And the Envelope, Please: The 2010 Xtreme Eating Awards Go To..." from the CSPI (May 24, 2010).

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

English Soccer Players Clean Up their Diets for World Cup 2010

Source: Times Online (May 12, 2010)

Gone are the days of serving up sausage, chips and bitter before a big match. This year, England's Soccer players are shipping in much healthier (and in some cases surprising) food items to fuel them up in hopes of taking home the big prize in South Africa.

Back in the 90s (seems like just yesterday), England's players used to let loose and indulge in some good old-fashioned pie-eating contests in their spare time, but not this year! As knowledge in the field of sports nutrition has improved, the players have been taking a more proactive and responsible approach when it comes to their meal choices.

Many different and distinctly non-English food items are being shipped in to South Africa to stock up the team's pantries and fridges, including sushi rice, seaweed, wasabi paste, balsamic vinegar, organic chocolate, dried apricots, pasta, risotto, pine nuts and olive oil. Not to forget the comforts of home, custards, jams and marmalades will also be making an appearance on the menu. Items missing from the menu: meat pies, sausages, eggs, chips and other performance hindering fatty meals.

Find out more about what's on the menu for team England and what this could mean for their performance at the world cup by reading the article called "England players spice up their diet in quest to win World Cup" from Times Online (May 12, 2010).

Monday, May 24, 2010

Certain Diet Sodas May Help With Kidney Stones

Source: AOL Health (Summary by NIM)

Most experts would agree that diet sodas are a more sound alternative to regular sodas, which are loaded with sugar and calories, but now there's even more reason to reach for certain diet sodas. According to a new study published in the
Journal of Urology, some citrus flavoured diet sodas like Fresca, sprite, Sunkist Orange and even ginger ale may help prevent and even treat kidney stones.

The above noted diet soda drinks contain high amounts of a substance called
citrate (or citric acid), which is usually given to people with kidney stones in the form of potassium citrate as a method of treatment. Individuals who are prone to kidney stones may gain some extra preventative protection by drinking these diet sodas.

The study was based on the idea that some doctors advise individuals who are at a high risk of kidney stones to drink lemonade or lemon juice, similar to how individuals prone to urinary tract infections are advised to drink cranberry juice. While drinking citrus-based drinks may be beneficial in preventing kidney stones, some doctors caution against using diet sodas as a form of therapy as they contain high amounts of sodium. Sodium, in turn, may exacerbate the incidence of kidney stones in high-risk individuals. More research needs to be done before any clear recommendations can be made about diet sodas, but so far, these results look interesting and promising!

Find out more about this study by reading the article called "
Some Diet Sodas May Prevent Kidney Stones" from AOL Health (May 17, 2010).

Friday, May 21, 2010

Major Food and Beverage Companies Plan to Cut 1.5 Trillion Calories by 2015

Source: PR Newswire (Summary by NIM)

In a recent meeting with First Lady Michelle Obama and the Partnership for a Healthier America, the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation has agreed to cut an astounding 1.5 Trillion calories from their food and beverages by the end of 2015.

The HWCF signed the pledge and plans to achieve their goals by introducing a host of new low-calorie options, reducing portion sizes and reformulating some recipes wherever possible.

According to
Lisa Gable, executive director of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, "America's food and beverage companies have a strong track record of innovation and providing consumers with healthier products...With this initiative they are moving farther and faster. The Foundation's member companies are giving Americans tools to reduce calorie consumption."

The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation includes some of the most major food and beverage producers such as Kraft, Mars, PepsiCo, Campbell's, Kellogg's, Nestle and General Mills, among others.

Find out more about this new development by reading the article called "Food and Beverage Manufacturers Pledging to Reduce 1.5 Trillion Calories By 2015" from PR Newswire (May 17, 2010).

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Rapper and Actor LL Cool J Writes Fitness and Nutrition Book

Source: MTV News (Summary by NIM)

Most often we comment on how great female celebrities look post-baby or while on one diet or another, but rarely do we admire and appreciate the diet and fitness efforts of male celebrities. As you may or may not know, LL Cool J has made many ladies swoon (and many men jealous) by having one of the most rock-hard bodies in Hollywood for over two decades. Best yet, he's still pulling it off at age 41. Finally, it seems, he's now ready to share with the rest of us just how he has been able to accomplish such a feat by trying his hand as an author.

