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Doctor says fitness tracking devices need to be looked at in steps

Are you among the millions sporting some kind of fitness tracking device?

By: Benita Zahn

I use a GPS watch for running. It also keeps track of the steps I take daily.

Are these gizmos helping us to be healthier?

I visited a local nutrition and exercise specialist for the answer.

Read more at WNYT.com web site


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Who is Dr. Paul Arciero?

Dr. Paul J. Arciero, DPE (Doctor of Physiology of Exercise), MSc, MSc, FACSM, FTOS, is a tenured full professor and Director of the Human Nutrition & Metabolism Laboratory in the Health and Exercise Sciences Department at Skidmore College. He is a former top-ranked collegiate tennis player who also played on the European Satellite pro tennis circuit. He has been an active research scientist for 30+ years, studying the effects of nutrition and exercise training on optimal health and performance. His numerous studies, many of which were funded in part by highly competitive research grants, have appeared in some of the world’s most respected peer-reviewed journals, including Obesity; American Journal of Preventive Medicine; American Journal of Physiology; Journal of Applied Physiology; European Journal of Clinical Nutrition; Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism; International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism; and Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental, and in popular magazines like SELF, Family Circle, Health, Women's Health, and Men’s Health.

When not in the lab, Dr. Paul can be found leading a resistance training session or a yoga class (he’s certified in two styles of yoga!), coaching a pro athlete or an Olympian on nutrition and fitness, or competing at the national level in various athletic events including tennis, platform tennis, running, cycling, and triathlons. You may also find him on his weekly television show, which is filmed in Saratoga Springs and broadcast on Look TV. (http://www.looktvonline.com/look-at-health-3) He’s made a career out of health and fitness, but he’s also made it his life.

Dr. Paul’s influence goes beyond the classroom and one-on-one coaching sessions. He’s a highly sought after TV, radio, newspaper, magazine, and web personality who has appeared as an expert on “DoctorRadio XM/Sirius”, “Academic Minute” on National Public Radio, “Brawl Call” on Google Hangout, “Health Link” on Public Television and syndicated TV stations (CBS, ABC, FOX), including segments on childhood obesity, the “freshman 15”, walking/National Walking Day; and nutrition for Olympic athletes. Dr. Paul has provided advice to the readers of magazines including SELF, Men’s Health, Health Magazine, Shape, Elle, and Women’s World. His research has been highlighted by major media outlets such as “The Today Show”, WebMD, The Wall Street Journal, Prevention magazine, Shape magazine, and many more.

Additionally, Dr. Paul is a regular guest speaker at corporate retreats, motivational seminars, and private sector/industry conferences. Past appearances include the Learning 2008 and 2009 conferences, the Power of Play summit, which was hosted by the American Heart Association and Nintendo, a recent Computer Sciences Corporation annual “top-performer” conference, and Isagenix International Inc. “Top Achievers” conference. He also serves as a health and wellness consultant for the healthcare industry and writes a monthly newsletter blog and conducts webinars for MVP Health Care (http://www.discovermvp.com/consumers/ny/resources/blog/category/dr-paul/ ). Among his peers, Dr. Paul is a respected researcher who serves on the editorial board of several peer-reviewed science journals, including; the ISRN Endocrinology Journal; Bioenergetics; and Nutrition and Dietary Supplements. He has served as an invited reviewer for more than a dozen medical science journals in the areas of sports nutrition, athletic performance, energy metabolism, obesity, and disease prevention. He is the author or co-author of over 35 published peer-reviewed scientific articles, including original research investigations, book chapters and invited review articles on sport/performance nutrition, exercise training, obesity, and disease prevention. One of Dr. Paul’s publications has even attained the coveted “classic” status due to its being referenced 100+ times in peer-reviewed science/medical journals. Dr. Paul serves on the editorial board of several leading peer-reviewed science journals in the areas of nutrition, obesity and endocrinology. In addition, Dr. Paul has presented his research at over 100 regional, national and international scientific and medical conferences, as well as at numerous other public forums. Because of Dr. Paul’s high standing in the scientific community many of his projects have been funded by extremely competitive grants, such as those offered by the National Institutes of Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, MET-Rx, Abbott Nutrition, Isagenix International, and others.

