Sunday, August 18, 2019

Health Link

The Spice Is Right

As the Food and Drug Administration attempts to lower salt (which is about 40% sodium) intake for the population, consumers will be splashed with a wake-up call about the amount of salt we really ingest. The average American takes in about 3,400 mg, or 1 ½ teaspoons, of sodium per day, a big jump from the maximal intake of 2,300 mg per day we really

Tips to Keep Kids Eating Healthy this Summer

StatePoint—A change of routine can be an excuse for bad eating habits. But don`t let your family’s well-balanced meals take a vacation this summer.

“Summer break is an opportunity to spend time with your kids and help them understand the importance of healthful eating,” says Vandana Sheth, registered dietitian nutritionist and spokesperson for the

Back to Basics: What Is a Binge Really?

“What do you guys think of when I say eating disorders?” is a question I generally raise when I speak in schools and various institutions. The response? Anorexia. Thin. Skeletons.

More often than not the answers I receive relate in some way to anorexia, the “better known” eating disorder. When I ask the audience about the other eating disorders, their

Behind the Scenes of an Exercise DVD

The workout routines were set and practiced. Now we were ready to record. What follows is Part II of an article (following Part I last week) about the adventures of making an exercise DVD; this one in particular, designed exclusively for frum Jewish men.

Those who know me are always surprised to learn that, despite my big mouth, I’m not really an extrovert,

Breastfeeding Challenges and Solutions

The birth of a child is always a great event and life-changing for most. Most often new parents are unprepared to face the challenges of parenthood. New mothers are often fatigued and have anxiety about doing things “right.” One of the first tasks as a new mother is to feed the child. Pediatricians are all in agreement that breast milk is best for the child and

Rashes/Poison Ivy

One of the most fre­quent complaints of chil­dren brought to an emer­gency room or urgent care facility is rashes. While most rashes are benign and need mini­mal intervention there are some that are very dangerous and need immediate medical care.

The first rule of thumb that I use when a parent calls to say that a child has a rash is that rashes

Behind the Scenes of an Exercise DVD—Part I

It was September last year when, out of the blue, I was called by a Brook­lyn-based DVD production company and asked to de­sign and present an exercise DVD made ex­clusively for frum Jewish men. How could I say no? After all, how many times in one’s life does one get invited to make an exer­cise DVD?

I was tasked to prepare two of four DVD

Avoid Fad Diets: Healthy Weight Loss Tips that Work

(StatePoint) Losing weight to look good may be a great motivator. An even better motivator is to get healthier, as excess fat tissue breeds inflammation, which can contribute to many debili­tating and deadly diseases. And accord­ing to many doctors, even just a modest amount of extra weight can be damag­ing to your health.

When it comes to diets, if

Tips to Get Fit this Summer

(StatePoint) Everybody wants to be in shape for bathing suit season, but all those fun seasonal activities—from barbecues to va­cations to baseball games—can derail a diet.

Here are some tips to help you get fit, so you can look and feel your best all summer:


It’s tempting to leave healthy habits be­hind when heading out of

No Body Talk: Innovative or Harmful?

As we warmly em­brace summer vaca­tion and the first hints of those smoldering July days, many of our family members and friends are settling in at camp. While many of us are famil­iar with the local and even some of the out-of-town camp programs for children and teens, one camp made the headlines more than oth­ers over the past few weeks. Eden Village in Putnam

Lines and Wrinkles

Have you ever looked at the mirror and wanted to pull a little on your face in order to smooth some lines which start to appear? Some women claim they do not mind the lines which start to appear on their face. I do not agree. Modern day life, the fast pace, the stress, the sun all combine to add years to our faces.

While I am not one to deny the

Know Thyself, Including Thy Body Type: Working With What You Have

Have you ever wondered why there are some people (and I’m sure you know one or two) who seem to be able to eat whatever they want and not gain any weight? Conversely, perhaps you know others who only have to look at a piece of cake and seem to put on five pounds? Is it just your imagination?

Actually, it isn’t. Contrary to our Declaration