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These stories were released by CFAH’s Health Behavior News Service (HBNS) between 9/3/13 and 9/17/13. HBNS provides high-quality reports on new scientific studies that can help you make good choices about your health and the health of your family.

Group exercise alleviates college stress…

A new study in the American Journal of Health Promotion finds that college students who do some sort of vigorous exercise at least three days a week report better mental health and less stress. However, some of the benefits may come from working out with friends. “Often individuals with depression or anxiety benefit from social experiences as much or more than exercise. The combination of exercise and social activity may be a positive thing," commented Alexander S. Strauss, M.D., a spokesperson for the American Psychiatric Association.

Maintain your weight in a matter of minutes…

Don’t have time for a long workout? A new study in the American Journal of Health Promotion finds that people who engaged in short bursts of high intensity exercise, less than 10 minutes, had similar weight benefits as those who did longer workouts. “This research shows that when it comes to maintaining a healthy weight, every little bit of exercise counts, as long as it’s of reasonable intensity, such as a brisk walk, climbing stairs or jumping rope,” said study author Jessie X. Fan, Ph.D., of the University of Utah.

Education may be the key to fighting obesity…

Having more education appears to protect women living in a socioeconomically disadvantaged area from obesity, finds a new Australian study in the American Journal of Health Promotion. Generally, researchers have discovered that women in areas with fewer economic resources have higher BMIs than women in more affluent communities. Yet, the study found that women who had less education and personal income had higher BMIs than those who were disadvantaged in personal income only. Frederick J. Zimmerman, Ph.D., of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health commented, “it has often been suggested that obesity happens because low-income people cannot afford high-quality food. Yet this study's results suggest an alternative narrative: that it is education, and not income, that constrains people's ability to eat healthfully.”

Men who binge at risk for cardiovascular disease…

"People used to think binge eating was less common in men than women," said Tomoko Udo, Ph.D., of Yale University. However, she and her colleagues report in a new study in General Hospital Psychiatry that binge eating affects both men and women similarly, yet men who binge are at a higher risk for metabolic syndrome, including high blood pressure, elevated glucose and high cholesterol. Primary care settings provide a potential valuable opportunity to implement interventions or to provide appropriate specialist referrals for obese patients with binge eating disorder, say the researchers.

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The Health Behavior News Service (HBNS), a division of the Center for Advancing Health, brings you the latest health behavior and patient engagement research from selected peer-reviewed journals. HBNS original stories summarize research findings including “Key Points” and are disseminated for free to the press and the public around the world.

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Lifestyle and Prevention   Obesity   Exercise/Physical Activity   Heart Disease   Medical Education   Promote your Health   Get Preventive Health Care   Women's Health   Men's Health  

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