SQUAD GOALS…….Fitness and Nutrition Go Hand in Hand!!

SQUAD GOALS…….Fitness and Nutrition Go Hand in Hand!!

Good Day, All!   It’s ‘Olympics Season’ and I wanted to provide some resources regarding nutrition for us regular civilians, as well as athletes, weekend warriors and professionals, alike.   The better prepared you are, physically and nutrition wise, the better your performance and overall health will be.   Having Lived With a Runner For Twenty Years, I Have Been Able To Witness, Firsthand, the Dos and Don’ts of Nutrition and Athletes.   Take the Time to Take Care of Your Body and It Will Return the Favor to You Tenfold.                                      So What Do You Need To Know????                                A. Carbohydrates   **Provide Energy for Short Duration or Low Intensity Exercise **Avoid ‘Glycogen (stored glucose) Depletion…..Hitting The Wall’   http://www.toyourhealth.com/mpacms/tyh/article.php?id=1633     Symptoms of Glycogen (glucose) Depletion 1. Lightheadedness 2. Dizziness 3. Hallucinations 4. Heavy Leg Sensation   Carbohydrates (BIG SUGAR) break down>>>Glucose, Fructose and Galactose (small sugars)>>>FUEL Carbohydrate Load (Replace Depleted Glucose Stores in Muscle, Liver and Blood)…..2-4 Hours After Exercise   Ideally, You Want to Load Up on Complex Carbohydrates, Fluids, Proteins and Fats, Before, During and After Your WorkOut.     Goals…. 1. Maximize Glucose Storage 2. Optimize Performance 3. Improve Recovery Time   Here are Some Examples and Recommendations of Great Carbohydrates:      Bananas Berries Brown Rice Energy Bars….Preferably Composed of Fruits, Nuts and Whole Grains….High in Carbs, Moderate Proteins and Low in Fat and Fiber Low Fat Yogurt Old Fashioned Oatmeal Sport...
Summer Fun Means Summer Safety……..Learning to Swim is Key!!!!

Summer Fun Means Summer Safety……..Learning to Swim is Key!!!!

We Always Want the Summer Months to Be Filled With Fun and Great Times.   And Having Fun Also Means Being Aware of Your Surroundings and Being Safe.   Most of Us Like to Spend Time at the Beach or Poolside…..I know I do.   So Make a Pact With Yourself and Your Loved Ones That From Now On….. WATER FUN = WATER SAFETY!!!     With the warm weather finally here, please take the time to be safe and aware of your surroundings and children while enjoying the water.   3.5K People DIE ANNUALLY in the U.S. from UNINTENTIONAL DROWNING     According to the Centers For Disease Control (CDC)​: 3,533 fatal unintentional drownings, Annually (USA) 10 deaths per day. 1 in 5 people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger.   *****More Children, 1 to 4 years of age, die from DROWNING, than any other cause of death except birth defects*******   For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries. Nearly 80% of people who die from drowning are male. Children ages 1 to 4 have the highest drowning rates.   ******In 2009, among children 1 to 4 years old who died from an unintentional injury, more than 30% died from drowning   African Americans, Specifically Children, Are Disproportionately Victims of Drowning…   Here Are the Facts…..   The fatal drowning rate of African American children ages 5 to 14 is almost three times that of white children in the same age range.   2. The disparity is most pronounced in swimming pools   3. African...
Be Carefree, Knowing That You Have Been Careful All Summer….Melanoma Awareness Month

Be Carefree, Knowing That You Have Been Careful All Summer….Melanoma Awareness Month

Skin Cancer is THE MOST COMMON CANCER in the U.S.A.     EVERY YEAR….. 3.5 Million Cases of Non-Melanoma (Basal Cell and Squamous Cell) Skin Cancer….. 73,000 New Cases of Melanoma….. 10,000 Melanoma Related Deaths…..   May is MELANOMA AWARENESS MONTH and It’s Our Job to Make Sure You and Your Loved Ones Are Well Taken Care of While You Enjoy the Sun and All of The Activities of Summer and Spring.   MELANOMA Makes Up 1-5% of All Skin Cancer Cases, Yet Accounts for the MAJORITY OF SKIN CANCER DEATHS     People Under 45 Years of Age Account for 25% of Melanoma Diagnoses     The Great News… For Melanoma Detected EARLY….Localized….The 5 Year Survival is 98%!!!!!!! Click to Enlarge American Cancer Society and the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention have designated the Friday before Memorial Day as DON’T FRY DAY http://www.cancer.org/…/infographic…/skin-cancer-prevention…   1 in 5 Americans Will Be Diagnosed with Skin Cancer 86 percent of Melanomas and 90 percent of non melanoma skin cancers are Associated with UV (Ultraviolet) Exposure….Sun rays     Who Can Be Diagnosed With Skin Cancer? ANYONE with SKIN!!!!   Who is at Risk for Being Diagnosed with Skin Cancer??   Although ALL Races and Genders are at Risk, there are some who have a Greater Risk of Developing Skin Cancer, and Melanoma in Particular….   Risk Factors for Skin Cancer: 1. Previous History of Skin Cancer 2. Chronic Sun Exposure 3. Skin Color……Highest Risk…Pale Skin…Blonde Hair…Red Hair….Light Eyes 4. Tanning Beds 5. Personal History of Abnormal Mole(s) 6. Family History of Melanoma in One or More First Degree Relatives (parent/sibling)...
Help Preserve Our Most Important Resource…..CHILDREN