In his new book, Platinum 360 Diet and Lifestyle, LL offers his advice on diet and exercise with a 30 day workout regime, a meal plan and bodybuilding as well as maintenance tips. Oh, and don't forget the self-reflection tips and spiritual guidance! According to LL, disciples of this program can lose up to 20 lbs in 4 weeks. In a press release, it was said that the book will give you "the tools and wisdom to transform your life from the inside out. It's not just about how to get fit, but you can—and deserve to be—your best self." Sounds pretty awesome! If anyone tries this out, let us know how it goes.

Find out more by checking out the article called "LL Cool J Turns His Hand To Fitness
" from MTV News (May 17, 2010).

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Got Asthma? Skip the Burger and Fries

Source: Fox News.com (Summary by NIM)

Burgers and Fries: the cornerstones of North American fast food chains, and not coincidentally the epitome of everything that is wrong with the North American diet. Loaded with artery-clogging saturated fats, these foods are not only hazardous to our growing waistlines but new research has shown that they make Asthma worse, too!

One of the main reasons why saturated fats are so bad for us is that they trigger an inflammatory response within our bodies - which is precisely why they also worsen the symptoms of Asthma, according to researchers. In a new study, participants who consumed high-fat foods demonstrated an inflammatory response in their airways shortly after finishing their meals.

In recent years, the incidence of asthma has increased significantly and for a long time, it was not known why. More and more evidence is pointing to the fact that diet is a major player in this often debilitating disease. According to one of the researchers conducting this study,
"If these results can be confirmed by further research, this suggests that strategies aimed at reducing dietary fat intake may be useful in managing asthma,".

Find out more about this amazing topic by reading the article called "Burger and Fries Worsen Asthma, Study Suggests"
from Fox News (May 17, 2010).

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

"Slow and Steady" May Not Win for Weight Loss

Source: Health Day (Summary by NIM)

Changing your lifestyle, becoming healthier and losing weight certainly takes hard work and patience, but new research suggest that 'slow and steady' may not be the best way to go when it comes to long-term weight loss.

According to a new study, individuals who lost weight more quickly, meaning about 1.5 lbs per week, tended to continue on with this trend and maintain their new weight in the long-term compared to individuals who 'took their time' losing weight.
"Those who make the behavior changes early do better in terms of weight loss and long term [in keeping it off].", said one of the researchers. It is generally recommended that people aim to lose 1-2 lbs per week to be safe, depending on their starting weight and caloric intake.

Remember that 1 lb of weight loss equals cutting 500 calories from your diet each day, whereas 2 lbs would mean a daily deficit of 1000 calories. For some people, this is simply impossible and would translate to starvation. The researchers conducting this study emphasized that they are not promoting starvation or crash diets by any means. They believe the results of their study point to the fact that people who are more committed from the get-go tend to stay focused and reach their goals faster than people who aren't completely on board to lose weight, adding that
"The fast group attended more sessions [to talk about weight loss], completed more food records and ate fewer calories than the slow group".

Find out more about this study by reading the article called "Quick Weight Loss May Be Best for Long-Term Success" from Health Day (May 14, 2010).

Monday, May 17, 2010

Eat Nuts to Lower Cholesterol

Source: Health Day (Summary by NIM)

It has long been known that nuts are are great for our health because they are loaded with all kinds of nutrients, including healthy, unsaturated fats. Nuts are not only good for managing your waistline, keeping you full and satisfied and improving the look of your hair, skin and nails, but they can also lower bad cholesterol according to a new study.

The new research examined a compilation of data from many other studies and found that, on the whole, about 2.3 ounces of nuts per day (about a third of a cup) not only lowered bad cholesterol, it also raised good cholesterol and improved the overall fatty acid profile of the participants involved.

