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June is Mens Health Month

July is just around the corner but that does not mean we forget about all the men in our lives.  June is Mens Health Month, which seems fitting with Father Days. So what is the biggest gift we can provide to all the fathers and other men in our lives….it is the gift of health.

Here are some quick tips to make sure our men are living a healthy lifestyle that lasts a lifetime.



Start with folic acid.

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Hug a Tree on Earth Day

While I was in elementary school I remember going out into the community to plant trees during this time of year.  As a child this was a fun way to learn about science while also giving back to a community.  The additional benefit was not being in class and playing in the dirt 🙂  Even though the lesson during that time was to talk about Earth Day, which is Friday, April 22nd, it never really resonates as a child why planting

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Dietary Guidelines for Americans

In case you haven’t heard, the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans were released this January.  For those that do not understand what the Dietary Guidelines for Americans are or their implications, let me break it down. The Dietary Guidelines is the go-to source for nutritional recommendations.  These recommendations aim to promote health, prevent chronic disease and help people reach/maintain a healthy weight .  For this to occur, the Dietary Guidelines are reviewed and updated every 5 years.  A Dietary Guidelines committee

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Pumpkin Parade

Nothing screams fall like the smell and sight of pumpkin. Pumpkin dip, pumpkin latte, pumpkin flavored coffee, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin enchiladas, pumpkin soup, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin cheese cake, pumpkin flavored M&M’s…when will the pumpkin madness stop!


The one, not so frightening thing about pumpkin is that it is healthy!  In fact, 1 cup of cooked pumpkin and 1/2 cup of canned pumpkin are only 50 calories.  Pumpkin is also high in antioxidants, which helps prevent cell damage, and beta-carotene.  Beta-carotene comes from

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What does your morning look like?

I consider myself a pretty organized person.  This is especially true during the work week as I tend to have my purse, computer, breakfast and lunch packed up and ready to go the night before.  This may sound like I take a lot of time preparing for the next day when in reality it takes all but 5 minutes.  Computer bag sits next to my purse so I don’t forget either, may have done that before, and

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Miles for Marathon Training – Part II

It was Saturday morning and all I wanted to do was sleep in.  Without fail, however, my alarm wakes me up at 5:45am, 5:52am, and once again at 6am.  I go through the mental battle once again to do a long, 18 mile run.  Even thought I would love to sleep in, this time is different.  I am back in Chicago, where I once use to live, to run amongst other Chicago Marathon trainees.  As I start

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Helping hand from a kid near you!

With summer in full swing there is produce a plenty. Next time you need to pick something up from the grocery store or local farmers market ask your kid(s) to come along. Exposing kids to good, wholesome food at an early age not only provides them with the nourishment to grow but it also helps them develop smart eating habits. Even though busy schedules are the norm, choosing healthy options doesn’t have to be hard. Rather,

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Nutrition Guide to Triathlons

You are only as good as the fuel you put in your body. Beyond training, proper nutrition is the key to obtain physical fitness goals. However, due to differences in body type, training activity, stage of training, and intensity of training there is no single nutrition plan for every triathlete.


Even though nutrition is very individualized there are some basic nutritional guidelines that can help any triathlete during training.

  • Calories
    • Don’t skimp on calories because you are trying to

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Packing for Health

The countdown begins…T-5 days until I am on a week long vacation. Even though this vacation will not be one of those relaxing vacations where I am working on my tan while sitting on a beach I still can’t wait to be in England. Whenever you travel abroad the schedule seems to be like the Energizer Bunny…constantly on the go.  Every museum, church, university, river, mountain, and eatery needs to be seen. With that in mind, I am going

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Mental Madness

So far it has been one of those months where my schedule is complete madness.  I am not only working 40+ hours Monday-Friday but work weekends, attend professional MBA classes 7 hours a week, train for 1/2 and full marathons, and play intermural slow pitch softball on weekends.  I understand that I am the one who has made my schedule as hectic as it is but the stress of it all still gets to me.  Some of my tell tale signs of

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