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Signs along the new fitness trail at the San Antonio Zoo, sponsored by University Health System

Trick your kids into moving (off the sofa)

Categories: Children's Health  /  News

“Mom! I’m bored!” Summer is here, school is out and the kids are probably staring at an electronic device of some sort instead of being active. To remedy that, University Health System and San Antonio Zoo have teamed up to provide guests of all ages with a way to combine fitness and fun. The Zoo’s new Fitness Trail is a one-mile loop that connects guests with some major animal exhibits, and includes signs that help  track their progress at each quarter-mile mark. Signs also include encouraging fitness facts that offer motivation and inspiration. “Too often during the summer break, kids are parked …Read More >

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The silhouette of a young woman as she runs against an orange sunset

Meaning it this time

Categories: News  /  Wellness

Does your New Year’s resolution involve being more physically active in the coming year? And did you have exactly the same resolution the year before? Maybe the year before that? “I live across the street from an elementary school, and starting each Jan. 2 I see lots of people out walking there. Within a week, that number slowly decreases,” said Irene Lopez, a registered nurse and manager of the Fitness Center at University Health System’s Texas Diabetes Institute. “Same thing at the gym. It’s very busy in January, February. Then things kind of creep up and get in the way.” …Read More >

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An elderly woman works out at a fitness center for diabetics

Healthy habits add up to lower stroke risk

Categories: News  /  Research  /  Wellness

How can a woman cut her risk of stroke in half? A recent study found it might be done by following five healthy habits. The study from Sweden found that women who followed a healthy diet, drank alcohol in moderation, avoided smoking, kept active and maintained a healthy body weight over a decade had a risk of stroke that was 54 percent less than women with none of those healthy habits. Dr. Lee Birnbaum, assistant professor of neurology at the UT Health Science Center, who practices at University Health System and wasn’t involved in the research, said the study was unusual …Read More >

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An older man lifts weights in a gym while wearing an under armor shirt

Bottom of the class?

Categories: News  /  Wellness

Unfit? That’s how the American College of Sports Medicine has diagnosed San Antonio in a new ranking of fittest cities. San Antonio ranked 45th out of the 50 largest U.S. metropolitan areas in a new report that includes “preventive health behaviors, levels of chronic disease conditions, and community resources and policies that support physical activity.” Washington D.C. was ranked the fittest metro area, while Memphis came in last. Of course, we know a few people might disagree with our low ranking, given the effort that’s gone into making San Antonio more fit. What do you think? Here are the rankings: 1. Washington, D.C. …Read More >

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