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Looking for an exercise program in Muncie? Want to try something where you can bring family and friends? Want to discuss and sample healthy food?

Cardinal Zumba is an integrative, long-term, and cost-free physical fitness and nutrition education program for the entire family. The program begins Aug. 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., and every Monday and Thursday thereafter at Harvest Christian Church, 1010 E. Centennial Ave., Muncie.

After Zumba, a three-minute nutrition demonstration and food sample will be offered. Exercise programs for children and adolescents will be offered as well as free child care. Participants will be monitored every three months on blood pressure, body mass index, and other low-risk tests to inform and identify potential health risks. Ball Memorial hospital physicians will be on the premises for consultation once a month. Other unique events will be announced via the Cardinal Zumba Facebook page.

Being overweight or obese is associated with a higher risk of dying prematurely than being a healthier weight – and the risk increases with additional pounds, according to researchers at Harvard University and the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. Worse, “early and middle adulthood is the time of life most people gain weight, as their metabolism slows, recurring knee and back injuries become more common; many people are less active in their 30s and 40s when they work longer hours and have more responsibilities, than their laid back early 20s. Cardinal Zumba erases the excuses and provides an environment for everyone to exercise, socialize, and be well.

Dan Buettner, author of “The Blue Zones Solution,” states that the average American now consumes 46 slices of pizza, 200 pounds of meat, and 607 pounds of milk and other dairy products, and washes it down with 57 gallons of soda pop a year. We consume 8,000 teaspoons of added sugar and 79 pounds of fat annually. This doesn’t mean that we’re terrible people. The traditional answer has always had something to do with personal responsibility: Get on a diet and figure out how to exercise all on your own! The problem with that plan it that it requires money, child care, and planning.

Most people stick with diets for less than seven months, and often only weeks. Of 100 people that start a diet today, only five will still be on that diet’s maintenance plan two years later. As a strategy to lose weight – much less to avoid heart disease or live longer – diets are largely useless.

Deploying discipline is like using a muscle. At a certain point, muscles fatigue, and we breakdown and eventually eat a bag of chips. Cardinal Zumba is providing an alternative option. The more frequently you attend the more you’ll learn about wellness in our community. Food ideas, eating practices, plus ways to change your environment that make it more likely that you will live a healthier and happier life. All ages can adapt the exercise intensity to fit their own unique physical fitness levels.

A wide array of students from the new Ball State University College of Health will teach Zumba classes, conduct the exercise assessments, facilitate the food demonstration and cook the food, and offer child care. Students and faculty members Christina Jones from Health Science and Shannon Powers in Kinesiology are committed to making big changes in our community, along with Ball Memorial Hospital Foundation, MITS, Purdue Extension, and the Whitely Community Council.

Shannon Powers is assistant professor, School of Kinesiology, at Ball State University.

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Nutrisystem’s Stock Is Increasing While Customers Shrink

When I looked at Nutrisystem’s (NTRI) analysis section on Seeking Alpha, I was surprised to see many articles with a negative view for the stock. I see this as strange because the company is growing revenue and earnings at a strong double-digit pace. The valuation looks reasonable considering Nutrisystem’s strong growth.

With that said, I decided to do my own research on the company to determine if Nutrisystem was an investment-worthy stock. The research led me to believe that the stock is investment worthy. Nutrisystem is a great example of a company with strong above average growth with a reasonable valuation. This is a classic example of the ‘momentum at a reasonable price’ stocks that I typically write about.

Key Drivers for Nutrisystem

Nutrisystem’s recent success is a result of its multi-brand strategy. The company began marketing and offering two separate programs in 2017: Nutrisystem Lean13 and the South Beach Diet.

The Lean13 program is designed for customers to lose up to 13 pounds in the first month with a menu of over 150 items (think brides/grooms who want to get into shape before weddings). The South Beach Diet is based off of the best-selling book and steers customers towards heart-healthy fats that nourish and satisfy as opposed to high-protein diets that don’t decipher between good and bad fats.

Nutrisystem demonstrated its success even before implementing the separate 2 brands. The second quarter of 2017 marked the company’s 16th consecutive quarter of year-over-year revenue growth. The success of the 2-brand strategy is evident in the 30% increase in revenue and 50% increase in earnings that the company achieved in Q2 2017 over the same quarter last year.

The Q2 2017 revenue results doubled the 15% revenue increase that Nutrisystem achieved in Q2 2016. The Q2 2017 EPS growth was 67% higher than the 30% increase achieved in Q2 2016. This demonstrates that Nutrisystem’s 2-brand strategy is highly effective and successful.

The strategy’s success led the company to increase revenue guidance for the South Beach program from an original estimate of $20 million-$25 million up to the revised $26 million for 2017. Nutrisystem also increased guidance for overall revenue and earnings.

Revenue guidance for 2017 was increased by $31.5 million to a new range of $684 million to $694 million. EPS estimates were increased from $1.65-$1.75 up to $1.84-$1.94. The increased guidance shows that the company is confident that it will achieve strong results for the full year. This increased guidance is likely to give the stock a boost until the next earnings report (if we don’t experience a market correction during that time).

