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  • Recipes with Kids: Family-Friendly Apple Watermelon Slushie

    08.30.2013 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness Recipes

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    By Kimberly Young
    HealthyLittleCooks.com 

    If you’ve ever searched for a pre-game drink that is delicious, healthy and kid-friendly look no further!   Our Redskin’s do-it-yourself slushie is packed full of juicy watermelon and gives you the icy chill of a sweet slurpee.  The best part is that it’s so healthy you’ll probably start making them just for the fun of it!  Loaded with only 100 calories per serving and packed full of vitamins A and C, it will be hard to sabotage your healthy eating routine with these!  

    Ingredients
    - 2 cups of ... Read More

  • Commonwealth Orthopaedics: Tennis Elbow

    08.26.2013 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

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    One of the most common elbow problems is pain on the outside or lateral side of the elbow which is called tennis elbow familiarly or lateral epicondylitis in medical terms. Tennis elbow is an inflammation of the origin of the forearm muscles that extend the wrist, with some inflammatory tissue underneath the muscle attachment at the elbow. This can be caused by repetitive activities, such as sports or yard work, as well as after heavy lifting. In my practice about half the time, patients do not remember doing anything unusual or different in their daily activities.

    Symptoms are ... Read More

  • Commonwealth Orthopaedics: Finger Dislocation

    08.21.2013 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

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    Even in Monday night's victory against the Steelers, the Washington Redskins suffered a major loss as nose tackle Barry Cofield left the game with broken bones in his hand. While you may not be a member of the Redskins' defensive pressure pack, our friends at Commonwealth Orthopaedics reveal more information on finger dislocation should you suffer a similar injury! 

    Finger dislocation, also called a finger jam, is a common injury. It occurs when the bones of the finger are moved (dislocated) from their normal position. A dislocated finger can occur in any of the joints of any ... Read More

  • Commonwealth Orthopaedics: Pinched Nerves in the Neck

    07.21.2013 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

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    Cervical radiculopathy is a disorder where a nerve in the neck is pinched. It manifests itself as pain radiating from the neck into the shoulder blade and typically down the affected arm. The exact location and pattern of pain varies depending on which nerve is being pinched. There may also be associated numbness, tingling in the arm and into the finger tips. Depending on the nerve being pinched and the severity of nerve dysfunction, there may also be associated weakness of the arm.

    What Causes Cervical Radiculopathy? It is typically a herniated disc in the neck, a bone ... Read More

  • Veggies on the Grill: A Sweet Taste with a Powerful Nutrition Punch

    07.08.2013 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

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

    As Wow members, you have supported me in several dietary goals I’ve made this year (yes, even dietitians can improve their diets :o).  Remember my adventure with Kale?  And last week I strived to give my oven a rest for the summer and include more cold grain salads? Thanks Jenn for your important question on gluten free grains (check out the comment section from last week).

    This week I am taking my typical steamed vegetable habit out onto the grill.  One of the benefits to grilling veggies ... Read More

  • Commonwealth Orthopaedics: Growth Plate Injuries

    07.02.2013 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

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    Growth plates are the softer parts of a child’s bones, where growth occurs. Located at each end of a bone, they regulate and determine the length and shape of the mature bone. They are the weakest link in a child’s developing skeleton – sometimes even weaker than surrounding ligaments and tendons. Because they are so fragile, an injury that would result in a minor joint sprain for an adult can cause a growth plate fracture in a child.

    Growth plate injuries typically occur when a child has a fall, a twisting injury or other traumatic event. Monkey ... Read More

  • How to Choose the Best Group Exercise Classes for Your Fitness Goals

    06.21.2013 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

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    If you don’t have a specific wardrobe item in mind, wandering between the racks in your favorite department store can be completely overwhelming. Similarly, reading through the descriptions on a group fitness schedule can quickly become a blur of energetic adjectives and exclamation points, making it impossible to decipher the best class for you if you don’t have a specific exercise goal you’re trying to achieve.

    Any savvy shopper will tell you, the way to get the biggest bang for your buck is to have a clear idea of what you want before you walk ... Read More

  • Summer Light: Cool Meals for Hot Nights

    06.19.2013 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

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

    With the summer heat settling in and the air conditioning units kicking on, I decided instead of heating up the kitchen I would give my oven a vacation and look for some cold dinner ideas. 

    Quick, easy, tasty and of course healthy was the criteria.

    Since the dinner meal is when I get most of my daily requirement of vegetables, the recipes had to include an abundance of colorful produce.  I’ve had a goal of expanding the variety of grains and beans/legumes in my diet this ... Read More

  • Commonwealth Orthopaedics: Heel Pain in Children

    06.07.2013 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

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    Injury to the growth plate of the heel, also known as Sever’s Disease, can be a common cause of heel pain in children and adolescents. It is rarely seen after the early teenage years as the foot is one of the first body parts to grow to full size. During periods of rapid growth, bones often grow at a faster rate than muscles and tendons. As a result, the Achilles tendon, which attaches to the back of the heel, can become tight and painful during exercise and sports. This condition usually responds well to conservative treatment measures ... Read More

  • Commonwealth Orthopaedics: Do You Need a Joint Replacement?

    05.27.2013 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

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    As a total joint surgeon for the past 20 years, I have spent a great deal of time counseling patients with hip and knee arthritis who are considering their alternatives.

    The two most common questions patients ask me are:

    1. “Will I need a joint replacement?"
    2. “When should I have a joint replacement?"

    The first question is fairly easily answered. A good medical history, examination and simple x-rays can usually establish a diagnosis of arthritis. Given the progressive nature of arthritic diseases, these patients are potential candidates for joint replacement surgery.

    Of course, other treatment options for ... Read More

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