Boo Weekley Takes Top Spot at Colonial

There was a lot of “Boo”ing this past week at the Crown Plaza Invitational at Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, but it wasn’t because of poor play.  Long time Nuun user Boo Weekley, one of the biggest characters on the PGA Tour, has finally returned back to his winning ways.

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Loud cries of “Boo!” were echoing throughout the course as Weekley closed out his first PGA Tour win in the last 5 years.  Way to go Boo!  Weekley finished with 5 consecutive pars to edge 2nd and 3rd round leader Matt Kuchar for the victory.

With this win, Weekley has moved to #55 in the World Golf Rankings, and is now eligible for the U.S. Open later this summer.  The total earnings for this tournament of approximately 1.1 million dollars have matched Weekley’s total earnings of his previous 14 tournaments this season.

 

Weekley was bound to see his hard work pay off, with making 12 out of 14 cuts this year and finishing in the top 10 three times.  The 2013 season has already started to heat up, both with the high levels of play, and the high temperatures!  Fort Worth, TX was in full summer mode this weekend with temperatures in the high 80’s.  A perfect reason to always keep Nuun in your golf bag.  Dehydration was clearly not a problem for Boo, as he was able to finish strong for an impressive win!

Nuun Notes:

Make sure that you do not find yourself in any of these common dehydration troubles:

  1. More than one training session per day.
  2. Competitions or tournaments that are held in hot/humid environments; if you are coming from a colder climate, the impact is even larger.
  3. Competitions that consist of long durations of time.

Make sure that Nuun is a part of your every day training/competition routine so that you can stay ahead of the dehydration curve!booweekley

Health & Wellness Series: Sugar

Hydration is important for health, and if you’re reading the Nuun Blog we’re pretty sure you agree. But hydration plays a vital role in so many aspects of health, and how you hydrate, or with what, can affect your body and how you feel in many ways. Over the next several weeks we will be addressing a variety of hydration-related health & wellness topics on our blog.  Our in-house sports nutritionist Nuunie Vishal has a B.S. in Nutritional Sciences with an emphasis on Nutrition & Wellness from Iowa State University and holds certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASP) as a Fitness Nutrition Specialist (FNS), and from the Road runners Club of America as a Distance Running Coach (CRC). Through his involvement in athletics and research at Iowa State University, Vishal has obtained a vast knowledge of topics relating to sports nutrition, and he has kindly offered to share his insights with fellow Nuunies!

Stay tuned for future topics, and let us know if you have any requests in the comments section.

SUGAR & HYDRATION

Well, it’s no secret that sugar and its consumption has been a hot button topic among both consumers and the media. All are in agreement that the amount of sugar we consume in daily foods is shocking! With the inclusion of sugar in so many frequently used items, the intake of sugar has increased steadily over the years, now reaching its highest levels ever (2,3,9). While we are now aware of the sugar over-consumption epidemic and how unhealthy it is, sugar is still present in a variety of foods in surprising amounts. With so much information about the drawbacks of sugar over consumption, Nuun offers a sugar-free alternative to help you stay hydrated!  In a world full of foods and drinks with added sugar, as well as, information, Nuun is leading the way in sugar free sports drinks that allow you to stay healthy and hydrated without the use of sugar.

Before we talk about the sugar-sweetened beverages many of us are familiar with, let’s talk about sugar itself. While we could spend a lot of time discussing the different kinds of sugar, it’s important to remember not all sugars are created equal; in fact, some sugars are essential to a healthy and balanced diet. Two such sugars are:

  • Naturally occurring lactose (milk sugar)
  • Naturally occurring fructose (fruit sugar)

These sugars are much different from added sugars and are necessary for healthy living and proper body functions.  So rest assured that there are good sugars when reading a nutritional fact panel of dairy or fruit items.

Now that we know there are ‘good’ sugars present in healthy foods, lets discuss the term ‘added sugars’ and how that might relate to you. Added sugar refers to any sugars or caloric sweeteners that are added to foods or beverages during production or preparation. Companies that use these ingredients are not necessarily required to indicate the actual amount of added sugar they include in their products, leading many consumers to believe they are ingesting something relatively healthy or sugar free. Examples of key sources of added sugar that you should look out for on ingredient panels are:

  • High fructose corn syrup
  • Fruit juice concentrate
  • Invert/malt sugar
  • Molasses
  • Honey

And while the sources of added sugars are listed on the ingredients panel, the labeling of such products and their sugar content can be very different. For example, when you see a product that states ‘sugar free’ it really means that the product contains less that .5g of sugar per serving; it’s not necessarily sugar free. Also, if a product that states it has ‘reduced sugar’ or ‘less sugar’ it really means that the product contains 25% less sugar compared to a standard serving. It really is important to be able to identify added sugars in foods you are consuming so as to be aware and make educated decisions about what you are consuming.

