Every week, members of the EYL team blog on a variety of health topics and issues ranging from physical activity and nutrition to sleep and fiscal responsibility. A few of the most recent posts are available below. To comment on a post please visit the DTE Watercooler (only accessible through Quest).
Pink Slime Anyone?
Have you heard of Pink Slime? Jamie Oliver brought this to light about a year ago in his TV Show Food Revolution (you can search YouTube for this segment) and most recently by ABC News (also searchable at abcnews.com). more
Spontaneity for Better Health
Some people are naturally good at being spontaneous. I am not one of them. more
Do You Have Spring Fever Yet?
This past weekend I was able to go outside for a long run as part of my training for an upcoming event in April. more
I took a course in college where my professor constantly presented us with hypothetical questions. We were instructed to stand up or sit down based on our answers. more
A Chocolate Lover’s Dream
As a young child, I loved the taste of chocolate milk and my taste buds have yet to change. more
What is Your Signature Salad?
Last week I was making a salad as I often do when I stopped. more
10 Apps that Could Save Your Life
This past weekend I came across a great article in Parade magazine that is included with the Detroit Free Press on Sundays. more
The authors reviewed 10 new smartphone apps that can help you better manage your health and identify potential health problems before they become life-threatening. Below are a few of my favorites.The full article is linked below.
- MelApp - This app allows you to snap a photo of a mole and get instant evaluations of potential skin cancer risk. While you shouldn't use this app to diagnosis yourself, it can help you spot trouble areas to discuss with your doctor.
- iBreastcheck - This app uses slide shows and videos to demonstrate how to perform proper breast self-exams, lets you setup regular reminders and helps you assess your risk for developing breast cancer.
- Livestrong MyQuit Coach - Anyone who's ever tried to quit smoking knows how difficult it can be. This app will create a personalized plan to help you quit, track your progress, and allow you to contact other quitters for additional support.
It's truly amazing what smartphones can do these days. Why not take advantage of what they have to offer and help yourself and your health! What other healthy apps do you recommend? To read the full article click here: Parade Article pdf. – Jennifer Lovequist, EYL Program Coordinator
What’s Your Favorite Machine to Exercise With?
Now is the time of year when fitness centers are packed with people trying to get back into shape or try and maintain their fitness levels. more
Healthy Gifts for the Holiday Season
This year instead of giving your friends and family the same old holiday gifts - movie theater tickets, restaurant gift cards, scarves, etc. - consider these healthy high-tech gifts for the 2011 holiday season. more
- Personal Fitness Tracker - Pedometers are a great tool to help encourage physical activity, but if you're looking for something that can do more than just track steps, a personal fitness tracker is the way to go. The Fitbit or the Jawbone UP for Apple products are the newest tools in personal fitness tracking.
- Touchscreen-Friendly Gloves - For those of you who are brave enough to journey out into the cold to exercise, proper clothing and accessories are crucial. Having to take off gloves to find a good song on your iPod is the worst! Now you don't have to. A number of touchscreen-friendly gloves are now available.
- Dancing Video Games - Video games have come a long way in the past few years. There are now a few that offer a ton of family fun and encourage physical activity. Just Dance for the Nintendo Wii, Everybody Dance for PlayStation 3, or Dance Central for Xbox 360 are great choices. There's even a Dancing with the Stars game too!
As you're perusing the aisles this holiday season just remember, being healthy can be fun and what better time to get started than the New Year! What other healthy holiday gifts do you suggest? – Jennifer Lovequist, Program Coordinator
A Food Safety Lesson Learned
Thanksgiving Day usually means a lot of cooking and mine wasn't an exception. more
Did I Just Exercise?
Being the fitness fanatic that I am, I always try to set aside time to get my regular exercise in. more
Water is everywhere. It covers nearly 75% of the Earth's surface and it makes up roughly 70% of the human body. more
It helps things grow, produce, and in some cases generate energy. Not only that but, without water we could only survive up to one week. Just taking into consideration these few examples, it is easy to see that water is very important for our environment and our health. It is recommended that we should consume at least 64 oz. of water every day. It keeps our bodies hydrated and functioning at optimal levels. It has shown to increase energy levels and to keep us focused on the task at hand. Another great reason to drink water is that it makes us get up and get moving. Whether it is to refill your water bottle or use the restroom, drinking water increases your physical activity level.
Are you drinking at least 64oz of water each day? What strategies are you using to make sure you drink enough water? Do you notice a difference in your energy level when you meet the recommended amount? – Nick Batanian, Fitness Specialist
Good-bye Sunshine. It’s time to Fall Back
On Saturday, November 6th, Daylight Savings Time ended and we were forced to turn back our clocks. 8:00am is now 7:00am, and 5:00pm is now 4:00pm. more
Our chances of seeing the glorious vitamin D producing sun will really be reduced. Makes me sad just thinking about it.
The shorter days of winter can wreak havoc on our bodies, especially our mental and emotional health. For me personally, I always find it more difficult to stay positive and upbeat during the winter. I often feel tired and unmotivated; happy to curl up with a blanket in front of the TV for 3 months. Of course I know this is not good for me, so I do my best to take advantage of the light when we do have it and maximizing my daytime on the weekends. I've found having a strong network of friends and family helps. We encourage one another to stay active, eat well and enjoy the good things winter has to offer.
This winter I've decided I'm going to get back into downhill skiing and give cross-country skiing a try. I think finding something enjoyable that you can look forward to during these dark, cold days is key. What do you do to fight the cold winter blues? – Jennifer Lovequist, Program Coordinator
My Favorite Meal
Do you have memory of your all time favorite meal? more
I Did it!
This weekend was my first time participating in the Detroit Marathon. more
Are you on a mission that matters to you?
What drives you? What bounces you out of bed in the morning? more
If you are having a hard time answering this question, you might want to set some time aside to consider an answer. We all know that identifying your goals (and getting them in writing) is important to achieving success. Studies indicate taking things a step further is the "special sauce" in the recipe for success. Identifying WHY doing something is important to you in very specific and meaningful words can significantly increase the likelihood you'll be successful.
Recently, I found this technique quite helpful while I was working to stick to a morning exercise routine. Getting up at 5:30am is very tough for me. Especially when it's dark outside! So I came up with the reasons why getting up was important and these reasons are what keep me going 1 year later.
- Exercise now...feel better all day knowing I don't have to exercise later.
- Taking time for me now means I'll be happier to give more time to others later.
- I do NOT want to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes like my dad was - regular exercise is one of the most important preventive steps I can take.
So, what drives you? What motivates you to stay the course? –Susan M. Bailey, Program Manager
Running for a Good Cause
Myself and a few other members of the EYL Team have signed up to participate in the relay portion of the Detroit Free Press Marathon coming up in a few weeks. more
The team and I have been training hard to prepare body and mind for race day and are looking forward to the challenge. I would not consider myself a runner, but for some reason I really do enjoy "pounding the pavement." It could be the stress relief or the sense of accomplishment I get afterwards that makes me feel that much better. On top of that, I know that my body benefits from the workout as well. Cardio type exercise that includes jogging, swimming, or biking have been linked in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases like Heart Disease, Diabetes, Arthritis, and even some forms of cancer.
What types of cardio exercise do you enjoy? Have you participated in any walks or runs over the past few months and how did you train for it? Are you participating in any upcoming events, like the Detroit Free Press Marathon? - Nick Batanian, Fitness Specialist
Can we be truly happy?
The idea of the American Dream has been instilled in each and every one of us from a very young age; the promise of a better, richer, and more fulfilling life sitting out there waiting to be achieved. more
Unfortunately, it has created a mindset in which we believe if we work harder and become more successful we'll achieve happiness. I hear people all the time saying "I'll be happy when..." - when I graduate college, when I get that next big promotion, when I start a family, when I retire. I'm guilty of this myself, but if we keep waiting for the next big thing, will we ever truly be happy?
Research on happiness suggests we're setting ourselves up to fail. Happiness is not achieved, it's created. Being happy requires that we enjoy the journey as much as the destination. This is definitely easier said than done, but we can train ourselves to be happier in the moment. Focus on the positive, change the "I'll be happy when" story to an "I'll be happy now" story, be thankful for the good things in life, and take advantage of what life has to offer you today. I'm trying to make more of an effort to be happy today. I'll focus on tomorrow later. What do you do to focus on the now and create happiness in your life?
If you're interested in learning more about the science of happiness, I'd recommend reading "The Happiness Advantage" by Shawn Achor. – Jennifer Lovequist, Program Coordinator
Are You Active Sitting?
Nick Batanian, EYL Exercise Physiologist, made a sign for me to use at my computer that states, Are You Active Sitting? more