Let's Get Physical
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.

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Staff Health Challenge: A Lifelong Promise
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.

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Pregnant Women Dying at "Scandalous" Rates in Peru
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.

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Staff Health Challenge: This Fight is Far From Over
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.

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Staff Health Challenge: The End of the Beginning
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).

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Staff Health Challenge: Here Comes the (Ripped) Bride
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!

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Staff Health Challenge: Bad for the Body, Good for the Soul?
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.

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Staff Health Challenge: Keeping Promises
By Angie Romero | 06/29/2009 - 13:05

While at home in Ecuador on vacation, my dad and I made a promise to each other: we are going to exercise regularly. Of course, I’m already doing that as part of the health challenge, but somehow making a promise to papi makes it all that more official—I can’t slack, especially since I know that he’s swimming his heart out three times a week for an hour.

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Staff Health Challenge: The Dinner Party
By Dorkys Ramos | 06/24/2009 - 14:15

I’m happy to say that Sunday’s fancy little dinner party was a success! But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t completely stressing the hours leading up to it.

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Staff Health Challenge: Meet The Magic Bullet
By Angie Romero | 06/22/2009 - 11:50

I'm not a sucker for appliances, especially those seen on TV that claim to do everything in seconds (I live in Manhattan, which means my kitchen is teeny, so I try not to clutter it with useless crap). But this is something I just had to get because it sounded like the coolest thing since the George Forman grill—and it is!

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