FITintheCity Investigates: False News Reports

I recently saw a post on facebook that was being shared by many entitled: “Big Hospital Finally Telling the Truth About Cancer, Johns Hopkins”. Some facebook users were claiming the study supported a vegan diet. Always curious about nutrition finds, I clicked on the link to see what the new study said. I was immediately turned off when I saw the site of the article was not from Johns Hopkins website, or a science journal, or even The New York Times. Alas, if you followed the link in this post, you will see that this scientific study was released by a blog devoted to “Health and Freedom News”.

This being a blog (and we FITgals do our fair share of re-blogging, reporting on various finds, etc.) I gave this blog the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps they were just sharing the studies’ findings in a more reader friendly way? (After all, have any of my fellow FIT friends ever tried to read a scientific study. Decoding is definitely necessary.) Sadly, when I googled “cancer information from johns hopkins” the FIRST thing that popped up was a link to with the title “Cancer Update Email – It’s a Hoax”. I encourage you to read this post because John Hopkins does not only say it is a hoax, but goes the further step of responding to the claims in the hoax article with true information.

So why am I telling you about a false study that supports eating a vegan diet? Because false information about diet and exercise is EVERYWHERE! Seriously…depending on the “study” you read dairy can kill you tomorrow or be the needed cure for osteoporosis. High protein and no to low carbs is either the only way to eat if you want to lose weight, or a dangerous way to eat for your long term health. Facts – real facts (not anecdotal stories) are hard to find when it comes to your health.

The moral of the story is consult with a licensed doctor or nutritionist when it comes to health related questions. Furthermore, do your due diligence. Investigate things you read…especially on the internet. Trust reputable news sources (like The New York Times or The Washington Post) and don’t trust blogs…except in our case 🙂

Please join the conversation. Were you fooled by this Johns Hopkins hoax? What are other health “studies” you have been fooled by?

Have a happy and safe weekend!






The stomach you have always dreamed of is attainable!

Challenge yourself to commit to these 3 classic moves 5 times a week for 30 days. Start with the beginner option for 2 weeks and then progress to the intermediate and advanced methods (if possible) over the following 2 weeks. Don’t move on until the Beginner Work-out gets easy!

Don’t forget that diet is VERY important for weight loss success so kick those processed foods and refined sugars to the curb, add 3 days of 45 minutes of cardio to this routine, and get ready for the beach!

Beginner Work-Out:

Exercise 1: Plank on Elbows

Assume a push-up position, but with your elbows bent and your weight resting on your forearms. Your body should form a straight line. Now brace your abs as if someone were about to punch you in the gut. Hold for 30 seconds. Rest 30 seconds, and repeat once.

Exercise 2: Mountain climber with hands on bench

In push-up position with your hands on a bench, brace your abs and slowly lift your left knee toward your chest. Pause 2 seconds, lower it slowly, and then raise your right knee. Alternate for 30 seconds, rest 30, and repeat once.

Exercise 3: Side plank

 Lie on your left side and prop your upper body up on your left forearm. Raise your hips until your body forms a straight line from ankles to shoulders. Now brace your abs and hold for 30 seconds. Roll over onto your right side and repeat. Rest 30 seconds, and do 1 more set.


Intermediate Work-Out:

Exercise 1: Plank with feet elevated

Use the guidelines for the beginner version of the exercise, but with both of your feet on a bench.

Exercise 2: Mountain climber with hands on Stability ball

Follow the beginner instructions, but place your hands on a Stability ball instead of a bench.

Exercise 3: Side plank with feet elevated

Do this the same way as the beginner version, but with both of your feet on a bench.

Advanced Work-Out:

Exercise 1: Extended plank

Do the beginner version, but place your weight on your hands, which should be positioned about 6 to 8 inches in front of your shoulders.

Exercise 2: Stability-Ball jackknife

In push-up position with your feet on a stability ball, raise your hips and pull the ball forward to your chest. Make sure feet move towards hands and not hands pushing back towards feet. Do 2 sets of 15 reps, with 30 seconds of rest.

Exercise 3: Single-leg side plank

Do the beginner version, but once you’re in position, raise your top leg and keep it raised for the duration of the set. (image is off the palm of the hands, but this can be done from elbows as well.)

Happy 6-pack!


The FITgals

Happy Memorial Day!

The FITgals hoped you have enjoyed your Memorial Day Weekend!

If you did not flee to the beach, here are some wonderful things going on in DC today.

1. You can’t talk about Memorial Day in DC without mentioning the National Memorial Day Parade. Put on since 2005, the parade—the largest of its kind in the U.S.—is run by the American Veterans Center and honors those servicemen and servicewomen who put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms. Set on Constitution Avenue, the march wows audiences exceeding 250,000 strong with marching bands, active duty and retired military units, youth groups, floats and hundreds of veterans. Festivities start at 2 pm. 

2. Arlington National Cemetery hosts an array of events to mark Memorial Day. Head to the Memorial Amphitheater at 11 p.m. for an official Memorial Day service, sponsored by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington. At 4 p.m. The Women in Military Service for America Memorial, located at the gateway to Arlington National Cemetery, will hold a ceremony that includes formal military honors, a keynote address, wreath-layings and the Memorial’s signature event, the scattering of rose petals in tribute to departed comrades.

3. Visit President Lincoln’s Cottage. Take a free guided tour of the USSAH National Cemetery (predecessor of Arlington National Cemetery) at 10:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. A wreath laying ceremony will also take place at the Soldiers’ Home at 10 a.m. Tours of the Cottage will be available from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the regular price of $15 for adults and $5 for children. Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch. 

4. In need of a FIT activity? Run around the National Mall! Start with honoring the most famous war general in U.S. History by running by the Washington Monument (which has finally re-opened to the public). From there, pay your respects with a jog around the National World War II Memorial. Next up, trek to the Lincoln Memorial and take a water break while reading one of the most powerful speeches on sacrifice: the Gettysburg Address. Head from there to the Korean War Veterans Memorial and finish up with a run back to the Monument. 

5. Missed out on the DC festivities because you were out of town? Make up for it on Friday with Jazz in the Garden at the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden. It debuted its summer series on Friday, May 23, but each week features a different band. Bring a blanket to sit on and feel free to pack a picnic or to head to the on-site Pavilion Café for sangria and sandwiches. Bands play between 5 pm and 8:30. This Friday enjoy the musical styling’s of Bruce Ewan (blues harmonica). 

Have a safe and fun day off with friends and family! 


The FITgals