Written by Mindie Flamholz
Ever learn the idiom “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb”? Well, with this winter’s crazy weather, who knows if March will be that predictable! Thankfully, March is known for something that is predictable and controllable! March is National Nutrition Month, and we can pretty much predict, control and even enjoy - our nutrition!
Started as National Nutrition Week by a Presidential Declaration in March 1973, the program quickly expanded to be National Nutrition Month. It is now an annual campaign by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to provide information about the importance of healthy food choices and physical activity. This year’s campaign slogan is “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right”.
By: Erin Peisach, RDN, CLT
Before we know it, spring will be upon us…which along with sunny skies, greener grass and flowering trees comes the opening weekends for local Farmer’s Markets! They pop up all across the city and county and offer a fresh array of local and seasonal produce. In the earlier months (April through June) you may find selections such as spinach, parsnips, fresh herbs, mushrooms, rhubarb, radishes, chard, lettuces, and asparagus. More variety of produce makes it way to the markets throughout the summer and falls months including berries, tomatoes, broccoli, cabbage, celery, cucumbers, kale, onions, peppers, and squash. Now I’m getting hungry!
Written by Mindie Flamholz
Ready for Spring? Are you getting impatient with the teasing of warm days among the snow and icy weather? Well, here are some things you can do to get yourself ready for Spring when it does arrive!
Expert advice from Kate Bodenberg, DC and Brian Morrison, DC
As chiropractors, we know that the key to managing and preventing low back pain (and a lot of other musculoskeletal aches and pains) is consistent exercise – especially for your core, your abdominal region. Under our watchful eye, patients perform exercises in the clinic and home therapeutic exercises plans are developed and agreed to. Sometimes they do them, sometimes they don’t. Why or why not? The patient may find the prescribed exercises too complicated. The exercises may require certain types of equipment such as a rolled up towel, resistance bands, or dumbbells that the patient does not have or is unwilling to purchase.
Solution? We try to make a game of it by teaching our patients some “Stealthy Exercises.”
Wait! What are stealthy exercises?
These are exercises that can be performed at your office or home, and some can even be done in the car with bystanders being none the wiser! Depending on the number of exercises and volume prescribed, the time to perform stealthy exercises can be less than 5 minutes per day!
We teach the following stealthy exercises to our patients and see their compliance improve and their cores become stronger!
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