Staff Health Challenge: Confessions of A Carb-o-holic
By Angie Romero | 05/25/2009 - 11:00

Chicas, I have a confession to make. I have binged. Badly. I’m talking French fries, coconut cake, beer (Heineken Light, to my credit), and pizza. One of my closest friends graduated from her master’s program at Columbia University (congrats, Smriti!) and we went a little crazy celebrating at her house. And even though we played Pitbull’s “I Know You Want Me” at least 10 times and danced in her living room (kids, don’t try drunken cardio at home), somehow I don’t think that cut it.

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Staff Health Challenge: Attention Please!
By Mariela Rosario | 05/22/2009 - 14:00

So you know how I started this whole thing to get more balance and health into my life? Well, yeah—that has been great. Even my boyfriend is losing weight and we've been working out together and feeling fantastic. The extra energy I have has been a major bonus as well.

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Staff Health Challenge: Saying Adios to Body Hang-Ups
By Dorkys Ramos | 05/20/2009 - 15:45

I just got back from a wonderful trip to the Dominican Republic, and frankly I wish I was still there—soaking up that Caribbean sunshine, diving into the buffet food and chilling by the pool while checking out the eye candy.

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Staff Health Challenge: On-the-Go Meal For an On-the-Go Girl
By Angie Romero | 05/18/2009 - 15:15

I’m not much of a cook, so sometimes I may slack when it comes to making complete meals. I usually only do that on the weekends, when I have time to relax (I hate to rush in the kitchen—if I cook, it’s more of a therapeutic thing). So, taking nutritionist Christina Persaud’s advice, I’m trying to stay in my range of 1,200 calories a day. So I found the perfect solution for an on-the-go girl like me: the Luna bar. My fave used to be the Lemon Zest flavor, but now I have a new one: the Dulce de Leche, of course!

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Dengue Fever Epidemic Spreads Across South America
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 05/18/2009 - 13:15

Hundreds of thousands of people have been sickened by dengue fever in South America this year, and more than 70 have died, the Miami Herald reports. "This is the largest epidemic in many years," said Dr. Eddy Martinez, the director of epidemiology for Bolivia's Ministry of Health in the capital city of La Paz.

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Staff Health Challenge: Steady Chefin'
By Mariela Rosario | 05/14/2009 - 14:32

One of the suggestions Christina Persaud had for me when we were talking about nutrition and healthy eating was that I cook a lot on Sundays in preparation for the week ahead. The philosophy behind this tip is that if you have delish, healthy food already prepared you will be less likely to reach for, say, a candy bar in a fit of hunger. At least that was the approach we were taking. So last week I cooked up a bunch of food on Sunday! From chicken breasts to cod fish, to couscous to rice and beans (yes! they are good for you!).

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Staff Health Challenge: The Tai Chi Slowdown
By Dorkys Ramos | 05/13/2009 - 13:30

If you’ve ever seen tai chi being done at a class or at the park, you know it looks like an interesting dance—at a snail’s pace.

Up until this week, I never had.

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Staff Health Challenge: I'm a Maniac, Maniac!
By Angie Romero | 05/11/2009 - 14:00

I don’t know about you, but I get tired of running on a treadmill or doing the elliptical machine rather quickly. And I've already told you my sentiments on gyms, so it’s no surprise that whenever I can escape them and run outdoors, I do so.

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Staff Health Challenge: The Buddy System
By Mariela Rosario | 05/08/2009 - 16:10

Not surprisingly, I am already having issues motivating my butt out of bed, or from work, or from Happy Hour, to go to the gym. I say I am not surprised because my willpower is pretty much non-existent. I can't lie;
if there's a party, or my friends want to hang out, or a new movie has just opened, I want to be there. Not slaving away in a gym, by myself, getting all sweaty and fit.

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Staff Health Challenge: Getting into the Groove
By Dorkys Ramos | 05/05/2009 - 16:30

I might have gotten off to a rocky start, but since seeing some results I've gotten on track. For starters, I’ve been eating breakfast before I walk out the door in the morning instead of four hours after I wake up. Nutritionist Christina Persaud said that not only was I missing out on chances to pack in extra calories to my diet, but that I was also messing around with my metabolism by having my first meal so late. And she was right. I’d often get a headache during my commute and get to work ravenous and cranky: an awesome recipe for inattentiveness.

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