By Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez | 10/02/2009 - 13:50
It was December 2008, and like an estimated 46 million other Americans, I was without health insurance. On New Year’s Eve I suddenly developed heart palpitations, vertigo, tremors, pins and needles, burning spots all over my body, slurred speech, crying spells and severe drops in blood pressure upon standing. I rushed to the emergency room, thinking I was having a heart attack.
By Mariela Rosario | 09/14/2009 - 14:39
Laura Posada is more than just the wife of famed Yankees all-star baseball catcher Jorge Posada. She’s also a lawyer, a certified personal trainer, cofounder of The Jorge Posada Foundation and a devoted mom of two beautiful children, Jorge Luis, 8, and Paulina, 5.
By Dorkys Ramos | 09/10/2009 - 11:12
Last Spring, we got an unexpected flu scare when the H1N1 (or Swine) Flu crashed onto the scene. Now that flu season is right around the corner, it’s important to know the differences between seasonal Influenza and the H1N1 Flu, what to do if you get either one and how you can protect yourself and your family from contracting them.
By Dorkys Ramos | 07/24/2009 - 13:06
You know you should schedule a yearly physical exam, but do you actually do it? Seeing the doc on the regular (yes, even if you’re not sick) not only helps detect diseases before they turn serious, but also keeps your vaccinations up-to-date and reduces your risk for future problems too.
By Mariela Rosario | 07/10/2009 - 14:26
This health challenge has opened my eyes up to what I can accomplish when I put my mind to something. It has also made it clear what my weaknesses are (mainly wine and chocolate, in that order). But the most important thing I've learned through this process is that health and fitness isn't just a 90 day project, it's a lifelong commitment—just like marriage.
By Mariela Rosario | 07/10/2009 - 10:36
A new Amnesty International report titled "Fatal Flaws: Barriers to Maternal Health in Peru" found that many poor, indigenous pregnant women are dying because they lack access to the basic medical care afforded other women in the country.
By Dorkys Ramos | 07/08/2009 - 16:25
And so the Latina Staff Health Challenge comes to a close, but my personal one is far from over. Throughout these 90 days I saw how it was possible to gain weight if I kept on top of things and then how easily I lost it if I so much as skimped on a meal. The frustrations came in when after gaining several pounds within the first few weeks, I lost a couple just as fast. I had to banish my scale to underneath the bed when I saw how much importance I was giving those numbers. That constant up and down affected my motivation to keep trying.
By Angie Romero | 07/07/2009 - 17:54
Well, kids. I’ve come to the end of my 90-day health challenge. At times it was hard, others it was damn near impossible to keep up. But somehow I did it, and for the most part, I’m proud of myself (I could’ve held out on those churros, but alas, you only live once). Not only have I gotten over the whole skinny fat girl trauma of not being able to wear sleeveless clothes, but I think I’m at a point where I can rock a bikini and feel comfortable (I did buy some new cute ones on my last trip to Rio).
By Mariela Rosario | 07/03/2009 - 12:00
Holy moly, I'm getting hitched! My boyfriend of almost a decade (yup, you read that right, 10 whole years) recently proposed. I may have been motivated before, but nothing, and I mean NOTHING compares to how serious I am about getting my butt into shape now!
By Dorkys Ramos | 07/01/2009 - 16:45
Since I started this health challenge, I’ve been thinking a lot more about how food makes me feel. I’ve noticed which ones make me feel sick after I’m done and which ones take me straight to my happy place.
Isn’t it interesting how food has that instant ability to change your mood? I’ve realized that there are a couple of staples I turn to when I’m feeling blue and need a boost.