Jul
23
2013

6 Twitter Profiles for a Healthier Lifestyle

Technology has come a long way in recent years, and one of the biggest beneficiaries of its growth is social media. What started out as a simple way to connect with friends, has become a world where people can interact with anyone from anywhere. Whether it’s your friend that has moved across the country, or your favorite musician, social media has made it so access to them can be only a click away.  

One of the biggest social media sites is Twitter; a place where followers get your thoughts in 140 characters or less. If you follow the right people, Twitter can be your one stop shop for news, entertainment, and perhaps most importantly, your health!

Here are some Twitter profiles you may want to consider following for health guidance and advice.

Dr. Mehmet Oz (@DrOz)- Many are familiar with Dr. Oz from his television show, The Dr. Oz Show, as well as being a guest on other shows. His Twitter offers tips, information about upcoming health Twitter chats, and health-related programs to watch on TV.

Healthtap (@Healthtap)- Health Tap is an interactive network that connects physicians and patients outside the doctor’s office. The feed provides tips from more than 32,000 different U.S. doctors. Tweets range from answering questions about the cause of hiccups to offering methods for improving sleep. But remember, there’s no substitute for visiting your regular physician.

Health Magazine (@Goodhealth) - Just like their print publication, Health Magazine’s Twitter account is very comprehensive and covers all aspects of health including 5 min workouts, recipes of the day, and general advice to lead a healthier lifestyle. Men’s Health Magazine (@menshealthmag) is similar to Health Magazine’s profile with the difference being that its focus is strictly on nutrition, health, and fitness for MEN.

FoodFun (@FoodFun)- Kids are more receptive to learning things when it’s fun, and that’s what FoodFun does. FoodFun is full of creative ideas about how to get children and teens interested in making healthy choices and articles detailing the latest news on causes and solutions for childhood obesity.

Eat This, Not That! (@EatThisNotThat!)- This is one of my favorite twitter profiles for food. It offers healthier alternatives to foods that can be “diet-busters”. It could be the difference between gaining 10 to 20 pounds and achieving your target weight goal.

These are only a few of the health profiles the “Twitter-verse” has to offer. While you are browsing Twitter for your health needs be sure to visit our profile (@RobardCorp), where you’ll find the latest updates on events, news, and announcements Robard has to offer. If you have other Twitter profiles that you follow, or want to know anything about healthy Twitter profiles, leave a comment in the box below. Don’t worry, we won’t keep you to 140 characters! 

Links 

http://www.socialmediadelivered.com/2012/01/12/top-20-healthy-habits-twitter-profiles-from-socialmediadel/

http://techland.time.com/2013/03/25/140-best-twitter-feeds-of-2013/slide/all/

Jul
18
2013

3 Tips to Understanding Nutrient Claims

When walking up and down the aisles of the grocery store, you see color packages loudly proclaiming the contents to be free of or low in calories, fat, sodium, and sugar. But what do these statements really mean? Understanding nutrient content claims can help you to better understand the type of food you are consuming and can assist you in planning and maintaining a nutritious diet. 

Nutrient Amounts Per Serving: 

  1. A claim of free/zero means it’s less than 5 calories, 0.5 grams of fat or sugar, or under 5 milligrams of sodium.
  2. The distinction of low is when a serving contains under 120 calories, 140 milligrams of sodium, or under 3 grams of fat comply with this standard; there is no set FDA regulation for the claim of low sugar.
  3. Reduced/Less is determined by a relationship where one food contains 25% or fewer of the listed nutrient when compared with a similar referenced food. For example, reduced fat chips have a lower fat content when compared to regular chips of the same brand and flavor

These are just a few things to look for when you are shopping for food. Leave a comment in the box below if you have any additional things to look out for when trying to understand nutrient claims. 

 
Jul
16
2013

Small Steps Towards a Healthier Lifestyle

We all know what happens. You start a work out plan and it goes well for a while, until real life factors start getting in the way. After a busy day you want to go home and partake in life’s little pleasures. You want to play with your kids, tune into your favorite television shows, take a much needed nap, and by the time you look at the clock it’s time for bed! The day hastily passed you by, leaving no time to fit in the workout you promised yourself you would do. 


With a little ingenuity, you can take some small steps that can ultimately make a big difference! Exercising 
does not always have to be a dedicated moment laced with running shoes and sweatpants; there are many tricks to working in a workout throughout your day.


