Chocolate-Covered Calories

Tuesday, 14 February 2012 by
Valentine’s Day is one of the few days of the year when we are expected to enjoy massive amounts of one of life’s precious gifts: Chocolate.

To have a well-balanced diet and eat chocolate takes serious planning

Chocolate-covered pineapple, chocolate-covered raisins, chocolate-covered peanuts, chocolate-covered caramel…you name it — I bet it tastes better covered in chocolate!…
Yoga has never been my forte. I’ve only taken it once in my life, but on a night last week in Northern Liberties, I decided to try Sculpere. It’s a cross between yoga and ballet, with a little bit of Pilates thrown in there for good measure. The brainchild of studio owner Cristina Espaillat, Sculpere is perfect for those who love yoga and have always wanted to try ballet….

Get Ready, Get Set … Rest

Friday, 03 February 2012 by
A year ago, the ground was covered in snow (lots of snow). Temperatures in January and February dipped into the single digits. I vividly remember the bitter cold; how I layered running tights, Dri-FIT apparel, and two pairs of gloves; how the water and Gatorade I carried with me to stay hydrated froze; how I begged my running friends to join me on various legs of my longest runs (they did);…
Berry Heart
Last year I was a lump, and I didn’t know what to do about it. I hadn’t always been that way. I used to travel everywhere by foot, nearly every day. My round-trip walk to work was six miles, plus on-foot journeys to see friends and buy groceries. I always had energy, and I assumed I was in good shape….

Shimmying My Way to a New Body

Tuesday, 24 January 2012 by
Mysterious. Sensual. Seductive. No, I am not talking about the latest Desperate Housewives episode. I’m talking about belly dancing. This surprisingly underrated form of dance and movement is not as easy as you may think On a rainy night in January, I trekked back into the city from my Delaware County home to try Belly Dance I at Studio 1831 with locally renowned belly dance performer Valarina,…

Work Out Where You Work

Friday, 20 January 2012 by
It’s simple but true: adopting better habits at work can go a long way to improving your overall health. Fujirebio Diagnostics, a company specializing in health diagnostic tools, took that lesson to heart when they implemented a health and wellness program for their employees. Their goal, according to Lynne Woodside, a human resources representative at Fujirebio Diagnostics,…

Practice Makes Perfect

Friday, 13 January 2012 by
Do you remember your teacher giving you what seemed like tons of homework, because “practice makes perfect?” Well, those three words have become my healthy living mantra. I am now eleven months into my healthy living plan and, needless to say, I’ve had a few fumbles along the way. However, I have managed to find a routine that works for me….
Worksite Wellness is not only an idea that works for Fortune 500 companies. At Drexel University in Philadelphia, their wellness program, A Healthier U, appeals to the university’s diverse faculty, staff, and students. Victor Tringali, director of University Wellness, said that A Healthier U was “the perfect opportunity to affect 30,000-plus people to improve their health.” A Healthier U offers a holistic approach,…
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