Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Health Link

Choosing the Right Kind of Toy

We have been told numerous times over the years that occupational therapists have the best toys. Well, there is a reason for that; occupational therapists, or OT’s, help maximize people’s ability to function maximally in their areas of occupation. A child’s occupation is play. If therapists, who expect children to put in full effort and work hard, don’t have

A Recipe for Heart Healthy Living

For much of the past century, cardiovascular disease (CVD) has been the leading cause of death in the United States and, on average, claims one American life every 40 seconds. Greater than one in three American adults is estimated to have CVD, which includes hypertension, atherosclerotic heart disease, heart failure and/or to have experienced angina (chest

When Jumping, Laughing, Sneezing and Coughing: Put Your Bladder to the Test

Pregnancy, vaginal delivery, pelvic surgery and hormonal changes all put women at a greater risk than men for developing urinary incontinence at some point in their adult lives. One in four women over the age of 18 has episodes of involuntary urine leakage. This problem can be embarrassing and prevent people from getting out and participating in the activities

“No More Excuses – Part II: Surrounded By Nosh”

Prior to the previous issue of JLBC and my humble rant regarding the lack of communal focus on health and exercise, we started to consider the excuses we tell ourselves that prevent us from becoming the people we can indeed become. We discussed having a lack of time and a lack of support as two reasons why it’s sometimes difficult to reach our health and fitness

It’s All About Your POV

Your perspective on a given situation can determine if you will be happy or bitter.

Imagine the scenario: it’s a warm evening with a light breeze. You’re standing on the beach, watching waves crash on the shore, listening to the roar of the ocean with the stars overhead. I assume you’re feeling relaxed and calm, transported away from the worries of the

Shake it, Baby, Shake it! The Truth About Exercise in Pregnancy

Long gone are the days of women being considered in “delicate condition” during normal pregnancy. Pregnant women today can be seen running competitively, working out at the gym, Zumba-ing, spinning and partaking in full active life styles. The question many women ask is, “How much is safe for me and my baby?”

The answer to this question is

Cleanses: The Latest Disordered Eating Trend

Recently my father approached me as I am the “eating disorder aficionado” in our family, to ask for my thoughts on the latest fad among teens. “Temimah, what do you know about cleanses? Apparently it’s the next big thing and some students are drinking them in school. I’m just curious what you think about it…”

At the time I did not understand just

“Guard Your Neshama, Fortify Your Body”

This week’s issue of the Jewish Link is focused on fitness and health education; a perfect opportunity to present the following humble rant of a frum personal trainer.

Week after week, I continually find myself in awe of our beloved rabbanim who give so much of their time and selves to serve their respective communities, preparing

Back in Pain

This week’s article is about lower back pain.  Never mind why.

Okay, fine.  Apparently, I’m getting to the age where I occasionally do something to my back.  This was brought to my attention recently at my parents’ house.  It was the Friday night after Simchas Torah, and I was on the couch playing a game with my younger siblings, and at some point, I

The Benefits of Yoga

Yoga is a Sanskrit word which means union. Yoga is the compilation of physical, mental and spiritual practices that originated in ancient India with the goal of attaining a state of permanent peace. Hindu monks brought yoga to the West in the late 19th century. In the 1980s, Hatha yoga became popular as a system of physical exercise across the Western

Am I Too Old For Braces?

Mrs. Z presented to my office for an orthodontic consultation. She is a healthy, vibrant, 80+ year old woman who enjoys traveling and taking care of herself. When I met her, she had just completed a rehabilitation of her upper dentition with implants and crowns. She commented that her daughter had asked her why she had not fixed her bottom teeth. Mrs. Z

Now That I’m Getting Older, Why Can’t I See As Well As I Used To?

When asked about their vision, many older adults will respond, “It is definitely not as good as it used to be, but I just assumed this is the new reality now that I’ve crossed that 40-year mark.” However, there is no reason for people not to maintain clear vision throughout life. In order to understand the causes of reduced vision, one must first appreciate the