Help Preserve Our Most Important Resource…..CHILDREN

Good Afternoon, All! It has been a great and exhausting month. I hope you all have made the most of your time and creativity. Before the month is up, I wanted to get out this critical information regarding CHILD ABUSE. There is no doubt that we have ALL encountered someone, maybe it’s you or someone you love, who has been ABUSED, physically, emotionally or because of neglect.       Whatever the case, PLEASE SHARE this important information!!     NATIONAL CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH           FACTS……   * 5 Children DIE Every Day Because of Child Abuse in the U.S.A. Over 70% Are Under Age 3         * 1 out of 3 Girls and 1 out of 5 Boys Will Be SEXUALLY ABUSED Before They Are 18 Years of Age     FOR HELP, CALL1.800.4 A Child   *90% of Sexual Abuse Survivors Know The Perpetrators 68% Have Been Abused By Family Members   *14% of Men and 36% of Women in Prison Were Abused As Children       *Number of children in the United States who died because of abuse or neglect in 2012: 1,593       70.3% were younger than three years of age 44.4% were younger than one year of age   https://www.dosomething.org/us/facts/11-facts-about-child-abuse   How Can Abuse Present???   1. Physical…..Bruises, Broken Bones…..Unexplained Injuries 2. Emotional….Cursing at You….Calling You Names…..Ignoring You 3. Verbal………A Parent/Friend/Sibling/Significant Other Who Call You Out of Your Name or Makes You Feel ‘Less Than’ is Being ABUSIVE!!!!! 4. Sexual…….You Are a Child……No One Should Touch Your Breasts, Buttocks, Vagina, Penis or Anus…..Or...
Every Single One of Us Has Been Impacted……………AUTISM

Every Single One of Us Has Been Impacted……………AUTISM

To Everyone Living, Surviving and Thriving With Autism, This Post Is In Honor of All That You Do To Make Life Better For Us All.   April is National Autism Awareness Month.     EVERYONE Reading this Post Right Now Has Either Directly, or Indirectly, Been Affected by AUTISM.   Like So Many Other Conditions, AUTISM is Ingrained in the Very Fabric of Our Society. And It is Our Duty, as Health Care Providers and Citizens, to INFORM, EDUCATE and Help CARE for Our Family, Friends, Neighbors, or Simply Fellow Human Beings, Who Have Been Affected by AUTISM.   Let’s Go Over the Basics and Then Touch On Some of the Many Things We All Can Do, to Improve the Lives of Those Affected By this Condition.   FACTS   What is Autism?   ****First Described by Leo Kanner in 1944   Also Referred to as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)       Defined as a Mental Condition, Present from Early Childhood, Characterized By Difficulty in Communicating and Forming Relationships with Other People and in Using Language and Abstract Concepts     https://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism     Who is Affected? 1 in 68 Children Has Autism 4-5 Times More Common in BOYS than Girls. **1 out of 42 Boys, Compared to 1 out of 189 Girls, are Diagnosed with Autism in the United States. **3 Million People are Affected by ASD in the United States and Tens of Millions Across the Globe The Prevalence (The Number of Persons with a Specific Condition, Living in the Population) Rate has Increased by 10-17% Annually in Recent Years…..   WHY…..and What are the CAUSES...
In This Time Of Uncertainty…What Is Your Most Important Asset?????

In This Time Of Uncertainty…What Is Your Most Important Asset?????

Your Greatest Asset…… YOUR HEALTH!! FOOD……FITNESS…..HEALTH March is NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTH     And Although We Are Meeting The End of the Month, Nutrition, Food and Fitness Are the Central Tenets of a Fruitful and Joyous Existence….ALL YEAR LONG.      Image Courtesy of Mike Ingram In a Time When We Seem To Be Losing Command of Our Finances, Political Representation and Cultural Respectability, OUR HEALTH is One Element That Is Still Within OUR CONTROL!!!   The Main Focus of CHICKS WITH MDS, LLC, Is To Restore Our Individual, As Well As Collective, Control of OUR HEALTH!!!!   With Increasing Frequency, So Many of Us Are Losing Spouses, Siblings, Family, Friends and Colleagues, Because of POOR DIET, LACK OF EXERCISE, NON-COMPLIANCE with MEDICATIONS and LIFESTYLE ADJUSTMENTS, OBESITY and/or a SEDENTARY LIFESTYLE.   I am not going to spend much time with words, rather providing you with key FACTS and great RESOURCES to help you OPTIMIZE your health and well-being.   This Post is About FACTS and RESOURCES for Your Health…SPREAD THE WORD!!!! Let’s Get Started!!!   FACTS….. OBESITY       ***More Than 2/3, 69% of Adults Are OverWeight***   ***More Than 1/3, 36% of Adults Are OBESE*** HELPFUL DEFINITIONS……   BMI……Body Mass Index Normal Weight…..BMI 18.5-24.9   Overweight (BMI 25-29.9) refers to an excess amount of body weight that may come from muscles, bone, fat, and water.1   Obesity (BMI 30 +) refers to an excess amount of body fat.1   ****These Values Are Guidelines and May Vary Based Upon Your Health History, Weight-Lifting Regimen and Overall LifeStyle******** *****Always Discuss Your Specific Health Concerns, Diet, Exercise and LifeStyle...