Saturday, October 6, 2012
Research shows good nutrition and exercise can help prevent breast cancer. Here are some resources around Woodstock to help you stay healthy.
- BREAST CANCER AWARENESS
Saturday, October 6, 2012
You might be able to find help fighting breast cancer and other types of cancers at your local grocery store and fitness centers, according to the research findings of Dr. Marian Neuhouser, Ph.D, RD. Dr. Neuhouser is a nutritional epidemiologist with a background in nutritional sciences. She is an investigator at Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Her research is focused on lifestyle factors such as nutrition and physical activity. Some factors may prevent breast and prostate cancer and improve survivorship in those diagnosed with cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year, more than 200,000 American women are diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 American women will die …
Friday, April 6, 2012
Two Woodstock businesses are looking for 60 committed individuals wanting to make a change.
Change: to make the form, nature, content, or future course different from what it is or from what it would be if left alone. Are you looking for a change? Two local Woodstock businesses are launching "60 Days to Change" on Sunday, April 15. Bowen's Tiger-Rock Academy and Maximum Nutrition, located on Rose Creek Drive, are looking for 60 people committed to "real" change in how they look and feel. Men and women, ages 14 and up, are welcome to join the Change regardless of current fitness level or lack thereof. Lili Bowen and Rhianna Bailey will serve as team coaches and the group will be divided into two teams. They plan to keep fitness fun by never repeating the same old routine, and their nutrition plans are not about starving the …
Thursday, August 4, 2011
A Woodstock native has taken the experiences of military service and brought them home to inspire others into leading healthier lives.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Noel Stogs
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Barbie Tucker fits well into the vibrant mosaic of friends and neighbors that comprise the City of Woodstock. She has family that never left Rusk Street, where she was raised, while she enjoyed a lifestyle that took her around the world and, somehow, brought her right back home. An enthusiastic woman turning 44 this year, Tucker took a road of interesting challenges to get to where she is today. "Two things that stuck out for me," Tucker said of her childhood dreams, "were being a mother and being a teacher. I knew I wanted to go to college, but I didn't know exactly what for, or how I was going to pay." For the former homecoming queen and pageant winner, a scholarship might have seemed like the most probable solution, but Tucker also …
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
What I've learned over three months of diet and exercise.
The first thing I did this morning after helping my husband shuffle off to work, was step into the kitchen and consult my meal plan. It's no longer a chore. It comes to me as easily as turning on a pot of coffee. After breakfast, I loaded up a short strength training video via YouTube to cross a bit of exercise off my daily list. Early morning work outs are best for me. It's so much easier to say, "Oh, that? Already did it," than it is to say, "At some point today, I need to get that done." I stretched when I was finished and went for a glass of water, rather than soda or fruit juice. For the past three months, I've been on a kind of bandwagon, making the choice with thousands of other Americans to clean up my kitchen, straighten out my …
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
How eating a little naughty helps this Lazy Girl stay on track.
Do you remember the relentless anticipation of Friday afternoons in high school? The promise of the weekend to come seemed to make the rites of teenage passage even more unbearable. I lived for the weekends. I slept until it was hot outside and stayed awake until the birds began to chirp. Eventually I grew up and entered the work force, but my reaction didn't change with age. Every Friday I'd stare wide-eyed at the nearest clock, just daring it not to have sliced away another minute since I checked last. I was delivered weekly back to that awkward, freckle-faced girl waiting on the bell to ring. Now that I've added healthy eating to my list of responsibilities, I've found another reason to look ahead with childlike eagerness to those …
Friday, February 25, 2011
Outdoor activities in Georgia lovely enough to make you forget you're exercising.
Over the weekend I was introduced to outdoor exercise by my husband and a pair of hiking enthusiast pals. Horrified of wasps and no stranger to the sunburn, I'd given up on the uncomfortable notion of "gettin' my sweat on" in anything approaching nature years ago, and my initial agreement to participate (brought on by being awake too long and having just been fed authentic sushi) quickly turned into a panic. Assured that those little stinging serial killers aren't in season right now and armed against the sun with long pants and a hoodie, I was somehow convinced into the back of a pickup truck on Saturday and driven two hours out into the Georgia-Tennessee wildnerness, dreaming up escape plans and wondering how to explain to potential …
Friday, February 18, 2011
How my competitive side was helpfully humbled by sickness.
Today was supposed to be one of celebration in Chateau de Stogs. Had everything gone according to plan, it would've been the day I completed Sparkpeople's 28 Day Bootcamp. The number might seem small, maybe even nothing to make a big deal about, but the rules of the challenge were to exercise all week long, with five days of half hour cardio and six of strength training in each. Exercising every single day is no easy feat for a Lazy Girl! It takes a lot more dedication than I'm used to giving anything that doesn't offer instant reward. If you're anything like me, it also awakens a petty fear of failure that keeps you working harder than you need to, just to prove a point to yourself. Evidence that I should ditch the program and listen to …
Friday, February 11, 2011
Easy ways to keep yourself focused when the New Year adrenaline wears off.
The 2011 Resolution gusto wound down about two weeks ago for most of the country, and we've come to that point of the year where it's entirely up to our own willpower to keep those resolutions strong. I found myself slipping all through last week. I skipped a workout here or there, I dropped out of bootcamp (to be detailed next Wednesday), and on select days, I forgot to log meals into my tracker. These were familiar failures. They've grown like a fungus through all of my good dietary intentions. But this year, with a little bit of experience behind me, I've come up with a list of five ways to refocus my attention and sneak good choices back into my routine. 1. Turn anything into a gym. Sometimes, the brain can be fooled as easily as a dog…
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
My struggle to defeat a machine that may actually be a monster in disguise.
More often than not, I lean toward the latter. From the first time I ever set foot on one of these diabolical contraptions as a 15-year-old, they have continued to get the better of me. Mid-workout, I can't keep from spying on the users around me, even going so far as to glance at their LED panels, astounded by how long they've been climbing to nowhere. Thiry minutes?! On a stairmaster? There's some kind of witchcraft involved there, I'm sure of it. Bunch of showoffs. I like to fantasize that I have these strong, powerul lady legs, you see, and that they're the one part of my body that I don't need to worry much about. Until I've been on a Stairmaster for any longer than two minutes, when that fanciful notion goes right out the window, …
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
My health and fitness to-do list.
For the first few weeks of my fitness journey, I thought the best way to hold onto that New Year's motivation was to begin with a temporary overload. I picked a variety of new and challenging things to try, all at the same time, knowing I would follow through on only some of them. Once I had it narrowed down to the ones I liked most, I reasoned, it would feel instantly easier than when I first started, because I wouldn't be juggling so many things anymore. Meanwhile, I'd actually be getting an even better workout by sticking to specific activities. Ladies and gentlemen, it worked like a charm! I highly recommend the "fake yourself out" approach any time you think it may be applicable. As of right now I'm doing three of the six things I …