Can Mammograms Predict Heart Disease?

Mammograms are important for BOTH breast and heart health! We all know mammograms are effective in detecting breast cancer in the early stages. Mammograms may also be able to detect the early stages of heart disease as well. Yet another tool for doctors and women with heart disease risk factors to evaluate treatment needs. How…

Heart Pain: When To Sound The Alarm

Is the pain heartburn or a heart attack? How can you tell the difference between a sharp, burning sensation in your chest caused by the pizza you just ate or a sign of something more serious? Heart attack symptoms can be difficult to diagnose, especially in women. My heart attack absolutely started out feeling like…

Is Work Life Balance A Myth?

Initial Results From The Study On Job Stress We’ve all heard work life balance is the key to stress management, but is it true?  Our study on job stress shows some interesting results. Work life balance is based on a few assumptions: The binary push and pull relationship between work and home is the main…

UWM Women’s Leadership Conference

Today I have the great honor to be surrounded by 500 impressive women leaders in the Milwaukee area at a conference hosted by the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee School of Continuing Education. Did you know spending time with other amazing women can lower your stress and reduce your risk of heart disease by 30%?…

Could Job Stress Be The New Smoking?

After working with women to improve heart health and manage stress for more than a decade, I discovered there isn’t enough data about the specifics of the job stress environment and how it impacts men and women differently. This led me to embark on a multiphase research project to explore this important topic. Research suggests…

Tips To Keep Moving Even When You Are Injured

How do you stay active when you can’t walk? A Thanksgiving kitchen accident involving a pot of boiling water put my 15-year-old daughter in a walking boot to protect her scalded foot for a month.  Her injury healed well, but in the process we needed to find ways for her to stay active. I shared…

Choosing A Fitness App: Wellness Tip for Busy Women

With thousands of fitness and weight loss apps available, how do you choose one which will actually help you meet your goals? That’s a good question! Several studies have been conducted recently which provide clear evidence suggesting well designed apps can increase activity levels and keep you motivated. As I wrote in an article on…

Say Yes To Risk

Sometimes it is healthy to say yes! Most of the time, my wellness advice is about saying no, protecting your time and energy in order to stay healthy and manage stress.  Have you noticed, as adults we tend to take fewer risks?  We tend to play it safe, which makes sense, of course.  We have…