The health & fitness events on our radar this week
Eating Local: Preserving the Best of Summer
September 4th, 1:00 PM
Learn how to save your favorite summertime treats in jars so you can enjoy them all year long. The menu will consist of fresh fig and lemon preserves, hot pepper vinegar, roasted tomato sauce, and Texas-style pickled okra.
Sur La Table, 690 West Dekalbe Pike, Suite 2068, King of Prussia; $69 per person; For more information, call 484-612-0046 or e-mail email@example.com.
Urban Escapes Summer Camp
September 3rd – September 6th
Grab your yoga mat and head for the hills this Labor Day weekend with Urban Escapes Philadelphia on a three-day retreat to the Kittatinny Mountains. Your retreat will be packed with guided hikes, yoga sessions, campfire parties, pick-up games, and 500 acres of serene relaxation. Afterwards, cool off with a dip in the private mountainside lake, then kick back and relax with a family-style dinner. READ MORE
It's been five months since our Fitness Challenge ended and this contestant has not only kept the weight off, but has continued to lose
Deirdre 35 pounds lighter, looking gorgeous!
This morning I had a wonderful surprise in my inbox. Deidre McCallister, the hard-working single mom from our January Fitness Challenge, had sent me an update. At the start of our Fitness Challenge, her goal was to drop pounds so she could keep up with her teenage daughter. “I want to keep up when walking and for her to understand the benefits of a healthy lifestyle,” she told us in January. Now, I’m happy to report that even after our Fitness Challenge ended, Dierdre continued to apply what she learned. She writes:
I just wanted you to know that I am still on track thanks to the jumpstart from the contest. I could not afford to keep the Personal Trainer, but I am still working out. I am down to 230 pounds, last weighed in July. I started off at 295 at the beginning of the contest. Here’s an updated photo. This is an outing with my daughter. I have a goal for 200lbs. Hopefully soon.
Fresh, fragrant, and practically fat-free
Local peaches are the perfect way to dress up your healthy Labor Day menu.
Local peaches are at their peak right now and are a perfect way to dress up a healthy Labor Day menu, all while pleasing the palate and and adding a little bit of wow factor to the table.They’re also super-simple to make—which means more time relaxing, even if you’re the one throwing the party.
Peach and Tomato Salad
3-4 local peaches, pit removed and cut into 8-10 wedges
3-4 local tomatoes, cut into 8-10 wedges
1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons basil, sliced thinly
1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
Combine peaches, tomato and onion in a bowl. Toss with vinegar and basil and serve.
63 calories, 2 g protein, 15 g carb, .5 g fat, 0 g sat fat, 0 mg chol, 17 mg sodium, 2.8 g fiber
Answer from Top Doctor and pediatric specialist Harold Gordon of Bryn Mawr Hospital
Illustration by Justin Renninger
With the last great summer hurrah arriving this weekend, chances are you’re more concerned about your kids getting one last bad bout of sunburn or swimmer’s ear than strep throat or bronchitis. But if your child is among the 40 percent of Americans who has trouble swallowing pills, now is the perfect time to make sure little ones will be able to swallow a taste-free pill rather than that awful bubblegum-flavored liquid Amoxicillin should they get sick this season. We spoke to Top Doctor and pediatric specialist Harold Gordon of Bryn Mawr Hospital for tips on teaching your kids how to swallow pills — and why you should start today. — Maggie McGrath READ MORE
Do your part to help fight cancer this Saturday, August 28, 2010
Runners and walkers of all ages are welcome to attend the second-annual Relay for Life 5K fundraiser this Saturday, August 28, 2010. The course will begin and end at the football stadium on Hatters Way in Horsham, and will take place on roads, sidewalks, and paved trails. Medals will be awarded to contestants in each age group.
All proceeds benefit the Eastern Montgomery County Relay For Life and the American Cancer Society, and will help fund the Relay for Life 24-hour event that will take place June 2011.
Registration is still available, and will open at 7:45 a.m. on Saturday. What a great way to kick start your weekend! — Sara Friedel
For more information, contact Shari Wyllie or Terrie Pancio.
