Archives for December 2012
by: Melissa L. Stuart, Attorney
The use of toning shoes as a fitness aid has been widely disputed. Toning shoes are sneakers that are designed with unstable or rocker-bottomed soles. This design forces the wearer to engage various muscle groups in order to maintain balance while walking and doing other activities. While the manufacturers of these shoes cite studies revealing increased calorie burn and muscle tone, many of these studies were conducted or funded by the manufacturer and lack statistical relevance. Third party studies conducted on the effectiveness of toning shoes tell a different story.
by:Melissa L. Stuart, Attorney
New changes to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, which is published by the American Psychiatric Association to diagnose mental disorders and intellectual disabilities, may have an impact for families of special needs children. My recent article on the Friendship Circle Blog discusses some of the concerns with the new changes.