October 7, 2002

MEDIA CONTACT: John Lazarou
PHONE: 410-502-8902
E-MAIL: jlazaro1@jhmi.edu

WEIGHT MANAGEMENT NEWS TIPS

Listed below are story ideas from The Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center. To pursue any of these stories, call John M. Lazarou at 410- 502-8902 or jlazaro1@jhmi.edu

HOW MANY CALORIES IN YOUR WATER? THE TRUTH ABOUT FITNESS WATERS
Consumers have been inundated with the new slew of fitness waters on the market. Some are "oxygenated," others enhanced with vitamins, minerals, herbal supplements and sugar. Do these products have any tangible health benefits? Can the sugar levels in these drinks hinder the body's water/vitamin absorption? Lawrence Cheskin, M.D., director and founder of the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center, can comment and explain the meaning of various ingredients listed on labels that can be tricky for consumers to decipher.

POUNDS STAY AWAY! HOW TO MAINTAIN HEALTHY EATING HABITS DURING THE WINTER
Dieters over the next six months face a problem as vegetables and fruit become costlier or unavailable during the winter. Many people who have worked hard to "shed" weight during the summer do not want to gain it back and will be looking for alternatives. Cynthia Finley, R.D., L.D., C.N.S.D., a clinical dietitian specialist at the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center offers a guide to summer produce substitutes that won't wreck your waistline.

EXERCISES TO FIGHT WEIGHT GAIN
Fall and winter weather make physical activity harder, even though a new Institute of Medicine report says adults need an hour a day of "moderately intensive physical activity." How should individuals get started? Johanna Hoffman, an exercise specialist at the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center, has tips for devising ideal exercise programs.

FRESHMAN WEIGHT GAIN: WHAT TO DO?
With the start of the college academic year, most teenagers have moved out of their parents' home for the first time. Some go out of state, and all have a new set of peers. The independence can encourage excessive weight gain. Lawrence Cheskin, M.D. director and founder of the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center, explains the "freshman 15" and what parents and students can do to help offset weight gain during that critical first year of college.

 



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