The key behind Nutrisystem’s success has been 40 years of experience in the field of weight loss. This experience provided the company with the knowledge of what is effective for weight loss. Nutrisystem has a science advisory board and the company’s programs are backed by scientific clinical studies.

Another key factor is that the company’s systems are easy to follow and fit into consumers’ busy lifestyles. The systems are designed for customers to create new habits for weight loss. In addition to that, Nutrisystem supports customers with counselors that provide support 7 days a week. The company strives to foster positive relationships with customers, which is likely to lock them in as repeat customers.

Valuation is Reasonable

Sometimes analysts can be too quick to say that Nutrisystem is overvalued. This happens when they look at the trailing PE of 41 and say the stock is too expensive. However, there is more to the story than looking backward.

The forward PE of 24.6 is much more attractive and based on expected 2018 EPS of $2.23 (consensus). Since the company is growing at such a strong double-digit pace, I like to use the PEG ratio as a better valuation metric. Nutrisystem’s PEG of 1.4 takes the company’s future earnings growth for the next 5 years into consideration. Competitor Weight Watchers (WTW) is trading with a higher valuation with a forward PE of 26.5 and a PEG of 2.1.

Nutrisystem is expected to grow earnings at an average of 20% annually over the next five years. With the growth rate less than 2X the forward PE, the stock is reasonably priced. Many of the growth stocks that I cover tend to have PEG ratios between 1 and 2. They also tend to have above average earnings growth. The stocks of these companies tend to increase at an above average pace. I think that is also likely to happen with Nutrisystem’s stock.

The Risks

Weight loss programs can be trendy and there are many ways to lose weight. So, other new programs may arise and become the more popular way to lose weight. This could take market share away from Nutrisystem and cause sales growth to slow.


The addition of the South Beach program has proven to give the company a boost to its already strong sales and earnings growth. The valuation is reasonable and in line with many of the growth stocks that have been outperforming the SP 500.

The company’s convenient and easy-to-follow programs are likely to continue to sell well. This will translate into strong double-digit earnings growth for 2017 and 2018. I give the stock a one-year price target of $70 for about 28% to 30% upside. This is based on the reasonable valuation plus the earnings growth between the 60% expected for 2017 and the 18% expected for 2018.

That’s what I think. Let me know what you think in the comment section below.

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D&E College’s Stover receives grant – The Inter

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Davis Elkins College junior Mason Fox, left, and Professor of Biology Dr. Shawn Stover conduct a test run on the cardiopulmonary exercise testing system that will be used for a study on metabolic rate. Beginning this fall, test groups who volunteer to participate in the study will follow different diet plans.


ELKINS — Does intermittent fasting help to burn more calories or does it slow the metabolic rate? That’s a question a Davis Elkins College professor and two biology students hope to answer through a two-year study funded by a $25,961 grant from the West Virginia IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence.

Dr. Shawn Stover, professor of biology, will lead the study with assistance from rising seniors Alyssa Edwards of Fairmont and Kirsten Gateless of Flatwoods. The grant monies were used to purchase a cardiopulmonary exercise testing system the trio will use to monitor results.

Stover says the study will involve two primary groups of participants. One group will maintain a standard diet with meals taken throughout the day.

The other group will practice intermittent fasting, taking all meals within an eight-hour period, followed by a 16-hour fast.

“Some diets actually slow the body’s metabolic rate, resulting in fewer calories burned,” Stover said. “We want to determine if intermittent fasting has an impact, positive or negative, on resting metabolic rate.”

As Stover and his students check the effects on metabolism, they will also monitor markers of inflammation and oxidative stress.

“Preliminary data suggests that intermittent fasting may decrease both inflammation and oxidative stress,” Stover said.

The assessment of inflammation and oxidative stress is a continuation of another of Stover’s research projects that began last fall.

Funding for WV-INBRE is provided by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.

The Davis Elkins College biology program is designed to develop an understanding of the process of scientific inquiry as well as an appreciation of the unity and diversity of life. To serve the needs of students with differing career interests, two degree options are offered.

The Bachelor of Science in biology major is intended for preparing for professional or graduate schools, or employment in more technical careers in biology. The Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Environmental Science major is for those who want expertise in biological and environmental issues for less technical careers.

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Household chores helps Texas woman lose 75 pounds

Did you know you can burn hundreds of calories with chores like gardening, vacuuming and painting?

Talitta Coleman lost 75 pounds over five years with a workout routine that was mostly at home.

“Sometimes you just get in the routine and I don’t even know that I’m doing it anymore, so it just kind of comes natural,” Coleman said.

Her routine is exercising and eating right.

Coleman is in online support groups, has a strict diet program and makes healthy choices while she’s at restaurants.

Everything she does to maintain her successful weight loss is at home. No gym or money required. 

“It’s a lot easier, and plus you don’t have to worry about what you look like when you go to work out,” she said.

While vacuuming, Coleman said she burns about 250 calories. By squatting down and going up for a calf raise, she makes it a total leg workout.

Coleman recommends adding some leg work to unloading groceries.

