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Chris O’Donnell Wants You to Get Your Flu Shot

Written on October 26, 2012 at 9:47 am , by

Actor Chris O’Donnell gets his flu shot. (Photo courtesy of Sanofi Pasteur)

Have you had your flu shot yet? According to a recent survey, two-thirds of adults fear spreading the influenza virus to their loved ones, yet three in five remain unvaccinated against it. Some adults cite a fear of needles for avoiding their flu shots, which is why  NCIS: Los Angeles star and father of five Chris O’Donnell was eager to team up with Sanofi Pasteur to introduce the FDA-approved FluZone Intradermal, an alternative immunization option for adults (18 through 64 years of age) that features an ultra-thin needle that is 90 percent smaller.

“My kids are little walking Petri dishes,” the busy dad joked. “We make it an effort to get flu shots. I learned about this different delivery system and I’m a big fan. This reminds me of getting your finger pricked than getting the regular needle.”

“It’s important to get vaccinated as soon as it’s available,” says Carlos E. Picone, M.D., F.C.C.P., Vice-Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at Sibley Memorial Hospital. Even though the vaccine isn’t 100% effective, he says, it will still lessen severity of the flu and make you less likely to get complications.

Dr. Picone also recommends daily exercise to help fight sickness. “Exercise boosts your immune system and shortens the course of disease. At the very least, dedicate 30 minutes a day to get active. You can do push ups and sit ups when you watch TV.”

Besides getting an annual vaccination, O’Donnell’s methods for avoiding the flu includes getting lots of sleep and washing your hands. “And also washing my kids’ hands because they’re the ones carrying it usually.”

Visit FluZone.com to learn more about FluZone Intradermal and where it’s available in your area.


Fit Links: Rainy Day Workouts and Healthy Sweet Potato Recipes

Written on October 19, 2012 at 12:32 pm , by

Sweet Potato and Apple Casserole, anyone? (Photo by Evan Sklar)

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Meet Beefy the Bulldog, Skateboarding for a Good Cause

Written on October 17, 2012 at 9:20 am , by

Beefy the Bulldog Skates Against Breast Cancer (How can you say no to this?)

From running on pink treadmills to collecting pink lids, there’s a  variety of ways to help raise money for breast cancer research and awareness this month. But the most adorable fighter against the disease has got to be Beefy the Bulldog. This skateboarding pup has been traveling around the country with Boarding for Breast Cancer, a nonprofit that aims to educate young people about breast cancer and advocates for self-exams and an active lifestyle.

Erin Clemens, Beefy’s owner, was diagnosed with breast cancer at 25 and has since worked to raise money and awareness about breast cancer. “That was the least of my worries when I was 25,” says Clemens, who found a lump when she accidentally scratched herself. “I didn’t even fathom that I’d have breast cancer. My advice to young women would be to do breast self exams like it’s brushing your teeth. Just do it once a month even when you’re young so you know how they feel if there’s a difference. You should know your body.” Read more

Hot Topic Tuesday: Do You Need to Unplug?

Written on October 2, 2012 at 5:01 pm , by

Is she laughing because of someone’s witty Tweet? (Photo by Laura Doss)

Could you go a week without the internet and tech gadgets? That’s right, no laptop, Kindle, iPad, iPhone or even your Garmin. This woman did, and we’re part jealous, part amazed. To be honest, you might have to shuttle us to an empty mountain cabin and lock it to stop us from going online. But a recent decision to include Internet Addiction in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders (DSM-V) is making us think twice before we log on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Gchat.

According to the American Psychiatric Association, signs for Internet Addiction would include “withdrawal symptoms when Internet is taken away; unsuccessful attempts to control Internet gaming use; has jeopardized or lost a significant relationship, job, or educational or career opportunity because of Internet gaming use.”

While we may need to cut back on browsing through those Instagram photos (your food shots are making us hungry!), we think we’ve still got a handle on our real life relationships and tasks that don’t require smartphones that a full-on internet cleanse is not quite necessary. Though we’ll have to start checking our inbox less frequently: New research found that taking email vacations decrease stress and increase productivity.

