My Weight Loss and Beachbody Story

January 28, 2012 by  
Filed under STRESS, VIDEO

My Weight Loss and Beachbody Story
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Grooming Essentials For Women / Educational Video

May 7, 2011 by  
Filed under VIDEO

I just found this health related video on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it!

Excerpt from the public domain video, “Good Grooming For Girls (1956)”, courtesy of Prelinger Archives.

Tell us what you think about this video in the comments below, or in the Battling For Health Community Forum!

Fighting depression with exercise

May 12, 2009 by  
Filed under DEPRESSION

happy-timesMany children and adolescents suffer from clinical depression. That is why experts have recently come up with guidelines that recommended routine screening for depression in the younger segment of the population. The guidelines also recommended psychotherapy or psychotropic drugs or both in the management of clinical depression in adolescents. But aren’t there other ways – especially non-pharmacological approaches to manage depression?

Researchers at the Medical College of Georgia looked at the effect of exercise on depressive kids. The participants were 207 weight children aged 7 to 11 years old. The participants were tested for depressive symptoms using the Reynolds Child Depression scale as well as the Self-Perception Profile for Children, a test which measures childrens’ perception of themselves before (at baseline) and after the study. The children were randomly assigned to three different physical exercise regime which lasted for 13 weeks

  • Group one: a “low-dose” exercise group which was physically active20 minutes each day
  • Group two: a “high-dose” exercise group which was physically active for 40 minutes each day
  • Group three: a control group which consisted of sedentary children.

Exercises consisted of activities which were fun but maximized for intensity and designed so that the participants’ heart rates exceeded more than 150 beats per minute.

The study results showed that depressive symptoms improved significantly with increasing exercise time even though no noticeable weight increase was observed. It seems that exercise has a positive impact on the children’s self-esteem. However, this positive effect was only observable in white but black participants.

Physical activity has been shown to greatly help in managing depression in adults. In patients who suffered from stroke or cardiac events, exercise helps in improving health outcomes. In patients with primarily clinical depression, exercise leads to release of the hormone endorphin which induces positive feeling. The study results here suggest that physical exercise can positively affect children’s self-worth should therefore be considered as intervention against depressive symptoms.

This is very relevant considering the results of another study last year which showed that American children take more psychotropic medications that their counterpart in Western Europe. Comparing the US with two European countries, the annual prevalence of use of psychotropic medications is:

  • US  – 6.7%
  • The Netherlands – 2.9%
  • Germany – 2.0%

The most common of these psychotropic drugs were antidepressants and stimulants and there was a tendency for multiple drug therapy among US kids. There is some indication that Europeans tend to use alternative ways of managing depression – including exercise.


June 10, 2008 by  
Filed under DIABETES


DIVABETIC was inspired by Luther Vandross and created by his assistant, Max Szadek.

The project is a sassy, fun and energetic Diabetic outreach program to build self esteem and positive attitudes. Divabetics encourages early detection and prevention.

The principles of Divabetic- BEE-A-DIVA Workshops are:

  • Be Visible
  • Be Informed
  • Be Disciplined
  • Be Active

Diva to Diva! Presenting Divabetic Makeover Your Diabetes–Coming to a City Near YOU!!

Divabetic Makeover Your Diabetes events are your gateway to finding answers, feeling inspired and learning new ways to live well with diabetes while enjoying an exciting mix of free beauty and fashion services. By participating, you have the opportunity to talk one-on-one with friendly certified diabetes educators and registered dietitians in a festive, fun atmosphere. Come mix and mingle with hundreds of women just like you. Enrich your life! Enliven your spirit! Join us and experience an unforgettable night of outreach. Create your own success story!

Divabetic events are free and you can bring a partner, male or female. Register online. Check out the site to find when an event will be in your area.

j0422377.jpgEvent activities include:

  • Fashion tips
  • Free manicures
  • Beauty Bazaar
  • Gifts and Prizes
  • Shape Shop
  • Fitness Ideas
  • Free Makeovers
  • Diabetes ABCs

Grab your camera and your feather boa and post your diva photo in the Divabetic Diva Suite!

Divas Supporting Divas. Famous Divas with Diabetes.

Here’s a few famous Diabetic Divas past and present that I found:

  • Halle Barry
  • Sheena Easton
  • Delta Burke
  • Mary Tyler Moore
  • Mae West
  • Mahalia Jackson
  • Ella Fitzgerald
  • Carol Channing
  • Peggy Lee
  • Patti LaBelle
  • Anne Rice
  • Elizabeth Taylor
  • Jayne Wyman
  • Minnie Pearl
  • Dale Evans
  • AND YOU!!

The message is clear. Don’t let Diabetes stop you being all you can be— from being the Diva you are.

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NOTE: The contents in this blog are for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or a substitute for professional care. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health professional before making changes to any existing treatment or program. Some of the information presented in this blog may already be out of date.