According to one of the main researchers, however, restraint should be practiced when it comes to nuts, as their high calorie count and fat content can easily get out of hand! A limit of 3 oz per day should be imposed, but 1 oz or less per day would still offer the amazing health benefits without too many calories. Jeannie Gazzaniga-Moloo, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association agrees that an ounce a day (about 150 calories) is enough, adding that nuts "are rich in protein and dietary fiber as well as numerous proteins and in various vitamins," and are a great addition to anyone's diet.

Find out more about this study by reading the article called "
Eating Nuts May Help Cholesterol Levels" from Health Day (May 10, 2010).

Friday, May 14, 2010

Study: Milk Consumption Not Tied to Kidney Cancer

Source: Medline Plus (Summary by NIM)

You may have cut back on the amount of milk you've been drinking recently since there was some speculation that milk might be somehow implicated in kidney cancer. Not to worry, though - new research has determined that this is not the case.

The researchers in this study examined patients for a number of years to see if some genetic variants linked to lactose tolerance were somehow implicated in cancer of the kidney. In essence, they looked at some of the same characteristics and outcomes that other researchers have looked at when they made a link between milk and cancer, but they took it a step further. According to the lead author of this study, "The data in this study provide no concrete evidence of a need to alter milk drinking in any way,".

The researchers said that it's not enough to simply draw conclusions from epidemiological data without deeper investigation (as was done in the past), since the evidence can be easily misinterpreted.
Johanna Lampe, a nutrition scientist who made a commentary on this study has said that we should take these new findings as a reminder "to proceed with caution when interpreting data that suggest an association between intake of specific foods and risk of a particular cancer."

Find out more about this study by reading the article called "Study Disputes Link Between Milk and Kidney Cancer" from Medline Plus (May 6, 2010).

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Taking the 'Happy' out of 'Happy' Meals

Source: Macleans.ca (Summary by NIM)

Can you imagine the day that children are no longer rewarded for making unhealthy food choices by receiving toys and trinkets? Yeah, wouldn't be such a 'Happy' meal anymore, would it? Well, that day has actually come in Santa Clara County, California with the ban of giving out toys with meals that don't meet a certain standard of nutritional criteria. According to county supervisor Ken Yeager, “This ordinance breaks the link between unhealthy foods and prizes,”.

From a psychology perspective, kids are being taught to make unhealthy food choices from a very young age by being rewarded with things they value like dolls and action figures relating to the most popular film or TV series at the time. Eventually, the 'reward' is no longer necessarily the toy, but the meal itself. As you can see, this pattern carries on into adulthood along with a number of health consequences!

Even though there are actually no McDonald's restaurants in Santa Clara County, this "political statement" is making headlines and adding publicity to a growing movement that is trying to keep kids healthy today so that they can grow up to see a brighter future. If you can believe it, even Disney ditched their happy meal deal a little while ago!

Find out more by reading the article called "Un-Happy Meals" from Macleans.ca (May 10, 2010).

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Genetics in Part to Blame for Weight Gain

Source: The Australian (Summary by NIM)

We all know one or two people who can eat virtually anything they want and yet they struggle to put on weight. Chicken wings, pizza, chips, ice cream - they eat it all but can't gain a pound. Meanwhile, if we did the same, it would be a completely different story. It's just not fair! Now, thanks to new research, we may have a better idea as to why this happens (although it may not make us feel any better!).

In a new Australian study, 40 individuals gorged on high-fat snacks every day for a month and their pattern of weight gain was observed. All participants ultimately gained weight, as they increased their daily caloric intake by about 1250 calories. What surprised the researchers, however, was that individuals with a family history of type 2 diabetes tended to gain even more weight than the rest of the bunch - nearly 3 pounds extra on average.

As with previous findings from other studies, the researchers believe that there is a genetic component to weight gain, and not everyone gains at the same rate. Certainly there are metabolic differences and varying predispositions to diseases and illness. Hopefully as more research is done on the genes and energy balance, we will better be able to tailor our eating patterns to help maintain a healthy weight.

Find out more about this study by reading the article called "Fat-packed diet shows genes count for kilos" from the Australian (May 11, 2010).

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Canadian Kids Don't Make the Grade for Physical Activity

Source: The Guardian (Summary by NIM)

What ever happened to playing outside? Oh yeah - computers. OK it's not that simple (obviously), but the future of our country may be losing out on enjoying good health by being inactive as kids!

According to a recent report card from Active Healthy Kids Canada, a growing proportion of Canada's kids are overweight or obese. The report card shows that Canadian children are accumulating a whopping 6 hours of screen time on weekdays and 7 hours on weekend days! That includes watching TV and playing on the computer.

Since the years before five are critical for growth and development in children, being inactive, overweight or obese can and does have serious, life-long effects on health. According to Marc Tremblay of Active Healthy Kids Canada, "Young children that are overweight or obese, or sedentary or inactive tend to follow those behaviour patterns later on into childhood and into adulthood."

Of course, there are myriad factors that influence physical activity in children, but is it really that difficult to devote the recommended 2 hours a day to moving around? Especially when you consider the fact that it can be accumulated over many sessions and as part of play, games, transportation and recreation!

Find out more about this issue by checking out the article called "
Encouraging kids to be active and healthy" from the Guardian (May 10, 2010). You can also access Active Healthy Kids Canada's report card by clicking here.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Kristin Davis: Never Diets Yet Always Slim

Source: Hollywood News (Summary by NIM)

We often hear celebrities denying being on any kind of diet. You know, they're just famous, and famous people just magically stay slim! Not exactly, but they certainly
can afford some amazing nutrition advice and workout regimes.

Sex and the City's Kristin Davis, who plays Charlotte York on the series, says she has never been asked to lose weight for the show because she eats right and stays slim as a result. According to Davis, “You get a lot of criticism out in the world or on the Internet about how you look. Fat here, fat there. Hippy this, hippy that. That has been my entire career,” she told U.K.’s Red Magazine, “But never at work. No one at ‘Sex and The City’ has ever asked any of us four girls to lose weight. Thank God.”

Davis, 45, maintains her physique by relying on a regular diet of chicken, salmon, eggs and lots of veggies including side salads. Sounds familiar! Lean protein, omega-3 essential fatty acids, and all the vitamins and minerals needed to maintain good health - its no surprise she's in such great shape since she's eating many of the world's healthiest foods. Combined with regular exercise, there's no reason to have to diet or deprive yourself of anything if you just eat right! You can even include dessert in a healthy eating plan!

Find out more about Kristin Davis by reading the article called “Kristin Davis never had to diet for “Sex”” from Hollywood News (May 3, 2010).

Friday, May 7, 2010

Vitamin D in High Doses May Lower Risks in Pregnancy

Source: Web MD (Summary by NIM)

Vitamin D has been getting tons of publicity in recent years for all of its health benefits. In light of the fact that its Mother's day this weekend, make sure your mom stays healthy by checking that she getting at least 400IU daily to keep her bones strong and prevent the onset of a number of illnesses. On top of all that, here's some new Vitamin D news for mom's-to-be!

According to new research, daily doses of Vitamin D as high as 4000IU may help reduce the risk of complications in pregnancy including gestational diabetes, preterm birth, and infection. In the study, such high doses were not found to harm mother or baby in any way, however the risks during pregnancy for those moms taking high doses were much lower than the rest of the participants.

The current recommendation is only 400IU per day, and some doctors are weary of increasing the recommendation as some studies have shown different results. However, a general consensus in current literature has found that its much worse to get too little of the critical vitamin and it is quite difficult to get too much.

Find out more about Vitamin D during pregnancy by reading the article called "High Doses of Vitamin D May Cut Pregnancy Risks" from Web MD (May 4, 2010) and don't forget to be good to your mom this Sunday!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Beautiful Women Can be Bad for Your Health!

Source: Telegraph UK (Summary by NIM)

Another one for the 'crazy' files! According to scientists, being in the presence of beautiful women for as little as 5 minute is enough to send your stress hormones skyrocketing, taking a toll on your overall health. What's more - if you feel the woman is 'out of your league', the effect is even further heightened (true story)!!

Researchers from the University of Valencia have found that when men are left alone in a room with an attractive woman, their stress hormones skyrocket, which has been linked to a number of health conditions. In their study, a male participant was asked to complete a sudoku puzzle in a room with another man and an attractive woman. When the woman left and the two men were left alone in the room, there was no change in stress hormones. If the other man left and the woman remained, the participant's stress hormones hit the roof.

