Billie S. Dickenson

Health & Nutrition 101: Weight Loss or Health Gain?

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Gina Cousineau

By Gina Cousineau

As a nutrition expert and trained chef, you might think I am outside of my scope of practice when I tell you my goal is to save my clients’ lives, not only one plate at a time, but also through teaching them how to advocate for their health.

Unfortunately, as I have written about previously, our health care system doesn’t have the checks and balances necessary to prevent your needs from falling through the cracks. This, paired with an individual’s desire to wish away their ailments, really sets us up for increased disability and shortened lifespans.

Trained in integrative and functional nutrition, I consider myself an interventional health care practitioner, who works in conjunction with your medical providers to help you champion for your own well-being.

All prospective clients tell me they know what to do; they just don’t do it. And while I understand change is painfully difficult, if you were offered baby steps to move toward improving your health and longevity, would you consider it?

I believe your answer would be a resounding “yes.”

I always start with the question to prospective clients of “what is your goal?” If weight loss is your end-all, then feed the multibillion-dollar diet industry and choose one. Fact is, and you already know this from personal experience, you will lose the weight (or at least some of it), but you will not be able to keep it off.

So, instead, let’s consider changing that goal to “health gain” and allow the scale to move in your desired direction as a perk, not a priority. This small shift in your mindset can really help you focus on making more healthful and wholesome changes in the kitchen, as well as with your activities of daily living.

No restrictive and punitive diets, and no killing yourself in the gym; just imagine.

Daily, I shake my head as individuals tell me they believe they can “out-train that bad diet.” They can’t. Your fancy coffee drink takes 10 minutes to consume, and few of you can train hard enough in an hour to balance just those calories.

While the nutrition space of late is pushing mindful and intuitive eating, I personally believe that there is nothing instinctual about your eating as an adult.

Starting next month, I will launch a series of live webinars, recorded for your convenience, focusing on advocating for your health and reducing your risk of lifestyle diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, hypertension, colorectal cancers, and more.

While nutrition and fitness will be part of the conversation, preventative care will lead the way.

Because I only have one opportunity a month to influence your well-being, I have decided to offer my loyal readers, along with these webinars, the opportunity to participate in a complimentary 50-minute private session, in-person in my home office in San Clemente or via Zoom.

While I hope to get in as many of you as possible over the next few months, your fully completed application will dictate which of you will be chosen.

Within this application, you are able to share your family health history, as well as your own story, and these details provided prior to our meeting, will allow for a fruitful and comprehensive opportunity for you to help yourself advocate for a long, healthy, independent, joyful life.

Simply go to and register in the pop-up in the center of the page. Indicate which paper you found us in, as only readers will have this opportunity to meet with Mama G.

Gina Cousineau is a local nutrition expert who specializes in weight loss and helping her clients improve their health. As a trained chef with her BS in Dietetics and MS in Integrative and Functional Nutrition, her goal is to help her clients enjoy every morsel they consume, learning how to move with ease in the kitchen while using their “food as medicine.” Subscribe to her weekly newsletter for complimentary cooking classes, recipes, webinars and more at, or reach her at [email protected] and 949.842.9975.

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Sports Nutrition Market In Europe – 2022-2026, Rising Inclination Toward Fitness Owing To Increasing Awareness Of Lifestyle-related Conditions to Boost Market

NEW YORK, July 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- The "Sports Nutrition Market In Europe by Application (Non-protein sports nutrition, Protein powder, Protein RTD, and Protein bar) and Geography (UK, Germany, Italy, France, and Rest of Europe) - Forecast and Analysis 2022-2026" report has been added to Technavio's offering. With ISO 9001:2015 certification, Technavio is proudly partnering with more than 100 Fortune 500 companies for over 16 years.

Technavio has announced its latest market research report titled Sports Nutrition Market in Europe by Application and Geography - Forecast and Analysis 2022-2026Technavio has announced its latest market research report titled Sports Nutrition Market in Europe by Application and Geography - Forecast and Analysis 2022-2026

Technavio has announced its latest market research report titled Sports Nutrition Market in Europe by Application and Geography - Forecast and Analysis 2022-2026

The potential growth difference for the sports nutrition market in Europe between 2021 and 2026 is USD 2.01 billion. To get the exact yearly growth variance and the Y-O-Y growth rate, Download Sample Report.

