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How Fido Can Join You at the Gym and a Surprising Way to Lose 100 Pounds

Will Fido Become Your Most Loyal Gym Buddy?

Experts say that a dog is the best workout buddy. Dogs thrive on cardio workouts and, unlike some human friends, dogs are ALWAYS motivated to work out.

While statistics show that 56 percent of dogs and 66 percent of Americans are overweight, there are more and more solutions on the horizon. For example, believe it or not, more gyms are now not only allowing dogs, but also offering classes for both owners and their pets! 

From Size 22 to Size 8 Thanks to Roller Derby

Regina Frazer lost 100 pounds by joining her local roller derby team in Alaska. She's gone from a size 22 to a size 8 all because she decided to change her diet and join the team.

According to Alaska's Department of Health and Social Services, over 65 % of adults living in Alaska were overweight or obese in 2009. The landscape, weather and lack access to food often affect residents and their health.

Gene Therapy Offers Positive Outcome to Leukemia

Two reports showed positive results using gene therapy to treat chronic lymphocytic leukemia. While the study is only preliminary and used on three patients, researchers are pleased with the results: two went into remission and the other showed signs of getting better, but remained ill.

More information on gene therapy and its contribution to the treatment of cancer could be released by next week.

Vitamin D Could Slow Down Parkinson's Symptoms

A new study in Japan found that, depending on their genes, some Parkinson's patients may be able to slow their deterioration by supplementing Vitamin D. Because there were too many variables involved in the study, researchers recommend consulting a physician before using the supplement as treatment for Parkinson's disease symptoms. 

Eating Less Salt Could Save Your Life

A new study projects that a steady decrease of sodium intake in the American diet could save up to half a million lives in the next ten years. If Americans were willing to rapidly reduce their intake of sodium, that number could rise to 850,000. High sodium intake can cause hypertension and can also increase the risk of stroke and heart disease.

The federal Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend a maximum of 2,300 milligrams of sodium daily. That's about one teaspoon of salt. Researchers insist that reading food labels can help cut back on sodium intake.

New York City Mayor Appeals Soda Ban

Mayor Bloomberg's effort to get New Yorkers healthier by limiting the size of drinking cups to a maximum on 16 ounces has run into some challenges. The City's Mayor has filed for an appeal after a New York judge threw out the city's ban on big containers of soda. Mayor Michael Bloomberg will continue to fight for the regulation as part of his health initiative.

Readers - Would you want to bring your dog to the gym? Do you think smaller soda cups will help people less drink soda? Share your comments and advice. What do you think of these stories? Are there other pieces of health and fitness news you’d like to see us writing about? Leave a comment below, and let us know! Also, be sure to follow us on Twitter @LIVESTRONG_COMFacebookPinterest, and Instagram.

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