June 18, 2015

“An Apple a Day”- The Role of Health Education

Lately I feel like I am continually reminded, educating and advocating for health education over and over and over. It’s importance, it’s benefits to save lives, save money, and preserve the earth. Sometimes I get tired, and sometimes I run into a cute little video like this which I think is fun to share. It’s titled, An Apple a Day, and it’s a poem made into a video which catches your attention because it uses kinetic typography, or “moving text.”
Interestingly, my husband and I both work in the field of health prevention and promotion, just in two different focuses. We realize the benefits associated with “front loading” the preventative to minimize the injury, need for tertiary care, etc. 
Let’s continue to be health role models for our young people!
June 17, 2015

Time to Put the BUTTS Out

Now when I said BUTTS, I didn’t mean your derriere. Sorry. I meant tobacco. 
We are very blessed to have so much information and knowledge about tobacco and its impact on the body. Fifty years ago, knowledge and information was not widely available. But now, it’s here and it’s available and present. And that is awesome. We can take active steps to be healthier and live longer. 
Here is what we do know- most adult smokers want to quit and also half of all adult smokers have tried to quit within the last year (source). We also know that the percentage of smokers is slowly going down (currently 17.5% of adults use cigarettes, per 2013). 
Starter Resources
Global Impact
Interestingly, have you seen this video?? It’s a couple years old, but I find it helpful to share with others. It’s about a toddler in Indonesia who smokes PACKS of cigarettes EACH DAY. The video went viral and NBC’s Today Show shared a segment. Watch it. 
Since we are talking about the global impact, THIS WEBSITE- TobaccoAtlas.org, is awesome. If you are going to look at any website, look at this one. Click on the tab countries and even look at the data comparison among countries. Start with the US, then explore. It’s interesting. 
There is so much misinformation about smoking hookah. “It’s safe”, “It’s not as harmful as cigarettes”, etc. False. False. 
Here are some resources to look at…
Hookah smoking FAQ’s {video}. This clip is from The Doctor’s TV show… but it has good info in it. 
Let’s all continue working together towards healthy communities and healthier lives!
June 15, 2015

Health // Idea Stream

Here in Northeast Ohio we have not-for-profit public service organization, Idea Stream, which strives to strength our local communities. They partner with WVIZ/PBS and 104.9 radio. The link provided is specifically focused on health and wellness topics and news.  But this site also provides programs on demand, live streams, newsletters, podcasts, and more. If you are from NE OH, check it out!
June 4, 2015

What’s Most Important to You?

I mentioned in my last post that I love TED talks. Well here’s another video I want to bring to your attention because it brings up a good point. A foundational point. The title of the talk is, “Before I Die, I Want To…”. Now, hang with me…. I know the title has a negative tone, but the message is good. I like it because it addresses the bigger picture- What’s most important to you? What makes the priority list and why? 
There are two reasons why I like this video. First, what I like most about this is the importance of others. Giving to others. Serving others. The act of helping others can be a GRANDE gesture or it can be small. Recent research indicates that it’s not the type of act or service conducted, but just the act itself boasts personal rewards. 
Another reason I like this is because we are all SO BUSY. Anyone else get tired of hearing the excuse of, “Oh, I’m just so busy.” (I’m raising my hand, because I’m guilty of saying that over and over). But the truth is- we are all busy, but where are we choosing to allocate our time? We all have choices, and we are all “busy” to some extent. But this video centers to- we can be busy, but are the tasks and events that are really meaningful or is it all just STUFF? Love it.
So watch the video and see what you think…. 

May 29, 2015

Technology is the Future of Medicine

We use technology for everything… our smart phones and apps, digital baby monitors, interior and exterior car systems, heck cars are even driving themselves. It’s amazing what technology can do, but yet I believe some balance is always needed… as we encounter the imbalance of teens and young adults glued to the smart phones and losing the ability to communicate face to face, texting while driving and too much screen time. For technology there are pros and cons. But for now, let’s just talk about the pros. 
First, I love TED talks. Love them. I have been on their listserv for years and years. If you are not, you should be. I find their talks insightful, intriguing and yet usually around 15-20 minutes so I feel like it’s not taking them much of my time. 
This video is an oldie but a goodie. It’s called, The Wireless Future of Medicine. When it came out, technology was in its sweet spot. The snowball of technology and medicine was just beginning and ready to roll fast. Now we are seeing many more advances in robotics in fields of health, exercise and medicine which are drastically improving the lives of others. 
It’s amazing how we are living in this era of technology, and how we are ever so reliant on it at times. And yet, it’s saving lives. 
May 18, 2015

Faux Cookie Dough

Last year my dear friend, Danica, sent me this recipe. She said, “Trust me, you will like it.” I didn’t doubt her but I just didn’t make the time to make it. Months and months later she made it and I tried it. And boy oh boy, I DID like it. Since then I have made it a few times. It is delicious.
1 1/2 cups chickpeas (drained if from a can)
6 T. Brown sugar
1/4 cup peanut butter or nut butter of your choice
3 T. Oats
2 t. Vanilla
1 T. Milk
1/8 t. Salt
1/8 t. Baking soda
1/3 cups chocolate chips
Mix all ingredients (except chocolate chips) in a food processor until well blended, just so everything is all mixed together. Then fold in the chocolate chips. Serve with apple slices of pretzels (apples are my fav). Keep in the refrigerator until ready to eat.
THANK YOU Danica for the delicious recipe!!
May 18, 2015