Changlu Wang, an urban entomologist at Rutgers who specializes in urban pest control, shares how to prevent, treat, and eradicate the shudder-inducing bedfellows from your home
Illustration by Justin Renninger
Bedbugs are becoming increasingly common and are starting to show up in more places than nasty hotel rooms. Just last week, a woman reported being bitten at the AMC Empire 25 theater in Times Square and experts warn that they’re on the rise in cities across the US. We talked to Changlu Wang, an urban entomologist at Rutgers who specializes in urban pest control, for the scoop on the bed bug situation in Philly and what we can all do to avoid becoming a nighttime buffet. READ MORE
Best of Philly trainer Holly Waters shares what it was like to attend last week's Lululemon summit in Vancouver
2010 Lululemon Summit
I was honored to join the Lululemon family as an ambassador last year and, to top it all off, I had the opportunity to meet my extended family last week at Lululemon Athletica’s First Annual Ambassador Summit in Vancouver.
Lululemon is more than just a store, it is a culture. We ambassadors are more than just our pictures on the wall. We are living the Lululemon culture and are committed to developing others and elevating ourselves.
Lululemon supports our goals and dreams. They support us to reach out to the community to motivate people to take the next step toward achieving the fun-filled life, full of love and fitness, that we all deserve. READ MORE
Hit the green for a good cause this Monday
If you need another excuse to get on the green one last time before the end of summer, the Sixth Annual Kidney Open on Monday, August 30, is it. Held at Wilmington’s DuPont Country Club, the low-key afternoon will be filled with friends, family, rounds of golf, tasty summer fare—and all proceeds will benefit the Gift of Life Organization, which strives to service the unmet needs of patients awaiting transplants by offering housing, meal service, and support to their family members.
“It’s a very blue collar golf tournament,” says Dan Sinnott, former CEO of Temple University Hospital and coordinator of the open. “It’s not fancy … It’s friends coming together. We don’t spend money on a lot of other things because we want the majority of the money to go towards the Gift of Life organization.” READ MORE
The wrong bra can cause everything from unsightly boob bouncing to back pain. Here, five ways to ensure a perfect fit
Illustration by Justin Renninger
I recently moved to the Art Museum area and I couldn’t wait to hit Kelly Drive. On my first morning run, I dressed quickly and hustled down to my starting point. As I began my warm up, I was almost instantly distracted by the heaving bosom of a woman jogging in place beside me. She should really invest in a better sports bra, I thought to myself. I don’t normally spend my workouts scoping out the chests of my fellow exercisers, but I wear a 36D bra so, from one large-chested lady to another, I felt her pain.
A few minutes later, another female runner passed me and I noticed she had layered not one, not two, but three sports bras in order to restrain her bouncing breasts. On my left ,another woman’s chest was bouncing so furiously under her T-shirt that I worried she’d get black eyes if she quickened her pace. Is it that difficult to find a properly fitting sports bra? I wondered. Then I looked down at my own doubled-up boob bondage and realized I was just as guilty as these women. Although I’ve been wearing a sports bra for most of my life, I’ve never learned how to purchase one that fits me correctly. And, the more I looked into it, the more I realized that in addition to being unsightly and a little uncomfortable, wearing the wrong sports bra can also be dangerous. READ MORE
Too hot to slave over the stove? Try this tasty, no-cook corn salad
Southwest Corn and Black Bean Salad
3 ears of corn, kernels removed
1 15-ounce cans black beans, rinsed, drained
1 cup jicama, peeled and diced
1/2 cup red onion, diced
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
1 orange bell pepper, diced
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 limes, zested and juiced
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and pepper taste
Cut off corn kernels; place in large bowl. Add black beans through cilantro and toss to combine.
In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice through olive oil. Mix dressing into salad. Season with salt and pepper and chill before serving.
Per serving: 139.5 calories, 5.7 g. protein, 23.5 g. carb, 6.4 g. fiber, 3.5 g fat, .4 g sat fat, 107 mg. sodium.
Katie Cavuto-Boyle, MS, RD, is a Registered Dietitian, chef, and owner of Healthy Bites ToGo Market. Read Katie’s full bio and more about her role at Be Well Philly here.