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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

Winter Vegetables

December 18, 2013, by

Whoever said that white after Labor Day is a no obviously wasn’t referring to winter white root vegetables. Immediately, potatoes, cauliflower and onions come to mind. But how can we not include celeriac, turnips and parsnips into our list of OMG these are amazing and delicious foods that are actually good for you? Before I

Arranging the Environment for Success

December 10, 2013, by

With Chanuka but a few weeks behind us, I am reminded of something I heard in a shiur over Chanukah.  If you look carefully at the Al HaNissim T’fillah, we say that “Afterward, they arranged the sanctuary, purified the temple, and lit the candles in the holy courtyard.”  Notice that before the Jews got to the main

The Successful Failure

December 3, 2013, by

Many of you surely remember the 1960s, when the United States and the Soviet Union were embroiled in the space race.  As we all know, the USA won, eventually landing a man on the moon.  In spite of many bumps along the way, they reached President Kennedy’s goal of landing a man on the moon before the

The “Pareve” Controversy (Trans Fats)

November 26, 2013, by

Since the 1980’s, a very popular ingredient in Kosher cooking has been margarine. Margarine can transform kugels, cakes and desserts into creamy, pareve delights. Although margarine and shortening are staples in most Jewish homes, there is an increasing awareness that these man-made products, known as trans fats, can cause serious health problems.  First, a brief