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.
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Have you or someone on your gift list been told by a doctor that you need to lose weight and exercise because you have, or are at risk for diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease or another chronic illness? "Get Fit To Go" is practical, sensible, and easy to read.
Gaining weight year after year and not feeling much like the person you used to be? Nip it in the bud! Add energy and quality to your life into middle age and the golden years, improve your self esteem, and reduce the need for medications for illness which can be prevented by lifestyle changes. You can do it! I will help you.
One of the many things that makes this book different from others is that I include my web address in my book and am available to answer readers personal questions about health and wellness.
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For "Get Fit To Go's" book appearance on News 12 to Your Health! I was joined by Cynthia Murphy who Expertly (with a capital E) demonstrated exercise concepts described in my book.
Since this was a busy week this week's 'Fit To Go Fit Tips' appear in this segment which will be posted on the site at a later date. New Jersey friends, tune in this weekend at 6:30 am, 9:30 am and 1:30 pm if you have a few minutes between grocery shopping, kids' sports, your own workouts (we hope :) and the gazillion other things we fit into our weekends. We are last up in the lineup of three guests. We hope you find we are worth the wait!
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Excerpt from "Get Fit To Go- Motivation to Exercise and be Healthy!" Unltd. Publishing LLC, Fit To Go H&F Copyright 2010 May not be reprinted without the author's permission. Feel free to try it though!
Staying motivated is the biggest challenge
Every New Year’s Eve folks gather together to reflect on their lives and proclaim to make changes for the better. In between bites of cheesecake we ease our guilt with a firm promise that in the New Year we will lose weight and exercise once and for all. While the champagne is still bubbling, we look ahead to thinner, healthier days. More often than not, our good intentions are swept away in the morning with the confetti.
Have faith. Next year can be the year of your success. Starting now.
The key to getting fit is sticking with an exercise program year round. Do what you can, whenever you can, for the good of your health. Knowing that you can prevent a variety of diseases caused by a poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle is a strong incentive to exercise.
Is there anything cuter than pinchable, kissable, chubby baby thighs? We go through great lengths to make sure our little cherubs stay chunky and 'healthy' looking. So why do we beat ourselves up if we don't look like bikini models at 40 and 50?
During nursing school I had choices- take care of my family, work, go to school and STUDY? Or...take care of my family, work, go to school and log in 10-15 miles a week on my runs. Studying won out. Priorities.
Exercise always holds a place of priority in my life, but I had to drop my level of intensity, and the duration of my workouts. I exercised enough to maintain my energy levels and my health, but not enough to keep the skinny butt. (The vending machine near the lecture hall didn’t help…what’s up with those anyway? Why are they filled with junk? I’m not expecting celery and tofu, but Snickers is NOT a meal replacement.)
How far do we go? Well, if exercise becomes a life obsession, soley for the purpose of another person saying we look great- but deep down we are miserable and the red velvet cake is instilling thoughts of a binge and purge fest- FUGGETABOUDDIT. This subject does indeed get my Brooklyn up. Why do people always equate looking good with weight loss? It really is ok to look 'regular'. I think the media is catching on...take a look at the real looking people in commercials these days.
As a responsible health and fitness advocate I add this: Check with your physician and learn your body mass index, and what a healthy weight is for your height and frame.
If you are overweight take strides to be healthy by modifying your diet and taking gradual steps to build stamina and embark on a regular exercise routine. It really does work! Anyone who has stopped with the junk food snacks and put more physical activity in their lives has seen the results. Make it a lifestyle and the results will last a lifetime.
I am doing some editing on my book today and two things happened: First, I began to miss my mother, and second, I thought, why not put this on my blog?
This article was originally written for my column the week my mom died from complications of lung cancer, and was dedicated to her memory.
Those of you who smoke, please don’t ditch me here. Hang in with me. I write this with love in my heart. To prove that I understand the powerful urge to smoke I am coming clean and outing myself. I was a smoker, and it was my love of physical activity that inspired me to quit for good.
Physical Activity Can Make It Easier To Quit Smoking
Lung Cancer is the leading cause of cancer mortality among both men and women. According to the American Cancer Society smoking causes about 87% of lung cancer deaths.* Smoking is the cause of a host of other diseases, including emphysema, heart disease and vascular disease. Quitting at any age can lower your risk of developing lung cancer, even if you have smoked for many years.
