Healing the Body and Soul With Heartfelt Food From “My Fat Dad”

My Fat Dad recipes

Dawn Lerman learned early on in life that cooking delicious meals was the secret to earning the affection of her emotionally distant father. Constantly battling high numbers on the bathroom scale and a voracious appetite for flavor-rich foods, her obese dad’s struggles inspire Dawn to positively support him in his endless experimentation with diets. Aided by the culinary genius of her grandmother, … [Read more...]

10 Reasons to Lace Up Your Shoes for National Walking Day

Walking in Nature

Sunshine is pouring through the windows of my office. That, coupled with temperatures above freezing, call me to head outdoors. I’ll be slipping on my sneakers to get away from the computer screen soon and taking full benefit of that extra hour of daylight. Here are 10 reasons why you should lace up your shoes to walk today too. 1. It’s National Walking Day. For the ninth year, the American Heart … [Read more...]

How Gut Bacteria Affect Behavior, Mood, and Disease

Human Cells vs. Microbial Cells

Modern research is constantly revealing more about the amazing world of the human microbiome and its implications on health. The microbiome is the community of “good” and “bad” tiny microorganisms that live in our skin and mucus membranes—including the gut and mouth. While many of these microbes are innocuous, some may be harmful to our health, and others we depend on to protect us from … [Read more...]

Rev Run and Wife Justine Urge Readers to Get Screened for Diabetes

Rev Run Talks Diabetes Risk

Yesterday was hip-hop icon Rev Run’s birthday and World Diabetes Day. Wondering what the two have in common? After learning about the Ask.Screen.Know campaign for diabetes from Novo Nordisk, Rev Run knew he had to get involved to help others at risk for developing the disease. “I found out that November 14 is World Diabetes Day. That’s actually my birthday,” Rev Run said in an interview this … [Read more...]

Why You Need to Take Walking Breaks Throughout Your Work Day

Walking Infographic

With increasingly sedentary lifestyles, Americans have seen a rise in obesity and diabetes, as well as increased risks of cardiovascular disease, cancer and early deaths. Australian researchers found in 2012 that extended sitting constricts blood vessels and blood flow in the legs and negatively affects metabolism, regardless of one’s weight or overall time spent exercising. This month, however, … [Read more...]

Former WCW wrestling champion Diamond Dallas Page breathes new life into fitness with DDP Yoga

DDP Yoga program

If you’re going to describe Diamond Dallas Page’s signature workout program, whatever you do, don’t just call it yoga. Despite its moniker, DDP Yoga, the former pro wrestler wants to make clear that “It Ain’t Your Mama’s Yoga.” “When people hear yoga, they think humming and chanting,” Page said in an interview. “This is made for people who wouldn’t be caught dead doing yoga.” Before a crippling … [Read more...]

Sleep Deprived are Gaining Light But Losing Sleep to Daylight Saving Time

Losing Sleep to Daylight Savings Time

In the wee hours of Sunday, March 9, it will be time to change the clocks once again. At 2 a.m. most of the states in the country spring ahead. While the morning birds—which I have miraculously become after a lifetime of being a night owl—lose an hour of light in the morning, we can all enjoy the extra hour of daylight in the evening. More sunlight boosts serotonin, our “happiness hormone,” which … [Read more...]

Three Lifestyle Changes to Improve Your Heart Health

Major Lifestyle Modifications to a Healthier Heart

Today is the last day of Heart Health Month, but there is no less need for greater awareness. Heart disease is the number one cause of death for men and women in the country. Yet according to a recent Heart Health Survey by Cleveland Clinic, 74 percent of Americans do not believe that they will die of heart disease. The survey also found that 32 percent are not doing anything to prevent heart … [Read more...]

Spotlight on Diabetes: Foods That Feed or Fight Diabetes

Medical Treatment for Diabetes

While the month of October drew a great of attention to breast cancer, November sheds the spotlight on diabetes, the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. As of 2011, according to the American Diabetes Association, 25.8 million, or 8.3 percent of the population, had diabetes. It is estimated that 90 to 95 percent of patients with diabetes have Type 2 diabetes. Type 1 vs. Type 2 Diabetes … [Read more...]

Dense breasts a factor for more young women with advanced breast cancers

densebreast

A recent study published this Tuesday, Jan. 26, in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that number of women ages 25 to 39 developing metastatic breast cancer, the most advanced stage of cancer when it spreads to vital organs and threatens life, has tripled between 1976 and 2009. While the number of cases were still relatively small, these women had cancer that spread before they … [Read more...]