Optimism is a virtue, but let's not believe that breast cancer cannot rear its ugly head and affect a member of our inner circles. Many people who have been diagnosed with it were blindsided. It was not in their family, they were 'health nuts' and exercise regularly. Sure we do all we can to live healthy lives but we need to be on the offense with regular screenings so we can detect and treat cancer in the early stages.
While preparing my various posts about breast cancer awareness this month I stopped my work and scheduled my annual visit with my physician who will write me a script for a mammogram. For once, I took my own advice! Nice move.
PLEASE take time out of your schedule and make an appointment with your physician and schedule a mammogram TODAY if you are due for one.
Remember to remind the women in your life to consult a health care professional to determine when they should start having regular mammograms.
Thanks to improvements in cancer treatment and early detection, millions of women are surviving breast cancer today. Whether you’re worried about developing breast cancer, making decisions about treatment, or trying to stay well after treatment, the American Cancer Society has the information you need. Visit the American Cancer Society website for more information. http://www.cancer.org/Cancer/BreastCancer/index?
w/ Fred Fornicola at Easter Seals NJ
In my role as Health and Wellness Director for Easter Seals New Jersey I recently coordinated a Lunch and Learn Lecture for employees. The event was hosted by Linda Mayo, Chief Operating Officer, and our featured guest was Fred Fornicola, owner of Premier Personal Fitness in Asbury Park. Videographer Eric Altman shot portions of the lecture and I will be integrating the videoclips into upcoming Employee Lunch and Learn Webinars this Fall.
Easter Seals is dedicated to the development and sustainability of Health and Wellness programs for employees and the consumers we serve. We are all unique individuals and one exercise and nutrition program does not fit all. We collaborate with consumers, families, care providers and physicians to ensure the succcess of all of our class participants. This summer we are introducing Health and Wellness education classes to our consumers in every county in New Jersey. We are excited about our programs and honored to provide individuals with special needs and their families with tools for a healthy lifestyle, further enabling them to live with "Equality, Dignity and Independence".
Open the below link to read about Fitess Professional and author Fred Fornicola in a recent article in the Asbury Park press.
By Jean Graham
If writers still used manual typewriters, there would be a steady clickety-clack, clickety-clack, DING! throughout the Garden State. If they were still using electric typewriters, New Jersey would hum from Stokes State Forest to Wildwood Crest.
Computers being virtually silent, there is barely auditory evidence of this. But rest assured that local writers are producing a bumper crop of books, and their content is as diverse as the state itself. Self-help books. Journals. History books. Nature guides. Poetry and humor, and short-story collections. Fiction for young adults and fiction for not-so-young adults.
Although the following books that have poured into The Star-Ledger’s office over the past year by New Jersey writers is impressive, it is by no means complete; homegrown writers are constantly adding to the list. Herewith, a mere sampling.
Advice from educators includes Maureen Baldwin’s “Colleges at a Glance: A Concise Country-Wide College Search Guide for Average Students” (Maureen Baldwin) and Andrew Aloysius McCabe’s “The Gifted One: The Journey Begins” (Balboa Press).
“So You Want to Be a Landlord: Tales from the Crypt” (djv murphy), by High Bridge’s DJV Murphy, examines the pitfalls of managing rental properties.
And Midland Park’s Les and Sue Fox find masterpieces in unlikely places in “The Art Hunters Handbook: How To Buy Art for $5 and Sell It for $1,000,000” (West Highland Fine Art & Publishing).
CPA Thomas Corley tells how to improve your finances in “Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals” (Langdon Street Press), and Red Bank’s Chris Ruisi tells how to maximize your potential in “Step Up and Play Big” (Advantage Media Group).
Liz DiMarco Weinmann empowers women over 40 in “Get DARE (Drive, Advance, Rule, Express) From Here!” (Liz DiMarco Weinmann); and Morris County’s Laura O’Reilly provides diet and exercise motivation in “Get Fit To Go” (Unlimited Publishing).
Former prisoner and current Newark community activist Rickey Samad Danzey delivers a short but powerful message to young people in “Caution: A Message to Our Youth, Our Future” (Ambitious Publishing).
To read the entire article go to http://bitly.com/JhCDXR
Get Fit to Go is avalable in print, on kindle and for Android.
If food is fuel for the body why not treat your body like a Mercedes?
Excerpt from "Get Fit To Go: Motivation to Exercise and Get Healthy"
Would you drive your car with sludge in the engine, knowing it could break down at any time because you didn’t make an effort to have the oil changed? Of course not! Exercise is about maintenance. Maintaining your body is the best resolution you can make on New Year’s Day and straight through the seasons.
How does that expression go....you can't fit a 2 pound sausage into a one pound case? Something like that...right? If you know it, please let me know.
Speaking of stuffing too much into too little, my new perimenopausal shopping habit is to buy clothes in the same size 9 I always identifed with, even though my larger than ever before perimenopausal bustline does not allow the top three buttons on any size 9 blouse to close. Go figure. So, what do I do? I buy anyway, thinking I can knock off ten pounds in no time. Exercise pro or not, shedding those clinging-on-for- dear- life ten pounds just ain't as easy as it once was. So now I have a lot of shirts that I wear open as vests.
Me, my sister Bern, and my fashionista step mom Diana recently went on a jaunt to Marshalls (my favorite store- it's hit or miss-but Bloomies just costs too much). We were quite a crew- dressing Bern, dressing me, and watching Di ponder whether she really needed a new blouse. I think she walked out emptyhanded.
Here I am trying to stuff the perimenopausal sausage into the size 9's and really insisting that I looked good. (I use the dressing room mirror that's far away from the changing stall- the skinny mirror.) My beautiful, retired police officer step mom does honesty as well as she does fashion. She boycotted all of my sausage-looking outfits. I huffed and puffed like a 15 year old, but went with her choices in the end anyway. A stranger who could not help overhearing us was shopping by herself and trying on dresses. She approached us and told Di, that she knew Diana would be honest with her, and asked her to decide which dress she should buy to wear to her son's communion. She went with Di's choice. So did I. It hung in the closet for a couple of weeks, but when I finally wore my new, well fitting, slightly loose, attractive, fashionable, age appropriate (NOT DOWDY- I am still a young hipster in my heart!) shirt for the first time, I felt fabulous!
I'm still working on the ten pounds, but just not torturing myself about it in the meantime. No sausages for me.