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Tweet more, weigh less.

If you or your kids have noses buried in smartphones, here's a bit of good news. Facebook and Twitter may help overcome obesity, according to research released in December by the American Heart Association (AHA) and the University of South Carolina's Arnold School of Public Health. Social media sites bring instant (and nonstop) accessibility, accountability, and peer support to help people stick to weight-loss goals. In the South Carolina study, participants in a mobile weight-loss program who regularly utilized Twitter, instructional podcasts, and an activity monitoring app lost more than those who viewed podcasts only. The AHA analyzed eight different trials that merged social media with exercise and nutrition programs, and judged the combination effective. Test subjects Lost weight, reduced dietary fat, and Lowered their body mass index while exercising more.

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Title Annotation:Your Health: HEART BEAT
Author:Zipes, Douglas
Publication:Saturday Evening Post
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 1, 2013
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