Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Congratulations everyone! You have arrived...at the beginning! But isn't this the end? Nope. THIS IS THE BEGINNING!
Now, it's up to you to stick to a lifetime of healthier living.
Remember, none of us are perfect at all this. Think small changes, big results.
We at AHA are so proud of each of you! We wish you a healthier life, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke!
Visit often: www.heart.org Work with your healthcare provider to create a plan, know your numbers, stay physically active, make good food choices.
You are a BetterU!
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Bloomingdale's anticipates you will all be finished by 3 p.m.--ample time to arrive at WPH by 4 p.m.
Monday, April 29, 2013
And, you HAVE just gotten started. BetterU is simply the start of many healthier moments for each of you--moments we hope you'll enjoy for a long lifetime.
We hope as many folks as possible will get their final #'s today at WPH. If you don't make it today, we encourage you to work with your healthcare provider to learn your #'s (see my recent post about MyLifeCheck).
Congratulations...we are looking forward to celebrating all of the "you's" in BetterU, Westchester, later this week!
Sunday, April 28, 2013
http://mylifecheck.heart.org/ Is our website dedicated to lifestyle changes that improve heart health.
The Simple 7 are the 7 areas where you can make a huge impact with small efforts:
You can create an action plan--along with your healthcare providers--and take our MyLifeCheck Assessment. http://mylifecheck.heart.org/PledgePage.aspx?NavID=5&CultureCode=en-US
You can complete the assessment initially without knowing all of your health #'s, but it is a great idea to work with your health care provider and get as much of the following information as you can to input into the confidential, private assessment tool:
After you've plugged in information about your #'s, your lifestyle, and your family history, you'll get a heart health score and great information about how to move toward more ideal cardiovascular health.
You can also pay it forward using the My Life Check resources page:
Our www.heart.org website is something I encourage you to explore in an ongoing way. Some highlights:
The "Getting Healthy" area gives you TONS of information about nutrition, physical activity, etc.
Under "Conditions" you can find information on specific needs like controlling high BP or cholesterol:
Here are our cholesterol tools and resources, for example: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/Cholesterol/CholesterolToolsResources/Cholesterol-Tools-and-Resources_UCM_001216_Article.jsp
We hope that you've had a wonderful journey toward better health, via BetterU. But you are just getting started! Use the resources above as a jumping off point to be your own best health advocate, work with your healthcare providers to create a concrete plan that will help you stay on the good health path.
Cheers to your heart-healthy life!
With our closing programs coming up this week, if you haven't already contacted Julia Moran (email@example.com) with your RSVP information, please do so.
Ladies, we'd like to see the strongest turnout possible on 5/2 so that we can show our appreciation for Will2Lose and White Plains Hospital. We also need to let Shop Rite know a final headcount for our 5/1 grocery shopping trip program. Again, please let Julia know if you plan to attend, ASAP.
We also need as many participants as possible to get their final numbers checked this Monday at WPH. Please call Kristine Sposato at WPH and schedule a time for Monday 4/29. Her number is 914-681-2563. They will get your final, Height, Weight, BMI and Blood Pressure numbers for our presentation on May 2nd.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
I hope to see many of you this evening at White Plains Hospital. If you didn't RSVP, you can still show up.
We'll learn simple, practical ways you can improve your cardiovascular health--and how you can keep track with a private, personal health assessment...and all of it is free!
Monday, April 22, 2013
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Thursday, April 18, 2013
Remember, it's always important to work with your healthcare providers if you have questions about weight loss--or any other aspect of physical well-being.
I thought of you all, last night. While my young child played in the yard in the early evening, I was determined to get a workout in. So, I walked--with bursts of running at regular intervals--in my driveway...I could interact with the kiddo, and get in my 30 minutes. It wasn't exciting, but it was still exercise.
How do you get creative about fitting in your workouts?
This heart.org link for caregivers is really geared toward folks involved in taking care of someone with a cardiovascular condition, but I think its advice is good for any type of caregiver...including parents:
Also sharing some of our "how to make a healthy home"...how to create a heart-healthy household. Makes our journeys easier when the folks we live with are engaged in healthy lifestyles with us. The link is geared toward parents, but it has great tips for everyone who manages some tasks of "keeping house" (budget healthy meals, for example)!
Have a good rest of your week!
Monday, April 15, 2013
Friday, April 12, 2013
April 23: 6:30 p.m.
Life's Simple 7: The American Heart Association's Easy Tips for a Healthier Life
White Plains Hospital Auditorium
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by 4/19
May 1: 7 - 8 p.m.
