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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Staff Health Challenge: The Joy of Results!
By Angie Romero | 05/04/2009 - 11:45

As promised, here are some before and after pics of my arms—my biggest hang-up when I signed up for this health challenge. I hated my arms. I mean, most of the time I wouldn’t even wear sleeveless clothes. Such was my disdain for the skinny fat girl arms. I found a particularly offensive “before” pic of me and my BFF Naomi where I think my arm looks flabtastic. Well, ladies, no mas! Check me out at week tres of my health challenge. And I owe a lot of it to my trainer Marc Hochstein (aka Christian Bale) at MPHC.

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Top 5 Ways to Avoid the Swine Flu
By Lori Hoffman | 05/01/2009 - 14:00

Washing your hands will only get you so far. As fear of the swine flu (influenza H1N1) sends people everywhere into a panic, it’s more important than ever to keep your immune system strong. Nutritionist Sylvia Klinger shares her Top 5 body boosters with

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Nicaraguans Come Down with the Crazy Sickness!
By Mariela Rosario | 04/30/2009 - 16:00

As if swine flu weren't enough to worry about, reports have been coming out of Nicaragua of another illness spreading. Referred to by locals as grisi siknis—which translated from the indigenous Miskito language means "crazy sickness"—it has been causing mass hysteria among the population lately and has the Nicaraguan authorities at a loss for answers.

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Staff Health Challenge: Feeling the Burn
By Mariela Rosario | 04/30/2009 - 13:30

I like pain. When I used to play competitive sports it was how I knew I was really pushing myself and giving my all. I'm pretty sure it has something to do with the endorphin kick you get when you are really physically exerting yourself, something people refer to as a "runner's high"—but you can get it from doing just about any cardio exercise for an extended period of time. So now, when I work out, I strive to for that feeling.

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Staff Health Challenge: Immediate Results, Please!
By Dorkys Ramos | 04/28/2009 - 11:15

I’m unbelievably impatient and will quickly lose interest if I don’t see results right away. Previous attempts to gain weight by eating greasy burger after greasy burger were always short-lived because I wouldn’t gain a pound. I’ve since learned that eating just one big meal and slacking off for the rest of the day was not going to cut it.

Well I’m thrilled to say that I’ve already seen the numbers go up on my scale! I’d leveled off at 80 pounds since November and in the past four weeks I’ve gained—drum roll please—five pounds!

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Swine Flu Outbreak in Mexico Raises Fear of Global Epidemic
By Mariela Rosario | 04/27/2009 - 13:45

An outbreak of swine flu, originating in central Mexico, has raised fears of a global epidemic. Keiji Fukuda, a World Health Organization official, says that the form of flu that originated in Mexico is a genetic mixture of viruses that have been seen in pigs, birds and people prior to this outbreak. It’s been dubbed "swine flu" because the overall genetic structure of the virus is of the type that has normally affected pigs.

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Staff Health Challenge: Switch it Up
By Angie Romero | 04/27/2009 - 11:15

So I’m a few weeks into my health challenge and though I’m constantly tempted by the cookies and scones that are brought into the office, I feel like I’ve made some progress. At the very least I’m learning more about my body. Marc Hochstein, who totally resembles Christian Bale AND happens to be my trainer at Manhattan Plaza Health Club (wink, wink), taught me something new the other day. He explained that you can’t do the exact same workout twice or your body will outsmart you and the muscles will get lazy.

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