Post surgery guide: fitness & nutrition

By Chloe Miller

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Any kind of procedure on our bodies can be very stressful, both physically and mentally, and requires a special care and approach when it comes to diet and physical activities. Now, depending on severity of the very procedure, the resting period and the getting back on your feet can vary, but it is important to, after consulting your doctor, determine your post surgery routine. If done properly exercising can actually help you recover faster and diet can help your wounds heal and your organism to recover from such anxious period. So, let us find out how an ideal post recovery period should look like.

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Getting ready for swimsuit season

By Gabriella Diesendorf
We all dream of the perfect body, tight stomach and toned legs, but when we need to start doing something about it, that is when the problem occurs. Something is always more important than trainings, healthy diet and well-balanced lifestyle. Nevertheless, those are some of the most important factors that influence our body shape. If you have finally decided to start taking care of your body, and you want to achieve a fit look in a healthy way, these suggestions will help you do it.

Training

It is essential you put your body in the move as much as possible, especially since the swimsuit season is approaching. Every little step you make will count. Therefore, turn the music on and start dancing. Zumba classes are perfect for people who like to dance and lose weight at the same time. Additionally, avoid elevators and climb up the stairs at work.

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Why I’m Loving #BodyPosi

   As I’m sure everyone knows in this day and age negative body outlooks are unfortunately a big part of today’s society. Everywhere you look in the media you see articles ranging from: how to obtain the “perfect” body to crazy fad diets that absolutely no one can possibly stick to for any length of time. So of course, it only seems natural that the majority of people are finding it hard to keep up with this day and age’s ideal body type. I myself struggled with anorexia for six years of my life and still to this day occasionally falter and succumb to wanting that Victoria’s Secret model body, however recently I’ve come across a new movement that is way more positive than “thinspiration” and that my friends is the movement of “Body Posi“.
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Assuming you have been on Twitter within the past year, I’m going to guess that you have probably heard of the “BodyPosi” hashtag. But in case you haven’t let me give you the run down:

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The Red Pump Project!

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Today wear your Red heels, Red Sneakers, Red Boots and support the “Rock the Red Pump Project” and get the conversation started!

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, is on Saturday, but will be observed on the internet today!! Take pics of yourself in your red shoes, use the official hashtag #RocktheRedPump on Twitter and comment on Facebook!!
Help spread the word about how HIV/AIDS is effecting Girls and Women everywhere…

On March 10, the United States will recognize National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD). Launched by the Office of Women’s Health, NWGHAAD is a nationwide observance that encourages people to take action in the fight against HIV/AIDS and raise awareness of its impact on women and girls. While great progress has been made in the area of HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, women still represent 27% of all new AIDS diagnoses, with African-American women accounting for 66% of that group. In observance of NWGHAAD, we are back with our 4th Annual Rock the Red Pump™ Campaign! The campaign’s goal is to generate conversation in blogosphere about the issue of HIV/AIDS and how it affects women.

Yesterday was International Women’s Day. It is not ironic that this event is going on during March which happens to be Women’s History Month as well as the month we celebrate Women in general! So show your support of spreading awareness and educating other women about one of the major diseases affecting us not just nationally, but globally – HIV/AIDS. Get the conversation going today, support the cause and share the Red Pump Project with your friends and family.

Here a few of the statistics you can share with the girls and women in your life:

  • There are approximately 1.1 million people living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S. & almost 280,000 are women
  • In 2006, there were 15,000 new HIV infections and 9,801 AIDS cases diagnosed among women
  • There were 3,784 deaths among women with AIDS in 2006
  • Among those who are HIV positive, 35% of women were tested for HIV late in their illness (diagnosed with AIDS within one year of testing positive)
  • HIV/AIDS is the 5th leading cause of death in women in the United States, ages 25-44
  • High-risk heterosexual contact is the source of 80% of these newly diagnosed infections in women
  • According to a CDC study of more than 19,500 patients with HIV in 10 US cities, women were slightly less likely than men to receive prescriptions for the most effective treatments for HIV infection
  • New York has the highest number of women living with AIDS – 22,532

 

RED never looked better on you- The Heart Truth®!

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The Heart Truth: National Wear Red Day, Friday, February 3, 2012. Get Involved!

Heart Disease is #1 killer of women.  Know your risk factors on National Wear Red Day®.

Do you know The Heart Truth® about women and heart disease? More women die of heart disease than any other disease—even breast cancer. And living with it can lead to disability and a decreased quality of life.

Join The Heart Truth campaign on Friday, February 3rd, 2012—National Wear Red Day—to help spread the message that “Heart Disease Doesn’t Care What You Wear, It’s the #1 Killer of Women.®” Wear your favorite Red Dress, red shirt, or red tie to inspire women to take action to protect their hearts.

Having just one risk factor can double your risk of developing heart disease. Multiple risk factors multiply your risk. Know the risk factors for heart disease that you have control over:

  • Smoking;
  • High blood pressure;
  • High cholesterol and high triglyceride levels;
  • Overweight/obesity;
  • Physical inactivity; and
  • Diabetes and pre-diabetes.

The campaign is especially aimed at women ages 40 to 60, the age when a woman's risk of heart disease starts to rise. But its messages are also important for younger women, since heart disease develops gradually and can start at a young age-even in the teenage years.

Talk to your doctor to find out if you are at risk and take action. Not smoking, heart healthy eating, physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight, and taking prescribed medication can help to control and reduce your risks.

To find out more about women and heart disease, visit The Heart Truth Web pages at www.hearttruth.gov or call the NHLBI Health Information Center at 301-592-8573.

 

In addition, The Heart Truth hosts its annual Red Dress Collection Fashion Show during New York’s Fashion Week each February to warn women of their #1 killer—heart disease. The Red Dress® builds awareness that women are at risk for heart disease and motivates them to take action to reduce their risk. In February 2012, The Heart Truth will celebrate a decade of inspiring women to protect their hearts during American Heart Month.

Photo of group celebrities,etc who modeled and participated in Fashion Week February 9, 2011. Photo courtesy of www.nhlbi.nih.gov

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