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Going Electronic to Maintain Diet/Exercise

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/243007.php

The American Heart Association (AHA) just released the results from their SMART (Self-Monitoring And Recording with Technology) study.  Of their participants, those who used smart apps “significantly better…for attendance, self-monitoring and energy and exercise goals.” Those who received reminders/feedback saw a 5% reduction in weight over those who did not receive those messages.  Interesting and hopefully, insightful/inspirational for anyone interested in making a healthy lifestyle change.

LoseIt is a great one to try!  I’ve heard great things about MyFitnessPal, but I have not used it myself.  It’s on the list of things to do next month.  These are both free applications.

If you use or try one of these programs, let me know what you think!  I’m curious.  And if you have not tried one, check them out!!  I’ve seen great results from them!

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AHA vs Sodium Industry

On Blast:  Lowering Sodium Intake

The American Heart Association (AHA) has replied a “strongly worded submission” (<–please read the link!) to FSIS regarding the overwhelming evidence that reducing sodium* intake improves cardiovascular outcomes.  The AHA President continues to support his argument and err on the side of scientific evidence, rather than with studies sponsored by the sodium industry.

I love the end where Kathryn Weimer of General Mills admits that manufacturers are not interested in creating a lower sodium/healthier option product if it’s not going to sell as well in the marketplace.  Of course that’s true, but it’s further evidence that these companies do not have our well-being at heart.  Alllll about the money.  **Glad that we have organizations, like AHA, to be our voice.**

I do think that we are aiming high with our drastic sodium reduction targets, but we have got to start somewhere.  Not addressing the issue of excessive intake is irresponsible health care.  Let’s decrease the salt, continue to gain momentum on the home gardening movement, keep buying fresh locally (farmers markets, CSAs), and keep investing in our health. 

*Of course, if you are an endurance athlete or another individual with specific needs, lowering sodium may not be the most idea option for you.  Always best to ask an RD or your medical provider.

Verdict:  Team AHA!  Put the salt shaker down and try fresh/dried herbs instead!