Take Care of You: Saving Your Mental Health
By Ylonda Gault Caviness | 04/21/2010 - 14:39

¡Ayúdame!

When is the last time you asked for help?

If you're like most Latinas, you probably can’t even remember. And believe it or not, that one little word, "help," can unlock the secret to your mental health.


Read more
61709health_article.jpg
Staff Health Challenge: Cooking 101
By Dorkys Ramos | 06/17/2009 - 15:05

I never learned how to cook like my mother: a pinch of this, a dash of that and somehow her sazón would come out perfect every single time. She can taste whatever is bubbling in the pot and know exactly what’s missing. Not me.

Growing up, I’d throw mini feminist rants saying, “I’m never becoming a stay-at-home mom to cook for a man!” It would only be fueled by my dad’s old-school claims that once I get married, my husband was going to bring me right back as soon as he learned that I couldn’t cook. “Well then I’ll marry a chef!” I’d say.


Read more
0518luna_article.jpg
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!


Read more
0513chi_article.jpg
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.


Read more
0511ballet_article.jpg
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.


Read more
0505dorkys_article.jpg
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.


Read more
0504angiearms_article.jpg
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.


Read more
0430pilates_article.jpg
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.


Read more
0428scale_article.jpg
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!


Read more
0427lunge_article.jpg
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.


Read more