Healthy Grocery Shopping
ShopRite of White Plains, 13 City Place
We'll meet Stacey Jackson, nutritionist, who will teach us how to make better food choices when grocery shopping. Stacey serves the White Plains community and will also provide everyone with her contact information at the event...you will be able to touch base with her in the future, and schedule an appointment if you find you need more help after the session.
Please RSVP to me (email@example.com) by next Wednesday, 4/16
May 2: 1 - 3 p.m.
Makeup Makeovers by Bloomingdale's
Bloomingdale's of White Plains, 175 Bloomingdale Rd.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by 4/19
May 2: 4 p.m.
BetterU Program Close
White Plains Hospital
Please RSVP to email@example.com by 4/24
Monday, April 8, 2013
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Stress is part of an unhealthy lifestyle. But it's also something that can be pretty tough to avoid. Luckily, we've got some AHA stress-busting tips and facts:
And some actions we can take to manage stress:
Many of you may remember the Elizabeth Banks piece on women and warning signs from our luncheon. It's worth watching again:
View the Heart Attack Warning Signs in Women:
View the Stroke Warning Signs Quiz:
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Get Active! Move more. All movement burns calories. Increase the intensity of what you already do. You burn about the same number of calories per mile walking or jogging. But you burn them faster if you pick up the pace.
Don’t “reward” a workout with food. Go for a walk to help you fight non-hunger urges to eat. Keep track of your physical activity! Here is a log you can use.
Eat Healthy! Watch your portions. Try pre-portioned meals and snacks. Don’t drink your calories. Reach for water first. Pay attention to hunger. Eat before you get too hungry; stop eating before you feel full. Keep track of your eating!
Did You Know?A number of risk factors for heart disease and stroke can be addressed by improving your physical fitness – no matter what your size. Focus on making healthy food and physical activity choices. For substantial health benefits do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity per week. It's important to remember that a healthy weight doesn't necessarily mean your heart is healthy.
Don't Fall for Traps and Trip-Ups - Traps and trip-ups include emotions, situations, places, or even people that influence you to get off track. You've got to recognize and address these triggers for less healthy choices. For example, you may have a cookie-eating weakness when you get stressed, or avoid physical activity because you're too tired after work.
Once you've discovered your traps and trip-ups you should plan how to avoid them. Remember, even if you can't control your situation, you can control your choices. And the more healthy choices you make, the more likely you'll achieve your A Better U Course For Success!
Think about the goals you have worked toward in your weekly Course for Success. What barriers have you discovered? What has worked to help you overcome them?
Check In With Your Choices – Stop Emotional Eating - Many women let their emotions get in their way of their choices. Here are suggestions for avoiding this common trap:
Recognize how your mood affects your food. Stress, sadness, boredom, and even happiness can lead to unwanted calories and weight gain. Just a handful of potato chips every day can add about 1,000 calories per week. That could make you gain 4-pound in three months and 16-pounds in a year! Some women, on the other hand, lose their appetite and have poor nutrition during emotional times. It is important to know how your moods influence your food so you can make healthier choices.
Use healthy coping skills. After you understand your emotional eating patterns, develop an action plan. Think of ways to cope with emotions that don't involve food. For example, if you've had an intense day at work or you've been juggling carpools for your kids, avoid flopping down on the couch and flipping the remote control while eating your favorite chips at night. Instead, give yourself a 15-minute timeout and take a walk, do some stretching exercises or call a friend for support. Chances are you'll feel better and will have forgotten about those chips that were calling your name.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
I'm so proud that our American Heart Association has SO much nutrition information available for all of us. Much like you BetterU ladies, I am working really hard to have a "better relationship" with food...and our resources REALLY help. Check out our nutrition center.
AHA Nutrition Tips
Where you can "Meet the Fats"...some are good for us...some, not so much!
Learn how to use AHA's Heart-Check Program when grocery shopping...find foods put through rigorous science before they can meet our approval.
And my favorite when I just don't know what to cook...our recipe center...
Plus there's tons more. Happy browsing! Hope you have a heart healthy remainder of the week.
We are so proud of each of you!!!
Monday, March 18, 2013
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Monday, March 11, 2013
I got up and was at W2L to do the first floor routine of the week. I have noticed I can do Jacob's Ladder for a minute before I need a rest. My weights can probably go up some too. Clothes are feeling looser and I am sleeping very well. My son does not feel quite as heavy and I know he's not losing weight.
Will work on that mile run tomorrow.
