The Scenic Path to Fundraising

Written by Audrey Siegel on . Posted in Health & Wellness

"Mitzvah cyclists" raise funds and awareness for Bikur Cholim of Greater Washington.

On Sunday, September 10, over 100 hundred cyclists headed out to Riley’s Lock in Poolesville, Maryland, to ride in MitzvahCycle 2017, Bikur Cholim of Greater Washington’s (BCGW) second annual bike-a-thon. Routes of varying distances and intensities allowed all to participate, from the most experienced cyclist to the newbie rider.

Forgiveness is Good For Your Health

Written by Justin Walls on . Posted in Health & Wellness

The days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur hold the expectation for us to change our lives for the better. Forgiving others, and forgiving ourselves, is a major trend in the transformative process of the Days of Awe. The Rambam in “Shemoneh Perakim” very clearly illustrates that changes in our physical health would be obvious to the rational person, and that we could continuously commit ourselves to those changes as long as our intentions were pure. Having pure intentions for our physical health should be rooted in G-d’s moral prerogative, he continues, a cornerstone to piety and a paramount achievement.

How to Save a Life

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Earlier this summer, dozens of strangers on a Florida beach waded into the Gulf of Mexico to save the lives of nine people who were drowning after being caught in a riptide.

Factors Behind Inactivity Among Teens, and Ways to Get Them Moving

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A recent Johns Hopkins study of adolescents’ daily physical activity has led to the conclusion that they have comparable activity levels to 60 year olds. Participants were given devices to track their activity. Their peak activity times (2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.) registered very low results. Activity in the study didn’t see an increase until participants were in their 20s. Organizations like the World Health Organization are now looking to create a policy that addresses this sedentary trend.

Observation Status: What You Need to Know

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This article is part of a series for Kol HaBirah on“Getting the Most Out of Your Hospital Stay.”

 Dr. Laura Wells* was a scientist, accustomed to drawing conclusions based on her own observations. In the year before Dr. Wells’ death, however, her daughter Carol* learned that her mother was in fact the one being “observed.”

Walk Taller and Injury-Free With These Three Exercises

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One of the common issues I notice in client assessments is related to their walking gait. The commonly accepted proper walking technique is to hold the chin parallel to the ground, looking straight ahead, with shoulders rounded forward slightly, alternately swinging one arm forward and other arm back, rolling heel-to-toe on each step. Each step should be far enough to plant upon the front half of the heel while rolling onto the ball of the foot as it progresses behind you. The arm should pull the elbow behind you for each swing, and be opposite the leg that is extending in front of the body.

Getting the Most Out of Your Hospital Stay, Part 1: Communicating With the Hospital Chaplain

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“I was the last person the family wanted to see,” a veteran Washington, D.C., hospital chaplain, Father Alexander*, confided to me several years ago. He recalled how, early in his career, he gently approached a Jewish patient’s room ready to be a comforting presence but was met by a cold stare from the patient’s family.

Health and Halacha

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Ah summer! Although for a while we seemed to be getting a late start this year, the summer sun finally has arrived. No sooner than we finish complaining about the cold start to the season, we will have the opportunity to bemoan the heat and humidity.