Five Online Wellness Programs You Will Love

It is still the beginning of the year, but any time is a great time to explore wellness plans. I’ve found five really great ones that are worth noting. In fact, I think you’ll love them as much as I do. Humana Challenge – Walk the Course Kit You’ve seen their TV commercial with the snazzy music and people dressed in golf gear, walking. Go to their site for tips and information on incorporating walking into your daily routine. I love the idea of making walking more fun. The Life Game by MindBloom Need some guidance in mapping out life changes? Try this free online tool, Life Game, to get started. You can use the tool to strategize some of your health and spiritual changes. Real Age by Dr. Oz Though it has been around for some time, Real Age is a great way to figure out your “real” age based on health and lifestyle factors. The test and resources are free. ShareCare.com Share Care is Real Age’s parent organization. Register with ShareCare.com to follow experts in a variety of health and wellness areas as well as receive great information and guides to make decisions about your life. Nourish Interactive Game for Kids Do you want your children to learn basic nutrition facts? Maybe you need to learn them too. Well, Nourish Interactive has this great game for just that. It’s easy and fun but it’s also visually appealing. I think I’ve covered something for everyone. Be active, informed and above all, be...

14 Unforgettable Ways to Show Yourself Some Love

Married or single, women need to feel loved and adored. February is the month we celebrate love, generally of the romantic kind, but I suggest we show ourselves some love. Being kind to you is the one way you can be kind to others, right? The best gifts are the ones we know how to receive. Make your medical and dental appointments for the entire year. Buy yourself some flowers or a plant; buy something that you’d normally wish to receive from someone else. Cook one meal that is healthy but good and one of those recipes you’ve been waiting to try. Make loving yourself that occasion. Take yourself out on a date. It doesn’t matter where or when, just go by yourself and be determined to enjoy the experience. Give yourself a pep talk before beginning your day. Take advantage of a free trial of Netflix, Amazon Prime or Hulu Plus and watch some movies all by yourself on your laptop or TV. Dance by yourself. Take an exercise class that is challenging or do something like wall climbing. Excuse yourself from the family dinner and take yourself out to the nearest coffee or tea shoppe for one or the other and some dessert. Steal away to hear your own thoughts. Go have a therapeutic massage. Re-frame yourself by making an appointment to have new head shots or a portrait taken at a photography studio. Have a makeover and take selfies, then dare yourself to post them on Facebook. Talk to yourself about you and share all of the ways that you’re proud of you. Tell yourself how...

Your Heart in the Right Place?

There are so many great initiatives tied to National Heart Month. I love the diversity in audiences some of the organizations address, such as Go Red for Women and Power to End Stroke, a joint effort between the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. The resources and tools to prevent heart attacks and heart disease are almost endless. Let’s look at those tools and resources that will help you determine if your heart is healthy. Power to End Stroke Tools My Life Check Assessment Family Tree (Health) History Personal Risk Assessment Go Red for Women Tools Know Your Risk Assessments Go Red Pin, Go Red Plan (Check Home Page for Prompts) Is your heart in the right place? If not, then you would do well by you and your loved ones to (1) receive clinical assessment (2) know your family’s heart health history (3) make lifestyle changes and (4) show some love to yourself and take great care of the one thing that keeps you going – your precious...

February is National Heart Month: Is From My Mother’s Heart to Yours: 5 Tips to Rethinking Wellness

Moms, it is too easy to desire healthy lifestyles for our children yet even harder to remain consistent in promoting those desires. Here are a few tips that I hope will help you in instilling healthy lifestyle choices in your children. Forget “Do what I say and not what I do” when trying to get children to eat well and live well. Home wellness begins with you and what you do. If you make eating well and exercising look like fun, then they will adapt the same good attitude. Children mimic what they see and hear. Treats are a privilege. Most of us growing up received sugary treats as a part of ritual like Sunday dinner desserts or the occasional candy bar. These days, treats are used as rewards and sometimes given to kids just because. In truth, treats are a privilege that children living in poverty or in third world countries with a lack of food resources will never know. Treats bear little to no nutritional value beyond fresh fruit. I am a nurse who has seen one too many child burdened by diseases exacerbated by horrible diets. Children with great diets and who have diseases like Sickle Cell or diabetes have great survival rates and even the habits they need to take into a healthy adulthood. Poor food choices affect the effectiveness of medications. Change those diets and tell your sick child “I want you to live and live well.” Exercise is not complicated activity. If you are not sports-oriented or interested in calisthenics, then it’s okay because there are activities that are simpler: Like walking. Don’t...

Encourage Kids to Exercise: Introducing the NBA/WNBA 2014 Fit Team

Recently, the NBA and WNBA partnered with the first lady’s Let’s Move! program to promote a week of healthy living. An extension of that partnership was the creation of a council of experts, players and coaches called the NBA/WNBA Fit Team. According to their site, “The NBA/WNBA FIT team is made up of NBA Family members including players, coaches, officials, trainers and health-related experts who serve as ambassadors and positive role models for kids and parents. As a FIT team member, they will attend grassroots fitness events, promote valuable fitness information and continue to make good healthy life choices.” Some of the cool resources offered by the Fit Team can be found: Youtube – Fit Videos Pick Your Workout contains workout resources for adults, kids and families. No Kid Hungry Power Breakfast Recipes The site is filled with resources and information. My hope is that the Fit Team provides you with something you need to encourage your kids to exercise and eat...

Begin the New Year with These 3 Eat Well Tip Sheets from Let’s Move!

Everyone loves first lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Initiative. What’s not to love about a movement to get us moving, especially our children? Childhood obesity is a growing concern as is adult obesity. I believe we should begin this New Year with a resolution to make healthier choices in our homes, and Mrs. Obama and others have provided us with some tools and resources to make healthier food choices for our families. Concerned about purchasing healthy foods on a budget? Well, Choose My Plate provides this wonderful guide, Eating on a Budget – The 3 P’s, that provides practical advice. Need some guidance on choosing the right produce for a balanced meal? Ten Tips for Affordable Vegetables and Fruits is awesome for answering those hard questions. Who likes to count calories? I don’t and if you’re like me, then coming up with menus is even harder when counting calories. Once again, there is help with this guide to Sample Menus for a 2000 Food Pattern. Scour the site for more useful information as well as print these tip sheets out and keep them handy in the kitchen or wherever you plan your family’s...

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