Professional Amateurs

Mar 31, 2014
Professional Amateurs

 

As an athlete for a division one school, the topic of student-athletes being paid to play hits me right at home. I get asked “don’t you wish you got paid for this bro?” by NARP (non-athletic regular people and I always respond….I do. Not in the sense that professional NBA players do by the millions of dollars, but I get paid in the form of a free education at one of the top universities in the nation. Most people forget


The Ripple Effect

Mar 28, 2014
The Ripple Effect

Twice a week, I work with a woman who has Alzheimer’s.  Our session begins before either one of us ever steps one toe in the water.  When I see her wheeled into the aquatic center, I exit our office, and as I approach her I smile and wave.   I call her by name and tell her that I am so happy to see her, that the water is so warm, and that we are going to have a great time today.


Health Issues For Our Eyes

Mar 26, 2014
Health Issues For Our Eyes

Keeping your eyes protected is very important to prevent health issues. However, there are many daily activities performed that can cause health issues to your eyes. Keeping your eyesight in good condition as long as possible is very important for your overall health. No matter your age or condition, please keep in mind the seriousness of protecting your eyes when engaging in specific activities.


Food Varieties that Really Make a Difference With Chronic Illnesses

Mar 25, 2014
Food Varieties that Really Make a Difference With Chronic Illnesses

 

A healthy and balanced nutrition benefits everyone whether you enjoy perfect health or have a chronic illness, but your diet must be customized according to your individual needs. For example, a reduction in sugar and salt consumption is especially important for people with hypertension, kidney or heart failure, diabetes, and even traumatic brain injury. How your nutritional requirements are determined also depends on the manner of injury to the brain.


NCHPAD Taste Challenge Winner is Announced

Mar 24, 2014
NCHPAD Taste Challenge Winner is Announced

Congratulations Susan Silverman, you are our NCHPAD Taste Challenge winner! I loved your idea of using something quick like yogurt and making it extra tasty and healthy by adding your own toppings.

 

  • Grab a 7 oz. container of plain Greek yogurt (2% or fat-free), stuff it with fruit (grapes, sliced strawberries, banana) and top it off with a sprinkle of granola

A Look into Cerebral Palsy (CP)

Mar 19, 2014
A Look into Cerebral Palsy (CP)

Cerebral palsy is a condition that mainly affects physical motion. The term cerebral palsy is actually used to define a group of disabilities that affect movement. CP can occur when a baby is forming in utero and experiences a brain trauma, during childbirth or in the first few years of life. CP is always diagnosed within a child’s first months or years. Cerebral palsy is a condition that can cause a wide range of disabilities. Some of the outcomes of CP include: musculoskeletal problems, spasticity, impaired eyesight, impaired ability to communicate, and motor dysfunction.


Looking Back to Move Ahead

Mar 18, 2014
Looking Back to Move Ahead

Dr. Bloom and I got out all the work we have done over the past year and a half.  We struck up the fight between Hamlet and his mother.  Dr. Bloom rankled with Richard III’s opening silliloquy and his conscience.  We sang the song, “Brush Up Your Shakespeare!”  Kate and Petruchio called each other’s bluff and then got married.


“Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right” for Lunch

Mar 17, 2014
“Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right” for Lunch

While trying to come up with ideas for this week’s blog, I was thinking back to what I had for lunch the past few days and if I really enjoyed what I was eating. I couldn’t even remember what I ate for lunch some days! To be honest, during the week I’m always working while I’m eating…that doesn’t really make for an enjoyable lunch. I imagine many of you can relate. In my opinion,


The Benefits of a Holistic Approach in Sport Programming for Youth with Disabilities

Mar 13, 2014
The Benefits of a Holistic Approach in Sport Programming for Youth with Disabilities

I recently came across the article, Sports program for kids with special needs, featured in the Atlanta Journal Constitution section on Doing Good Metro Atlantans Helping Others.  This article highlights a new sports program for children with physical and/or cognitive disabilities established in the Atlanta area called Exceptional Kids Athletics.  What I gathered from this article is that Exceptional Kids Athletics takes a holistic approach in their sport programming.


Learn to Water Ski on dry land

Mar 12, 2014
Learn to Water Ski on dry land

It is difficult to learn independence while water skiing if you do not have access to a lake, ski, and boat.  However, you can be taught some independence doing dry land practice.  Dry land practice can be done in a pool or on land, depending on what you are practicing.