This week: Running, the hunger hormone, caregiver grief

Oct 18, 2017

Upstate physical therapist Lee Berube, who won the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge race in 2016 and 2017, joins us this week to talk about the health benefits of running. Berube explains how he got his start running as a youngster and he offers advice for beginners.

Also this week: how grief may affect caregivers, and what we know about the hunger hormone ghrelin -- specifically how molecules could potentially block the way ghrelin communicates with the body.

Join us this Sunday, October 22, at 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. for "HealthLink on Air," on WRVO.

People who walk regularly for exercise may notice that their speed declines and they tire more easily as they age. But is that because they are aging? Could that reduction in pace and energy be slowed or reversed by other types of exercise, like running?

Upstate Medical University exercise physiologist Carol Sames explains how running was found to be more beneficial than walking in a study that compared walkers and runners in Boulder, Colorado. She says running is not appropriate for everyone, and she offers some other ways walkers can add intensity to their workouts.

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Maybe it’s to allow for guilt-free indulgence around the dinner table this afternoon. Or perhaps it’s about family bonding, but more central New Yorkers are lacing up their running shoes on Thanksgiving morning and going for runs before the feast.

"We tell ourselves that it’s offsetting that gluttony. 'Oh, I can have those massed potatoes now, I did that Turkey Trot this morning,'" said Liz Knickerbocker, with the running store Fleet Feet

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About 200 central New York runners marked the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombings last night. The running bond remains strong a year after the bombing that left three people dead and scores injured.

A bagpipe serenaded runners hitting the pavement of Onondaga Lake Park to mark the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings.