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All Sugared Up: The Best And Worst Breakfast Cereals For Kids

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Sep 30, 2014 in Health

Between getting your kids up, dressed, teeth brushed, hair combed and ready for the bus or drive to school, weekday mornings are hard enough on parents that getting your kids to sit down and eat breakfast can be nothing short of a small miracle. But not all breakfasts are made the same, and cereal – a breakfast favorite for many children – can run from a healthy meal to a bowl full of sugar.

The Environmental Working Group recently released the results of its analysis of more than 1,500 adult and kid cereals, and while the results aren’t surprising, the sugar content in kids cereal may be for some parents.

Where to Run in Baton Rouge

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Sep 29, 2014 in Exercise


One of the great things about running is that you can do it anywhere. It’s not like basketball where you need a hoop or baseball or football in which you need a field. Runners can just walk out their front door and run wherever they please.

Still, it can be nice to find some places with scenery and convenient trails to make the run more enjoyable. Woman’s Hospital has its own Harris Walking Trail around the new campus that measures a mile around and is open for the public to run or walk. The Woman’s Fitness Center also has a slew of treadmills and an indoor running track for those runners wanting to get inside.

But for those who want to explore Baton Rouge, the city offers many great places to run with beautiful scenery and friendly runners to keep you company! Here are a couple of local favorites…

De-stress with a Few Simple Tips to Follow

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Sep 25, 2014 in Emotions, Health

The following post was written by wellness educators with Woman’s Hospital.

“Stress is not what happens to us.  It’s our response to what happens.”

Stress is what you feel when you have to handle more than you are accustomed to.  (Not all stress is bad or unavoidable.)  In any case, your body typically responds to stress as if you were in danger.  Your heart rate may increase, you may breathe faster and you may get a blast of energy.

It can be helpful if it assists you to get through a project quickly or react in a dangerous situation.  But if stress happens too frequently or lasts too long, and you are unable to cope with it effectively, unwanted health or psychological effects can occur. 

The Little Fat Girl Inside: To Eat or To Sleep … That Is the Question!

Posted by: Sheila Talamo on Sep 23, 2014 in Health, Nutrition

tobeWith deference to Shakespeare, “To be or not to be” might have been the probing question for Hamlet, but my burning question is a bit more mundane:How do I get my body and mind to choose sleep over food when tired, not hungry?  Seems like a no-brainer, doesn’t it?  However, I have noticed recently that late at night, when I am really tired, I will choose eating over simply going to bed – and regrettably those late-night, “closet-eating” choices are never healthy choices.  What is the lesson to be learned here?

Woman’s Half-Marathon, 10K and [225]K is Right Around the Corner

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Sep 22, 2014 in Exercise, Motivation


It’s time to lace up your running shoes, ladies. The third annual Woman’s Half-Marathon, 10K and [225]K is right around the corner, and now is the time to get your training plan finalized and register to run, walk or volunteer.

What sets the Woman’s Half-Marathon, 10K and [225]K apart from other road races around the region? For starters, it’s the only races geared exclusively toward women and the celebration of the health of women and infants in south Louisiana.

The Woman’s Half Marathon and 10K offers runners the unique option to choose their running distance, even during the event. If training didn’t quite prepare a runner to tackle the half – or if she’s just ready to start the post-race party – she can simply turn north on the 10K course.

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


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???

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