  1. Stand Up and Walk Around: People tend to hunch over their keyboard, typing away, never taking a moment to step back, stretch their legs, and walk around. Try to get up every hour to walk around for 3-4 minutes. The time away from your computer will be good for your heart and mind.
  2. Talk to Your Co-Workers Face-to-Face Instead of Calling: Every so often, put the handset down, stand up, and walk over to your co-worker to hold your discussion. Not only does this personal interaction cultivate working relationships, it gives you an excuse for a little bit of exercise.
  3. Park Further: Don’t scour the parking lots for the spaces closest to the door; make a conscious effort to park further away. The extra minute or two to walk will give you a few extra steps each day and another small way to be a bit more active.
It's the little things that count, even when it comes to a healthy lifestyle! 

Jul
11
2013

Watch What You Eat, and How You Eat It

Good nutrition practices are a key factor to your weight loss and maintenance success, but another part of “watching what you eat” is just as important: practicing food safety. Take preventative measures to ensure that you and your family are really eating healthy. 

Keep It Clean:

  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds with warm, soapy water before, during, and after food preparation.
  • Clean fruits and vegetables in cold water prior to cutting.
  • Make sure you always start with clean counter surfaces.
Make Sure It's Cooked:
  • Use a meat thermometer to ensure meat and seafood are cooked to proper temperatures.
  • Never eat anything with raw eggs or containing raw eggs.
Don't Forget the Leftovers:
  • Don’t let perishable items cool on the counter or sit out for more than 2 hours without putting them away.
  • Make sure your refrigerator is set to 40 degrees Fahrenheit or cooler.
  • If in doubt (about the freshness of your food), throw it out.
What do you do to practice food safety? Leave some tips in the comment box below!

Jul
9
2013

Walk for Your Health

Walking is a part of daily life. You do it from your car to your desk, to the bathroom, up and down the stairs, and everywhere in between. But, how many steps are you taking daily? Knowing this can help you to implement a small change that can help you become healthier. Some studies suggest walking 10,000 steps daily—most Americans average about 2,000 to 3,000—but really, every extra step counts and can make a difference. To start taking an extra few steps each day:

  • Wear a pedometer each day for a week, while going about your normal routine, to figure out the number of steps you are taking daily. Log the amount you take each night. At the end of the week, take the amount of steps from the day that was the highest, and try to make this your goal.
  • For the next week, try to walk your goal amount of steps daily. Continue to log this each night to track your progress.
  • At the end of the week, figure out how many extra steps you would like to take each day the upcoming week. Simply increase this number by a couple hundred (i.e. 250), nothing too unrealistic.
After a few weeks, you should find that walking becomes easier and that you are feeling healthier and fit during activities that you may previously have been tired doing. The goal is to incorporate walking into your daily life and to change your current lifestyle! 

*Always consult a doctor before beginning an exercise regimen. If you feel any pain or discomfort during, contact your doctor.

 

Jul
2
2013

Stretch, 2, 3, 4…

Stand up, hold your arms out in front of you, bend at the waist, and try to touch your toes. Can you do it? Do you feel tightness in the back of your legs? Stretching your muscles and joints through something as simple as touching your toes is an important part of wellness and one of the simplest changes you can make to your current lifestyle. 

Through the aging process, our muscles tighten, making everyday motions of picking something up off the floor to reaching for something on a top shelf difficult. Implementing a day-to-day stretching regimen can assist in making these activities a bit easier. 

Simple stretches can have a huge benefit on your quality of life, including:

 

  • Reduced muscle tension
  • Increased range of motion in your joints
  • Enhanced muscular coordination
  • Increased circulation of the blood to various parts of the body
  • Increased energy levels (resulting from the increase in circulation)

Implementing a stretching regimen now, even one as simple as a 5 minute wake-up routine, can make a huge impact on your health and well-being in the future. Muscles that are stretched and conditioned have an easier time handling the rigors or life, sports, and other activities. 

As with any exercise regimen, start out slowly, and focus on making progress. Over time you will notice that your muscles can handle a greater amount of strain and that your aches and pains from the rigors of life are lessened.


Links: robard.com

 

 

Jun
27
2013

Eating Healthy on Vacation

Summer has officially begun! If you plan to start the season with a getaway, keep these nutritious eating tips in mind during your travels. 

  • Don’t be at the mercy of vending machines, fast food stops, and airport cuisine. If you want healthy, convenient meals and snacks, there are a variety of healthy alternatives.
  • If you’re traveling by car, pack a cooler filled with a variety of fruits, cut-up vegetables, milk for cereal, ice cold water, etc.
  • If you’re traveling by plane, ask about special menus available, such as low-fat, sodium-restricted and vegetarian selections. (Note: You’ll need to make this special request when you book your flight.)
  • Consider eating breakfast in your room instead of heading for the hotel restaurant. It will save you calories and free up extra time to enjoy more of the sights.

Remember, when you take a vacation from the daily grind, don’t take a vacation from your healthy lifestyle.

Links: www.robard.com

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