• Fitness, Fun and Friends

    04.20.2012 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

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    By Becky Johnson, Certified Personal Trainer (ACE); IBNFC Certified Nutrition Coach

    Keeping up with a workout schedule all on your own can be a difficult thing. You may find it’s hard to push yourself to go workout when you don’t have anyone else there to help get you off your butt! Group support, social interaction and positive reinforcement are strong motivators to starting and maintaining an exercise program.

    I have seen many people who were not successful by themselves but were more motivated when working out with friends. My son, Zach, created the word “friendercise” just ... Read More

  • Navigating the Milk Aisle: A Guide to Alternative Milk Sources

    04.17.2012 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

    Amy Bortnick

    Jane Jakubczak MPH, RD, CSSD, LDN Redskins Team Dietitian

    To continue our discussion on milk, I thought it was important to break down the nutritional profile of the many different milk alternatives on the market today. Amy Bortnick identifies the pros and cons of the most popular milk alternatives, including soy milk and almond milk, for WOW members.

    Alternative Milk Sources

    Amy Bortnick, University of Maryland Senior Dietetic Student

    I am a huge fan of milk and always have been as a child. It was a rule in my house to finish a full glass of milk before ... Read More

  • When to leave the workout routine at home

    04.13.2012 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

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    By Becky Johnson, Certified Personal Trainer (ACE); IBNFC Certified Nutrition Coach

    Do vacation and exercise go together?

    The answer is up for debate.

    As I was on vacation this past week, I had an internal battle going on in my head. I know I should be relaxing and enjoying the time away with my family. But in the back of my mind, I felt like I needed to keep up with my workouts. I went to the gym and ran as I would have at home. It got me thinking about how obsessed or consumed I am by ... Read More

  • In the Raw: The Facts on Unpasteurized Milk

    04.09.2012 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

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    By Jane Jakubczak MPH, RD, CSSD, LDN; Redskins Dietitian

    To continue our discussion on milk, Alex, a senior dietetic student of mine discusses the topic of Raw Milk.

    In the Raw: The Facts on Raw Milk

    By: Alexandra Wahlberg, University of Maryland Dietetic Student

    Lately I’ve been reading about the controversies surrounding raw milk and maybe you have too. For those who don’t know, raw milk is unaltered milk typically from a cow, goat or sheep. This means it’s not pasteurized, homogenized or treated in anyway, unlike the milk we buy in a grocery store ... Read More

  • Using Technology to Get Fit

    04.06.2012 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

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    By Becky Johnson, Certified Personal Trainer (ACE); IBNFC Certified Nutrition Coach

    Adopting a habit of regular exercise doesn’t require special equipment or gadgets. It can be as simple as putting on a pair of shoes and heading out for daily walks. For many people, that’s enough. But if you’re easily bored or enjoy using technology, take your fun and fitness to the next level with electronic exercise gadgets and digital devices.

    Designed to inspire and motivate, these products can help keep your fitness program enjoyable and entertaining while giving you objective data about your progress ... Read More

  • Got Milk? How to Select the Best for you Family

    04.04.2012 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

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    By Jane Jakubczak MPH, RD, CSSD, LDN; Redskins Dietitian

    One of the most common questions I hear from my clients is: "Which is healthier, soy milk or cow’s milk”?

    The first question I ask in return, “ Are you lactose intolerant and/or are you a vegetarian?”

    If the answer to either question is “yes” I recommend soy milk and encourage them to choose a fortified brand. Think you may be lactose intolerant? Click here for more information.

    If the client is not lactose intolerant or vegetarian, then my next set of questions includes, “which type of milk ... Read More

  • Celebrate National Yogurt Month - Enter to Win!

    04.02.2012 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

     Celebrate Yogurt Month with Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association!

    April is National Yogurt Month and what better to celebrate than by entering Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association's, Yogurt-licious Recipe Challenge contest. Just by sending them your favorite dairy recipe made with yogurt, you could win a FREE KitchenAid® blender and a month’s supply of Chobani® Greek yogurt!

    MDA will also be awarding one VIP Chobani® Coupon Booklet and an insulated tote bag to the second place winner. Four runner-up winners will receive insulated tote bags.

    Why is yogurt so good for you?

    Yogurt is a quick and easy, nutritious snack. It provides ... Read More

  • Excuses, Excuses, Excuses

    03.28.2012 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

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    By Becky Johnson, Certified Personal Trainer (ACE); IBNFC Certified Nutrition Coach

    To make fitness part of your life, you need to identify your roadblocks and find the motivation to move past them. If you want to work out but you keep coming across excuses for not sticking to your plan - this post is for you!

    This week is a very busy week for me: A schedule full of clients, classes to teach and other work responsibilities, along with the demands of a family that includes two boys (ages 12 and 15). BUT I’m going to Florida next ... Read More

  • Milk Does a Body Good

    03.26.2012 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

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    Jane Jakubczak MPH, RD, CSSD, LDN, Redskins Dietitian

    I am blessed to have the opportunity to work with a group of up and coming dietitians at the University of Maryland. Occasionally I would like to share their perspective and wisdom with WOW readers. I thought the following was a nice addition to the Dairy Association article on St.Patrick's Day.

    Milk Really Does A Body Good!

    By Caitlin Fields, Dietetic Student; University of Maryland

    Last month, my mother informed me that she heard, "We should all be drinking whole milk instead of non-fat milk.” When I asked ... Read More

  • The Choices We Make

    03.22.2012 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

    By Rebecca Nenner, Certified Health and Wellness Coach

    Life is funny, at birth our paths are before us but the lines have not been drawn. It is the choices that we make that create the life we are to live. Some seem to be lucky, some seem to have hardship but does that have to be our destiny? After all, we make decisions each and every day that will affect our lives, we just don’t realize it.

    We start making choices when we are babies - We choose to play, or to stare at our mobiles above us, we choose ... Read More

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