At her southeast Texas home in Anderson, Coleman has cows and horses that require lifting big bags of feed, but she says you can do this with any pet food.

Get any pet involved in an hour of outside playtime and she said that can burn another 250 calories.

“Just running back and forth, playing with the dogs, I’m out of breath, my heart rate is up, I’m starting to sweat and I was having fun. It wasn’t really exercise,” Coleman said.

Your pets will thank you and so will your waistline, she said.

“You would technically need to burn about 500 calories a day in order to burn that one pound weight loss for that week,” Coleman said.

Once you’re a little more advanced, Coleman recommends washing floors by hand. She said by ditching the mop, you’ll engage all of your major muscle groups.

While Coleman does other exercises to maintain weight loss, she does not go to the gym. She said there’s enough home workouts to burn the calories she needs.

She’s also said a lot of moms do activities like this while holding small kids to add weight to the routine.

Other suggestions for burning calories at home

  • add squats and lunges while making the bed
  • gardening may burn around 300 calories in half an hour
  • three hours of painting could burn up to 1,000 calories

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Doctor: Americans Suffer From Unhealthy Addiction To Cheese

DETROIT (WWJ) – Would you like to lose weight, have more energy, better health? Then stop eating cheese.

That’s according to Dr. Neal Barnard, who’s down on dairy.

Barnard says while Americans seem to have a love affair with cheese, it’s more of an unhealthy addiction. He makes his case in his book “The Cheese Trap.”

“I think it’s addicting; and I don’t use the addicting word lightly,” he told WWJ’s  Dr. Deanna Lites. “There are actually opiate chemicals in it that attach to the very same brain receptors or other opiates, and I’m going to argue that it’s probably the biggest reason that we’re seeing kids gain weight these days.”

Barnard say that while we’ve been told that dairy does a body good, the truth is that cheese can be dangerous. Loaded with calories, fat and cholesterol, he says cheese can make you gain weight and leads to a host of health problems like high blood pressure and arthritis.

In the Cheese Trap, Barnard presents a plant-based diet program along with recipes and tips he claims will help you fight cravings for everything from pizza to ice cream to cheesecake and break free from your addiction to cheese.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average American consumes 35 pounds of cheese a year.

How to Choose the Right Diet Plan for Your Needs

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When you seek to lose weight, structured diet plans are usually the smart choice. They provide targeted instructions that give you a solid opportunity to become healthier in your eating habits.

But when there are so many different plans available, how do you choose the right one?

Choosing the Perfect Diet Plan

The diet and nutrition industry continues to boom. So it can be a challenge for consumers to figure out which program might work best for them. It’s tough to sift through the marketing noise and identify what each plan offers.

The decision about which diet plan to adopt is all yours, but the process will be a little smoother if you follow these five suggestions.

1. Gather Information and Talk with Friends

Your first move is to gather information. There are plenty of good resources and online guide that walk you through the pros and cons of the various weight-loss plans. Take the time to read and watch some of the user reviews … not just the ones the companies themselves put out.

It may also be helpful to talk with friends. If you know people who have tried specific plans, ask them what made the program successful or unhelpful. You’ll learn a lot from first-hand conversations and they could steer your in the direction you want.

2. Recognize Your Personality

Your personality is a key factor for determining which diet plan would work best for you. Be honest with yourself and take inventory of your strengths and weaknesses. Based on these items, you may be able to zero in on a couple of strong options.

If you’re someone who isn’t super disciplined and has been known to deviate from a diet in the past, a meal delivery option like Nutrisystem may be best. When all the meals and ingredients are delivered to your door, you’re less likely to eat the wrong foods.

3. Be Honest With Yourself

There’s no sense in trying to deceive yourself. If you know you’re going to go out with friends on the weekends and grab food, don’t sign up for a diet plan that schedules out all 21 of your meals per week.

Instead, select a diet plan that allows some flexibility and leaves openings for a couple of “cheat” meals. Or, if you know you don’t have the time to cook, sign up for a plan that delivers pre-packaged meals that simply need to be popped in the oven or microwave.

Achieving success with a diet plan involves playing to your strengths and minimizing your weaknesses.

4. Set Goals

It’s worthwhile to set goals for yourself. How much weight are you trying to lose? How quickly do you want to see results? What sort of exercise routine will you be implementing?

Do you expect to stick with a particular diet indefinitely, or just a couple of months? Depending on how you answer these questions, one diet plan may stand out above the rest as being the most practical for your situation.

5. Regularly Reassess

Once you pick a diet plan, accept that you don’t have to be wedded to it. If you don’t like it, or learn that it doesn’t fully align with your personality and goals, feel free to reassess the situation and try something else.

Set Yourself Up for Success

The key to being successful on a diet is to know yourself and be realistic about your expectations. If you go into the process expecting to eat whatever you want, pop a magic pill, and lose weight, you’re going to be disappointed and grow discouraged when no progress occurs.

But if you research the matter with care and are willing to be honest with yourself about your abilities, you should be able to find a weight loss plan that aligns with your needs, goals, and personality.

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