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Quitting smoking is the single most important thing you can change in your life--or help a smoker you love to change. We have an entire site dedicated to kicking butts:
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
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Thursday, February 28, 2013
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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Off to a body sculpting class with Norma tonight, can't wait!!!
- Family history
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Physical inactivity
- Obesity or being overweight
Monday, February 25, 2013
I've been trying to stick to a diet filled with proteins and fruit, meat and yogurt and cheese and hard boiled eggs. It's helping, and I have more energy!
Have a great week all!
Sunday, February 24, 2013
I'm hoping that you are finally able to see my blog... I'm a little technilogically challenged but I think it's there!!
I have enjoyed seeing Florence and Jody at the gym and it's really nice connecting with people that have the same goal in mind.
I'm very excited to be attending the Go Red For Woman Luncheon on Thursday. If you haven't been before.... it's a GREAT day!!
Hope to see everyone soon...........
I was late for the spin class on Sunday and wasn't able to get in but did the elyptical and some other exercises. Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow night at WPH to hear about the nutrition portion.
Enjoy the Oscars!!!
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Great turnout for our meeting at W2L. There are point sheets for us: weekly assignments where we can accumulate points. The sheets are in folders behind the front desk. So when you do that extra 20 mins on the elliptical, just tell personnel behind the desk to add it to your points sheet.
There's a meeting on Monday at 5:30 pm at White Plains Hospital in the auditorium.
Friday, February 22, 2013
And, I proved that I could get to W2L at 5:30 am. Woo hoo!
See everyone tomorrow.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
See you all Saturday.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Almost all of you have come to Will2Lose..YAY! I know the rest have set up your appointments. Remember we have a meeting this Saturday at 12:30. No more then 45 min long. It will be informative and motivational. I will answer any questions you might have.
See you at the club.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Think about two women in your life that are important to you – friends, family members, or co-workers. Odds are that out of the three of you, one will develop some form of heart disease in the course of your life. Even scarier is that this disease can kill you! Heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 killers of women, killing nearly twice as many women as all forms of cancer.
Over 12 weeks with the Better U program, you will learn your personal risk of heart disease and stroke and small changes you can make to live a stronger, longer life. Knowing what you need to do is not enough. Choose to start incorporating new, healthier behaviors into your life today.
Focus on Your Goals
Research shows that women who set goals are far more successful in changing their physical activity and eating behaviors. Following the SMART principles of goal setting you can improve your chances of success
Specific. Your goals should clearly state what you want to accomplish and by when.
Measurable. A SMART goal can be measured. "Two days this week I will ride my bike for 20 minutes."
Appropriate. Make sure your goals are right for you. For example, if you are already exercising regularly,
focus on decreasing saturated fats.
Realistic. A goal that is not realistic will never be attained. So why set it? Select a goal that is realistic for
Time frame. Short-term goals are the building blocks for long-term goals. Focus on the specific things you
will work on each week.
Think simple — and remember that lifestyle changes don't have to be drastic. Then pair your short-term
goals with a reward. For example:
Goal No. 1: This week, I'll find 30 minutes in my day every day to be physically active.
Reward: Go see a movie on Saturday with my best friend.
Goal No. 2: By the end of the week, I'll read two new articles about the benefits of eating healthy.
Reward: Treat myself to a new package of herbal bath salts and read a magazine while soaking in the
Monday, February 18, 2013
Muscles a little sore from yoga yesterday, but not bad, can still exercise so it's all good :) I presume this will work itself out as I do yoga more.
Planning to attend a class tonight, either body sculpting or spin...fun! Hope to see a BetterU buddy there! :)
Sunday, February 17, 2013
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Thursday, February 14, 2013
They will join seminars at White Plains Hospital and benefit from expert training at Will2Lose gym in Scarsdale.
Participants will share their stories, challenges and successes in the BetterU program through this blog.
Bookmark this page for updates as these wonderful women share their experiences during BetterU!
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Can't think of a better day to talk about women taking care of their hearts! Happy Valentine's Day!
It's Sunday and I have had a chance to read my BetterU guide and Sundays are *my* day to focus on the weekly goals and take stock.
This week my plan is to P-L-A-N. That's my first SMART goal. Second goal is to exercise 4x or more and goal #3 is to drink more water and get up to 3liters each day.
I already belong to a local gym and reacqainted myself with the rowing class this morning. Tomorrow, I will go to W2L for yoga and to meet up with Norma.
There is a new obstacle : my FIL is in the hospital and my DH is saying he needs to be ready to travel. That means I lose out on him watching Jonathan while I go to a gym so I need to focus on efforts to make my home gym a reality.
Okay, so it's time to get my groceries.