09/18/17 12:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO | Maggie Davis leading a fitness class in the park.

COURTESY PHOTO | Maggie Davis leading a fitness class in the park.

Traditionally, we think of exercise as something we do to improve our cardiovascular health, strengthen our muscles and maybe help us shed a few pounds. Although all of these are just a few of the many life-extending benefits of exercise, some of the most important and recently discovered benefits are for the brain. I’ve often contended that if employers knew about the increased productivity associated with exercise not only would they provide the time and space for fitness — they would mandate it. And if schools were aware of the improved memories, problem solving skills and test scores of students who participate in fitness classes, there would be fewer cuts to school gym programs.  (more…)

07/07/17 10:00am
MARK GUTMAN PHOTO | Dr. Robert Dell'Amore presenting the Power of Food.

MARK GUTMAN PHOTO | Dr. Robert Dell’Amore presenting the Power of Food.

In recent decades, the incidence of childhood obesity in America has increased dramatically. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that the percentage of children with obesity has more than tripled since the 1970s with about one-third of U.S. kids currently being either overweight or obese. (more…)