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Study shows quick workouts help improve insulin sensitivity

BY Michael Johnsen

LONDON A study published earlier this week in the online journal BMC Endocrine Disorders found that less than eight minutes per week of high-intensity exercise substantially improved insulin sensitivity in healthy, sedentary people.

The study involved 16 young men who performed two weeks of high-intensity interval training. Study participants were given an oral glucose test before and after the two-week training period. In the later test, the amount of time the men’s blood sugar and blood insulin levels were above normal was reduced by 12% and 37%, respectively.

“This novel time-efficient training paradigm can be used as a strategy to reduce metabolic risk factors in young and middle aged sedentary populations who otherwise would not adhere to time consuming traditional aerobic exercise regimes,” the authors concluded.

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Supervalu recalls private-label peanut products

BY Alaric DeArment

MINNEAPOLIS Amid the ongoing recalls of peanut products across the country, a large supermarket operator announced Saturday that it had taken several private-label products off its shelves.

Supervalu said it was recalling trail mix and fruit and nut trail mix products sold under the private labels of Albertsons, Jewel-Osco, ACME and Shaw’s stores.

The move follows recalls of hundreds of products by Peanut Corporation of America, including all products produced at its Plainview, Texas, processing plant.

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MinuteClinic joins Health Net Federal Services/TRICARE North

BY Antoinette Alexander

MINNEAPOLIS MinuteClinic, which is owned by CVS Caremark, has become a participating provider in Health Net Federal Services/TRICARE North network for military families.

“We believe MinuteClinic can help to increase access to care and provide cost-savings for families when it’s needed most,” stated Chip Phillips, MinuteClinic president. “We look forward to working with Health Net Federal Services to extend care to TRICARE North beneficiaries through our convenient locations, which include many healthcare centers near military bases and government installations.”

TRICARE is the uninformed services healthcare program for active duty service members and their families, retired service members and their families, members of the National Guard and Reserve and their families, survivors, and others who are eligible.

Nearly 1.5 million TRICARE healthcare beneficiaries now have in-network access to MinuteClinic locations in 13 states: Connecticut; Indiana; Massachusetts; Maryland; Michigan; St. Louis, Mo.-area; North Carolina; New Jersey; New York; Ohio; Pennsylvania; and Virginia.

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