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Childhood Obesity: A Parents Role in this Epidemic

 was invited to faciliate the discussion on Childhood Obesity at the Charles H. Wright Museum on April 20, 2013.  The group was made up of adults and children.  Questions arised about the amount of calories consumed, bad foods and over eating.  The truth is food products are not treated equally.  Thousands of new food-like items enter the marketplace each year lacking the proper nutrients to maintain optimal health.  In fact, foods most heavily targeted at children are energy-dense fast foods, carbonated soft drinks, sugary breakfast cereals and salty snacks -- all of which tend to be high in sugars, salt and fats.  Listed are 5 steps parents can take to assist in reversing the trend of childhood obesity.

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Best Exercise Ever...

NASA states that "rebounding is the best exercise ever devised by man,...for similar levels of heart rate and oxygen consumption, the magnitude of the biomechanical stimuli is greater with jumping on a trampoline than with running..."

Just 10 minutes a day for a whole body cellular health and fitness program and only 2 minutes a day to give your immune system a boost.

What is rebounding?

Rebound exercise (or “Rebounding”) is a type of elastically leveraged low-impact exercise usually performed on a device known as arebounder (sometimes called a "mini-trampoline") which is directly descended from regular sports or athletic trampolines.

Some of the basic movements and actions of rebound exercise include bouncing in place (sometimes also called "jumping"), jumping jacks, twists, side-to-side motions, running in place, dance movements, and a wide variety of other movements, patterned or un-patterned, with or without the use of hand-weights or other accessories.

Rebounding is a unique form of exercise, for all types of people; any age,size or shape including pregnant women, paraplegics, and senior citizens. Just 10 minutes of rebounding on a quality rebounder is equal to 30 minutes of jogging.

According to Dr. Morton Walker and Albert E. Carter there are at least 33 fascinating ways the body benefits from Rebound Exercise:

1. Rebounding provides an increased G-force (gravitational load), which benefits the body by strengthening the musculoskeletal systems.

2. Rebounding protects the joints from the chronic fatigue and impact delivered by exercising on hard surfaces.

3. Rebounding helps manage body composition and improves muscle-to-fat ratio. Rebound Exercise benefits you by giving you more control over these.

4. Rebounding benefits lymphatic circulation by stimulating the millions of one-way valves in the lymphatic system. This benefits the body's immune capacity for fighting current disease, destroying cancer cells, eliminating antigens and preventing future illness.

5. Rebounding circulates more oxygen to the tissues.

6. Rebounding establishes a better equilibrium between the oxygen required by the tissues and the oxygen made available.

7. Rebounding increases capacity for respiration.

8. Rebounding tends to reduce the height to which the arterial pressures rise during exertion.

9. Rebounding lessens the time during which blood pressure remains abnormal after severe activity.

10. Rebounding assists in the rehabilitation of existing heart problems. Rebound Exercise also benefits recovery from heart procedures, providing gentle, low impact circulation. (Case: Cardiac Rehabilitation Using A ReboundAIR)

11. Rebounding increases the functional activity of the red bone marrow in the production of red blood cells.

12. Rebounding gradually improves resting metabolic rate so that more calories are burned for hours after exercise. Related, Rebound Exercise benefits the post-exercise "Glycogen Replenishment" process.

13. Rebounding causes core muscles and large muscle groups to contract, resulting in the rhythmic compression of the veins and arteries, which more effectively moves fluids, both blood and lymphatic, through the body and back to the heart, lowering peripheral blood pressure and lightening the heart's load.

14. Rebounding decreases the volume of blood pooling in the veins of the cardiovascular system preventing chronic edema.

15. Rebounding encourages collateral circulation by increasing the capillary count in the muscles and decreasing the distance between the capillaries and the target cells.

16. Rebounding strengthens the heart and other muscles in the body so that they work more efficiently.

17. Rebounding gradually allows the resting heart to beat less often. Regular Rebound Exercise has been shown to benefit the heart rate, resulting in favorable decreases in resting heart rate.

18. Rebounding lowers circulating cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

19. Rebounding lowers low-density lipoprotein (bad) in the blood and increases high-density lipoprotein (good) holding off the incidence of coronary artery disease.

20. Rebounding promotes tissue repair.

21. Rebounding for longer than 20 minutes at a moderate intensity at least 3x per week increases the mitochondria count within the muscle cells, benefiting in total endurance. Perhaps you will easily skip those naps.

22. Rebounding benefits the alkaline reserve of the body, which may be of significance in an emergency requiring prolonged effort.

23. Rebounding improves coordination between the propreoceptors in the joints, the transmission of nerve impulses to and from the brain, transmission of nerve impulses and responsiveness of the muscle fibers.

24. Rebounding improves the brain’s responsiveness to the vestibular apparatus within the inner ear, thus improving balance.

25. Rebounding offers relief from neck and back pains, headaches, and other pain caused by lack of exercise. Rebound Exercise has been shown to benefit body alignment and posture.

26. Rebounding enhances digestion and elimination processes.

27. Rebounding allows for deeper and easier relaxation and sleep.

28. Rebounding results in better mental performance, with keener learning processes.

29. Rebounding curtails fatigue and menstrual discomfort for women.

30. Rebounding minimizes the number of colds, allergies, digestive disturbances, and abdominal problems.

31. Rebounding tends to slow down atrophy in the aging process.

32. Rebounding is an effective modality by which the user gains a sense of control and an improved self image.

33. Rebounding is enjoyable!

According to Dr Paul E. Devore, from the American Society of Bariatric Physicians (doctors dealing with weight loss), rebounding on a quality rebounder burns 11 times more calories than walking, 5 times more than swimming and 3 times more than jogging or aerobics.

A very important aspect is that it returns trapped blood proteins. Rebounding is a whole cellular exercise,because it works all 100 trillion cells in your body.

In 1911, Albert Einstein stated that the cells of the body will adapt to gravity,acceleration and deceleration, but can not tell the difference between these natural forces. Our physiologists have not yet developed exercise systems using these natural forces. To use these three forces in the most effective way,we need only to line them up vertically on the same plane. No exercises fitted in this definition until rebound exercise making it the best exercise on the planet.