Does Where You Live Affect How Well You Live?

How does the community you live in impact your wellness?Where I live, a lot of people, myself included, live in a kind of semi-rural setting: large wooded lots, houses on a couple of acres or much more, spread far apart with woods and fields, and country roads in between them. It’s beautiful and peaceful - this setting definitely contributes to my sense of wellness on a daily basis....more

The 7 Principles of Exercise

In order to develop an effective exercise program you must adhere to certain basic guidelines. Here are 7 principles of exercise that you can implement whether you’re a weekend walker or seasoned athlete:...more

3 Ways To Achieve Successful Weight Loss For Free

In spite of what the hundreds of weight loss books, videos, diets and subpar exercise programs on the mainstream market want you to believe, losing weight does not require a significant financial investment. Take it from someone who experienced a 65-pound permanent weight loss as a broke teenager raised in a broke family in the Englewood Community on Chicago’s South Side. I achieved weight loss by way of a cheap 10-speed bike, 6 small dumbbells, 4 limbs, home cooked meals courtesy of my mama, a little portion control and a whole lot of dedication. That’s it!...more

Fitting Healthy Eating Habits and Physical Activity Into a Child’s Lifestyle

This week I received a question on practical ways parents could implement healthy eating and physical activity into their children’s “busy school lifestyle”. I decided to bypass the quick answer and instead dig a little deeper and produce a blog on the topic....more

The New Restaurant Menu Sticker Shock: Calories!

Although shocking at times, I am in full support of seeing those calorie numbers on the restaurant menus.  I write this from Panera Foods, and many kudos to you, Panera for posting calories on your menu boards.  A few studies have looked at whether posting calories at restaurants affect what people order and they have found that some people are affected and some are not.  Teens ordering behavior, for example, was found to NOT be affected by the calorie numbers.  One of the reasons speculated for behavior NOT changing as a result of calorie information being posted is t...more

Giving up Cancer for Lent: Easter Bunny Mea Culpa

The Easter Bunny is getting into the act now. He grudgingly admits he has not set the best example for healthy living by giving baskets of chocolate and sweets full of high fructose corn syrup. He admits the quantities are getting a bit ridiculous as well, I mean what kid needs a chocolate bunny bigger than their teddy bear? The big bunny means well but, frankly, too often he falls far short of the mark....more

Giving Up Cancer for Lent: Week Two

This is the week I have been dreading: week two of my Lenten experiment.As I believe I have mentioned, cancer is a plague on society....more

Skipping Out on Fitness

Making time for physical activity is one of my weaknesses. When I have extremely busy periods in my life, physical activity seems to be one of the first things that I cut out of my schedule.  However, this approach is not healthy at all. I cut out my workouts when busy because I don't really like working out. But living a balanced life is not about balancing those aspects in life that I like. Having a balanced life means that I also embrace those aspects in my life that don't come naturally to me. ...more

Spend Under $100.00 and Give the Gift for a Lifetime

We rounded the corner of Target in search of a green floodlight, my husband's answer to easy outdoor holiday lighting. Instead, we were head on facing the aisle endcap display of a box set of not one, not two, but EIGHT Disney Princess Barbies. All shiny, scantilly-clad PVC- and pthalate-laden plastic glory via China. A real bargain at $69.99, I tell you. I cringed. ...more

Dying not to do exercise

This is a literal not a metaphorical description of a considerable proportion of British people, which oddly enough ties in to a post, titled 'On Fitness' that I wrote on my other blog last week. ...more