Staff Health Challenge: Dear Diary...
By Angie Romero | 06/01/2009 - 13:30

So after my French fry binge I asked Marc, my trainer from MPHC, for some advice. I was spazzing, in all honesty, saying how I had derailed the entire health challenge and if I didn’t do something about it, I was going to end up the skinny fat girl forever, wearing the same J Crew one-piece swimsuit for the rest of my life. So Marc told me to chill, and he also shared with me the same advice he gave his sister.

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Staff Health Challenge: Body Image 101
By Mariela Rosario | 05/29/2009 - 11:57

The other weekend I went home and my mom, being a bit biased, was going on and on about how great I looked. But when I told her I wanted to lose 10 more pounds she glanced at me with a worried look on her face, "You don't need to be all crazy skinny and anorexic like those blanquita models, you know?"

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Staff Health Challenge: Top Tips to Gain Weight
By Dorkys Ramos | 05/27/2009 - 18:00

Although I’ve always wanted to be fuller, I never really knew how to gain weight the right way. The thought of stuffing my face with a mountain of food as often as possible killed my appetite so I usually went about it the seemingly easier (read: unhealthy) way by choosing burgers and fries or any other greasy option on the menu when I ate out. Well for this challenge I wanted to pack on the pounds while keeping my risk for heart failure at a minimum. So I turned to nutritionist Christina Persaud for a list of healthy foods containing good-for-me fats.

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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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