As my Weight Watchers Leader Paula would say, “Stop falling in the hole and take another street.” When I started my journey to lose weight, I weighed 280 pounds. I was in denial about my weight. During one of the health fairs at the Florida [...]

When I last posted, I was in the throes of sleep deprivation and obsessing on a nightly basis over how to get my then 11-month-old to sleep for more than three hours at a stretch. We would put Henry to bed (never letting him cry it out) between 8 and 9 p.m. each night. We [...]

Heart disease is the number one killer of women, more than all forms of cancer combined.  A year ago, I had a heart attack and almost became one of those s [...]

Children receive so many benefits when they play sports and exercise. They develop their muscles, strengthen their heart and learn valuable social skills. In most sports, running is a large component of the activity. While this is a fantastic physical exercise, it can be dangerous for children if they aren’t trained properly. Check out the the do’s and don’ts of kids running to make sure your chi [...]

Managing the Holiday “Spread”

Posted on Dec 18th 2012 by Dr. Carm

As we all know, there are two kinds of spreads during the holidays: the buffet spread of all the great-tasting foods we know we shouldn’t eat and the spread that happens in our bodies as a result: the belly spread, the thigh spread and the butt spread. This last spread is the one that will see us running for our “fat pants” with the elastic waist. How do we enjoy the first and avoid the second? H [...]

As a nutrition and fitness professional, it is great to see that the advice I give to clients holds true when my role as a mother takes over. I know that if I want my clients to put their trust in me, I have to walk the talk. The same is true for parents. We need to be consistent with our efforts in getting our children to try (and like!) vegetables.  It will most likely take several attempts befo [...]

My Great American Smokeout

Posted on Dec 11th 2012 by John Padgett

I’m sure that most of you have heard of the Great American Smokeout. If you haven’t, it’s an event held every November, and it’s designed to give smokers a special day to consider kicking the habit. I don’t want to spend too much time talking about the serious health risks and the high cost [...]

In residency, as I was studying to become a doctor, I clearly remember one of my instructors referring to diabetes as a “metabolic cancer.” She said that the disease ravaged the body like a cancer, destroying the eyes, limbs, kidneys and in fact, every organ in the body. She said that she had to choose  between Hodgkin’s disease (a cancer of the immune system) or diabetes, she would choose Hodgkin [...]

Finding a Lump at a Young Age

Posted on Oct 30th 2012 by Natasha Sluder

I was always aware of breast cancer but I never thought I would have to think about it at such a young age. I was 18, very active in school sports and took my health very seriously, including doing monthly breast self-exams. One morning I woke up and honestly put my hand right on the lump. I knew something wasn’t right, so I told my mom and we set up an appointment with my doctor. At first he tho [...]

PART 1 I love my sleep. I cherish it. I crave it. But most of all, I miss it. I am good at sleeping and I used to look forward to going to sleep. That all changed with the birth of my son. Evenings are now a time of uncertainty. Every night I wonder, “What will tonight bring?” Of all the changes that come with having a baby, not being in control of my sleep has been the hardest. [...]

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