Health Connections: A Broader View of Wellness

What do sports, heart health, cancer prevention, eating disorders and wellness have to do with each other?

I just returned from the 30th Annual Symposium of SCAN Vitruvian Man– the Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition dietetic practice group – a specialty group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, which is the professional home of registered dietitians. SCAN has been on the cutting edge of nutrition since its inception, seeing the interconnections of these areas.

At this year’s SCAN Symposium, I was delighted to speak to a packed room about the connection of heart disease, diabetes and cancer.  The three top diseases share numerous risk factors. And as research is increasingly showing, following recommendations that prevent cancer also reduce risk for type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

During SCAN’s 30 years, the need to keep the big picture in mind has become even clearer among a variety of topics.

•    At one time, “wellness programs” focused primarily on heart health. Today, research identifies a broader vision of wellness, including how we can substantially reduce risk of cancer through eating and activity choices and a healthy weight. Wellness now refers to reducing people’s risk of disease and promoting their ability to live with vitality. Continue reading


New Survey: How Fit is Your City?

Washington, DC, now ranks as America’s fittest metropolitan area, with Minneapolis and Portland, Oregon, not far behind, according to a new survey. The American Fitness Index survey takes into account several factors related to cancer prevention, such as being active, obesity and eating plenty of fruits and vegetables.

AICR estimates that if everyone were to be active, stay lean, and eat healthy, Americans could prevent about one-third of the most common cancers.Screen Shot 2014-05-28 at 12.23.13pm

You can read the full report and see how your city ranks at American Fitness Index.

The survey, by the American College of Sports Medicine, looks at measures of personal health and community/environmental health. Personal health indicators included the percent of the population that smokes, is obese, meets government activity guidelines, and eats three or more vegetables a day.

Community health indicators include the percent of people who bike to work and walk, as well as the amount of parks and recreational centers the city has. The survey also used data on how much money the region spends on park expense per resident, and its physical activity requirements for schools.

The cities that ranked lowest in overall fitness include Memphis, Louisville and Oklahoma City.

This is the seventh annual American Fitness Index report. Last year’s fittest city was Minneapolis, but this survey used different methods and new measures from previous reports so they cannot be evenly compared.


Three Healthy Ways to Celebrate with Mom

Make sure your weekend plans for celebrating with your mother or special women in your life include healthy food, fun and pampering. I’ll make it easy for you – check out my three favorite articles that have great ideas to help you do just that.http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-image-mother-daughter-image6941381

  1. Your Mother’s Day Healthy Gift Guide. Peruse our slideshow to get some great ideas for creative gifts that your Mom, Grandmother, Aunt or other special woman will love.
  2. Mix up physical activity with these unique Spring Exercise Trends to get moving in new ways. Learn about Bollywood, Zombie Races and Cy-Yo.
  3. Breakfast in bed or brunch on the patio are always sure to please. Check out how to create a beautiful, healthy brunch with a build your own breakfast bar.

Let us know how you are celebrating the special women in your life this Mother’s Day.