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Briefs: Does your hairdo say 'do not' to exercise?

professor says hairstyle often trumps fitness

One fitness expert says that a reason given by some African-American women for not adopting an active lifestyle or exercising regularly involves style and hair care. Antonio Williams, fitness lecturer at Indiana University's School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, said college-age and corporate-level black women often say they fear "sweating out" their stylish and expensive hairdos if they have lunchtime workouts. He offers these tips:

• To be healthy, walk for 30 minutes, three times a week. To lose weight, walk 60 to 90 minutes, five times a week.

• Several daily 10-minute walks or jogs can bring those same health benefits with even less sweating.

• Having hair extensions and wearing Afrocentric headwraps during workouts can help preserve styles.

Teens' abuse of prescription drugs

Estimates are that 12- to 17-year-olds abuse prescription medications more than they abuse ecstasy, crack, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine combined. A recent survey shows that more than half of the teens who reported abusing prescription medications said they got them in their own home, from a parent or relative, or from a friend. To combat this abuse, Web site offers adults insight on talking about the dangers of prescription drug misuse and abuse with teens, helps explain how the teenage brain may make the child more vulnerable to addiction, and gives steps to secure the home. The site was launched by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America and health care company Abbott.

By the numbers

72 Percent of physicians who say they maintain a healthy weight.

59 Percent of adults not in health care who say they maintain a healthy weight.

48 Percent of physicians who say they routinely visit a health care professional.

70 Percent of other adults who say they routinely visit a health care professional.

Source: Council for Responsible Nutrition

What your doctor didn't tell you

From an article in the July Reader's Digest on "Secrets your doctor won't share": Avoid Friday afternoon surgery because any complications will probably occur Saturday, when doctors' offices are closed.

Compiled from Times staff, wires

Briefs: Does your hairdo say 'do not' to exercise? 07/28/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 9:09am]
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