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Health Boost:  Tart Cherry Juice

Tart cherries are filled with antioxidants and disease fighting vitamins and minerals. Research suggests that they may help lower risk of hypertension, improve sleep, aid muscle recovery, and help reduce joint pain.

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Cholesterol Crisis: What to Do

One of my closest friends recently called me in a panic. “I just got my blood work done and I need your help, “she said. She told me that her total cholesterol was high, her high density lipoprotein (HDL or “good” cholesterol) was too low and her low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL or…

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Maintain, Don’t Gain!

I am participating in a “Maintain Don’t Gain” program run by my gym. We get points for doing various activities, attending classes, and completing extra credit workouts. I love this because it is helping motivate me to watch my food intake and increase my energy expenditure during a season…

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Spice Up Survivorship!

After finishing cancer treatment, my patients regularly ask me, “what are a few things that I can add to my diet to help prevent my cancer from coming back?” I let them know that they need to eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grain foods. In addition, I suggest that they begin to…

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Aerobic vs. Resistance Training (or both) for fat loss?

Long held beliefs that resistance training alone can lead to weight and fat loss may need to be reconsidered. In a study conducted in North Carolina, researchers found that when it comes to weight and fat loss, aerobic training is better than resistance training for previously inactive…

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Are you ready to participate?

With spring officially here, many people are considering the idea of becoming more physically active. As the snow melts and the sun shines, we are coming out of hibernation and naturally seek to move more. However, before you become more physically active, it is prudent to talk to your…

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What motivates you to exercise?

Finding the right motivation to becoming more physically active is sometimes half the battle when starting an exercise program. And, not surprising, everyone is motivated by different things. Whether you are preparing for a special occasion such as a wedding or graduation, or you are…

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2014 Fitness Trends

As we approach the middle of February, how many of you have stuck with your New Year’s resolutions? Or, perhaps a better question is “Did you set any New Year’s resolutions this year?” January is always a time when people decide (again) to commit to their health and wellness in some…

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Activity Trackers

Have you considered wearing an activity tracker to help you move more, eat healthier or lose weight, but don’t know what they are and how to get started. Over the past 4 years, I have tried several of them and can offer a few tips for you to consider. Depending on what you want to spend,…

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“Clean” Up Your Diet!

Many people make resolutions each New Year to improve their diet and “clean up their lifestyle. Many feel that a good way to do that is to take part in a popular culinary movement called “clean eating”. This way of living emphasizes natural, whole foods and regular physical activity. The…

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