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When It’s Not An Accident: Self-Injury Awareness Day

February 27, 2014, by

I recently received an email informing me that Saturday, March 1, is Self Injury Awareness Day. Never having heard of such a thing, I took to the interwebs and learned that, sure enough, it is in fact a thing. I’m sorry that such a day is necessary but it is, so perhaps we should take

Am I Really Hungry? (Part 3)

February 26, 2014, by

In Part 1 of this article, we pointed out that there is a difference between true hunger as opposed to cravings and emotional eating.  In Part 2, we talked about emotional eating triggers and how to deal with each of them, which we will now continue discussing. Habit The Symptoms: You’re standing in front of

Am I Really Hungry? (Part 1)

February 12, 2014, by

According to statistics, you and I probably eat too much. That comes as no surprise given current statistics on the amount of people overweight or obese. What raises the alarm is that if we turn the clock back about 45 years, there was no obesity epidemic and the amount of people who were overweight was

Ask Aviva: Bugged Out and Antsy

February 12, 2014, by

Dear Aviva, I have an embarrassing problem. I am really, really scared of bugs.   I’m not just a little scared. When I see a bug I panic and shut down. I think part of it may be that I am afraid of becoming infested since then I might have to use chemicals to get

The Self-Destruction Button (part II)

February 5, 2014, by

In part one of this article, we spoke about Sarah, our 55 year old with borderline medical issues who is overweight.  She repeatedly sabotages her progress, even though she is fully aware that her health will be better if she complies and that she will feel better too.  We mentioned the stages of change- precontemplation,

The Self Destruction Button (Part I)

January 29, 2014, by

It’s hard to imagine that anyone in this day and age doesn’t know what it takes to achieve health and wellness. We are flooded with health information and statistics and we all know how much better we feel when we start to make changes towards better health and fitness.  But for some reason, many of

These Are Our Children: Childhood Obesity Epidemic

January 22, 2014, by

Even if you weren’t aware of the fact that there is a childhood obesity epidemic, you certainly can look around and see for yourself.  In the 1960’s in the United States, the percentage of obese children was five percent of the population.  Today, that number is a staggering 17 percent of the population.  And nearly

Breast and Ovarian Cancer in Our Community: Genetics, Knowledge and Prevention

January 9, 2014, by

Anna’s aunt was 35 years old when she was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy.  Anna’s great-grandmother had breast cancer before turning 50.  Anna knew that these facts were spotlights shining on her own genetic makeup, but until she switched doctors last winter, she hadn’t been approached to be tested.  She had

Let’s Make Some Sense Out of This!

January 7, 2014, by

Every so often, a piece of breaking health news sweeps the media and reaches the public through every major news network.  A couple of weeks ago, the following headline began rapidly circulating- “’Healthy Obesity Is a Myth, Report Says.”  Yes, one year after doctors finally declared obesity as a disease, and many years after the

Don’t Let It Get You Down

December 24, 2013, by

Whether you’re a moderate walker or a high intensity exerciser, there is no doubt that if you have been exercising long enough you have encountered some type of injury. Sometimes, it can be a mild injury like a slightly twisted ankle or a slight muscle strain just about anywhere, or occasionally it can be something