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The Healthy Guide to Valentine’s Day

Healthy Guide to Valentine's DayThis Valentine’s Day, skip the standard dinner for two in favor of a more unique celebration of your love – and burn a few calories in the process! Follow our guide to a healthy, active day sure to sweep your sweetheart off their feet.

Breakfast in bed

Start the day right with a deliciously filling breakfast to energize you both for the day ahead. And what better way to eat breakfast than in bed? Surprise your sweetie with a beautiful spread of fresh fruit, warm cinnamon-maple oatmeal and an egg white omelet stuffed with spinach, tomato, and caramelized onion. Top with avocado for a creamy, dairy-free alternative to calorie-laden cheese.

Take a hike

Resist the urge to crawl back into bed after that delicious breakfast (or don’t—kissing burns 2-5 calories a minute!). Take your loved one on a cozy morning hike through the woods. Bundle up, bring a camera and be sure to pack a water bottle and a healthy snack – almonds, dried fruit, or a homemade granola bar – just in case. Hold hands while you hike and enjoy the solace with your sweetheart!

Have a picnic

It might be cold outside, but that’s no reason you can’t enjoy a picnic lunch! Bring a bit of summer inside with a picnic blanket on the living room floor. Enjoy conversation and quality time with your loved one over peanut butter sandwiches on whole wheat bread and carrot sticks, just like the picnics you enjoyed as a child – plus a glass of red wine for a heart-healthy, romantic twist.

Break a sweat

After lunch, commit to a healthy adventure with your valentine. Go for a spin at your local ice rink – or hit a few balls at the indoor batting cages. Mini-golf, go-karting and even laser tag are all great activities to keep the two of you moving – and laughing – all day. For the active couple, try a unique exercise class together, like kickboxing, rock climbing or aerial yoga. Celebrate your relationship by creating new experiences you’ll treasure for years to come.

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Getting Back on Track After Getting Back to Work

by Lisbeth O’Malley, Employee Development Specialist, Beaumont Health System


You’ve been planning your vacation all year – maybe it’s a week with your family, maybe a few days up north or maybe a trip of a lifetime (two weeks in Europe or the sandy beaches of the Bahamas). Whatever you planned, wherever you went, that inevitable “back to reality” feeling hits and you’re dreading heading back to work.

What now?  How can you get back into the swing of things? You’ll commonly hear people say that they, “need a vacation after vacation” and I know that all too often we feel that way.  I have found that you can have that great vacation AND an easy transition back into work mode just by following a few key steps.

  • Getting the best transition back to work requires some forward thinking. Before you actually take that much-needed time off, really prepare for a smooth transition back. Set your phone to an extended away message. Give callers an alternate phone number for people who can assist them while you are away. Don’t forget to let those people know that you are giving out their number! Let them know that you have full trust and faith in them that they can help the people who call. In doing that, you have freed your mind from worrying that you will have countless crises when you return. Things will have been handled in a timely manner. You will know that you have taken care of the people here while you are there. And remember, delegation is one of the best forms of time management!
  • Get your desk or work station in order. It’s so nice to come back to an organized work space. Your mind will be uncluttered – so too should your area be! Knowing that you have cleaned up the loose ends before you set out allows you to know that coming back after won’t be messy.

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Dust off your shoes for National Walking Day!

national_walking_dayToday is National Walking Day! It’s a great day to raise awareness of the importance of physical activity and to give your friends, family and coworkers a friendly push toward a healthier life. Heart disease is this country’s number one killer, but by exercising for as little as 30 minutes each day you can reduce your risk.

The American Heart Association recommends that you walk more, eat better to live a longer, healthier life. Regular physical activity is believed to lower blood pressure, improve bone health, maintain a healthy weight and lead to better sleep and more energy.

Beaumont is sponsoring several upcoming walks to show their commitment to you living a longer and healthier life. Check out our list of upcoming sponsored walks for 2013:

  • April 6 – American Cancer Society’s 2013 Rear Saver 5k/8k
  • May 4 – Breathe Deep Michigan/LUNGevity Foundation
  • May 11 – 2013 Hometown Hustle 5K Fun Run
  • May 11 – Arthritis Walk
  • June 2 – Kidney Walk at the Detroit Zoo
  • June 8 – American Heart Walk
  • June 22 – Metro Detroit Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis
  • June 29 – Run/Walk Boom!!!
  • August 24 – Walk to End Alzheimer’s
  • September 14 – American Diabetes Association Walk
  • October 6 – Torch Relay

Learn more about these sponsored walks or take a look at additional walks in the community this year.

Do you have a favorite walking path in your neighborhood or community? Share your ideas in the comments below.

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Late Night Snacking – The good, the bad and the healthy!

Late night snackingby Rebecca DaSilva, R.D., Beaumont Weight Control Center

We’ve all heard it before – “ It’s not good to eat after 7 p.m.” “Snacking at night will make you gain weight.” While there is some truth to the idea that snacking after dinner can be harmful to your waistline, if done correctly and under the right circumstances, having an evening nosh can be beneficial at times. Check out the good and bad of late-night snacking below to see if what you are munching after dinner is helpful or harmful.

The Bad

  • Eating mindlessly – if you are munching while watching TV, chances are you are not paying attention to portion sizes and could be downing more empty calories than planned
  • Eating right out of the bag/box – grabbing handfuls of snacks out of the box/bag they came in can lead you eating more than you think because you do not have a visual on exactly how much you have already consumed

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Preparing for (and surviving) Black Friday

by Joe Guettler, M.D.

The quarterback dives for the end zone to win the game with a last-minute touchdown to clinch the championship.  The collegiate basketball player leaps over his opponent to dunk the ball for an overtime win at the conference finals.  The Olympic sprinter lunges forward at the last second to break the ribbon and claim the gold medal.  The Black Friday Shopper rushes toward aisle six after standing in line for 45 minutes to claim the store’s best doorbuster deal.

What do all of these “athletes” have in common?  It’s quite simple – they all need to warm up before their “big win” moment.

Now, you  might not consider yourself a high level athlete when you take the minivan and sneak out to snag some deals on Friday morning, but I would contend that you need to think like an athlete to have ultimate success on Black Friday. Continue reading

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