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School health program helps kids get active

By Genevra Pittman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Investing in a broad school health program could lead to in-school and at-home benefits for students, a new Canadian study hints. Children increased their daily physical activity on both school days and weekends in the years after schools hired a full-time health facilitator and set healthy living goals, researchers found.

Parent involvement can help kids get more active

By Shereen Jegtvig NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Very few kids get the amount of physical activity they need every day, but a new study from Canada finds that parental support may be the key to getting kids moving. "Currently less than 10 percent of children accumulate the recommended 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (approximately equivalent to 13,500 steps per day) at least six days per week," Kerry Vander Ploeg told Reuters Health by email.

Treadmill classes mix it up with workhorse of the gym

By Dorene Internicola NEW YORK (Reuters) - For many outdoor runners the idea of pounding a treadmill means trading daylight for drudgery but as the air chills, fitness experts say treadmill classes can hone efficiency and form and add a dash of glamour to indoor running. "There's a little snobbery about running on a treadmill," said David Siik, a track and field sprinter turned treadmill class fitness instructor at Equinox, the upscale chain of fitness centers. "Most racers are a little ashamed of running indoors."

Poles dancing: women swing around Poland's signposts

Talk about a traffic stopper: three pole dancers in central Poland have been honing their skills on street corners, throwing their legs around signposts to the surprise and delight of many a passerby. Clad in black booty shorts and neon pink T-shirts on a recent afternoon in downtown Lodz, the barefoot and pony-tailed women checked the sidewalk for glass. With all clear on the corner, it was time to hop on that signpost. "Which pose should we start with? The Frog, the Scorpion or the Foreign Lady?" Karolina Kicinska, 25, asked her partners-in-poles.

Bright future ahead for wearable fitness devices: report

If you're a fan of wearable sport and fitness sensor devices, you'll be glad to know the trend is only getting hotter. According to a report from research firm IMS Research, fitness sensors, running and cycling computers, and other sport trackers will hit 56.2 million global shipments in four years.

The rowing machine is having its moment

The rowing machine, often considered retro and dull, is making a comeback in the most surprising fashion: the group fitness class. Dubbed the "hip, new king of cardio" by Details magazine, rowing machine classes have been taking off in gyms around the globe, including recent launches of Equinox's Shockwave rowing-based circuit training class in the US and Pure Gym's Pure Crew in the UK.

Musician takes to Los Angeles streets to drop pounds, get fit

* Fitness buffs say brisk walking can do wonders for health * Using music to motivate, he encourages others to step out By Dorene Internicola NEW YORK, Feb 18 (Reuters) - People who believe a healthy lifestyle is expensive should speak to "Papa" Joe Aviance, a Los-Angeles musician who lost 250 pounds using the city's sidewalks as his treadmill, its parks as his gym and a discount store as his health food destination.

Reuters Odd News Summary

Following is a summary of current odd news briefs. Florida man's license restored as state drops fraud allegation MIAMI (Reuters) - Florida's Department of Motor Vehicles said on Tuesday it had lifted the suspension of a South Florida man's driving license after it accused him of fraud for adopting his wife's last name. "It was a mistake on our part," Florida DMV spokesperson Kirsten Olsen-Doolan said. "The suspension will be lifted." At Downsize Fitness gyms, the slender need not apply

Reuters Odd News Summary

Following is a summary of current odd news briefs. Florida man accused of fraud after name change in 'act of love' MIAMI (Reuters) - A newly married South Florida man who opted to take his wife's last name is fighting the state's Department of Motor Vehicles after it suspended his driving license on grounds of fraud. Real estate investor Lazaro Sopena offered to change his name following his 2011 marriage to Hanh Dinh in order to help his wife's Vietnamese family perpetuate their family surname.

Reuters Odd News Summary

Following is a summary of current odd news briefs. Florida man accused of fraud after name change in 'act of love' MIAMI (Reuters) - A newly married South Florida man who opted to take his wife's last name is fighting the state's Department of Motor Vehicles after it suspended his driving license on grounds of fraud. Real estate investor Lazaro Sopena offered to change his name following his 2011 marriage to Hanh Dinh in order to help his wife's Vietnamese family perpetuate their family surname.
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