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Dr. Mark D. Faries is an Associate Professor and State Extension Health Specialist with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Adjunct Associate Professor at Texas A&M University College of Medicine and School of Public Health, as well as a member of the Board of Directors for the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.


Dr. Faries is a health psychologist and exercise physiologist, with expertise in behavioral medicine. His research focuses on medication adherence, when "lifestyle" is the medicine.

Does Watching TV 'Burn' Less Calories than Sitting?

Does Watching TV 'Burn' Less Calories than Sitting?
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This potential myth most likely comes from the mindless, zombie-like trance that we can experience when watching television. The issue has garnered specific attention in kids, since they watch a lot of TV, and as we...
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Walking In Nature for Mental Health?

Walking In Nature for Mental Health?
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We hear so much about the weight control and fitness benefits of physical activity, but we forget about the  benefits of physical activity on mental health, mood, stress, and cognition. At the same time, we...
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Can Walking/Biking to Work Really Make a Difference?

Can Walking/Biking to Work Really Make a Difference?
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In the 1953, Professor Jerry Morris and his colleagues published a ground-breaking study, finding that drivers of London's double-decker buses, compared to conductors, were more likely to have cardiovascular disease and die suddenly from blood...
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Is Walking With Hand Weights Worth It?

Is Walking With Hand Weights Worth It?
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Brenda lived two streets down from our rental house. At the time, I was an undergraduate at Texas A&M, and rode my bike to campus each morning.  On my way, I would see Brenda speed walking...
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RE: Exercise Doesn't Help with Weight Loss

RE: Exercise Doesn't Help with Weight Loss
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If you were interested by our previous post, Exercise Doesn't Help with Weight Loss  – a review of a controversial editorial, "It is time to bust the myth of physical in activity and obesity: You cannot...
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