Why We’re Really Sick: The Epidemic of Chronic Diseases


I’m a firm believer that humans are designed to be physically active and that not doing so creates energy imbalances within the body that ultimately contribute to obesity and other health problems. As evidence, over 500,000 people die each year from diseases linked to physical inactivity and obesity. Furthermore, rates of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain forms of cancer have all tripled over the past 30 years corresponding to decreasing levels of daily physical activity and increasing rates of obesity.


Implementing Resistance Workouts for a Beautifully Healthy Face

Cleansers, moisturizers, toners and treatments come a dime dozen but healthy, beautiful facial skin starts from within. As you may already know, eating a diet comprised of protein-rich, vitamin-loaded, and antioxidant-dense foods, can greatly improve the clarity, texture, and overall appearance of your face (click here for 6 simple, delicious ways to get amazingly radiant skin). However, you might not know that combining such a well-balanced diet with regular resistance exercise is one of the most critical steps towards a beautiful face.


Different Types of Weight Training Equipment

When it comes to weight training, you need to choose exercises and equipment that tax all the major muscle groups of your upper and lower body. A good weight training routine should include at least eight different exercises which can easily be performed with machines as they guide your body through the desired range of motion and don't require much coordination. Machines are also great for isolating muscle groups. Check out this video clip to see some of the best weight training machine exercises.



Research Nina Cherie Franklin PhDDr. Nina Cherie Franklin is a research scientist with over 15 years of academic, clinical and industry experience in health and wellness promotion and programming with extensive expertise in working with minority and underserved communities. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign), a Master of Science degree in Movement Science and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Kinesiology, Nutrition and Rehabilitation Science, both from UIC. Dr. Franklin is also a board certified and licensed Clinical Massage Therapist (National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork), a certified Health Fitness Specialist (American College of Sports Medicine), and a certified Group Exercise Instructor (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America).


The Body Mass Index Versus Body Composition: What You Need to Know

There is so much controversy surrounding continued use of the body mass index (BMI) in clinical and research settings. It’s well justified too. Because of this somewhat misleading tool a large percentage of people in the United States have been classified as either overweight or obese. Now that obesity is treated as a disease, measurement tools for diagnosing obesity definitely need to change and they need to change fast.


The Power of the Pineapple

You may find it hard to believe that something as juicy and refreshingly sweet as pineapple could actually be good for you. Due to its unique composition of nutrients, this tropical fruit has long served therapeutic purposes in traditional medicine. Regularly eating pineapple naturally boosts immunity and fights disease, aids in protein digestion, and greatly alleviates the effects of inflammation associated with injury and inflammatory disorders like arthritis.


BeTwixed, Bothered, and Bewildered

A while back I was talking to my husband about a bad habit that I’d picked up when I was pregnant. Before I tell you what it is, let me tell you a little bit about me. I’ve always been extremely structured and very disciplined when I put my mind to something. Even when I had weaknesses, they were consistent. I loved salty foods as a child, as opposed to sugary snacks, so that’s all I ate. In fact, up to the time I was pregnant, I didn’t eat sweets at all. Talk to anyone who knows me and they’ll tell you that this is a true fact.


Dieting’s Done, Now Leave That Fat Behind For Good

Have you achieved a significant weight loss goal through dieting? If so, congratulations!

Now that you’ve lost the weight, how do you intend on keeping it off?

Have you developed a long-term weight maintenance strategy? Thinking of keeping your personal trainer on retainer for the rest of your life? Excited about opening up plastic wrapped entrées or gulping down meal replacement shakes for the next 20 years?


Effective Strategies for Avoiding Hypertension

Often labeled "the silent killer", hypertension (or high blood pressure) is a serious medical condition that occurs when pressure within the arteries is chronically elevated. If left uncontrolled, high blood pressure can trigger the onset of life threating events like heart attack, stroke and kidney failure. Although the development of hypertension is a complex process that’s closely linked to inevitable factors like genetics, you can greatly reduce your risk by making healthy lifestyle choices and regularly monitoring your blood pressure levels.

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