While not as widespread as other forms of cancer, the American Cancer Society estimates that more than 70,000 people will be diagnosed with bladder cancer this year, and now, a new study suggests a way to make those numbers go down in 2014. Fitness and nutrition expert, Mackie Shilstone explains.

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Mackie has a lot more information on this topic and others on his website.

Now that summer is officially upon us, we Louisianans can usually expect heat waves that

will last until fall. Parents of young athletes, let me ask you a question: Are your children protected from the heat when on the field? I've already discussed the dangers the sun can bring in regards to skin protection, but let's evaluate its effects from an internal standpoint.

If you watch football, whether it's high school, college or the NFL, you've no doubt been witness to behemoths. I'm, of course, talking about linemen, who at a glance are an undeniable presence.

Does this girth translate to better physicality? One might argue that the size of the lineman is what guarantees a successful play, but I'll go ahead and side with All-Pro guard Jerry Kramer who said, "leverage and positioning will whip the fat guy every time."

"I'm tired." You hear people say it all the time (my oldest son for example), but what is the route behind this tiredness? Often, it is a consequence of lack of sleep.

I've spoken about the significance that sleep plays in bodily function previously, but a recent article published in The New York Times has gone even further to say that lack of sleep can shorten life expectancy--a scary thought considering how many millions of individuals are not getting at least seven to eight hours of sleep a night, according to research.

Yankees star third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who has been rehabbing in Florida from offseason hip surgery, has been " linked to a shuttered Florida anti-aging clinic." It appears that Major League Baseball is attempting to uncover whether or not Rodriguez and 19 other MLB players may have used banned substances to enhance their performance.

In many cases, when issues like this one appear in pro sports, it usually centers on building muscle. A lean and hard physique is something that many athletes, as well as, everyday people strive for, while only a handful of people actually obtain this ideal body goal.

Mackie Spotlight

EJGH’s very own Mackie Shilstone, Executive Director of the Fitness Principle, is in New York working with Serena Williams as she goes for another U.S. Open title. As Williams’s Fitness Coach, Mackie will be part of the team preparing her for matches throughout the tournament. To give everyone a behind-the-scenes look at how Williams prepares for every opponent, Mackie is writing a daily postcard for Nola.com detailing all the day’s happenings. Check back daily for updates. 

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