The side effects associated with over consumption of sugar are numerous and troubling, and it is important to understand the potential harm associated with extra calories that come from added sugars. An overconsumption of added sugars can lead to an increase in dental cavities, especially in children (7,8) . It can also lead to a feeling of being full, which can affect our ability to consume the necessary nutrients in a proper and healthy meal (1,10). Added sugars are also considered an ‘empty calorie’ for its ability to provide no nutritional benefits in exchange for its capacity to provide energy for your body. Having an increased intake of added sugars can lead to a poor diet with far fewer nutrients than our body demands from us. Complications can arise from having a poor diet and should be taken very seriously. Such complications are, but not limited to (1,10,11):

  • Increased risk of developing obesity
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Cardiovascular disease

While the statistics and information can be overwhelming or even daunting at times, making even simple changes can positively impact a person’s health. With the increased attention on America’s health, many companies are creating healthier alternatives to popular consumer items. We consider Nuun one such item.

Designed to help you stay hydrated and healthy, Nuun is your favorite sports drink without all the stuff that can bog you down. With so much information about the harm of added sugars in foods, calorie free sweeteners that are safe for consumption have become more popular as an alternative. Using a various form of these sweeteners, Nuun stands out as a leader in sugar free sports drinks by helping you stay hydrated without the extra health risks.

 

Preview: Our next posts will focus on hydration and the role it plays in our lives, whether we are active or not. We all know it’s important to stay hydrated, but do we understand why?

Additional resources.
1. Smith, T.A, Biing Hwan Lin, Jonq-Ying Lee. (2010). Taxing caloric sweetened beverages: potential effects on beverage consumption, calorie intake, and obesity. Economic Research Service.
Retrieved from: http://www.ers.usda.gov/media/138594/err100_reportsummary_1_.pdf
2. Duffey KJ, Popkin BM. Shifts in patterns and consumption of beverages between 1965 and 2002. Obesity (Silver.Spring). 2007;15(11):2739-2747.
3. Wang YC, Bleich SN, Gortmaker SL. Increasing caloric contribution from sugar-sweetened beverages and 100% fruit juices among US children and adolescents, 1988-2004. Pediatrics. 2008;121(6):e1604-e1614.
4. Nielsen SJ, Popkin BM. Changes in beverage intake between 1977 and 2001. Am.J.Prev.Med. 2004;27(3):205-210.
5. Striegel-Moore RH, Thompson D, Affenito SG, Franko DL, Obarzanek E, Barton BA, Schreiber GB, Daniels SR, Schmidt M, Crawford PB. Correlates of beverage intake in adolescent girls: the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Growth and Health Study. J.Pediatr. 2006;148(2):183-187.
6. Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity. Physical activity for a healthy weight. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Available from http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/healthyweight/physical_activity/index.htm.
7. Marshall TA, Levy SM, Broffitt B, Warren JJ, Eichenberger-Gilmore JM, Burns TL, Stumbo PJ. (2003)  Dental caries and beverage consumption in young children. Pediatrics.112(3 Pt 1):e184-e191.
8. Sohn W, Burt BA, Sowers MR. Carbonated soft drinks and dental caries in the primary dentition. J Dent.Res. 2006;85(3):262-266.
9.  New York State Department of Health. (2009). Evidence related to sugar-sweetened beverages and health sugar sweetened beverage tool kit.
 Retrieved from: http://www.cspinet.org/new/pdf/sdtaxes_nys_soda_lit_rev.pdf
10. Ervin R.B, Kit B, Carroll M, Ogden C. (2012). Consumption of added sugar among U.S. children and adolescents, 2005-2008. National Centers of Health Statistics Data Brief. Retrived from: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db87.pdf
11. Chen L, Appel L, Loria C, Lin P.H, Champagne, C.M, Elemer P.J, Mitchell D, Ard J.D, Batch B, Svetkey L, Caballero B. (2009). Reduction in consumption of sugar-sweetneed beverages is associated with weight loss: the PREMIER trial 1-3. Am J Clin Nutr. 89:1299-306.  Retrieved from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19339405

Nuun Climbs

Nuun is a company comprised of some pretty awesome athletes and personalities and we like to think we are pretty fun and outgoing bunch.

Nuun Bouldering

Here at the Nuun office, our main goal is to make sure we get our magical tablets out there to our amazing customers to help you all stay hydrated in all your endeavors! But sometimes, we just have to take a break and go play for a bit. A few days ago, the whole headquarters office grabbed their stretchy pants and climbing shoes and headed to a local bouldering gym to get our climb on!

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As some of you might know, our office peeps participate in all kinds of sports in all seasons. But it’s pretty fun when we all get together to do something! Thanks to Seattle Bouldering Project for hosting our groups and letting us send to our hearts content! We will be sure to head back soon for more climbing. 

 

Lucas Glover….What A Great Guy!

Boy did we have a large time on Wednesday afternoon with Lucas Glover at the South Charlotte Golf Galaxy location. The Clemson alum one of our favorite ambassadors and sure knows the importance of hydration on and off the golf course. Lucky for us he came on site to help us spread the word.

After a long day on the links, Lucas took time out of his busy schedule to sign some autographs……

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After a few autographs, Lucas was challenged to a putting contest by some of the local junior golfers……

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Realizing that he was dealing with some stiff competition, Lucas had to get his game face on…..

 

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(We think this practice helped him, since he shot a smooth 4 under in the opening round of the Wells Fargo Championship!)

A BIG thanks to Golf Galaxy Charlotte for their unbeatable southern hospitality. We can’t wait to come back and visit!

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 P.S. In case you were wondering, Lucas’ favorite flavor is Strawberry Lemonade!!