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…

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…

The Dangers of Dining Al Desko

How often do you find yourself eating at your desk?  Is dining al desko putting your health at risk? According to the American Dietetic Association, 75% of office workers eat lunch at our desks at least two or three times a week.  Trying to fit a bit more work in during the day may seem…

Introducing the Patient’s Perspective Magazine

Welcome to the Patient’s Perspective! The Embrace Your Heart™ Wellness Initiative presents teleconferences addressing a specific challenge faced by women living with heart disease.  The result: a wealth of information to share and a publication. “Having the opportunity to share our experiences and challenges is empowering.  Providing the information to other patients and to healthcare…

Stressed or Stroke? Three questions to ease your mind about your headache

Knowing she was at risk for stroke made Patty Borkowski’s daily headaches worrisome. How do you tell a headache brought on by eye strain or an afternoon drop in blood sugar and from a medical emergency? “At approximately 3:15 every afternoon, I thought I was suffering a stroke.  I’d be at the computer pounding away…

Bruise Be Gone

Bruising is a fact of life for women living on blood thinners. Embarrassment about your bruises doesn’t have to be. Women living on blood thinners are no strangers to bruising. A tight shoe, a light bump against a chair or an over zealous thigh slap while laughing can cause a nasty-looking mark that can be…

Exporing the “Icky Period” Problem

When a younger woman is put on a blood thinner the doctor or nurse isn’t likely to tell her, “Guess what, this is probably going to make your period a bit of a challenge.  It came as a big surprise to me,” said Eliz Greene who is 42 and currently takes Plavix®.  “Talking about the…