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A-Tisket, A-Tasket, 6 Ways to Make a Healthy Easter Basket

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Mar 30, 2015 in Health, Nutrition

eggsThe Easter Bunny is the springtime bearer of sweet treats and delicious candy. But that rascially rabbit shouldn’t hop away with your fitness goals and overall health by tempting you with unhealthy edible.

This year, fill your Easter basket with some healthy alternatives and have an egg-cellent holiday.

Baton Rouge, Get Moving to Protect Your Rear

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Mar 23, 2015 in Exercise, Health

logo_gyrigBaton Rouge, it’s time to “Get Your Rear in Gear!”

Baton Rouge residents are invited to raise colorectal cancer awareness at the annual colon cancer 5K run/walk on Saturday, April 18 at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center lakes. The 5K race begins at 9:00 AM.

What to Do with Your Cabbage Bounty

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Mar 19, 2015 in Health, Nutrition

nolaEveryone went green this weekend as Baton Rouge and the world celebrated St. Patrick’s Day. Here locally, the Irish-inspired holiday is packed with the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and its edible throws of cabbage, potatoes and carrots.

But once you’re home, what do you do with your bountiful catches? Cabbages are excellent sources of vitamins and nutrients and can be delicious when cooked right. Check out five simple and healthy cabbage recipes below to discover quick and easy lunches and dinners for all those cabbages you caught.

Kick Butts Today

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Mar 18, 2015 in Health

Today is National Kick Butts Day, a movement to educate teenagers and young adults about the dangers and health risks of smoking.

Every day, more than 3,000 kids under 18 try smoking for the first time and 700 kids become new regular, daily smokers. Tobacco use is still the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., killing more than 480,000 people every year.

In Louisiana alone, 7,200 adults die each year from their own tobacco use, costing the state more than $1.89 billion in health care costs.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day — Eat Clean and Green Today!

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Mar 17, 2015 in Uncategorized

Sleep Tips to Help You Catch Some Better Zzzz’s

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Mar 16, 2015 in Health

80719010Feeling tired and blurry eyed at work? Are you relying on a cup or two or four of coffee to keep you going throughout the day?

The problem may not be the strength of your cup of joe. It may start the night before when you (attempt to) close your eyes and fall asleep. The National Sleep Foundation has used early March to educate the public and promote the importance of a good night’s sleep.

Women and Girls HIV/Aids Awareness Day

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Mar 10, 2015 in Health

Today, March 10, is National Women and Girls HIV/Aids Awareness Day, a movement to promote HIV screenings and to educate the public on the importance getting tested.

The following post was written by Vickie for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health.

vickieAt the age of 19, I was working for a financial institution and had dreams of being a stockbroker. My dreams soon changed when I was diagnosed with HIV. All I knew about HIV/AIDS was what I had heard on the news. I thought only gay men got HIV and it was a death sentence, a horrible death sentence. I was scared and felt like I was the only woman in the world who was living with HIV.

Even with health insurance, I was unable to find a doctor who would help me. I called almost every doctor in my network and was told, “We do not see people like you; do not come to our office.” Repeatedly, many physicians rejected me. I was lost, scared, and desperate. Finally, I found someone to help.

Keeping Up With Your New Year’s Resolutions

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Mar 09, 2015 in Health, Nutrition

The following post was written by Woman’s Hospital Nutrition Services.

We are just into March and some of us have already given up on our New Year’s resolutions!  Many of those typically center around being healthier.  So before you get “fed up” and give up your 2015 resolution, try keeping it in perspective!  A healthier weight means a healthier you!

Identify the healthier options first.  Knowing which foods are best for you and that you enjoy eating is the key to making healthy choices. It may take experimenting with new foods and recipes, but it will be well worth the try!  Look around the fruit and vegetable section for foods you may not have chosen before – then look online for healthy recipes.  Choose to bake or steam foods rather than fry them.  Eat more fruits and vegetables.  Increase the use of whole grains in your diet and decrease the addition of cheeses, gravies and creams.   

Baton Rouge to Hit the Streets for Breast Cancer Awareness

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Mar 05, 2015 in Health

kv_komen_logoThis Saturday, thousands of runners and walkers from Baton Rouge will hit the streets to raise awareness and money for breast cancer and cancer research.

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, the largest series of 5K runs/fitness walks in the world, will be held at 8:00 AM March 7 at the LSU Old Front Nine. The Race for the Cure raises significant funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer, celebrates breast cancer survivorship and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease.

Bad Workouts

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Mar 03, 2015 in Motivation

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There is no such thing as a bad workout. You might not run as fast as you did last week, or lift as much weight, but the fact that you stepped inside the gym and tried made the day a success.

Don’t get down about a workout that didn’t meet your expectations. Use it as motivation for your next time in the gym.

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