In some cases, heightened levels of cortisol can be beneficial, adding to a sense of urgency and improving well-being, but if they are chronically heightened, this can lead to greater amounts of fat deposits around the abdomen, in addition to worsening medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension. Something to keep in mind if you work with lots of beautiful women! Better work on your diet and exercise regime if you want to counteract these effects!

Check out the full article called "Beautiful women can be bad for your health, according to scientists" from Telegraph UK (May 3, 2010).

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Celebrity Chef Heston Blumenthal Takes On Hospital Food

Source: Daily Mail (Summary by NIM)

When it comes to Nutrition, food science plays a huge and very special role. Despite eliciting thoughts of 'Frankenfoods', food science is really all about how we take raw ingredients from the farm and produce the final products that we find in the grocery store, the market and our dinner tables. This includes the production of yogurt, cheese and meat, the production of flour, and even the creation of processed cheese and mayonnaise. But when it comes down to it, celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal takes food science to a whole new level.

With innovative and fantastical creations such as such as snail porridge and bacon and egg ice cream, Chef Blumenthal is on a mission to use food science in new and radical ways to change the way we think about food. And now, he's lending his talents to re-vamp what some would consider the most bland and boring food out there - hospital food. The problem is, many hospital patients are either unable to eat, are uninterested in food and have no appetite, or can't even taste it - like some elderly patients.

Using his skills in food science, in collaboration with the University of Reading, Chef Blumenthal is striving to bring Michelin star quality food to the town's Royal Berkshire Hospital which will hopefully help patients eat and enjoy their otherwise bland food. According to Blumenthal, 'Mealtimes should be something to be celebrated in hospital. They should be something to look forward to.'.

Find out more about this exciting endeavor by reading the article called "Fat Duck chef Heston Blumenthal takes on hospital food" from the Daily Mail (May 4, 2010)

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Weight Loss Can Boost Your Immune System

Source: MSNBC.com (Summary by NIM)

Carrying excess weight around is not only uncomfortable and unpleasant, it also comes along with an increased risk of a plethora of diseases and illnesses. Losing weight can improve your health in many ways, and according to new research, it can also boost your immune system.

The most dangerous kind of excess fat to carry around is abdominal fat - what we normally call an 'apple' shape. Having excess abdominal fat as opposed to fat deposits elsewhere on the body can knock down your immune system and actually turn it against you. Thankfully, new research suggests that losing as little (depending on your perspective) as ten pounds may be enough to set the balance straight again.

In the study, obese people who lost an average of about 13 pounds brought their levels of pro-inflammatory cells down to 'normal' levels, helping to lower the dangers associated with carrying around so much excess weight. "People must be made aware that excess fat will affect their immune systems and therefore their survival,", said one of the researchers.

Find out more about this study by reading the article called "Losing 10 pounds could boost your immunity" from MSNBC.com (Apr. 22, 2010).

Monday, May 3, 2010

Exercising Outdoors Boosts Mental Health

Source: BBC News (Summary by NIM)

Spring has sprung and summer is upon us which means it's the perfect time to start taking advantage of some outdoor exercise instead of being cooped up indoors in the gym. Grab your Rollerblades, a bike or just take a leisurely stroll outside and you'll do more than just improve your physical health - researchers have found that it also improves your mental health!

According to new research, spending just 5 minutes in 'green spaces' each day is enough to boost your mood, mental health and even self-esteem. The researchers even say that activities that we don't normally consider 'exercise', such as gardening, can show the same benefits. Basically, just being outdoors and enjoying green spaces is beneficial.

Even though it's pretty much common knowledge that when the weather is nice, we flock outside and tend to be in a better mood, this new research may have some new practical applications. According to the researchers, employers can encourage their staff to head outdoors for a stroll during particularly stressful days, or even just on their lunch breaks, which not only counts as exercise, it can help them blow off some steam, too.

Check out the article called "'Green' exercise quickly 'boosts mental health'" from BBC News (May 1, 2010) for more details.