Routine Health Screenings

Routine health screenings. They are important, right? Yes. But how important? According to the CDC, regular health screenings for everyone are key to staying on top of our health.
That’s why I have been implementing health screenings at the university for years. Thousands of students and employees have been able to find out key information about their health- either new information altogether or a follow up to check on their numbers.
What is interesting is that even though many individuals have normal results, these type of quick and easy health screenings provide us with lots of information where we may need to make changes to our lifestyle… Before things get worse.
For example, I know of individuals who have found out they surprisingly had high cholesterol or high blood sugar, or even that they have type 1 or type 2 diabetes. For these reasons alone, health screenings are imperative.
The purpose of a quick health screening is to provide awareness and prompt further discussion with your primary physician. A health screening is not meant to diagnose or treat.
Whether you are delaying a check up with your physician due to fear what what you might find out, too busy or procrastination, feelings of embarrassment or inadequacy, or fear of what others may think of you, remind yourself that fear has no place in our lives. It only binds us and dampens our life’s joy.
When was your last check up or health screening? It may be time to schedule one today.

March 28, 2015

YMCA Weight Loss Challenge (Winter 2015)

I was asked to partner with the YMCA in their Weight Loss Challenge this winter. The program was a great blend of physical activity/scheduled workouts and educational sessions. Now that the program is over and the results have been analyzed, here are the results. 
*Kudos to Tiffany Roberts who coordinated this Challenge and Haley Burdick for orchestrating the workouts!

The YMCA Weight Loss Challenge (Winter 2015)

This weight loss challenge can be summarized as
a success! It is clear that information and knowledge was gained, participants either
kept their healthy behaviors or improved their unhealthy behaviors to health
behaviors. Also participants’ readiness improved and it also helped reduce the
stress in many of their lives. 
Of 24 Weight Loss Challenge participants, a total
weight loss of 323 lbs. was lost
by the end of the program!
This program was a joy. Naturally I am an extrovert and enjoy interacting with individuals, teaching and helping others learn information to advance their health. This community program was perfect and proved that this type of program WORKS! Kudos to the planning team and to the participants who worked hard EVERY WEEK! 
March 19, 2015

Happy Brains

We all want to be happy. All the time. But we are not always happy all the time, and that’s ok. But we strive to be happy most of the time… so that we can bounce back from negative episodes and emotions we experience. But our emotions, or our emotional wellness, can be influenced by various factors such as our family/childhood experience, our current situation (where we live, how much money we make, etc), and our intentional activities.

So I wanted to share this video from ABC because I think it’s good. I like it, and I wanted to share it. I find it encouraging. We have the power to change our emotional wellness!

March 4, 2015


Commitment is primary factor which is truly indicative of goal success. Full, 100% commitment. We have all tried to accomplish goals, and sometimes we accomplish them and sometimes we don’t. And it all come down to commitment. How bad do you want it?
Now don’t get me wrong, there will always be non-modifiable factors which influence goal success but why fret or be concerned with things we cannot control. Instead we give 100% commitment to the modifiable or controllable factors which influence goal success.
I am surrounded by commitment all the time. In my personal life, with my family members, and in my professional life.
Personally, I have specific goals for my own health and life. Over many years, some goals have been easier to accomplish than others and it’s all due to one thing- commitment. Sometimes there were times I thought I was committed, but I was just trying to force myself into changing behaviors when I really didn’t want to. Subconsciously I didn’t really want it that bad.
My husband epitomizes the word commitment. As an Olympic Athlete, he trains for four years to make an Olympic Team. He trains for four years regardless of whether, having a bad day, or a really busy work day. After three Olympic Games he has showcased the meaning of commitment.
Professionally I see students and clients select goals to advance their health, and depending on their commitment to the goal will determine their success. It all comes down to commitment. I see it all the time.
Lastly, this weekend I visited Boston to watch the USA Indoor Track and Field Championships where elite athletes compete for national titles. There were hundreds of elite athletes who were present at this national championship meet and the only way they all got there… Was though commitment. And it made the event all the more exciting.
We desire to change certain behaviors but changing behaviors is difficult. Nicely enough, commitment is a modifiable factor. WE decide our level of commitment. Nobody else gets to choose our level of commitment. We are in control and we decide if we will be successful. We must decide if we are willing to fully commit to the goal…
Be uncomfortable. To persevere and become comfortable amist the uncomfortable. Basically be comfortable in the uncomfortable.
Spearhead into unknown territory and challenge ourselves, because true greatness and success comes with challenges.
Commit to planning ahead for success. Failing to plan is planning to fail. We all know that. But we must do it.
We can control these factors. So identify what goal(s) are realistic and attainable for you… Plan ahead and give your full, 100% commitment. If there’s anyone how can do it, it’s you.

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