In addition to his faculty appointment at Skidmore College, Dr. Paul is an adjunct professor in the Nutrition Department at Sage College in Troy, NY, and an adjunct research professor in the Psychology Department at Union College Schenectady, NY. He is on the Advisory Board for the American Heart Association, Capital Region, and he’s been honored as a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM) and The Obesity Society (FTOS). Dr. Paul has served as the Sports Performance Nutritionist for the AHL Adirondack Phantoms professional hockey team (a Philadelphia Flyers NHL affiliate) and regularly provides nutrition and exercise training consultation to world-class, college, and high school athletes.

Dr. Paul received his undergraduate degree from Central Connecticut State University in 1986, a M.Sc. in exercise physiology from Purdue University in 1987, and a M.Sc. in nutritional sciences from University of Vermont in 1993. He received his doctorate from Springfield College in 1993 with a specialization in nutrition and exercise science and completed post-doctoral fellowship training in applied physiology from Washington University School of Medicine in 1994. Dr. Paul currently lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, with his wife and three sons.

  • Education

    • Central Connecticut State University, B.S., Special Studies; Physical Education,
      Biological Sciences and Business, 1986
    • Purdue University, M.Sc., Biological Sciences; Exercise Physiology, 1987
    • University of Vermont, M.Sc., Nutritional Sciences, 1993
    • Springfield College, Doctorate, Physical Education; Physiology of Exercise
    • Washington University School of Medicine, Post-Doctoral Fellowship Training; Applied Physiology, 1994
    In addition to his academic and scholarly activities, Dr. Paul is a certified yoga instructor in two systems: “Yoga for Athletes Fitness System” and "Pulse Yoga". He has taught yoga to thousands of individuals of all ages and levels, including professional athletes and weekend warriors.
  • LIFETIME ACCOMPLISHMENT:
    Dr. Paul Completes 150 Mile Single-Day Solo Ride...Again!

    Dr. Paul Rides In a performance that any "IronMan" would be proud of, Dr. Paul repeated his single day, solo ride, which he first executed back in August of '94, a single-day solo-ride from Saratoga Springs, New York to Simsbury, Connecticut. The ride terrain is particularly challenging as it includes foothills of the Adirondacks and part of the Berkshire mountains, both beautiful and treacherous. Leaving out at 6:35am from his home in Saratoga Springs, Paul averaged just over 15 miles per hour to complete the ride in less than 10 hours! He says afterwards, "100% of my training followed my own "Protocol For ALL"! "I simply applied the same eating and training regimen that I recommend to my students and members, and the results speak for themselves". "What I am most excited about is that my Protocol makes it easy to walk the walk and talk the talk..and, I was able to pick right up with my Protocol following just two days of rest. I want the same level of Peak Performance for you, so don't wait another day...Join my Protocol and I will enable you to pursue your next life adventure in Optimal Health!

  • Tennis Player

    • European Professional Satellite Tennis Circuit, Singles Champion, St. Gaudens Open, 1982
    • NCAA Division I Indoor Rolex Tennis Championships, Singles and Doubles Round of 16, Princeton University, 1984
    • NCAA Division II, All-New England Singles, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985; Doubles, 1984, 1985
    • NCAA Division II Top Ranked Singles Player, 1985; Competed in NCAA National Tournament in Singles
    • United States Tennis Association, New England and Eastern Region, Top ranked Singles and Doubles, Tournament Champion numerous times

    Competitive Triathlete and Runner

    • MidWest Triathlon Championships, 13th Place Overall, 1986
    • National level middle and long distance runner, 5k, 10k, 10miler, Half Marathon, Marathon; Winner of numerous races
    • Empire State Games Snowshoe Gold & Silver Medal Champion, 2005
    • Avid Cyclist
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