Key Market Dynamics:

  • Market Driver

  • Market Challenges

The increasing propensity for fitness as a result of growing awareness of the lifestyle-related condition is one of the major reasons propelling growth in the sports nutrition market in Europe. They are being encouraged to embrace different exercise regimens as a result, and the majority of customers have begun actively partaking in fitness and sporting events. It is now necessary to use energy boosters to improve performance in order to get the desired effects from workout routines.

The growing use of sports nutrition products by athletes, both amateur and professional, is also caused by similar circumstances. Consequently, the market is expanding as a result of the growing engagement in sports and fitness programs. Although factors such as the significant threat from counterfeit products may impede the market growth. Request for Sample Report.

The UK will account for 40% of market growth. The market in this nation will grow more quickly than the markets in Italy, France, and the rest of Europe. Over the projected period, the expansion of the sports nutrition market in Europe and the UK will be aided by an increase in the number of individuals joining fitness centers and a rise in the demand for protein-based goods like sports nutrition products.

The growing competition in the market is compelling vendors to adopt various growth strategies such as promotional activities and spending on advertisements to improve the visibility of their services. Some vendors are also adopting inorganic growth strategies such as M&As to remain competitive in the market.

The report analyzes the market's competitive landscape and offers information on several market vendors, including:

Find additional highlights on the growth strategies adopted by vendors and their product
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Sports Nutrition Market Scope in Europe

Report Coverage


Page number


Base year


Forecast period


Growth momentum & CAGR

Accelerate at a CAGR of 8.01%

Market growth 2021-2025

$ 2.01 billion

Market structure


YoY growth (%)


Regional analysis


Performing market contribution

UK at 40%

Key consumer countries

UK, Germany, Italy, France, and Rest of Europe

Competitive landscape

Leading companies, Competitive strategies, Consumer engagement scope

Key companies profiled

Abbott Laboratories, Ajinomoto Co. Inc., Glanbia Plc, Iovate Health Sciences International Inc., Lonza Group Ltd., NUTREND D.S., as, Optimum Nutrition Inc., PepsiCo Inc., TRIPOINT GmbH, and Ultimate Nutrition Inc.

Market dynamics

Parent market analysis, Market growth inducers and obstacles, Fast-growing and slow-growing segment analysis, COVID-19 impact and recovery analysis and future consumer dynamics, Market condition analysis for the forecast period

Customization purview

If our report has not included the data that you are looking for, you can reach out to our analysts and get segments customized.

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary                           

1.1 Market Overview

Exhibit 01:  Key Finding 1

Exhibit 02:  Key finding 2

Exhibit 03:  Key finding 3

Exhibit 04:  Key finding 5

Exhibit 05:  Key finding 6

Exhibit 06:  Key Finding 7

2. Market Landscape                             

2.1 Market ecosystem

2.1.1 Parent market

Exhibit 07:  Parent market

Exhibit 08:  Market characteristics

2.2 Value chain analysis

Exhibit 09:  Value chain analysis : Packaged Foods and Meats

2.2.1 Inputs

2.2.2 Inbound logistics

2.2.3 Primary processing

2.2.4 Secondary and tertiary processing

2.2.5 Outbound logistics

2.2.6 End-customers

2.2.7 Marketing and sales

2.2.8 Services

2.2.9 Innovations

3. Market Sizing                       

3.1 Market definition

Exhibit 10:  Offerings of vendors included in the market definition

3.2 Market segment analysis

Exhibit 11:  Market segments

3.3 Market size 2021

3.4 Market outlook: Forecast for 2021 - 2026

3.4.1 Estimating growth rates for emerging and high-growth markets

3.4.2 Estimating growth rates for mature markets

Exhibit 12:  Global - Market size and forecast 2021 - 2026 ($ million)

Exhibit 13:  Global market: Year-over-year growth 2021 - 2026 (%)

4. Five Forces Analysis                          

4.1 Five Forces Summary

Exhibit 14:  Five forces analysis 2021 and 2026

4.2 Bargaining power of buyers

Exhibit 15:  Bargaining power of buyers

4.3 Bargaining power of suppliers

Exhibit 16:  Bargaining power of suppliers

4.4 Threat of new entrants

Exhibit 17:  Threat of new entrants

4.5 Threat of substitutes

Exhibit 18: Threat of substitutes

4.6 Threat of rivalry

Exhibit 19: Threat of rivalry

4.7 Market condition

Exhibit 20:  Market condition - Five forces 2021

5. Market Segmentation by Application                       

5.1 Market segments

The segments covered in this chapter are:

Exhibit 21:  Application - Market share 2021-2026 (%)

5.2 Comparison by Application

Exhibit 22:  Comparison by Application

5.3 Non-protein sports nutrition - Market size and forecast 2021-2026

Exhibit 23:  Non-protein sports nutrition - Market size and forecast 2021-2026 ($ million)

Exhibit 24:  Non-protein sports nutrition - Year-over-year growth 2021-2026 (%)

5.4 Protein powder - Market size and forecast 2021-2026

Exhibit 25:  Protein powder - Market size and forecast 2021-2026 ($ million)

Exhibit 26:  Protein powder - Year-over-year growth 2021-2026 (%)

5.5 Protein RTD - Market size and forecast 2021-2026

Exhibit 27:  Protein RTD - Market size and forecast 2021-2026 ($ million)

Exhibit 28:  Protein RTD - Year-over-year growth 2021-2026 (%)

5.6 Protein bar - Market size and forecast 2021-2026

Exhibit 29:  Protein bar - Market size and forecast 2021-2026 ($ million)

Exhibit 30:  Protein bar - Year-over-year growth 2021-2026 (%)

5.7 Market opportunity by Application

Exhibit 31:  Market opportunity by Application

6. Customer landscape                         

Technavio's customer landscape matrix comparing Drivers or price sensitivity, Adoption lifecycle, importance in customer price basket, Adoption rate and Key purchase criteria

6.1 Overview

Exhibit 32:  Customer landscape

7. Geographic Landscape                     

7.1 Geographic segmentation

The regions covered in the report are:

  • UK

  • Germany

  • Italy

  • France

  • Rest of Europe

Exhibit 33:  Market share by geography 2021-2026 (%)

7.2 Geographic comparison

Exhibit 34:  Geographic comparison

7.3 UK - Market size and forecast 2021-2026

Exhibit 35:   UK - Market size and forecast 2021-2026 ($ million)

Exhibit 36:  UK - Year-over-year growth 2021-2026 (%)

7.4 Germany - Market size and forecast 2021-2026

Exhibit 37:   Germany - Market size and forecast 2021-2026 ($ million)

Exhibit 38:  Germany - Year-over-year growth 2021-2026 (%)

7.5 Italy - Market size and forecast 2021-2026

Exhibit 39:   Italy - Market size and forecast 2021-2026 ($ million)

Exhibit 40:  Italy - Year-over-year growth 2021-2026 (%)

7.6 France - Market size and forecast 2021-2026

Exhibit 41:   France - Market size and forecast 2021-2026 ($ million)

Exhibit 42:  France - Year-over-year growth 2021-2026 (%)

7.7 Rest of Europe - Market size and forecast 2021-2026

Exhibit 43:   Rest of Europe - Market size and forecast 2021-2026 ($ million)

Exhibit 44:  Rest of Europe - Year-over-year growth 2021-2026 (%)

7.8 Market opportunity by geography

Exhibit 45:  Market opportunity by geography ($ million)

