Posts Tagged 'health'

Stuck in Second Gear

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Kerry A. Wiley

While walking to the Fitness Center for one of my sessions, I passed a pickup truck.  The driver is getting ready to pull out of the parking lot.  The truck smoothly shifted into 1st, 2nd, and then 3rd gear, and proceeds to drive out.   

Posted by Kerry Feb 12, 2013 Posted in Disability No Comments

The Wall of Mirrors: Reflections of Self Image, Disability, and Exercise

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9-29-12 K.W-JRH Session Video (1)The Associated Press published an online article from the National Association of Physical Activity and Health, (http://napah.ca/asp/news/articles/women_who_exercise_mirrors_feel_worse.asp), which cited studies that indicate mirrors in workout settings can have a negative influence on how women feel and view themselves.  The article did not focus on women with disabilities.          Kerry Wiley working with James House, III              

Posted by Kerry Feb 05, 2013 Posted in Disability 2 Comments

Do You Know What Happens When You Sleep?

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Many people believe, as many doctors used to, that when we go to sleep our bodies go into a deep rest. However, in the last century scientists have gradually uncovered that this is far from accurate. Our bodies undergo many interesting processes that can only occur in the total darkness of sleep. Some of these are quite intense and not at all very “restful.” However, one thing is certain – sleep is vital to our health and overall well-being. Read on to learn the secrets of what happens when we sleep.

Posted by Christy Weatherspoon Jan 23, 2013 Posted in Disability No Comments

A Unique Approach for Controlling High Blood Pressure

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Imagine that you are working on a crossword puzzle and only 5 to 10% of the pieces fit. The rest don’t match. This is the way with high blood pressure. In 90 to 95% of the cases, the cause is unknown.

Posted by Donna Shannon Jan 22, 2013 Posted in Disability No Comments

SMOOTHIES!

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Smoothies can be a wonderful healthy snack or meal option for those with a physical disability due to the ease in preparation. Smoothies may also be helpful in providing protein, vitamins, and minerals for those who have swallowing or chewing difficulties. With smoothies, you are able to adjust the consistency just by changing-up the proportion of ingredients you choose to use. If you have trouble swallowing thin liquids, be sure to limit the amount of liquids and ice cubes you add to the smoothie. A great way to make a smoothie thicker is to add more fruit. Frozen fruit may be a cheaper option when compared to purchasing fresh berries. If you want to increase the amount of protein you consume each day, you can add peanut butter or protein powder to the smoothie.

Posted by Carleton Rivers Dec 06, 2012 Posted in Disability No Comments

Active Commuting for a Healthy Heart

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How do you get to where you’re going? Personally I like to use the car as little as possible. This might be because I am a poor graduate student who likes to save on gas, or because my car is a lease and I don’t want to put miles on it…but one of the best reasons to leave the car in the garage (or parking lot) is because active commuting is great for your health! Active commuting can decrease your risk for heart disease by more than 10% and also helps to manage your weight (Hamer and Chida, 2008).

Posted by Susan Silverman Dec 04, 2012 Posted in Disability No Comments

What To Expect

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I love Election Day. I have always thought that that special Tuesday should be declared a national holiday, allowing all Americans to spend the day wondering who and what inevitable changes will be brought on through our right to vote, and gearing up to do their part in achieving or maintaining all candidates’ promises for themselves and their communities. In light of the reelection of President Obama, the promises he has made to the disability community should be examined to provide an idea of what to expect and to fight for as a community over the next four years.

The President’s first term featured positive change for the community. He championed the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which serves to decrease the cost of health care, denial of coverage due to pre-existing conditions, and the dropping of coverage due to health care costs.  He passed a mandate for the creation of 100,000 new jobs for individuals with disabilities in the government over a five-year period, which remains on course. Finally, he has maintained and strengthened his record of supporting and defending the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as well as enforcement of it. However, as even he has said, there remains a long way to go.

President Obama made countless promises to the disability community throughout both this and the 2008 campaign, from comments made by his proxy Ted Kennedy Jr. at the Disability Forum, to a campaign video directly addressing the disability community, to this inclusive statement made on election night:

“I believe we can keep the promise of our founding — the idea that if you’re willing to work hard, it doesn’t matter who you are, or where you come from, or what you look like, or where you love — it doesn’t matter whether you’re black or white, or Hispanic or Asian, or Native American, or young or old, or rich or poor, abled, disabled, gay or straight — you can make it here in America if you’re willing to try.”

I hope and challenge you to hold not only the President, but also your other federal, state, and local leaders accountable in insuring that every member of the disability community enjoys the same civil rights as every other member of the American community. Familiarize yourself with relevant issues that have been promised, as well as with any new legislation that arises relating to individuals with disabilities. Consisting of almost 60 million Americans, it makes up one of the largest underserved communities in the country, and deserves to be heard and given the same opportunities as every other individual and community.

For a full outline of President Obama’s position on disability issues, please explore the following links:

http://www.barackobama.com/people-with-disabilities

http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/disabilities

Posted by Luke Nov 15, 2012 Posted in Disability No Comments

Reaching Higher

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A runner stands at the runner’s blocks waiting for the signal to take off.  When the runner hears the signal, they find their stride, pace, and their movements fall into a rhythmic cadence.  Their legs carry them a particular distance.  They have developed and refined their skill through repetition. When they reach the finish line, they have likely achieved a faster time, improved a specific skill, or accomplished a personal goal.

Posted by Kerry Mar 28, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized 3 Comments

12 Ways To Take Care Of Your Kidneys

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Kidneys are the most important organs that play a vital role in excreting drugs and toxins from the body. NSAIDS and statins, aspirin and Tylenol are some common toxins. Many other factors are there that can harm your kidneys. They include fatness, undergoing root canal treatment along with dental mercury amalgams, exposure to toxic substances, use of peptides and laundry detergents, artificial sweeteners, taking sodas, and candies.

Posted by guest Feb 15, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized 1 Comment

Keep your New Year’s resolution with the help of 5 gadgets

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Earlier today I came across an interesting article that caught my attention. With the new year just starting and many of us in deep thought as to how we will fulfill our new year’s resolutions, I found this article to be very fitting. If you are like me, you have vowed to make 2012 the year that you become more healthy and fit; if that is the case then the following 5 health gadget maybe of interest to you:

Posted by Tamika Jones Jan 06, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments