Health

Mind Matters: Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood revisited

In this new year of 2018, I unearthed a treasure from the last century. That is, watching Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood once again. More than 35 years ago, my children would sit in rapt attention to Mr. Rogers soothing songs and now it’s my granddaughter who carries on the tradition. I remember looking forward every day to Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood which aired in the ...

 
 

Today’s Family: Screen time

I’ve researched this topic for some time mostly to prove to my kids — now 18 and 22 — that too much screen time is not good. At least that’s what I thought. I knew about 11 years ago that this “Facebook” thing was going to be a problem when I threatened to deactivate my daughter’s account as a consequence of misbehaving. I thought my then 11-year-old daughter was ...

 

Mind Matters: A solstice message

Hanukkah, Christmas, whatever festival of light is celebrated, is a push against the dark. Our northern hemisphere experiences solstice when we reach the darkest day of the year and we respond to this by celebrating the Light with lots of lights. Nevertheless, we can’t deny the darkness or death. Just as the solstice is part of the cycle of the seasons, so too is ...

 

Wellness Jackie’s Way: 12 days of wellness

Recently, upon entering Whole Foods I saw a flier advertising “12 Days of Cheese/” Yikes/ Instantly, it felt like my blood began to stick to my arteries. Twelve days of cheese? Is that in a row? Don’t get me wrong, I love cheese and 12 days of it would rate almost sinful and definitely delicious. However, as a nutritionist, I would have to force feed myself in order ...

 

Mind Matters: Mothers are our most important resource

“Being There: Why Prioritizing Motherhood in the First Three Years Matters,” by psychologist Erica Komisar, confronts our beliefs about the importance of motherhood. Using the latest scientific research on neonatal development, neuroscience, genetics, and hormonal differences between men and women, Komisar makes her case that mothers in the first three years of a ...

 

Caregivers need care too

Taking care of a loved one in need can take a lot of work. It's easy to end up putting the other person's needs before your own when caring for their every need. Ignoring your own health while taking care of someone else can carry serious risks. “No matter your age, not making time for your own needs can cause sleep deprivation, poor eating habits and lack of ...

 

Mind Matters: The human need for nature

On our way to Washington, D.C., for Thanksgiving, my spouse and I did a quick stopover in Chester County to visit friends. While he got a chance to work with his colleagues directly (not by telecommuting from Massachusetts), I relished being back in nature. Living in a community where houses do not share walls, but where they do seem to almost touch, I long for ...

 

Healthful turkey trot

This time of year, most people are looking forward to getting together with family and filling up on delicious food on Thanksgiving. Before you settle in at the dining table that day, consider getting an active start to your holiday with a Turkey Trot—a 5K or similar distance race on Thanksgiving morning. “Turkey Trots are great for runners of any level to get ...

 

Wellness Jackie’s Way: Turbo charge your immunity

What can we do to fortify ourselves against the winter cold and flu season? Well, besides obsessively washing our hands, the #1 source of germ transmission, there are a lot of tactics we can implement. And it revolves around the foods we choose to eat on a regular basis. Let’s look at two categories: Foods with Phytonutrients and Fermented Foods. Phytonutrients: Just ...

 

Flu shots: when and why

The arrival of fall and cooler weather means flu season is on its way. To decrease your chance of getting the flu this year, prevention is best—which starts with getting a flu shot. While each flu season is different, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized or die from flu-related causes every year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the ...

 

Mind Matters: The APA and the state of the nation

“No matter their age, more than half [59 percent] of Americans believe this is the lowest point in our nation’s history that they can remember.” This is the notable finding of the American Psychological Association’s August 2017, survey, “Stress in America: The State of Our Nation.” The APA has been examining stress in America for over a decade in conjunction with ...