- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 20, 2001

Books

• "Fight Fat After Forty," by Pamela Peeke, Penguin Books, 2001. Written by a Bethesda physician and based on research from the National Institutes of Health, this book tells those of a certain age how to eliminate stress-induced "toxic weight" and evolve into physically and mentally stress-resilient people.

• "The Spark: The Revolutionary 3-Week Fitness Plan That Changes Everything You Know About Exercise, Weight Control, and Health," by Karla Dougherty and Glenn A. Gaesser, Simon & Schuster, 2001. Armed with research suggesting that three 10-minute aerobic exercise sessions in a day produced the same results as one 30-minute workout, the authors show readers how to get off the couch and start a program that is achievable in a fast-paced world.

• "Body for Life: 12 Weeks to Mental and Physical Strength," by Bill Phillips with Michael D´Orso, HarperCollins, 1999. Through a three-times-a-week weightlifting program, author Bill Phillips motivates readers to a physical transformation.

Online

• The Fitness Online Network (www.fitnessonline.com), sponsored by Weider magazines, is billed as "your online guide to total fitness." It features discussion forums on topics such as "Get Motivation and Support" and "Lose Weight" and offers news and information for people who want to get and stay fit.

• The YMCA is the largest not-for-profit community service organization in the country and is a longtime leader in health and fitness. Its site (www.ymca.net) contains information about local centers and programs.

Associations

• The American Council on Exercise is a nonprofit organization committed to promoting active, healthy lifestyles. It maintains certification and education standards for fitness instructors and supports ongoing public education about the importance of exercise. 5820 Oberlin Drive, Suite 102, San Diego, Calif., 92121; 858/535-8227. The Web site is www.acefitness.org.

• The American Heart Association offers research and information about how exercise can lead to a healthier life and help avoid heart disease. The Web site is www.americanheart.org, and the national center mailing address is 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, Texas, 75231; 800/AHA-USA1.


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