• Countdown to a Healthily Resolved New Year!

    01.06.2016 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

    By Deanna Jefferson, CPT

    The New Year is a great time for personal and professional renewal. It marks a fresh start and a great motivation to transform old habits into new ones. Many New Year resolutions involve losing weight, exercising more, and being a healthier you overall. In fact, each January approximately one out of three Americans resolves to better themselves in some way. I've compiled these 10 healthy resolutions for you to consider in the countdown to 2016. Let's ring in a New Year and a New You!

    10. Change your diet. Include less fats, sodium and ... Read More

  • Creating New Habits For the New Year's Instead Of Resolutions

    12.23.2015 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

    By: Rebecca Nenner

    I find it interesting that people tend to do the same thing over and over again when New Year’s comes around.  They overeat during the holiday season, and then they want to lose some weight when the New Year starts.  People vow that this year they will lose weight and keep it off, yet, it never seems to happen like that.

    The reason is simple.  You can’t expect a diet to save you.  It won’t, it never has!

    What you can do is create a lifestyle change which involves changing your behavior or creating ... Read More

  • A More Active Holiday Gifting Guide

    12.16.2015 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

    By: Deanna Jefferson

    The holiday season can be full of joy with family and friends, but it can also be full of stressful expectations like planning gatherings, traveling, shopping, decorating, and lack of time to do it all. Not to mention the pressure of buying and giving a "good" gift. So I've made the holidays a little simpler for you by creating a gift guide for your more health conscious loved ones. These are a few of my favorite things that are actually useful and not as obnoxious as a weight scale.

    Ear warmer headphones ($80 at ... Read More

  • Stay Warm During Winter Workouts

    12.14.2015 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

    Staying active this winter doesn’t mean you have to be confined to the gym. If you chose to take your exercise out into the cold, here are a few tips to keep you healthy & safe.

    1. Layer up!

    It may seem obvious, but it’s important to wear proper clothing when exercising outside in cold weather. Don’t forget the accessories – these can be just as important as that thick jacket. Here’s a few extra ways to keep your body temp up:

    -Invest in a good hat: According to, “about 50 percent of body heat is ... Read More

  • Is Your Workstation Set Up for Proper Posture?

    / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

    By Jennifer Ott, MPT

    There are a few simple adjustments that can be made to your office set up to ensure you are sitting in proper alignment throughout the day.

    1. Place your computer screen directly in front of you, about 20-40 inches from your face.

    2. Your monitor should be at, or just below eye level.

    3. Your keyboard should be positioned so wrists are not bent up or down or twisted.  This may mean that you will need a wrist pad to rest the heel of your hands on, or a pull out tray to hold the keyboard ... Read More

  • 2016 Fitness Trends

    12.02.2015 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

    By Deanna Jefferson, CPT

    The 2015 holiday season is upon us, which means this year is quickly coming to a close. The end of an old year and the beginning of a new, is always a great time to reflect on the general direction in which things are developing and changing. As a health and fitness professional, I often check-in on the pulse of fitness trends in the coming year. Here are my predictions for some great fitness trends that are here to stay in 2016

    1. Wearable Technology.

    Devices like the Apple Watch and the Fit Bit have been ... Read More

  • Minimizing Stress This Holiday Season

    11.30.2015 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

    As the holiday decorations go up, so does the stress level. From cooking to shopping to hectic airport travel, the season of giving can take a toll on your mental health. This holiday season, take a few simple steps to reduce your stress – the season should be about fun and family, not a constant headache.

    Sleep, sleep, sleep!

    Starting the day overtired and sleep deprived is a recipe for failure. Whether you have a long day of travel ahead of you or you’re taking the kids to get pictures with Santa, you need a full night’s sleep to ... Read More

  • Rethinking Holiday Food Choices: How Much Exercise to Burn that Off?

    11.18.2015 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

    By Deanna Jefferson, CPT

    The cool weather is here and the holidays are quickly approaching. Holiday weight gain is such a daunting thought for many because Americans on average gain 1-3 pounds between November and January. Unfortunately, this tends to become permanent baggage. According to researchers at the National Institute of Health, most Americans never lose the weight they gain during the winter holidays. The pounds add up year after year, making holiday weight gain an important factor in adult obesity.

    You don't have to fall victim to this. I find that thinking of how much exercise you'd ... Read More

  • Inside Look: Redskins Cheerleaders' Dermatologist Talks Hair Loss

    11.16.2015 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

    Dr. Robert S. Berger of Charles County Dermatology


    You have noticed that your hair is getting thinner- is it because Uncle Joe or Aunt Jane had thin hair, or some other reason?  What can you do about it? 

    The most common cause of hair loss, by far and away, is the “inherited” type, or androgenic alopecia. This is the loss of hair due to sensitivity of the hair follicles to androgens over time. It is also called male or female pattern baldness. Women produce androgens, much lower than men, but do so just the same. As estrogen levels wane with ... Read More

  • The Power of Positivity

    11.11.2015 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

    "Our happiness depends on the habit of mind we cultivate" - Norman Vincent Peale, The Power of Positive Thinking

    Mental health is just as important as physical health – we often fail to realize the impact negative thoughts have on our attitudes, work performances, and relationships. Combating negative thoughts isn’t easy, but it’s essential for a healthy lifestyle. In order to recognize the power of positivity, we must consciously take steps to increase the flow of positive thoughts.

    Being consistently aware of your thoughts doesn’t come naturally, it takes practice and dedication. Here are a few tips to get ... Read More

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