SIDNEY FRY, MS, RD , a two-time James Beard Award-winning food and nutrition writer, editor and mom based out of Birmingham, Alabama who is a registered dietitian with a passion for research and being proactive about health, shared with My Fitness Pal asks, “Is what you drink affecting your ability to lose weight?” The short answer is yes. Liquid calories play a huge part in our health, and the amount you consume is directly related to your ability to control the number on that scale.
Jay Ell Alexander is the owner and CEO of Black Girls RUN!. Black Girls RUN! is an organization aiming to tackle the growing obesity epidemic in the African-American community and provide encouragement and resources to new and veteran runners. Recently she shared the Office of Women’s Health that
Many of us have experienced times in our lives where we’re less active or not active at all. We may exercise every now and then but not as much as we should. And we want to believe there are tricks and quick fixes, but the truth is that starting and maintaining a healthy routine can be hard. I lived it — I know! I have sizes in my closet ranging from 10 to 16 to prove it. But I knew that if I wanted to make a lasting change for a healthier me, I couldn’t get around putting in the effort and overcoming exercise challenges.
Personally, I had a lot of mental barriers about working out. I thought of exercise as “all or nothing,” and I often talked myself out of exercising before I could even get started. I’ve since learned that it’s not necessary for me to spend hours at the gym or force myself to do exercises that feel boring or painful. I learned I could get fit and enjoy the benefits of exercise through activities that I actually enjoy, such as dancing and walking with friends. Some exercise is better than none, and adding exercise to your weekly routine can have a profound effect on your health and well-being. Here are four ways I’ve made exercise a bigger part of my life, and you can, too!
- Confront your exercise excuses.At first, exercising seemed scary, and honestly, I felt a little self-conscious. But I quickly realized that I was not the only person trying to lose weight and become healthier. I started working out alone, choosing to walk during lunch or on the treadmill at the gym. After gaining some confidence, I asked my friends and husband to join me, and we started attending classes together. After a short time, I noticed that exercising was easier than I thought. I already moved every day — all I had to do was move more.
Therese Gracey, M.D.Specialty: Pediatrics with Edwards-Elmhurst Health shared in their Healthy Driven blog that
Moms know what a big change it is to have a newborn at home. You’ve waited for months for your baby to get here. Now she’s here and you aren’t quite sure what to make of this tiny creature.
During the first couple of weeks after you give birth, you may wonder: is this how a newborn is supposed to look and behave?
Here are some common newborn traits you should know, and some not-so-normal things to look out for:
- Crying. All newborn babies cry, all the time. You’ll get familiar with your baby’s normal pattern of crying. Until then, make sure your newborn is fed, burped, has a clean diaper, and isn’t too cold or hot. You can also try holding, rocking, swaddling or singing to her.Contact your pediatrician: If your baby won’t stop crying after trying the above.
- Breathing. Newborns tend to breathe through their noses, and their nasal passages are narrow. Your baby may breathe noisily, sneeze, or sound congested even when she doesn’t have a cold. A bulb syringe can help with clearing out her nasal passages.Contact your pediatrician right away: If your baby has trouble breathing. When in doubt, go to the ER or call 911.
Steve Thurston, Program Manager, Edward-Elmhurst Health and Fitness, shred in their Edward-Elmhutst Healthy Drived Blog that people often go about weight loss with a short-term plan to drop some pounds. They set a goal, achieve it and that’s it. Soon the weight creeps back on. This is commonly referred to as yo-yo dieting (weight up-weight down-weight up).Sustained weight loss is not a quick weekend trip. It is more like a journey around the globe in a row boat (a long-term effort with physical activity at the helm).
The weight-loss equation on paper sounds quite simple: use more calories than one consumes. The reality is much more complex — physiological, psychological and social factors all impact weight loss success.
Edward Elmhurst Health & Fitness (EEHF) uses a behavior modification approach to weight loss. Someone who needs to lose weight (be it 20 lbs. or 100 lbs.) can have long-term success following our path to weight loss.
Commit to lose
The first step is to commit to losing weight by becoming a member of EEHF and scheduling a complimentary appointment with one of our fitness specialists. The fitness staff will design a program tailored to your current capabilities and advise you how often/how much/what to do when starting.
Generally, this program includes cardiovascular exercise (working toward at least 150 minutes per week) as well as strength training to increase your fat-free mass. The consultation will also help define specific goals. “I will exercise three times a week” is vague. “I will walk for 20 minutes on M-W-F after work for four weeks” is specific.
The Village of Lombard shared that the National Weather Service is predicting hot temperatures for the area this weekend, with a heat index of up to 110 degrees on Saturday. The Lombard Fire Department is reminding residents to beat the heat by following these tips:
- Stay hydrated! Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink more fluids. Drink 2-4 cups of water every hour if you are in the heat.
- NEVER leave a child, senior citizen, or pet in a car. Leaving the windows slightly open does not significantly decrease the heating rate. A car can soar to 100 degrees in 10 minutes on an 80 degree day.
- Check on family members or neighbors who live alone.
- If you, or someone around you experiences dizziness, nausea, headache or confusion, seek medical attention.
Many kids will be involved in different camps, activities and sports teams, and it’s important for parents to be aware of the potential for overuse injuries.
Dr. Cynthia Labella, medical director of the Institute for Sports Medicine at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, shares who is at risk for overuse injury and how to prevent these injuries from happening.
What is an overuse injury?
An overuse injury is an injury to the bones, muscles, ligaments or tendons caused by repetitive stress. You are overusing that particular part of the body.
Overuse injuries are common in sports with repetitive motions like baseball, tennis and gymnastics. Repeated stress without appropriate recovery time in between will eventually cause a tissue breakdown and that’s when you start to feel pain.
The Center for Disease Control shared that the best way to find out if your baby may be deaf or hard of hearing is by a hearing screening. Early diagnosis and intervention will help them reach their full potential.
Thousands of babies are born deaf or hard of hearing each year in the United States. Babies diagnosed early with hearing loss and begin intervention early are more likely to reach their full potential. The best way to find out if your baby may be deaf or hard of hearing is by a simple hearing test, also called a hearing screening.
Why is a hearing screening important for my baby?
Starting from day 1, babies begin to learn language skills by listening to and interacting with those around them. If babies miss these opportunities, their language development can be delayed. Many times, children’s hearing loss is not obvious and can go unnoticed for months or even years.
Hearing screening at birth can determine if your baby may have a hearing loss and if more tests are needed. An early diagnosis is essential to help babies who are deaf or hard of hearing reach their full potential, and allows families to make decisions about the intervention services that are best for their baby’s needs. Early diagnosis of hearing loss and beginning intervention helps to keep children’s development on track and improve their future language and social development. Read more
The Healthy Lombard Foundation wants kids to stay fit this summer, and kids who keep track of their activities just may win a prize or find a bit of local fame.
The foundation is launching the Flat Apple Summer Activity, which aims to keep kids moving through the warm weather. From Friday, June 1, through Aug. 25, kids are encouraged to take part in Healthy Lombard-sponsored activities at community events such as a Lombard Cruise Night and keep a log of the time they spend doing things that will keep their bodies healthy.
Play sports? The game goes on the log. Spend the afternoon swimming? Log it. Ride your bike with friends and take a family walk? Log and log again.
“Flat Apple is for both (the) athletic and nonathletic child,” foundation board President Jay Wojcik said. “Our goal is for kids to have a great experience and be motivated to stay active during the summer.”
To take part in Flat Apple, children between the ages of 4 and 16 must have their parents register them for the free program on the Healthy Lombard website, healthylombard.com. The program is open to children who live outside of Lombard as well as to residents.