8. Drivers, Challenges, and Trends                   

8.1 Market drivers

8.1.1 Rising inclination toward fitness owing to increasing awareness of lifestyle-related conditions

8.1.2 Growing consumption from non-sports enthusiasts and the elderly population

8.1.3 Increasing number of promotional activities

8.2 Market challenges

8.2.1 Significant threat from counterfeit products

8.2.2 Risk of product contamination

8.2.3 Stringent regulations and guidelines by the European Union

Exhibit 46:  Impact of drivers and challenges

8.3 Market trends

8.3.1 Advances in sports nutrition products

8.3.2 Growing consumer preference for clean labels in sports nutrition products

8.3.3 Increase in number of fitness centers and sports clubs

9. Vendor Landscape                             

9.1 Overview

Exhibit 47:  Vendor landscape

9.2 Landscape disruption

Exhibit 48:  Landscape disruption

Exhibit 49:  Industry risks

9.3 Competitive landscape

10. Vendor Analysis               

10.1 Vendors covered

Exhibit 50:  Vendors covered

10.2 Market positioning of vendors

Exhibit 51: Market positioning of vendors

10.3 Abbott Laboratories

Exhibit 52:  Abbott Laboratories - Overview

Exhibit 53:  Abbott Laboratories - Business segments

Exhibit 54:  Abbott Laboratories - Key news

Exhibit 55:  Abbott Laboratories - Key offerings

Exhibit 56:  Abbott Laboratories - Segment focus

10.4 Ajinomoto Co. Inc.

Exhibit 57:  Ajinomoto Co. Inc. - Overview

Exhibit 58:  Ajinomoto Co. Inc. - Business segments

Exhibit 59:  Ajinomoto Co. Inc - Key news

Exhibit 60:  Ajinomoto Co. Inc. - Key offerings

10.5 Glanbia Plc

Exhibit 61:  Glanbia Plc - Overview

Exhibit 62:  Glanbia Plc - Business segments

Exhibit 63:  Glanbia Plc - Key offerings

Exhibit 64:  Glanbia Plc - Segment focus

10.6 GlaxoSmithKline Plc

Exhibit 65:  GlaxoSmithKline Plc - Overview

Exhibit 66:  GlaxoSmithKline Plc - Business segments

Exhibit 67:  GlaxoSmithKline Plc. - Key news

Exhibit 68:  GlaxoSmithKline Plc - Key offerings

Exhibit 69:  GlaxoSmithKline Plc - Segment focus

10.7 Iovate Health Sciences International Inc.

Exhibit 70:  Iovate Health Sciences International Inc. - Overview

Exhibit 71:  Iovate Health Sciences International Inc. - Product and service

Exhibit 72:  Iovate Health Sciences International Inc. - Key offerings

10.8 Lonza Group Ltd.

Exhibit 73:  Lonza Group Ltd. - Overview

Exhibit 74:  Lonza Group Ltd. - Business segments

Exhibit 75:  Lonza Group Ltd. - Key news

Exhibit 76:  Lonza Group Ltd. - Key offerings

Exhibit 77:  Lonza Group Ltd. - Segment focus


Exhibit 78:  NUTREND DS AS - Overview

Exhibit 79:  NUTREND DS AS - Product and service

Exhibit 80:  NUTREND DS AS - Key offerings

10.10 PepsiCo Inc.

Exhibit 81:  PepsiCo Inc. - Overview

Exhibit 82:  PepsiCo Inc. - Business segments

Exhibit 83:  PepsiCo Inc. - Key news

Exhibit 84:  PepsiCo Inc. - Key offerings

Exhibit 85:  PepsiCo Inc. - Segment focus


Exhibit 86:  TRIPOINT GmbH - Overview

Exhibit 87:  TRIPOINT GmbH - Product and service

Exhibit 88:  TRIPOINT GmbH. - Key news

Exhibit 89:  TRIPOINT GmbH - Key offerings

10.12 Ultimate Nutrition Inc.

Exhibit 90:  Ultimate Nutrition Inc. - Overview

Exhibit 91:  Ultimate Nutrition Inc. - Product and service

Exhibit 92:  Ultimate Nutrition Inc. - Key offerings

11. Appendix                            

11.1 Scope of the report

11.1.1 Market definition

11.1.2 Objectives

11.1.3 Notes and caveats

11.2 Currency conversion rates for US$

Exhibit 93:  Currency conversion rates for US$

11.3 Research Methodology

Exhibit 94:  Research Methodology

Exhibit 95:  Validation techniques employed for market sizing

Exhibit 96:  Information sources

11.4 List of abbreviations

Exhibit 97:  List of abbreviations

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OFA Distributes Farmers’ Market Coupon Booklets to Eligible Seniors

July 15, 2022

OSWEGO COUNTY – The Oswego County Office for the Aging (OFA) received a supply of farmers’ market coupon booklets and is working on distributing them to eligible seniors around the county in July.

The coupons may only be used to buy locally-grown fresh fruits and vegetables from participating farmers and farmers’ markets. They are not redeemable in supermarkets. The value of each booklet is $25.

OFA staff will distribute the booklets at the following sites:

  • Saturday, July 16 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Fulton Farmers’ Market in the Canal Landing parking lot near the Dollar General, just off NYS Rte. 481, Fulton.
  • Monday, July 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cayuga Community College, 11 River Glen Dr., Fulton. This is a drive-up event only; walk-ups are strictly prohibited. All participants must remain in their vehicles and staff will approach cars to distribute the necessary paperwork and coupon booklets.

