Improve Mental Wellness

In today’s fast-paced and hyper-connected world, it’s easy to get caught up in the chaos of it all. Today’s health tip seeks to balance all that with a prescription for mental wellness. The Healthy Mind Platter, created by  Dr. Daniel J. Siegel, clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, and Dr. David Rock, founder of the Neuroleadership Institute,  consists of …

Sports Participation By Boys Improves Behavior!

Studies show a positive introduction to sports at a young age helps set the tone for a healthy life. Sports help boys have more self-control and discipline. Through a 24-week study, of 649 children, grades 3-6, they observed those who participated in an after school sports program and those who participated in a non-sports program. Those who participated in the …

How To Choose an Effective Meal Replacement

Meal replacement products can be found at the local grocery store and/or supplied by a medical or weight-loss professional. Here are some key points to check when choosing: Approximately 200-300 calories Products with protein (12-20 grams per serving) may keep you fuller, longer (though research says it is debatable) Avoid bars or shakes high in sugar Fortified with one third …

Who Loves Cocoa?

I’m sure the word makes you think of decadent desserts and delightful candies. But it is way more than just those sinful treats. Cocoa contains a a great antioxidant, flavanol. The cocoa bean is small, but powerful. It contains more flavanol than other foods, such as tea and red wine. Flavanols safely interact and “tame” free radicals. Free radicals are …

Sports Drinks and Your Teeth

Before you take your next sip, read this. A study published in General Dentistry found that increased consumption of sports and energy drinks is causing irreversible damage to teeth. The drinks’ high acidity was shown to erode teeth enamel, the tooth’s protective outer layer. Young adults consume these drinks assuming they will enhance their sports performance and energy levels and …

Don’t Just Sit There! Get Up and Move!

What do you do when you are not working out at Fit Family? Do you spend the bulk of your nonexercise time just sitting? A recent study in the Archives of Internal Medicine, involving 222,497 adults, aged 45 and older, shows a link between sitting for 11 hours or more and premature mortality. So, get off the couch and move …

Do You Worry Your Thighs Are Too Thick? Don’t!

A Study was published in the Harvard Men’s Health Watch newsletter involving 2,816 healthy men and women aged 35-65. This study tracked these individuals for about 12.5 years. They found those with thicker thighs had a lower risk of heart disease and premature death than those with thin thighs. To be exact those with thighs that measured 62cm, which equals …