Weekly Whimsy: “the Mom Song”

Sometimes you just need a good laugh!  Get that cortisol out and by watching comedian Anita Renfroe capture a day in the life of a typical mom,  and condense it to 2 minutes and  55 seconds and set it to the William Tell Overture. Oh just laugh! Share your thoughts by making a comment below…

Women: Take Charge in the ER

Women’s Hearts Still Not Taken Seriously “It is frustrating. Many doctors do not see heart disease as a woman’s disease. They don’t look for it or treat it aggressively,” said Dr. Holly Andersen at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Yes, it is.  For six years I have been educating women about the importance of taking care…

Avoiding the Mammogram?

Make your appointment! Just in case you haven’t heard — October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. If the pink everywhere hasn’t clued you in, please let me remind you…it’s time to pay attention ladies! I was shocked to learn only half of women who should get annual mammograms actually get them,even when their insurance pays…

Is the Gym Making You Fat?

Are you using your membership as an excuse? Joininga gym or health club can be a great tool to becoming more active, but is it working for you?  Many people join and do well for several weeks or months, but then get busy, or bored, and stop going as frequently. Suddenly, you are out of…

Take Charge of Halloween Temptation

How the Halloween Fairy can save you from yourself! It’s the day after trick-or-treating and the kitchen counter is overflowing with candy. It smells good. It looks good. It calls to you at night. How will you rid your house of the temptation? You certainly aren’t going to let the kids eat all of it,…

Embrace Your Project

We painted our basement rec-room this weekend.  I’d forgotten how satisfying putting color on walls can be — it’s a lot of work too!  As I worked my way around the room, cutting in the trim, I couldn’t help but think of my dad. Dad was always working in his garage workshop on some project…

Snacks vs Treats

A little trick for better choices My friend Jill Fleming shared a great strategy for making healthy choices. She is a registered dietitian and her strategies have changed how my family eats. By understanding the difference between “grow foods” and “treats,” my six-year-old daughters can make a healthy choice. It works! Grow foods are items…

My Girls: The Advocates

Having to leave a birthday party before the cake is pretty traumatic for  six-year-olds, but last December that is exactly what happened to my daughters Gracie and Callie.  Even though the owner of the bowling alley had assured me it was safe to bring Callie, who has asthma, because the facility was “smoke-free” during the…

Too Busy To Work Out At Work? Use Chunks!

So what if you can’t make it to the gym.  Don’t deprive your body of the activity it needs – get it in small chunks of time. Research conducted by the University of Missouri-Columbia found three ten-minute blocks of exercise were as beneficial as thirty minutes of activity.  Which is great news for those of…