What about you? Do you need to cut back on your Web use?

Music Monday: Fitterati Cassey’s Pick-It-Up Cardio Mix

Written on October 1, 2012 at 1:13 pm , by

If you’ve seen Fitterati Cassey’s workout videos–our new favorite is her Gangnam Style workout–then you know that she can make breaking a sweat look like a blast. So we asked for her songs to help you kick up the energy in your workout. “This is a great gym mix that pumps me up for a run, some weights, or bootcamp class when I teach,” the personal trainer says about her girly playlist. Listen to the mix below to get motivated to move!

Tell us: Which songs get you up and going?

Giveaway Alert: Limited Edition Nike+ SportWatch GPS Powered by TomTom

Written on September 28, 2012 at 8:00 am , by

Now that it’s officially Fall, we know workout motivation tends to dip with the temperature. What better way to keep up your mojo than with a new gadget? We’re giving away one limited edition Nike+ SportWatch GPS Powered by TomTom in gold and white. This watch not only syncs with your Nike+ sneakers to track your workouts, it also acts like a personal coach with reminders and new challenges to help you stay on top of your goals. Plus, you’ll be the envy of other runners–this gold and white watch, worth $169.99, is only available in small quantities at select retailers.

How can you score this awesome tool? Simply leave a comment on this post telling us your workout goals for fall, anytime from now until 9:00 a.m. EST October 12.

Official Rules.


Music Monday: Fitterati Courtney’s Cardio Playlist

Written on September 24, 2012 at 10:14 am , by

Personal trainer Courtney gets ready for a workout!

Start your week with an upbeat mix from our Fitterati Courtney, behind the blog Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life. “While this playlist really gets me moving for any type of exercise, the upbeat tunes really help me keep up the pace with any of my cardio workouts,” the personal trainer says. “It could also be a great playlist for a little dance party, too!”


Sheryl Crow’s Nutrition Mission to Help Feed America

Written on September 19, 2012 at 2:29 pm , by

Sheryl Crow kicks off the Nutrition Mission with One A Day® Women’s in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Bayer)

It’s not something that gets splashed all over the tabloids, but when she’s not working or taking care of her kids, singer-songwriter, producer, and mom Sheryl Crow has been volunteering at food banks. “It was eye opening,” she says. “It’s not just homeless people going there. It’s moms who need to feed their kids. But people don’t talk about it. They’re embarrassed.” It was this realization that motivated Crow to work with Feeding America and One A Day’s Nutrition Mission for Hunger Action Month. We got to talk to the star in Union Square in New York City, where Crow kicked off the charitable initiative, encouraging others to donate cans of food for the Food Bank for New York City.

More than 50 million people in America today need help getting food on the table, and like you said, it’s not something we talk about everyday. How can other people across the country help?
You can go to NutritionMission.com to make a donation to Feeding America. Just one dollar can equal eight meals. You can donate a can of food to your food shelter. A can of beans or corn costs less than a dollar but it goes a long way. You can also volunteer your time at a food bank.

You and your kids must have a busy schedule. How do you make sure they eat healthy?
I’m like every other mom who has kids who’d rather eat mac and cheese and chicken fingers everyday. I try to feed them clean  foods that don’t have additives, and foods that are in season. I rely on Jessica Seinfeld’s method of hiding healthy food in dishes they like and I try to get them to try new things. Our rule is that you have to try everything on your plate. Read more

Music Monday: Fitterati Skinny Taste’s Pump-It-Up Playlist

Written on September 17, 2012 at 1:47 pm , by

We love Fitterati Gina’s recipes over at SkinnyTaste, but we think her picks for an upbeat playlist are pretty great, too. Check our her list of tunes to pump up your next workout.

Fit Links: The Starbucks Diet, Soda Ban and a Gangnam Style Workout

Written on September 14, 2012 at 4:10 pm , by

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