Each older adult in a household is eligible to receive a booklet if they meet the following age and income requirements:

  • Age 60 and over whose gross income is at or below 185 percent of federal poverty guidelines (which is $2,096 monthly for a one-person household or $2,823 monthly for a two-person household) or
  • Age 60 and over and currently receiving or eligible to receive public assistance such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits or a Section 8 housing subsidy.

Eligible older adults must sign in person or a power of attorney representative with proper paperwork can also sign for the coupon book. A proxy may pick up the coupons if the eligible senior completes the proxy and attestation forms. These forms can be obtained by calling OFA at 315-349-3484.

There are a limited number of coupon booklets available this year; therefore, distribution will be on a first come, first served basis. One coupon booklet is allowed per person for the 2022 season.

Coupon booklets can also be picked up at the following locations on Tuesday, July 19, subject to availability:

  • 9 to 10 a.m.: Pulaski Village Office 4917 Jefferson St.
  • 11 a.m. to noon: Central Square Nutrition Site, Community Church, 833 US Rte. 11.
  • 11 a.m. to noon: Fulton Nutrition Site, Fulton Municipal Bldg., 141 South First St.
  • 11 a.m. to noon: Parish Nutrition Site, New Hope Church, 814 Rider St.
  • 1 to 2 p.m.: United Methodist Church, 73 Bridge St., Cleveland.
  • 2 to 3 p.m.: Sandy Creek Town Hall, 1992 Harwood Dr.
  • 3 to 4 p.m.: Amboy Town Hall, 822 NYS Rte. 69, Williamstown.

On Wednesday, July 20, eligible seniors can pick up the coupon booklets at these locations, again, subject to availability:

  • 11 a.m. to noon: Phoenix Nutrition Site, Congregational Church, 43 Bridge St.
  • 11 a.m. to noon: Mexico Nutrition Site, Lighthouse Church of God, 11 South Jefferson St.
  • 11 a.m. to noon: Hannibal Nutrition Site, Community Library, 162 Oswego St.

Any remaining coupon booklets can also be picked up at the Oswego County Office for the Aging, 70 Bunner St., Oswego between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily until they all have been distributed.

If you have any questions regarding the coupon booklets, please call the Office for the Aging at 315-349-3484, Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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OFA DISTRIBUTES COUPON BOOKLETS IN JULY – The Oswego County Office for the Aging is now distributing farmers’ market coupon booklets for 2022. For details, call OFA at 315-349-3484. Pictured are OFA staff members Missy Peel and Richard Proctor at the Oswego Farmers’ Market in 2021.

Keep Kids Fed Act disheartens school nutrition officials – Salisbury Post

SALISBURY – The Keep Kids Fed Act worked its way through Congress with bipartisan support and was signed into law, but the impact of the bill signed by President Joe Biden last month will not feed any more students in Rowan-Salisbury Schools for free.

RSS has 10 schools that qualify for free meals for all students and the district has adopted universal free breakfast as well, but the federal waivers that allowed every student in the district to eat free have lapsed and there is no indication that policy will be coming back.

“It is limited,” RSS Nutrition Director Lisa Altmann said, noting some states are looking for the money to continue free meals in their public schools.

When asked if the law would extend meals to any more kids in the district than pre-pandemic, Altmann gave a resounding “no.” She has advocated for universal meals as part of a child’s basic education.

“It’s disheartening,” Altmann said. “I was really hoping that in the 11th hour they would come through and continue to give all students universal meals. I just think it’s the right thing to do for the entire country, actually. They can’t learn if they can’t think. They can’t think if they’re hungry.”

Altmann said she expects to see a decrease in meal participation with the universal program gone and the situation is not ideal.

The Post previously reported schools would most likely be forced to return to paid meals after universal meal waivers were left out of a spending bill in March.

The June law does come with some advantages for the nutrition department. Reimbursement rates for meals and snacks will be increased by 10 cents for the 2022-2023 school year. Altmann said the increase will help nutrition departments stay in the black and without the increase there could be nationwide squeeze on nutrition department finances.

