Prevention of Diabetes. Part 1

September 11th, 2012

Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by healthy life habits. Most patients with type 2 diabetes are overweight and many studies have shown that modest weight loss, particularly in the early years of the disease, may significantly lower the blood glucose level or even cause it to return to normal. Read the rest of this entry »

Small Exercise Rooms

September 7th, 2012

The exercise room may contain what seems to be the world’s oldest Nautilus machine or one of those low-price multi-station machines department stores and bargain emporiums sell for home use. Read the rest of this entry »

Program Ingredients

July 31st, 2012

To make your program marketable, it needs a catchy title. Aim the title to appeal to everyone involved, from potential business partners, to potential healthcare alliances, to the corporations being approached, to the sedentary employees being targeted. Now that the program has a name, change the focus from a “program” to a “research project” to give it more credibility and create interest. Read the rest of this entry »

Medical Chimeras: Of Mice and Men

July 24th, 2012

According to Carlo Marra, Pharm.D., clinical assistant professor of pharmacy at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, infliximab is the first drug for arthritis that’s a chimera.
“Chimera” is the name Homer gave to his three-headed creature in the “Iliad” that was part lion, part goat and part serpent. Modern chimeras don’t spit volcanic fireballs like Homer’s mythological one, but they are every bit as interesting — and quite a bit more helpful to humans. Read the rest of this entry »

Tools for Market Strategy, Part 2

July 19th, 2012

Competitive advantage

The Competitive Profile Matrix (CPM) identifies a firm’s major competitors, and their particular strengths and weaknesses in relation to the competition’s strategic position.1 The weights and total weighted scores in the CPM, IFE and EFE have the same meaning (the weights still must add up to 1.0); however, the factors are much broader. Read the rest of this entry »

Tools for Market Strategy, Part 1

July 19th, 2012

It is nearing the end of 1998 and Susan Smith, general manager of Sample Fitness Club, worries about her club’s future. She knows that ABC Fitness will open across the street in January. This club will be much newer and larger than hers, and they will have exercise programs targeted toward the senior center clientele. She knows her club provides a wide variety of exercise classes, but not all of her staff can teach, nor do they offer any classes for, seniors. She has always prided herself on being a small, family-oriented club, but that may not be enough to keep her members. Read the rest of this entry »

Jennifer’s Journal: Week Four. Part 4

July 10th, 2012

Whether you realize it or not, you had a pretty good week of exercise! Don’t be too hard on yourself. I am proud of you for getting in four gym workouts this past week. Also, walking a dog can be great exercise — especially if you minimize the amount of stops the dog makes. When the dog does stop, walk in place to keep your heart rate elevated. Read the rest of this entry »

Jennifer’s Journal: Week Four. Part 3

July 10th, 2012

Your average fat intake, though, has dropped from 144 grams to 46 fat grams, which is a great improvement, and one that will show up in your weight in the next week or two. Mayonnaise was a real problem for you this week — the Subway tuna salad and the chicken salad really packed a lot of fat! There are better choices at Subway, such as sliced turkey subs or the new line of sandwiches with fewer than six grams of fat. I think they even have a low-fat chicken salad. Read the rest of this entry »

Jennifer’s Journal: Week Four. Part 2

July 10th, 2012

And exercise requires my mental disconnect from work (or the long “to-do” list) and requires me to focus on working out. If I am not caught up at work, I am unable to fully focus on working out at the gym. I am trying Armand’s suggestion that I schedule time for working out and treat it like a committee or meeting. I am integrating his suggestion into my upcoming work-week. I hope I can stick with it! Read the rest of this entry »

Jennifer’s Journal: Week Four. Part 1

July 10th, 2012

Hi Sharon and Armand!

This week was average at best. I made an effort to watch what I ate and completed four workout sessions with weights at the gym. I have also started walking my roommate’s dog, Bailey, as an excuse to exercise. Still, I haven’t developed any noticeable progress in my soon-to-be-formed exercise habits. Read the rest of this entry »