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8 Ways to Reduce Stress Before Surgery

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Sep 18, 2014 in Emotions, Health

153446553Surgery can be a stressful experience. You might fear the unknown. You might be worried about caring for your family while you’re recovering. You might have anxiety about feeling pain. It’s important to physically prepare yourself for surgery by eating healthy, not smoking and getting enough rest, but it’s also very important to emotionally prepare.

Here are eight ways to reduce stress before surgery:

Backpack Pain: What’s All the Flap About?

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Sep 17, 2014 in Health

Aching backs and shoulders? Tingling arms? Weakened muscles? Stooped posture?

d64f50bfAs course loads get bigger, the emotional and physical stress placed on our kids grows. Carrying too much weight in a pack or wearing it the wrong way can lead to pain and strain, but parents can take steps to help children load and wear backpacks the correct way to avoid health problems.

Today is National School Backpack Awareness Day, an annual event held on the third Wednesday of every September to raise awareness about the serious health effects that backpacks that are too heavy or worn improperly have on children. Backpack Day is also a time to promote the full range of occupational therapy benefits and services, which are available at Woman’s Center for Wellness.

Women Living with Cancer Series Continues at Woman’s Center for Wellness

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Sep 15, 2014 in Health, Nutrition

Your doctor answers all your questions about your cancer diagnosis and treatment, but what about the other questions you have regarding cancer?

Whether it’s a questions regarding finances, nutrition, legal affairs or talking to your family, Woman’s Hospital’s Women Living with Cancer will help you to answer all your cancer questions.

Just Go

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Sep 09, 2014 in Motivation

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You don’t have to run a sub two-hour half marathon or do a set of bicep curls in under one minute to be successful and achieve your weight-loss goals.

Do what feels comfortable and natural, and always remember: Slow and steady wins the race!

 

The Little Fat Girl Inside: Betcha Can’t Eat Just One

Posted by: Sheila Talamo on Sep 09, 2014 in Health, Nutrition

I’ve been giving a good bit of thought lately to one of the strategies that I hope/plan to employ while tailgating this football season …  so as to not let the football season totally undermine my weight maintenance efforts:

chipsStrategy 5:  Let go of the “it’s all or nothing” attitude.  I need to allow myself the pleasure of a “taste” without having to eat “the whole thing!”

I’ve probably been re-thinking (over-thinking?) this strategy because I’ve really been struggling with quantity control issues lately.  I don’t want to focus on the negative, but the reality is that my weight maintenance journey is filled with lots of challenges.  Besides, I want to be honest in sharing my experiences – and seldom is a journey totally linear in nature.  So, what’s been happening???

Woman’s Presents Women Living with Cancer

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Sep 04, 2014 in Health

ss_WLWC2014Your doctor answers all your questions about your cancer diagnosis and treatment, but what about the other questions you have regarding cancer?

Whether it’s a questions regarding finances, nutrition, legal affairs or talking to your family, Woman’s Hospital’s Women Living with Cancer will help you to answer all your cancer questions.

Tune into Woman’s Radiothon Tomorrow

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Sep 03, 2014 in Uncategorized

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In your car, at work, at the gym or at home, turn on your radio or plug in your headphones to catchWoman’s Radiothon tomorrow on Talk 107.3 FM.

LIVE from Woman’s Hospital on Thursday, Sept. 4 from 6:00 AM-6:00 PM, with on-air radio personalities and Woman’s doctors, nurses and administrators.

Happy Labor Day from Healthy Self

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Sep 01, 2014 in Uncategorized

What Can Pilates Exercises Do For You?

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Aug 28, 2014 in Exercise, Health

pilatesRunner or golfer, tennis player or new mom, chances are you’ve heard someone talking about the benefits of Pilates.

Many types of people, at many levels of fitness, who have begun doing Pilates exercises say they’ve seen improvements in range of motion, posture, balance, injury prevention, not to mention stronger abs and a leaner look.

The Little Fat Girl Inside: The Fun & Challenge of Tailgating

Posted by: Sheila Talamo on Aug 26, 2014 in Health, Nutrition

It’s inevitable – if you live in Baton Rouge, thoughts, talk, and plans at this time of the year turn to LSU football and tailgating.   And, it probably goes without saying, but tailgating LSU-style adds a whole other challenge to diet and weight maintenance!

tailgatingI must confess.  The Lil’ Fat Girl Inside, along with family and friends, is an avid tailgater.  We’re the Pre-Dawn Taigatin’ Tigers which means we begin our day around 5 a.m. with a full breakfast menu – omelets, cheese grits, French toast, crabmeat casserole, pastries, and fruit. We progress through the day with a wide assortment of ribs, sausages, chicken, pastas, chips, desserts, and more.  It’s a long day and night filled with great food and drink … and lots of opportunities to stray from my weight maintenance efforts.   The 2014 Football Season is sure to put my post-IP maintenance plan to the test!   Since the first home game is less than two weeks away, I need to get my game face and game plan ready!

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