The district will also get to keep flexibility with meal patterns. Both those provisions from the bill are related to pandemic problems that are sticking around: rising costs and supply chain issues. Nutrition Budget Specialist Meredith Honeycutt said the department has not received reimbursement rates for the coming school year yet, but it received rates on July 19 last year.

The district can adjust meal times as well, but otherwise school nutrition is back to business as usual after more than two years.

But families have relied on free meals from when schools were initially ordered to close in March of 2020 and through most of the pandemic. Because those waivers have lapsed, RSS is required to get back to business as usual, meaning students will have to apply for free or reduced cost meals if they do not attend one of those 10 schools, and they will have to pay otherwise.

The meal application is already active on the district’s website at All students at these schools get free meals regardless: Overton Elementary, North Rowan Elementary, Koontz Elementary, Hurley Elementary, Hanford-Dole Elementary, Knox Middle, Landis Elementary, North Rowan Middle, Isenberg Elementary, Henderson Independent.

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We’ll be bringing you a fresh new workout every monday in our new CYCLING WORKOUT OF THE WEEK series - we’ll explain the benefits of sessions and provide an outdoor alternative targeting the same systems.

Although the efforts in this cycling workout are only very short – at just one minute long – these will feel very hard and near maximal. Be prepared to dig deep, but don’t be tempted to go too hard early on as you’ll want to still be able to maintain the same output in the last interval. 

Senior nutrition programs address food insecurity for aging Mississippians

PINE BELT, Miss. (WDAM) - As food prices continue to increase, Mississippians over 60 years old can connect to services that provide socialization, nutrition and contribute to the overall health and well-being of older individuals.

The Mississippi Department of Human Services Senior Nutrition Program aims to reduce older Mississippians’ hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition.

Through the agency’s Division of Aging and Adult Services, senior adults can access home-delivered meals and congregate meal locations across the state.

Home-delivered meals are meals provided to eligible homebound persons in their homes.

Congregate meals are served in community settings such as senior centers, churches or senior housing communities. Meal sites offer an opportunity to meet friends and engage in social activities while having a nutritious meal.

Services are provided in all 82 Mississippi counties through the Area Agencies on Aging.

Another program known as the Emergency Food Assistance Program offered by MDHS can supplement the diets of older Mississippians by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance at no cost. MDHS provides the food to local food banks, which distribute the items to over 500 food pantries, soup kitchens and homeless shelters across the state.

For more information or to locate a food pantry, soup kitchen or homeless shelter near you, click HERE *Food pantry services are available to all eligible Mississippians regardless of age.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Elderly Simplified Application Project shortens the interview with a case manager, making the verification process much easier.

Eligibility workers use data matching to verify an applicant’s information from other government data systems. Once submitted and the eligibility worker sees that the application fits ESAP, it is moved immediately into the ESAP status.

ESAP households will not be given a fixed certification period; however, they will be required to return an interim report provided each year for reporting changes in household income or household size.

Everyone in the household must be at least 60 years old and have no earned income to qualify for the elderly simplified application. The benefit amounts are based on income and household size.

To determine eligibility for SNAP benefits or to apply, click HERE.

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The pros and cons of being a ‘weekend workout warrior’

A you a weekend workout warrior? Or do you prefer to spread your sessions out across the week?

Well, according to a new study it could be the type and total amount of exercise that counts, rather than the actual number of sessions, which is good news for people who struggle to find the time to exercise.

The research, published in JAMA Internal Medicine journal, involved 350,000 participants and did not find any significant difference in mortality rates between weekend sweaters compared to regularly active participants.

So what does that mean for your workout schedule?

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The study is good news for the people who struggle to find time to exercise throughout the week. (Supplied)

Results indicated that adults who perform the recommended amount of physical activity per week may experience similar health benefits whether the sessions are spread throughout the week or concentrated in a weekend.

The current recommendations for adults aged 18-64 is a weekly total of two and a half to five hours of moderate activity, or one hour and 15 mins to two and a half hours of vigorous activity, or an equivalent combination of both.

"This large study suggests that, when it comes to exercise, it doesn't matter when you do it," cardiac nurse Joanne Whitmore told the BBC.

"The most important thing is that physical activity is undertaken in the first place."

Ben Lucas, Director of Flow Athletic, agrees, telling 9Honey: "It's true that some exercise is better than no exercise, especially in terms of health markers. If all you can fit in is a workout on the weekend, then absolutely, do what you can. Something is better than nothing."

