Specialist in Fitness Nutrition Certificate

I received my certificate as a Specialist in Fitness Nutrition (SFN). The certification is from the International Sports Sciences Association.  This credential compliments my Certified Fitness Trainer certification. I wanted to become more knowledgeable about basic nutritional science and how to apply that knowledge in the art of fitness nutrition. Continued education and implementation of sound … [Read more...]

New Dietary and Physical Activity Guidelines Released

USDA and HHS Announce New Dietary Guidelines to Help Americans Make Healthier Food Choices and Confront Obesity Epidemic WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2011 — Agriculture Secretary TomVilsack and Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius today announced the release of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the federal government's evidence-based nutritional … [Read more...]

Jumping Jacks In Heaven

On Sunday, America and the world lost a health and fitness icon. Jack LaLanne, The Godfather of Fitness, passed away at the age of 96. I’m having trouble finding anyone that compared to LaLanne.  He was the original, the first, and the leader of the modern fitness movement. LaLanne influenced and inspired more people to get fit and live a healthier life than anyone I can think of. When I look … [Read more...]

Wal-Mart Comes Through Big to Make Us Smaller!

Wal-Mart’s getting healthier and taking its customers with them. According to a story in the New York Times, Wal-Mart is going to announce a plan to reduce unhealthy salts, fats and sugars from their packaged foods. They’re also reporting that they will be lowering prices on fruits and vegetables. This is fantastic news for the consumer and millions of families. Read Full Article Here: … [Read more...]

Rooting For Your Own Team?

A team can’t win without scoring. Neither can we. Think of any team sport that you like and how a team scores.  Is it a touchdown, a basket, a run, a goal, a point, or something else? Teams get excited and have momentum when they score. So do we when we’re trying to lose weight or increasing our fitness level. We need to score and have the “little wins” in order to feel good and stay … [Read more...]

Balancing Resolutions:) What Limits You?

We call things that hamper us from reaching our health goals “Limiting Factors”. Typically there are 3 limiting factors that are real when it comes to achieving our overall health success and well-being. 1. Genetics 2. Physical Activity 3. Nutritional Habits We need to be aware of all 3 but we need to concentrate mainly on 2 of them. Typically our genetics, although it’s something we can’t … [Read more...]

Are You “Dying” For A Piece Of Cake?

Have you ever said that you’re dying for a certain type of food or treat?  I sure have. What I didn’t realize over all the years was that I was contributing to an early death when I took each bite.  My heart and overall health were being sabotaged with every over-indulgence. We should always strive for nutritional balance in our lives and we each need to decide at what point is that “little … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Dinner — What’s on your sidelines?

Name One Heart Healthy Food dish that will be on your Thanksgiving dinner menu. … [Read more...]

Name a Heart Healthy Fruit and it can’t be a repeat:) One Word, One Fruit:)

Here we go again.  Our heart healthy veggie list was huge. Let’s switch to fruits. Name a Heart Healthy Fruit and it can't be a repeat:) One word, One Fruit:) Place your fruit in the comment section below. Fresh fruit comes from the earth and each variety has so many natural minerals, vitamins, fiber, natural sugars, antioxidants and more.  Most of don’t get enough fruits and veggies … [Read more...]

I’m Not Lovin’ It So Much, But I Want To!

To: Mr. Jim Skinner, CEO – McDonald’s Corporation Dear Jim, As CEO of the largest food distribution and marketing company in the world, is it too much for me to ask that you develop and serve several “Heart Healthy menu items? I was one of your most loyal and devoted customers for over 40 years. Unfortunately, I had to stop eating at your restaurants almost 4 years ago after my heart attack, … [Read more...]

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