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How to Plan for Busy Fall Schedules

Students and teachers are now back at school! For the rest of us, it is almost time to say goodbye to summer. When seasons and schedules change throughout the year, it is important to have a plan to continue incorporating healthy practices into daily routines. I am currently adjusting to a busier schedule with work […]

12 Steps to Mindful Eating

Eating with purpose, paying attention to eating, recognizing hunger and satiety; all of these help define mindful eating. Our recent article published in Current Obesity Reports established that mindful eating is a powerful tool to help us eat healthy and manage weight. But how do we go from a fast-paced, eat what is in front of you, […]

Healthy Foods, Happy Heart

The relationship between our diets and our health goes beyond body weight. The food we ingest serves as fuel for our body to perform it’s best, which makes choosing foods that contain the vitamins and nutrients we need even more important for our body’s optimal health. With February being heart health awareness month, I wanted […]

Impact of Mindful Eating on Weight

Mindful eating can be defined as eating with awareness, which is compared to eating out of habit or because of an external stimulus (smell, atmosphere, peer pressure). It refers to being aware of one’s physical and emotional sensations while eating or when in a food-related environment. Mindful eating allows a person to pay attention to signs of hunger, satiety, […]

Move Over Pills, Bring on the Parks

Going to a park is proving to help individuals cope with a host of health issues. Anxiety, depression, attention deficit disorder as well as chronic illnesses such as diabetes and high blood pressure, all improved by spending time outside moving. That’s right, it’s as simple as visiting a park.  While doctors are now writing Parks […]

Do You Mind?

Even as a child I noticed that, in Nature, things begin to change in early or mid-November. Days get shorter, temperatures begin to fall and leaves gradually transition from vibrant green to shades of orange, yellow, red and brown, eventually floating to earth as part of the mysterious cycle of life. It seems that people also […]

Thanksgiving Food Safety: How to Know When Your Turkey is Done

As we plan our Thanksgiving gatherings, it’s important to remember food safety. Holiday meals have been linked to outbreaks of many pathogens including Salmonella, Campylobacter, Clostridium perfringes and Staphylococcus aureus. Cooking for a crowd larger than normal, whether in the home or in a community kitchen, can lead to mistakes at the expense of food safety. Dr. […]

Manners Matter Even at the Gym

I enjoy going to a very affordable gym in my neighborhood. The equipment is new and well-maintained, the staff are very pleasant, media opportunities are available to combat boredom on the treadmill, and it is very clean. Most people move about the gym focused on their workout with a quick nod to those they know […]

Top 5 Healthy Items to Buy at Costco

If you know me, you know I am a big fan of Costco. They have huge savings, great quality products, and the most unbelievable return policy. Plus, the friendly atmosphere and helpful employees make me want to shop there – which is saying something. Sometimes it’s hard to tell if you are really saving money […]

Summer Activity: Play in a Park

Summer means lots of time outdoors. I recently had the opportunity to spend some time with my 5-year-old great nephew. As a 3-year-old, we had visited the park very near my home.  Even though the park was simple, he continued to talk about our visit often, reminding me of the fun we had. At a recent […]