Guided Meditation for Coping with Loss and Healing

Guided mindfulness meditation continues to help me navigate the healing process after my loss.

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Death to Soda.

research has been consistently showing us that sugary sweetened beverages (including sports drinks, sodas, etc.) are negatively impacting our health and well-being. According to an article in the IDEA Fitness Journal (2013), sugary drinks are linked with 180,000 deaths globally! During the American Heart Association’s 2013 scientific sessions on Epidemiology, Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism,…

On Maintaining Accountability

As summer marches steadily on towards fall you may be slacking off on your healthier behaviors, especially as summer tends to be filled with lazy days, BBQ’s and family events (usually accompanied by foods that are not on your list for recommended healthy choices). So, how do we make sure our motivation and drive to…

Biggest Loser Program a Success!

Biggest Loser competition aims to keep employee, student participants motivated “Burttram hopes UAB’s Biggest Loser will return to the Rec Center next year. She hopes the successes of participants like Nolan will inspire others to take charge of their health and not be afraid of the unknown.” – Tyler Greer, Writer for the UAb Reporter Read…

Self Directed Behavior Change: Week One

For my Health Behavior Change Class this semester we must complete a self-directed behavior change project. This week I had two specific assignments to complete and I decided, why not make this a public project to help inspire and teach others the techniques for successful behavior change? The material used for this project is from…

Back to the grind… (since the world did not end)

It’s back to reality now that the holidays are over; class, work, writing, studying, research, reading, teaching… schedule, schedule, schedule. I am taking classes in health administration, health behavior and health communication. I am extremely excited about getting back into classes, I felt enlightened after last semesters work and cannot wait to continue on my new found…

Needs Assessments and Peppermint Mochas

One paper down, two to go; part of me is begging Christmas break to hurry up while another part of me is saying “there is NO way I am going to be able to get all of my work done before the break gets here!”. I am currently working on a needs assessment paper on…

When Obesity Attacks

I was not thinking about the physical effects of obesity when I thought up the title for this post, rather, I was thinking of the attack of my obesity research paper on my level of mental health and sanity over the past week. I spent countless hours trying to make sure that the paper was…

On Achieving Balance

When I wrote the title for this post several things come to mind from learning to balance all of the work, research, administrative duties and home life to the physical challenges of standing on one foot, walking down the curb of a sidewalk and maintaining my equilibrium despite leaning over to touch my toes. Both aspect…

Taking Charge

Introducing the “smarter” way to take charge of your health… The S.M.A.R.T. model is related to health education and health promotion planning yet it can be applied, so easily to the changes we strive to make in everyday life. the model stands for the Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time Specific aspects of making and reaching…