Quitting is not easy. Nicotine, the drug fond in tobacco, is highly addictive. The habit is so powerful that after experiencing the loss of a loved one from emphysema or lung people, some people still cannot kick the habit. Even if they want to, and know they need to.
The best advice is never to start smoking, but for those who already smoke, quitting is one of the hardest habits a person will ever need to break. Ask anyone who has nicotine fits between smokes, or has ever tried to quit. In fact, ask me. In an effort to convince others to quit and prevent young people from starting, I share my personal experience with smoking cessation. I know how difficult it is.
I started smoking when cigarettes were fifty cents a pack and teenagers were permitted to purchase cigarettes in a grocery store. Television commercials glamorized smoking, and hunky mustached men on horseback on billboards made it ‘too cool’ not to smoke.
I smoked for a few years and during that period in the ‘70’s and ‘80’s I had many bouts with bronchitis. I quit several times- only to reconstruct broken cigarettes that were crumpled during my vows never to smoke again. I urge smokers not to give up- keep quitting until you have quit for good. Mark Twain said, “Quitting smoking is easy. I’ve done it a thousand times”
It was physical fitness that helped me make the best decision of my life- giving up cigarettes. I have not had bronchitis since.
I was a young woman of twenty six and came home from work to find the elevator in my Manhattan high-rise out of order. Forced to climb the twenty five flights of stairs to my apartment, I stopped every couple of flights to catch my breath
I needed no further convincing, as I always loved physical activity and was astounded by the proof of my limited pulmonary function. I quit for good and took up running. I replaced a bad habit with a good one. The natural high that comes from completing a workout also kept cravings at bay. I also found it impossible to smoke if I was jogging or shooting hoops.
One day the cravings went away forever. Instead of nicotine I craved exercise and oxygen in my lungs. I did not gain weight as a result of breaking the smoking habit. Exercise kept my metabolism up and my waistline down.
As little as 30 minutes of exercise a day will help fight the urge to smoke, and help you to build physical strength and endurance. You can add years to your life, and quality to those years.
The American Cancer Society offers the following tips to help you stop smoking:
§ When you decide to quit- do not smoke. This means at all- not even one puff.
§ Keep active- try walking, exercising or doing other activities or hobbies.
§ Drink lots of water and juices.
§ Begin using nicotine replacement if that is your choice.
§ Attend stop-smoking class or start following a self-help plan.
§ Avoid situations where the urge to smoke is strong.
§ Reduce or avoid alcohol.
§ Think about changing your routine. Use a different route to work. Drink tea instead of coffee. Eat breakfast in a different place or eat different foods.
* These statistics and guidelines were posted on the ACS website at the time this original article was written in April, 2007.
Spring is here!!!! Jackets are off, and arms are bared. Don’t let frustration mount over unwanted pounds. Planning ahead will get you fit and prepared for the warmer summer months ahead.
Physical activity helps control weight gain, so get out and walk and enjoy the weather we have been waiting for.
And watch your food consumption. Weight gain is about energy in and energy out. Calories are energy that is taken into the body from foods. If we take in more calories than we need, the inevitable result is weight gain.
There are ways to cut calories without feeling deprived of the foods you love.Here are some tips:
Have a half of a bagel instead of a whole one.
Use natural fruit preserves instead of butter.
Use skim milk instead of whole or 2%, even in coffee or tea.
Drink plenty of water, eat fresh fruits and vegetables- low in calories and help keep you hydrated.
Stay away from (or cut back) junk foods.
Avoid gravies and heavy creamed sauces.
Bake or broil instead of frying.
Use olive oil (healthy fat) and vinegar, or lemon, with a pinch of salt is a healthy way to dress a salad.
Small changes will bring big results if the foods you are choosing are healthy, and you are physically active on a regular basis. If you do not have a gym membership, think about joining, or find out if a local club has day rates. There is still time to shed those unwanted pounds before summer, so pack a gym bag, keep it in your car, and move your body. You’ve nothing to lose- except a few pounds.