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Wellness News

May 2, 2016

New Study Shows Obese Bodies that Lose Weight May Have Slower Metabolism

The New York Times reported on a new study in the journal Obesity that looked at the metabolism of contestants from the reality TV show “The Biggest Loser.” The study was interested in finding out how the contestants faired after competing on the show. And what they found was that most of the contestants gained back the weight that they had lost. In studying the contestants’ metabolisms the researchers found that the weight gain might have to do with “resting metabolism, which determines how many calories a person burns when at rest.”

The study found that “when the show began, the contestants, though hugely overweight, had normal metabolisms for their size, meaning they were burning a normal number of calories for people of their weight. When it ended, their metabolisms had slowed radically and their bodies were not burning enough calories to maintain their thinner sizes.”

The study helps researchers better understand why people who lose weight have difficulty keeping the weight off.

Read the New York Times article here.

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March 29, 2016

NBHN Call for Applications for Two Communities of Practice focused on Tobacco Control

The National Behavioral Health Network for Tobacco & Cancer Control is proud to announce the launch of not one, but TWO Communities of Practice designed to provide support to community behavioral health organizations and state, tribal and territorial agencies seeking to develop or enhance their tobacco and cancer control and prevention efforts for people with mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

To learn more about which Community of Practice is right for your community behavioral health organization or state, tribal, or territorial agency, go to their website.

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Is There Such a Thing as “Too Much Exercise”?

Jim Pavlik, Program & Policy Analyst

In 2008, the US Department of Health and Human Services released guidelines concerning minimum threshold amounts of physical activity needed to remain in good health. The guide focused on minimums, because at the time, there were no known caps. Simply put, the more you exercised, the more your health improved (barring injury). Or so it was thought.

I ran my first marathon in 2011. In that year, there were a record-breaking 518,000 marathon finishes, and my wife and I were two of them. Compare that to 1976 when there were only 25,000 finishes. Over the years, the median finish time has crept up (from 3:32:17 for men in 1980 to 4:19:27 today) as has the median age (~33 in 1980, 38 today). In 2014, 3,326 men and women over 60 years old completed the Honolulu Marathon. Numbers for triathlons are similar.

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Watch the Latest Build A Clinic Webinar on Tobacco Cessation Pharmacotherapy

Through our Build A Clinic program, we’re hosting free-to-the-public webinars on evidence-based clinical best practices in tobacco cessation and the necessary case-based best practices regarding supporting and sustaining those services. Our latest webinar, Tobacco Cessation Best Practices: Pharmacotherapy, offers instruction on the 7 FDA-approved tobacco cessation medications and reviews prescribing guidance.

Click to see all webinars currently available, including Tobacco Cessation Best Practices: Pharmacotherapy.

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