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Here’s One Weight Loss Trick I Can Get Behind

March 27, 2012 By: John Blue Category: Science

One of my favorites.

It looks like that chocolate bar I keep in my desk drawer is not a bad thing after all.

NPR explores the question: Does a Chocolate Habit Keep You Lean? 

Spoiler alert: Possibly!

A new study finds that people who eat chocolate several times a week are actually leaner than people who don’t eat chocolate regularly.

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Exercise Makes Kids Smarter, Too!

September 15, 2010 By: John Blue Category: General Running News, Science

In a recent post, I wrote about the connection between brain health and physical fitness. Now, there is yet even more evidence for keeping kids active. In two separate studies of children and physical fitness, researchers demonstrate the link between fit children and smart children.

One study demonstrated improved performance by the fitter children (identified by a treadmill test) and connected that with actual physical differences that show up in MRI scans of the brains of the kids .

Meanwhile, a separate study (by some of the same researchers) found a similar connection between working memory in children and the size of the hippocampus. Previous research has shown that exercise can increase the size of the hippocampus, but this study linked working memory, exercise and the size of the hippocampus in children.

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