Less might not always be more

Now this might be music to your ears if you consider yourself relatively time-poor. But while working out only on weekends might be enough to keep you fit, it might not be the ideal way to go for a variety of other reasons.

READ MORE: 12 health mistakes to avoid making this winter

There are more health benefits to spreading your sessions out throughout the week. (Getty)

READ MORE: How often do you have to hit the gym to build muscle?

According to the Department of Health, while there is a weekly target for physical activity, recommendations do state that ideally a person should "be active on most (preferably all) days".

"The con [of only working out on weekends] is that to make that exercise worthwhile you will need to train strenuously, for example HIIT training, heavy weight training, and you need to commit," Lucas tells us. "If you are only training two days a week, you need to stick to it and make sure it happens."

Lucas says spreading your sessions out is better for consistency and balance, and you could also put yourself at more risk of injury, if you are relatively sedentary for most of the week, before putting your body through extended sessions on just one or two days.

"The guidelines say that we should train for 150 minutes per week, that comes to 75 minutes per workout. That's a very long time to train for someone who isn't as fit and it can lead to injury to train at intensity for that long," he warns.

He recommends aiming for three or more workouts a week, or 30 minutes a day, even if it's a brisk walk.

"Especially if you are desk bound and if you are not doing much incidental exercise it is important to move for you overall health. It's good for your mood, mind, digestion, weight management and being consistent will give you better results than being more sporadic," he adds.

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Kids on autism spectrum get physical activity, nutrition support through Detroit program

This article is part of State of Health, a series about how Michigan communities are rising to address health challenges. It is made possible with funding from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund.

A Wayne State University (WSU) community-based program for kids on the autism spectrum is taking off. PLANE, short for Physical Literacy and Nutrition Education, offers adaptive strategies to get kids moving, as well as a nutrition curriculum that shares ways to introduce kids to healthier foods. 

Dr. Leah Ketcheson, assistant professor and program coordinator of WSU's Health and Physical Education Teaching program, proposed the idea for PLANE through her 2016 doctoral thesis after teaching adaptive physical education in the Detroit Public School Community School District from 2007 to 2010. Ketcheson saw a need for extracurricular health programming among students with autism. 
Dr. Leah Ketcheson.
"The classrooms of children with autism were the most intriguing but also the most challenging," she says. "I saw that the children with autism were exhibiting significant health disparities when compared to neurotypical children."

While autism is commonly recognized as impacting social engagement, communication, and behavior, it affects health in many other ways. According to the National Institutes of Health, children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have a 41.1% greater risk of developing obesity. They are also at a higher risk for gastrointestinal issues, diabetes, heart disease, allergies, asthma, and eating disorders. All of these risks can be addressed with physical activity and a healthy diet.

"It's often challenging for families to access activity with their child with autism in ways that are welcoming, consistent, supportive, and promote building healthy habits around keeping physically active," says Heather Eckner, director of state education and outreach for the Autism Alliance of Michigan.

Eckner, who developed a webinar series on educational advocacy for parents and caregivers involved in PLANE, has two children on the autism spectrum. She says nutrition-related challenges, which may include extreme selectivity or sensory-related aversions, are also significant for children on the spectrum. 

"Some kids only eat five different food options," Eckner says. "That can be really challenging and it can impact their health."

Based on her research into motor and physical activity interventions for youth with disabilities, Ketcheson designed one of the first early, intensive movement skill interventions for children with ASD. In 2017 she launched “Jump Up to Play,” her first iteration of adapted physical activity programming for children on the spectrum. With funding from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund and in-kind support from WSU, what started as an eight-week summer intensive focused on children's physical activity and sports has grown into the two-year, year-round PLANE program incorporating physical activity and nutrition programming.
A PLANE exercise session.
"Changing behavior can be very complex for individuals on the autism spectrum. I think it's impossible to talk about promoting health without tackling multiple components of health," Ketcheson says. "This population of children are so susceptible to weight gain because of their food selectivity, and also some medications [prescribed for symptoms of autism] make them predisposed to weight gain. It is particularly important that we target these health behaviors in multiple dimensions, not just physical activity or nutrition. It really has to be both."

