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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

I’m Digitally Distracted

November 19, 2013, by

We’ve all been there. You are at a Chassidic concert, the singer and orchestra are singing a beautiful song lifting your Neshoma to new heights, and then all of a sudden, you hear a loud, disruptive ring coming from the pocket of the man sitting three rows in front of you.  Your moment is ruined! Perhaps you are in the

Feeling Down, Anxious or Irritable? Try These 3 Tools

November 14, 2013, by

When was the last time you felt really good, happy and content? Many of us experience periods of emotional distress. The three tools of gratitude, acceptance and self-compassion can help us bring more peace and joy into our lives. (1) Gratitude According to research, being grateful increases our happiness. Begin your day expressing appreciation to

New Resource for Jewish Genetic Information Launched – GeneSights.com

November 13, 2013, by

The Program for Jewish Genetic Health, a joint initiative of Yeshiva University and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, recently launched a new online educational resource called the GeneSights Jewish Genetics Online Educational Series, to educate people about the various genetic health conditions that affect the Jewish community. The website, www.genesights.com, is free to registered

The Miracle Cure-all is Strength Training

November 13, 2013, by

When we think of exercise, many of us automatically think more about aerobic exercise than anything else. After all, it is very important that we exercise our heart and lungs most days of the week and walking is something that almost anyone can do, it isn’t that hard to fit it in and it costs