10,000 Steps Versus Exercise

THE FITNESS PRIORITY KRISTIN MCNEALUS, PT, DPT Remember that you are also setting an example for your children. Demonstrating healthy habits will teach kids to incorporate these activities as they grow. You may have heard about the studies that show sitting is worse for your health than smoking, and to combat this, getting a certain number of steps in per day is recommended. Our occupations are more sedentary than they used to be, and our […]

Caring for Yourself is Caring for the Family

THE FITNESS PRIORITY BY KRISTIN MCNEALUS, PT, DPT If you get sick or injured, then everybody loses, right? You cannot perform your job, and the person who relies on you is also now in trouble. Parenting is tough. It is a non-stop job, and you do not get sick days. Parenting for a child with a disability can be even more challenging because you may not be able to find a sitter who can help […]

Staying Healthy and Well When You are Away From Home

HEALTHY CHOICES, HEALTHY LIFESTYLES BY BARBARA B. MINTZ, MS, RD Stay active when you are traveling! It is a good way to stay on your fitness track and it can help you connect with the local culture. It’s the time of year when people are traveling more. Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, it can be difficult to keep to healthy exercise and diet behaviors. It’s easy to fall into the trap of […]

All About Probiotics

HEALTHY CHOICES, HEALTHY LIFESTYLES BY BARBARA B. MINTZ, MS, RD Doctors commonly prescribe taking probiotics to “repopulate” the digestive tract with healthful bacteria. Bottom line, the good bacteria help “crowd out” bad bacteria. We usually think of bacteria as something that causes diseases. But did you know that your body is full of bacteria, both good and bad? Probiotics are often called “good” or “helpful” bacteria because they help keep your gut healthy. These organisms […]

How to Make Heart-Healthy Food Choices

HEALTHY CHOICES, HEALTHY LIFESTYLES BY BARBARA B. MINTZ, MS, RD Eating a heart-healthy diet pays big benefits, like better cholesterol and blood sugar levels, blood pressure, and weight. While chicken wings, pizza and soda might tempt your palate from time to time, think twice! High-fat, high-calorie foods may lead to cardiovascular disease and other heart conditions. Your best weapon of defense is maintaining a healthy diet and making healthy choices. While fad diets tell you […]

Childhood Obesity: Parents Have the Power to Foster Change!

HEALTHY CHOICES, HEALTHY LIFESTYLES BY BARBARA B. MINTZ, MS, RD As parents you are helping your children learn a life skill that they will take into their adulthood, keeping them healthy and well throughout the lifespan. Good news! There is increasing evidence that obesity rates are stabilizing for adults and children. Unfortunately, the rates are still high, putting millions of Americans at risk for increased health problems. It’s disappointing to hear that rates of severe […]

Creating Healthy Habits by Shopping & Cooking with the Kids

HEALTHY CHOICES, HEALTHY LIFESTYLES BY BARBARA B. MINTZ, MS, RD It is easy to forget that years ago, healthy habits and valuable lessons were taught in the kitchen, where family recipes and cooking skills were handed down from generation to generation. When you think about an enjoyable and relaxing activity, food shopping or preparing meals with you children is probably not the first on your list. After a long day at work you might be […]

Back to School with Delicious and Nutritious Fruits and Veggies!

HEALTHY CHOICES, HEALTHY LIFESTYLES BY BARBARA B. MINTZ, MS, RD Your kids will learn far more from what you do than what you say. If they see you shopping, cooking and eating fresh fruits and vegetables, they will do the same. Did you know that September is Fruit and Vegetable Month? A few years ago, the National 5 A Day program became the national Fruit and Vegetable Program and launched a new public health initiative […]

Nutrition Labels: Fact or Fiction?

HEALTHY CHOICES, HEALTHY LIFESTYLES BY BARBARA B. MINTZ, MS, RD It is important to understand how easy it is to be persuaded by the food industry and how their labeling can affect our food behaviors. We are faced with having to make choices every day that will affect our health. Shopping and buying food is one of those importance decisions. But it isn’t always easy to make the right choice. With so many products on […]

Why Physical Activity Counts

HEALTHY CHOICES, HEALTHY LIFESTYLES – BARBARA B. MINTZ, MS, RD Remember, if you embrace a healthy lifestyle yourself, you will become a healthy role model for your child. May is Physical Fitness Month and a good time to understand the importance of being physically active. To start, it is a good idea to be aware that the percentage of overweight and obese kids and teens has more than doubled in the past 30 years. Although […]