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  • Exercise and Pregnancy

    02.16.2012 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

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

    For many moms-to-be, the news of pregnancy is filled with excitement, anticipation, anxiety and a promise to do everything right for the little bundle of joy. The question of whether to continue or begin an exercise program for your health and the baby often comes up.

    The first step to help answer this question is to check with your doctor. While exercise during pregnancy is usually encouraged, under some circumstances exercise should be avoided to prevent risks to the fetus and the mother. Only after a thorough ... Read More

  • Exercise and Menopause

    02.14.2012 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

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

    This month, I will be focusing on issues relating specifically to women. I’ll touch on menopause, pregnancy, osteoporosis and the importance of muscle building in women. We are unique and have unique conditions we need to consider when related to exercise.

    Exercise and Menopause

    There was a time when the word menopause was never spoken, not even between mother and daughter. Menopause, still referred to as “the change” in some circles, is no longer a taboo subject. And nowadays most women can expect to live one-third ... Read More

  • Sugar Substitutes: A Sweet Alternative?

    02.14.2012 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

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

    Last week we discussed the controversy surrounding sugar in our diet. We looked at the difference between ADDED sugar and NATURAL sugar (click here to read last week's post). This week I’d like to address the category of sugar known as artificial sweeteners and sugar substitutes.

    I would like to preface this discussion with the fact that as a dietitian, I promote and encourage a diet filled with minimally processed, whole foods eaten in their most natural state. I believe Mother Nature provides an abundance of ... Read More

  • How Sweet It Is! Navigating Sugar in the Headlines

    02.07.2012 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

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

    Sugar has hit the headlines again this week.

    Each time the sweet stuff makes the national news, I cringe a little bit. The sensationalizing of journalism can often “scare” audiences into taking drastic measures to avoid the spotlighted villain of the week.

    I agree 100% that most of us need to reduce the non-nutritive, added sugar in our diets. However, I often see my clients “throwing out the baby with the bath water” when it comes to sugar by attempting to take ALL the sugar out of their diets ... Read More

  • Put the oxygen mask on yourself first: How We Can Best Take Care of Everyone

    02.06.2012 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

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    By Rebecca Nenner, Holistic Health and Wellness Coach

    How can we best take care of our children?

    Take care of ourselves first.

    As women, often the moment that our first child is born is the most pivotal moment in our lives. Not only was it the most beautiful baby you had ever seen but it was the moment you changed forever. You had gone from being cared for to the caretaker. You have literally spent countless hours, days, and years, doing, thinking and buying things for this person who is the most important person in the world to ... Read More

  • Spice up your Health: Ingredients that Enhance both Flavor and Health

    02.01.2012 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

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    By Jane Jakubczak MPH, RD, CSSD, LDN; Redskins Team Nutritionist

    In last week's post, we discussed the importance of reducing salt in our diet. I mentioned that salt often serves as a flavor enhancer to our food, which may also be why it can be so difficult for some of us to reduce it in our diet! Many of my clients struggle to reduce the salt in their diet because they admit food can taste bland without salt.

    I am a huge believer that food should be enjoyed and savored. Food is truly one of the pleasures ... Read More

  • Zumba at Redskins Park!

    01.31.2012 / Blog Posts Events Health and Wellness

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

    What were you doing on Sunday afternoon? Were you at the mall or grocery shopping? Maybe you were even working on your taxes?

    Well, I was at Redskins Park, along with members of the Women of the Washington Redskins, taking a Zumba class and having a blast! It was great to see such a fabulous turnout. Our instructor, Nikki of Gold's Gym, Ashburn led us through the Latin-inspired dance-fitness program to awesome music.

    The Zumba fitness party was easy to follow, thanks to Nikki, and so much fun ... Read More

  • Washington Redskins Cheerleader Lyndsay Reveals Her Get-In-Shape Secrets

    01.27.2012 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness Redskins

    Washington Redskins Cheerleader auditions are just around the corner and the first ladies of football are bound to have some helpful tips for getting into great shape. 2011 Rookie Cheerleader Lyndsay reveals how she got ready for last year's tryouts…

    Preparing for the Washington Redskins Cheerleader auditions is always an exciting time - I mean, what girl doesn't love experimenting with makeup, eyelashes, hair styles and designing the perfect audition outfit? But for me, fitness is top of mind.

    Being fit is particularly important because if you make this team, your uniform will be the traditional burgundy and gold ... Read More

  • Stay Active This Winter with these Cold Weather Fitness Tips

    01.26.2012 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

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    By Becky Johnson, Certified Personal Trainer

    Of all the seasons, winter presents the most challenges to an active lifestyle.

    After what little snow we had on Friday, all I wanted to do was nestle on the couch and watch a movie and it made me think of the long winter we still have ahead of us. After all, January and February are the months we get our coldest weather. While temperatures continue to drop, it’s still important to remain active and maintain our fitness programs. We are humans, not grizzle bears – we don’t hibernate until spring ... Read More

  • Take it With a Grain of Salt: Understanding Sodium Content

    01.24.2012 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

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    Jane Jakubczak MPH, RD, CSSD, LDN; Redskins Team Nutritionist

    Dietary Sodium, or salt, is a nutrition topic that is often overlooked. Most people don’t think about sodium content in their food until they are told they have high blood pressure (also known as hypertension), but did you know that if you reduce your sodium intake now you can actually reduce your risk of ever getting hypertension?

    Hypertension is not just for the elderly or the overweight. I have recently worked with two Reskins players on managing their hypertension. They are both young and fit - proof that all ... Read More

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