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September 2011

Coffee Reduces Inflammation and Increases "Good Cholesterol"

Coffee is looking more and more like the healthier choice. It contains essential minerals and antioxidants, which promotes metabolic health and is high in caffeine, which boosts energy levels.

A German study led by Kerstin Kempf showed that coffee drinking decreased markers of inflammation and increased HDL (the good cholesterol) both of which reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Regular coffee drinkers gave up coffee for one month, drank four cups per day during the second month, and eight cups per day during the third month.

National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

While data shows that obesity numbers continue to rise, perhaps the most frightening numbers related to obesity are those among the children in the United States. More than 23 million children over the age of 2 are either obese or overweight. This month, organizations across the country are joining forces to increase awareness about this alarming trend of childhood obesity. The fitness industry can play an important and active role in educating the public a