12.31.2014 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness
New Year, New You
By: Deanna Jefferson, Celebrity and Nike Trainer
The New Year is a great time for personal renewal. It's a fresh start and a great motivation to transform old and unhealthy habits into new and healthier ones. Many New Year's Resolutions involve losing weight, exercising more, and being a healthier you overall. I've compiled these 12 simple tips for you to review in the last 12 hours of 2014 to help you ring in a New Year and a New You!
12. Move more
11. Avoid leftovers
10. Cut back on alcohol
9. Drink ... Read More
12.24.2014 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness
Exercise with Kettlebells
By: Barbara Kapas, DPT
It might sound new, but working out with kettlebells is a time-honored technique that is finally getting the attention it deserves. A cast-iron kettlebell resembles a mini bowling ball with a handle. Since the weight isn't evenly distributed, using a kettlebell forces your stabilizer muscles to work harder. A kettlebell workout is great for cardio, strength and flexibility training. According to the American Council on Exercise, exercising with kettlebells burns about 20 calories a minute.
Learn more about the benefits and techniques of a kettlebell workout at
12.24.2014 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness
Redskins dietician Rob Skinner brings us another Smoothie of the Month as part of our Wellness Wednesday series!
If you are a lover of Peppermint Mocha Lattes during the holiday season, than this smoothie is perfect for you! It’s a healthier way to kick start your day because it does not contain all of the sugar and fat that most lattes do. This smoothie is loaded with natural ingredients like avocado, banana, spinach, and chocolate protein powder to give you energy throughout the day. The touch of peppermint extract gives it that sweet, festive taste! It’s also an ... Read More
12.19.2014 / Events Health and Wellness
Calling all Hometown Heroes! To start the New Year, the Redskins have teamed up with Inova for their annual January blood drive, and we need your help.
Blood from donors has helped save over 265,000 lives and in order to meet our community’s needs, blood must be collected every day of the year.
One person, donating blood for one hour, can save up to three lives!
Inova Blood Donor Services is the largest hospital-based blood-collection effort in the nation, and with your help, they can expand this effort even more.
ACL Injuries in Females
By, Keith Lawhorn, MD
ACL injuries are approximately 4-6 times greater in females compared to males. The female soccer player has the highest risk for ACL injury. With the increase in the understanding as to why the female athlete is at greater risk, prevention programs have been developed to help prevent ACL injury in the female athlete.
Assessment of jump mechanics (having the athlete drop from a one-foot-high box and explode into a jump when landing from the box) can be used to identify the at-risk female athlete.
It is important to teach females to use ... Read More
12.10.2014 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness
By: Deanna Jefferson, Nike and Celebrity Trainer
With Christmas nearing, most of us are racking our brains to decide on that perfect gift for those special friends and family members this season. One in three people make a New Year's resolution of which many are health related. Why not, help them hit the ground running in 2015 with these awesome Fit Gifts for Christmas.
This blender will upgrade anyone's smoothie making experience. Although it's a bit pricey, the Vitamix can pulverize the toughest ingredients including frozen fruit, nuts, cores, and tough ... Read More
12.03.2014 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness Recipes
Making dinner every night for the family isn't always the easiest task. Groceries must be bought and tastes satisfied, and somewhere along the way, keeping the meal healthy might be forgotten.
Today, we are giving you the ultimate chicken recipe that is both tasty and healthy! Requiring only 8 ingredients, this is sure to become a classic, go-to meal for your family.
Better-Than-Fried Chicken Drumskicks
Makes: 4 Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 35 minutes
8 skinless chicken drumsticks
1 1/2 cups low-fat buttermilk
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. hot sauce
1 ... Read More
12.02.2014 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness Recipes
While the Redskins are tackling the Rams on the field, the team's off the field efforts will be geared towards bringing awareness to diabetes for this week's Tackle Diabetes Game on December 7, 2014!
Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death for Americans and also places a considerable cost burden on those afflicted.
Approximately 9.3% of the U.S. population had the disease in 2012.
Around 1.7 million of those within this number were diagnosed just that year. What's interesting about diabetes however is that for many, the disease is preventable.
November was National ... Read More
11.26.2014 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness Local Lifestyle
By Althea Zanecosky from the Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association
I'm hosting my usual Thanksgiving celebration for over 20 friends and family members.
When I prepare my shopping list, search for recipes and scour the supermarket circulars, I am always amazed at all the warnings about what foods to serve—and what not to serve! Many items are promoted as “100% natural,” “organic” or “chemical free,” implying that anything that is the opposite is unhealthy.
11.26.2014 / 100 Days of WOW Health and Wellness
By Deanna Jefferson, Celebrity and Nike Trainer
FOUR TIPS TO INDULGE AND NOT BULGE THIS THANKSGIVING!
And yes, you can still eat the mac & cheese ...
You CAN have your cake (and turkey!) and eat it too this Thanksgiving. Here's how:
LOSE THE BOOZE: Alcohol is full of empty calories. Empty calories have no nutritional value, so essentially alcohol is a waste of calories ideal for packing on body fat. Not to mention, alcohol lowers your inhibition and can cause you to over-eat. If you’re going to drink, stick with a glass of red wine or a shot of ... Read More
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