Cheers for purple rice

Not only is Blanca Isabel Purple Rice an LSU fan, evidenced by its beautiful hue, this new product is really good for you. Developed by Milton C. Rush, who was a rice pathologist at LSU for almost 40 years, Blanca Isabel is reported to have health-benefitting compounds normally found in blueberries, green tea and red wine, as well as brown rice. You can find it at area supermarkets and restaurants, including the two locations of Calandro’s, Matherne’s and Fresh Pickens on Coursey Boulevard. For more information, visit www.purpleblackrice.com.

An app for that

Body Evolution Technologies and Pennington Biomedical Research Center have come up with a new website and app designed to impact healthy body image, eating disorders and obesity risk-factor prevention. The new platform is called “Emerge” and the new app is named “The Body Image Voice.”

The idea behind Emer.ge is to quit focusing on “unrealistic appearance ideals and move toward health, balance and optimal performance,” said Tiffany Stewart, director of the Behavior Technology Laboratory at Pennington and co-founder/chief scientific officer of Body Evolution. “It seems basic, but science supports the idea that until we regard our bodies better, we won’t treat them better.”

The Emerge website offers a fresh perspective on body image, which can influence eating disorders and obesity. The Body Image Voice app focuses on a single component of body image — the role media and advertising play in shaping our ideals of health and beauty. Users of the app rate the impact of images and ads to quantify which messages viewers think are helpful or harmful. The app will soon be available as a free download in the iTunes store. For more information, visit http://www.emerge.com

Get moving

Exercise can counteract muscle breakdown, increase strength and reduce inflammation caused by aging and heart failure, according to new research in Circulation, an American Heart Association journal. The benefits for heart failure patients are similar to those for anyone who exercises: there’s less muscle- wasting, and their bodies become conditioned to handle more exercise. Age of the patients didn’t matter, either, researchers found.

“Many physicians — and insurance companies — still believe that cardiac rehabilitation does not really help in old age. This study clearly falsifies this belief,” said Dr. Stephan Gielen, lead co-author and deputy director of cardiology at the University Hospital, Martin-Luther- University of Halle, Germany.

According to the American Heart Association, about 5.7 million Americans age 20 and older have heart failure.

Stroke videos

The American Stroke Association wants young people to make videos about stroke in hopes they’ll bring the message home to their parents and grandparents. The free national hip hop stroke video competition is for 10- to 15-year-olds.

Integrating hip hop music with stroke education helps kids learn, retain and share stroke information with their families. Kids can submit a video at www.strokeassociation.org/hiphopcontest as an individual or group before Sept. 21.

Stroke is the No. 4 cause of death and a leading cause of severe, long-term disability in America.