Health

  • Prematurity Awareness Day: My Story

    Prematurity Awareness Day: My Story

    A typical pregnancy lasts for 40 weeks. A premature infant, or preemie, is one that is born before 37 weeks gestation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 9 babies (more than 450,000 infants) in the USA are born premature every year, and prematurity is the leading cause of infant

  • Fitness Quest: The Impact of Stress

    Fitness Quest: The Impact of Stress

    Fitness Quest is a weekly column in which the journey of losing 90 pounds is chronicled online in hopes of helping other people as well as providing a catalyst for motivation. I deal with fun things like depression and anxiety. With medication, a balanced daily routine and focus, I can keep it under control. When things that I cannot control spiral

  • Fitness Quest: Alex Lynn Explains the Keto Diet

    Fitness Quest: Alex Lynn Explains the Keto Diet

    Fitness Quest is a weekly column in which the journey of losing 90 pounds is chronicled online in hopes of helping other people as well as providing a catalyst for motivation. This week, Alex Lynn opens up about his weight gain and quest to get back in shape through the Keto Diet. Starting date: Aug 2013 Starting weight:

  • It’s October: time to get your flu vaccine!

    It’s October: time to get your flu vaccine!

    I got my flu vaccine this week, have you? Flu season in the United States lasts from October through mid-May.1 Now is the perfect time to get vaccinated against the flu. There are 13 (!!!) different types of flu vaccines approved for use in the USA.2 Vaccines can differ by method of administration (intramuscular injection,

  • Get Lean And Fast

    Get Lean And Fast

    Let me make one thing perfectly clear, I’m completely for distance running as a form of getting into excellent shape. OK I’m totally kidding. Running long distance, especially without a plan or a good nutrition strategy, is good for aging you, turning joints that are supposed to last for 115 years useless, and for a

  • Fitness Quest: What It’s Like to be Obese

    Fitness Quest: What It’s Like to be Obese

    Fitness Quest is a weekly column in which the journey of losing 90 pounds is chronicled online in hopes of helping other people as well as providing a catalyst for motivation. Don’t believe the hype. It’s not all fun and games until somebody shoots the button off their pants. That’s partially because clothes are an issue. All of the

  • Don’t let the jealousy of others get you down

    Don’t let the jealousy of others get you down

    Ever since I started working out, I’ve had to deal with backhanded compliments, negative comments, people warning me about the “dangers” of just about anything, and out of shape “health experts”. What you want to do is take these people and use them as fuel. If you don’t use this approach and you’re a sensitive

  • A (relatively) new virus on the block: enterovirus D68

    A (relatively) new virus on the block: enterovirus D68

    Hospitals in the mid-Western USA are seeing an abnormally high number of children with severe respiratory illness. From August to September 16, 2014, a total of 130 people in 12 states (Alabama, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania) were confirmed to have illness caused by enterovirus D68 (EV-D68).1 In

  • Common misconceptions when you have a trainer.

    Common misconceptions when you have a trainer.

    Working with a Trainer So you’ve bought yourself a few sessions or months with a personal trainer… Awesome! A trainer can show you how to safely and effectively work out and get into shape. They will teach you basic lifts, offer tips, etc. Sounds amazing, right? OK! See you guys next week. Just kidding! (Hey