Children on the autism spectrum and their families now meet weekly to learn how to successfully integrate physical activity and healthy foods into their lives, moving through PLANE's two-year curriculum of weekly lessons. They are grouped by age into three cohorts: Gliders, ages two to five; Propellers, ages six through 10; and Boeings, ages 11 to 15. A new recipe and physical activity is introduced each week. For example, in week one of year two, Propellers will learn how to do an overhand throw and then snack on watermelon salad. 

"We insert that element of fun while giving attentive care to each one of these families," Ketcheson says. "The parents have maybe realized that their child is so focused on making gains in therapy, which are so necessary, but this is an opportunity for them to focus on another very important domain in a very well-supported and well-loved environment."

Along with Ketcheson, PLANE's staff includes board-certified behavioral analysts who mentor the coaches who work one-on-one with the children. The coaches are WSU health and physical education, or exercise sports science, majors. These students may require a practicum to fulfill graduation requirements, or they may simply want to learn to be better service providers when they enter careers as physical therapists, occupational therapists, or physician assistants.

"We've got all the support systems at Wayne State to make this happen," Ketcheson says. "I think part of being an effective program is really identifying what your target audience needs. I know that our target audience, our primary stakeholders, are the parents and the children with autism. They need direct, individualized support. The way that we can provide that is through the awesome work of our undergraduate and graduate degree programs."
A PLANE exercise session.
Because PLANE initially launched during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, its first iterations were virtual. Weekly lessons and informational resources for caregivers, educators, athletes, and families remain accessible on the PLANE website. PLANE participants now meet face to face in WSU's athletic facilities one evening per week.

"It's just an amazing group of families from a variety of backgrounds. They all have one thing in common — a desire to improve the health of their family unit," Ketcheson says. "These families have focused so heavily on meeting the needs of their child's core deficits that health has been put to the wayside, despite the fact that they are exhibiting significant health disparities."

Amanda Paige and her nine-year-old son, Martin Paige-Fowlkes, have been active with PLANE ever since its launch. They first participated in virtual PLANE sessions, which then included pick-ups of grocery items featured in the weekly lesson recipes. Now they attend weekly sessions in person at WSU.

"Martin's got different motor planning issues that PLANE is able to address," Paige says. "A typical sports program does not. So understanding how to break down throwing a ball is just huge. That motor planning takes a little bit more thought and doesn't come necessarily as fluidly for him as for a neurotypical child. He definitely is more aware of how his body works and how to think things through instead of muscling through everything. And it helps him to be more social."
Martin Paige-Fowlkes and Amanda Paige.
While the kids do their PLANE activities, parents are invited to join a coach-led fitness session in another room. Paige notes that she is improving her health and fitness along with her son.

"It helps me to be around other parents who get it. It's a very tiring and somewhat isolating life because you either get the pity stares or friends who just don't understand the ins and outs [of raising a child on the autism spectrum]," she says. "We really enjoy getting together with people at the gym to do sports, as Martin calls it. That's also gotten us more active outside of the program. We've taken up biking and kayaking. We're getting out and moving more."
PLANE parents.
For Martin, PLANE has meant much more than learning how to throw a ball or guard a goal. He's made friends. And he's been quite adventurous in trying the healthy foods offered during PLANE sessions.

"At the end of every session at the gym, they give us a healthy snack with assembly instructions. Martin likes to come home, even if he doesn't try the snack, and make a cooking video, 'Cooking with Martin.' It's actually gotten him to try a lot more foods. He's at least trying it and exposing himself to new foods because it's a safe space to do that," Paige says. "I don't know if I can convey exactly how much this program has been a lifeline."

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Photos by Doug Coombe.

Build strength with this full-body dumbbell workout that only involves six exercises

Whether like me you’ve recently quit the gym due to the cost of your membership rising, or you’re still working out from home post-pandemic, looking for decent workouts that can be done will little, or no equipment can be challenging. Luckily, I’ve enlisted the help of an expert to share a full-body workout you can do with just a set of dumbbells. 

If you are looking for a set of dumbbells to add to your home gym set-up, it’s worth checking out the best adjustable dumbbells on the market. Unlike a regular set of dumbbells, as its name might suggest, with adjustable dumbbells you can add, or remove, weight at the click or twist of a button, making them ideal for strength training at home. If you don’t have dumbbells, the exercises below could be done with a kettlebell, or a couple of milk cartons or water bottles (just make sure the lid is screwed on before you get started).