Port de Bras

Need help with your posture? Try doing some Port de Bras – an often utilized dance move to stretch and lengthen your spine!

Stand with your heels touching and your toes turned out.
Brace your abs.
Keeping your shoulders down, raise both arms overhead.
Bend forward, reaching your hands toward your toes while keeping your back flat.
Go only as far as you can without losing your form.
Brace your abs again, stand up, and, with arms still raised, arch backward slightly.
Repeat up to 8 times.

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Take the stairs!

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I’m sure you’ve heard, time and time again, that it’s better to take the stairs than to stand for 30 seconds on the elevator. However, did you know how much better it is for you?

In a recent study published in the European Heart Journal, for 12 weeks, about 70 hospital employees used the stairs exclusively at work. Improvements were clearly shown:

8.6% increase in lung capacity
1.7% loss of body fat
1.8% decrease of waist circumference
2.3% decrease of diastolic blood pressure
3.9% decrease in LDL (lethal) blood cholesterol

Look what you could do for your body in 3 short months!

Take the stairs!

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Serious Health Issues

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I am dealing with some serious health issues. I will be having surgery within the next couple of weeks but hope to get back into the swing of blogging normally once I feel more like my regular ‘ol self! Please please be patient and I’ll be home soon!

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In Case of Emergency

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If you’re in a accident* and allergic to a certain medication, will the EMTs know it?

Probably not, unless you keep an emergency card in your wallet, your purse, your car, taped to your fridge or you wear a piece of jewelry that explains.

My friend Ellen lives with dystonia, a serious medical condition that could cause seizure-like attacks. However, anti-epileptic and anti-seizure medications aggravate her Dystonic Storms and can make things worse. Ellen carries a card in her wallet that outlines how EMT or other emergency care providers should treat her if she were to be in a Dystonic Storm and unable to help them help her.

Do you have a medical condition that someone should know about if you’re in an accident? Are you allergic to Benedryl, to Penicillin or to melons**? If you’re unconscious, EMTs are trained to look for information to help you out, and with an emergency card in your possession, this will be much easier!

*whether by tricycle or car
**I’m allergic to melons (along with celery, cough suppressants and yellow dye)

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Glass Straw Giveaway at Living A Whole Life

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The ladies over at Living a Whole Life are giving away a set of glass straws to help keep you hydrated and save the landfills! They are also guaranteed, but are essentially unbreakable “they are made of borosilicate glass tubing which is the strongest commercially available glass. This is the same glass that Pyrex is made from. The straws are also annealed which means they are slowly cooled to make them tougher, less brittle, and dishwasher safe.”

Pieces of art that have purpose could be yours if you let them know what kind of whole living topics you’d like to see them cover in more depth. My vote? Fasting. Medical or non-medical, the idea of fasts fascinates me and I’d love to read more research on them.

If you’re interested in purchasing your own glass straws, head over to Daedra’s Etsy page and snag some!

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16th annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections

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The 2009 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections just wrapped up, and I’ve been on their site checking out the updates, articles and interviews and listening to the podcasts.

I really enjoyed reading the interview with David Bangsberg, a physician with his MPH who is working on a study seeing whether the same type of adherence was needed after 12 months of continual therapy on antiviral medications.

His study team hypothesized “that the level of adherence required to sustain viral suppression would decline with time, possibly because the reservoir of latently infected cells declines with suppression,” he may have been proven correct.

I’m sending you over to the actual interview to read more about viral suppression and see what the results are showing!

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Upcoming Fertility Insight Group

WEGO Health is holding online focus groups for women who are active in the online fertility community! Fertility Insight Groups (being held on behalf of one of our sponsors) will be held on Thursday, March 12th at the following times:

12 Noon Eastern Standard Time
4pm EST
6pm EST
9pm EST

Each session will last one hour and participants will need to call in to a conference call and be online during that time. All participants will receive a $25 Amazon.com gift certificate.

We are looking for women who:
* Have explored fertility treatment options
* Stay current on fertility news and treatment options.
* Are active contributors to online health communities.

If you’re interested in participating, the link below will take you to a quick survey to see if you’ll be a good fit for the group.

Fertility Insight Group Survey

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email us at services@wegohealth.com or leave me a comment here!

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Motivation to exercise

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Working at WEGO Health has given me the opportunity to meet new people and really see where my health interests lie. It’s also recently given me a kick in the pants to start working out again! Shannan recently created a new Fit Group and I jumped right in. She has been motivating all of the ladies in the group (no guys yet!) to get up and get moving. Her recent post about What motivates you to exercise was incredibly insightful and I wanted to share it with you!

Last week I worked out three times – alternating walking and jogging, and it’s doing me some good already! I’ll share part of my comment here, too, since it’s general fitness stuff about me.

I have been exercising mainly to keep my body loose and limber. Dealing with chronic pain daily my doctors told me that even walking everyday would help me relieve some of the constant pain. I did it religiously over the summertime (sunshine!) but once winter hit, I slipped up and stopped. Now I’m back to three days a week (whee!) and I’ve been sleeping better and not hurting as much, so something is working.

I know, in the near future, my mindset is going to change from doing it to relieve the pain to doing it because I crave it. That’s how I’ve been before and know/hope it’ll be again.

I took your advice from the group and started out slow. I walked and did a little running last week and while I was sore, I don’t feel like I pushed myself too hard. I am going to be trying the Jillian Michael’s Shred DVD this week and know that it’s going to kick my butt, but all my friends are doing it, so I want to, now, too.

I think ya’ll should go check out Shannan’s blog Living a Whole Life and tell her why you’re exercising! I think ya’ll should ALSO join WEGO Health and jump into the Fit group to meet some amazing women who will motivate you to get moving!

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Death Threats 10

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The number ten killer of killer in women is blood poisoning, otherwise known as septicemia or sepsis.

Septicemia occurs when bacteria or toxins get into the blood stream. Sometimes this occurs during surgeries or it can happen when you break your nail way into the quick. If bacteria are able to get into your blood stream and reproduce, they then have a body-highway of vessels to travel and infect.

Statistics show that sepsis often occurs from pelvis, abdomen, urinary tract or lung infections. Sepsis is a serious, life-threatening infection that progresses quickly if not treated and cured.

Most of the time these infections aren’t preventable, but there are ways to protect yourself from illnesses that weaken your immune system, which then leave your body open for a slew of more deadly infections.

*If you have a serious infection, of any kind, seek medical attention. Signs of infection include swelling and warmth around the area, irritation, pain and redness.
*Wash your hands. Kill the bacteria before they have a chance to get into your system!
*Get vaccinated. Ask your physician if you’re missing any shots, and be a big girl and get them if you haven’t! Keep your tetanus shot up to date, too!
*Change your tampon every six hours and don’t use “Super” absorbency tampons.
*Urinate after sexual intercourse – it will “rinse” bacteria from your urethra. After urinating, wipe from front to back.

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Death Threats

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I recently stumbled upon a great list of the top ten health-related killers of women. I’m going to spend some time deconstructing and expanding on the list!

1. Heart disease
2. Cancers
3. Strokes
4. COPD – chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
5. Alzheimer’s disease
6. Injuries
7. Type 2 diabetes
8. Flu
9. Kidney disease
10. Blood poisoning (septicemia or sepsis)

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