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#FHBC12 Wrap-up

Knowledge bombs droppped! This conference was so informative thanks to the Anschutz Center for Health and Wellness. The center opened its facility for us to workout and explore. The center also lent us their staff and researchers plus invited guests from around the campus. I said back at the end of #FHBC11 that this was going to be more like an academic symposium than a regular blogging conference and it did not disappoint in that regard. Away from Anschutz I know Elle Potter from Zephyr Adventures worked her fanny off all over the place preparing for this conference’s content. Knowledge bombs! In a good way.

Here I am at the expo on the first day…

#1 – Dr. James Hill from Anschutz made himself available for everyone and is now on twitter as @Drjimhill. My favorite session that he was part of was the rapid-fire Q & A at the end of the conference. He bounced between med-chain triglyceride research, paleo diets, environmental stewardship, fad diets, semantics and the very basics of weight which are energy in vs. energy out.

#2 – We were told a lot to question everything and give the best information we could. With many controversial points in the health and fitness world there is no room for agreement if we are ever going to progress and improve our knowledge. We were pushed in the world of supplements, where to obtain factual information, and of course… weight loss.

Want some resources to check supplements or their ingredients? You should. Supplements are not regulated by the FDA until something goes wrong (think ephedra and ephedra-related deaths).

Natural Medicine’s Comprehensive Database

National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicines
HerbNet
World Health Organization Monographs on Selected Medicinal Plants
American Botanical Council
Florence G. Strauss-Leonard A. Wisneski Indigenous and Integrative Medicine Collection

Want reviewed and credible health, fitness, and wellness news? The Medical Center Librarian, Dana Abbey, gave us a lot of resources and mentioned that we all have access to regional libraries via the NIH.

MedLine Plus
Pub Med – cite heavy, but cite heavy
National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicines
ToxNet including LactApp (for those wanting toxicology info regarding breastfeeding)
Clinical Trials

Also look at this self-diagnosis poll about using tech in tandem with seeing a doctor

When looking at information:
assess credibility
who is responsible for site
how is site info reviewed
how is site funded
does site have ethical practices

You can also see what sources carry the HON (Health Information on the Net) badge for a code of standardized ethics

When giving information here are some guidelines that we as bloggers should adhere to via Janet Helm:

TRANSPARENCY
Disclose any product, service or compensation, disclose all marketing relationships, compliance with FTC guidelines, all social media channels (#paid, spon, cl, samp), respect copyright, provide links, cite sources

HUMANITY
Be real, relatable, be a good storyteller.

KNOW YOUR FACTS
Do your research, go to the original source, include key links

HAVE A POINT OF VIEW
Offer new insight, help reader translate facts,

KNOW FACT VS. OPINION
Distinguish between your facts and opinions, personalize without bending truth, be transparent

Here is WOMMA Social Media Marketing Disclosure Guide

#3 – Up-to-date information on topics of interest and trends to watch out for. Weight loss in the face of obesity is a big topic right now and there is so much research coming out about what to do first or focus on but the main point is that if you have a lot of weight to lose – do something! Move! Eat less calories!

Heath Information Technology is a big trend right now with development being pushed from the government and private industry.

Metabolic research is a big trendy area where we can examine how elite athletes function and how this information relates to non-athletes or recreational athletes. Dr. Inigo San Millan is an exercise physiologist at Anschutz in this field and led our session on his research, he is also on twitter as @DoctorInigo. A lot of the research he presented up was based on how our mitochondria utilizes energy and what it produces. Look at mitochondrial dysfunction, metabolic flexibility, and mitochondrial capacity as terms to look at in this field with how effectively our systems work, how easily they can switch energy sources, and how much of an energy source they can work with.

#4 – The people. Fitness and Health bloggers rock. I did not stay at the hotel or attend a lot of social events since I live so close and still had family obligations to fulfill, so I missed out on a lot that happens outside of the sessions. When I did get to connect with people there was some great networking and inspiration all over the place. My newest crush is on an academic named Ted Vickey – see his linked in profile. The FitFluential family tore it up being their awesome selves. This crowd really did put the academics through the rigors with questions like they were taking their comps back in the day.

I want to thank WellSphere with providing me the opportunity to attend as one of their bloggers. I want to thank FitFluential for kicking butt with some great company representing them (I am also one of their ambassadors). I also want to thank Anschutz Health and Wellness for hosting our group. I definitely plan to not be a stranger and will utilize their library as my blog and knowledge base grows. If you want to learn more about this facility see my post reviewing this place on a tour I did a few months ago.

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