• Fitness and Exercise

    What's the difference between a Certified Athletic Trainer and a Personal Trainer?

    8/3/2015

    You may be familiar with the term “trainer,” often used to generally describe fitness or sports professionals. What you might not know is that there are different types of trainers, and their job descriptions don’t look much alike.

  • Fitness and Exercise

    It's concussion season: What all athletes should know

    8/5/2015

    Concussions continue to be a hot topic in the sports world, especially with football season just around the corner. A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that can have a serious effect on a developing brain. While most athletes who sustain a concussion recover quickly and fully, some will have concussion symptoms that last for days, weeks or even months.

  • Healthy Kids

    Healthy school lunches

    8/7/2015

    The threat of childhood obesity is real. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), one third of children or adolescents are overweight or obese. The USDA and National School Lunch Programs implemented national nutritional guidelines in 2012, requiring schools to serve fruits and vegetables among other initiatives to improve nutrition.

  • Healthy Lifestyle

    What's better – an hour of exercise or an hour of sleep?

    8/11/2015

    Those with cramped schedules may often wonder: What's better – an hour of exercise or an hour of sleep?

     

  • Healthy Eating

    Key Ingredient: Wheatgrass

    8/12/2015

    Are you ready to go green? Adding wheatgrass, the nutrient-rich grass of a wheat seed, to your diet is a great way to start. Wheatgrass is a green superfood packed with nutrients. It’s extremely rich in chlorophyll, the pigment that makes plants appear green, and is a concentrated source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, iron, calcium, magnesium and amino acids.

  • Wellness Awareness

    Is diabetes preventable?

    8/14/2015

    Diabetes affects more than 29 million Americans, while another 86 million Americans run some level of increased risk of developing the disease. And yet, despite these numbers, most people know very little about this very serious disease.

  • Healthy Eating

    5 unhealthy eating habits that lead to weight gain

    8/17/2015

    Old habits die hard, and that especially goes for eating habits. It can also be hard to tell the good from the bad, given the proliferation of false information on the internet and the hidden calories in fast food and groceries. Worst of all, you might be eating what you think is a healthy diet, but you're still packing on the pounds.

  • Cancer Care

    How portion size impacts your risk of cancer

    8/19/2015

    Here’s a sobering fact: It’s estimated that one-third of all cancer deaths in the US are related to poor diet and inactivity. What’s more, research shows that extra body fat raises risk for cancers of the colon, ovaries, post-menopausal breast and other organs.

    The good news here is that, to some extent, the power to prevent cancer is in your hands, and the best place to start is your plate.

  • Wellness Awareness

    Celiac disease: diagnosis and management

    8/21/2015

    Celiac disease is a chronic, genetic autoimmune disorder that affects approximately 1 percent of the population. When a person with celiac disease ingests gluten—a protein commonly found in wheat, rye and barley—the small, finger-like projections lining the small intestine (called villi) become damaged and the absorption of nutrients from food is disrupted.

  • Wellness Awareness

    Healthy ways to cope with stress

    8/24/2015

    Put simply, what we call “stress” is our brain’s response to a threat or demand. While not all of these changes in brain chemistry are harmful (like the exhilaration of accomplishing a challenging physical feat or reacting quickly to a dangerous situation), chronic or major stressors can have a long-term negative impact on your health. These more traumatic stress factors can even lower the immune system and increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, stroke and diabetes.

  • Fitness and Exercise

    How exercise can lower your risk for cancer

    8/26/2015

    It’s no secret that engaging in regular physical activity benefits your health. But did you know that it can help prevent and even reverse some of the effects of cancer? Recent studies have shown that an active lifestyle can help guard against cancer—specifically cancers of the colon and breast. Working out helps your body battle the disease by maintaining a healthy weight, burning fat and producing stress-fighting hormones that lower your blood pressure.

  • Healthy Eating

    Heart-healthy end-of-summer meal ideas

    8/28/2015

    The new school year is finally here, but that doesn’t mean you need to say goodbye to your favorite summer meals. There’s still plenty of in-season summer produce filling farmers markets and grocery stores, so you've still got time to enjoy your favorite healthy summer recipes.

  • Healthy Kids

    Why sleep and exercise are crucial for kids' health

    8/31/2015

    It’s back to school time! There are a lot of fun parts of going back to school: back to friends, back to learning and, for some parents, back to having a little free time! But it also means heading back to germ-filled classrooms, coming into close contact with other kiddos and spending long nights doing homework. That's why parents need to keep their kids in tip-top health.

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