Therapeutic Horse Riding in the Desert

Written by Eric Narrow on . Posted in Health & Wellness

(Photo credit: JNF)

Traveling on Israel’s Route 90 along the Jordanian border on the way to Eilat for rest and relaxation can be either beautiful or mundane, depending on one’s state of mind. Most of the trip includes views of a lot of sand, mountain terrain, and expansive vistas. However, for residents who call the Arava Valley home, Route 90 is their “Main Street” for social, commercial, and communal activities.

Creating Inclusive Fitness Environments

Written by Justin Walls on . Posted in Health & Wellness

I have worked with children, teens, and young adults with developmental disabilities for many years, and I am thankful that this issue of Kol HaBirah focuses on some of the struggles facing these individuals in their efforts to be included in everyday activities, such as fitness. I want to specifically focus on the new program I created with the help of my colleague, David Shrank, LCSW, to address the needs of populations with developmental disabilities by combining the disciplines of psychotherapy and fitness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines developmental disabilities as “a group of conditions due to an impairment in physical, learning, language, or behavior areas.” This can create difficulty in places like most gyms, where the structure is not designed to address the challenges of those with special needs.

I’m Proud to Be a JScreen Advocate (and You Should Be, Too)

Written by Lilly Gelman on . Posted in Health & Wellness

JScreen is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing Jewish genetic diseases through education, genetic testing, and genetic counseling. As an organization that serves the entire Jewish population, Jews from all different backgrounds and denominations approach JScreen representatives at community events for guidance and information regarding genetic testing. In fact, as a JScreen volunteer I have noticed that these people do not simply differ in their Jewish heritage and affiliation, but they also vastly differ in their mindset as they approach the JScreen table.

A Gradual Path to Losing 10 Pounds

Written by Justin Walls on . Posted in Health & Wellness

Today, I’mgoingtogiveyou a special workout planandmealplanning guide.Thisisabeginner-level program thatwilltake10 minutes aday.Thetwo key pieces of thisplanaretowalkatleast10 minutes uninterrupted,everyday,without exception, andtoconsistentlymakegood choices when planning your meals. Therearethreethingsyou willneedtoget thisdone:comfortablewalking shoes, a way to record your progress,andsomediscipline.

Working Your Hardest for 60 Seconds

Written by ustin Walls on . Posted in Health & Wellness

A book was published earlier this year by Dr. Martin Gibala, titled “The One Minute Workout,” in which he demonstrated how sedentary people were able to derive 150 minutes of endurance exercise in 80 percent less time each week. Dr. Gibala conducted his study at McMaster University to come to this conclusion. Interestingly, a similar study was conducted by Dr. Raymond Wu and led to the publication of his book of the same name, as well as a website,, where he offers eight free exercises plus premium sections with different levels of services.

Simcha University: The Gift of Learning, the Power of Play

Written by Yonathan Melamed on . Posted in Health & Wellness

Imagine being a sick child in the hospital with nothing to do. Your friends are out having fun, but you are confined to your bed feeling lonely and bored.

Now imagine being able to pick from fun classes, with the opportunity to learn subjects ranging from sign language to playing the ukulele. Simcha University aims to make an extended hospital stay constructive and useful by offering an array of extracurricular classes taught by professionals in their respective fields, which our clients can elect to learn over the duration of their inpatient stay.

Watch How You Walk

Written by Justin Walls on . Posted in Health & Wellness

Have you ever noticed those signs telling you to “Watch Your Step,” or “Caution: Slippery When Wet”? These signs communicate to be careful so you don’t fall. But what if there are caution signals coming from inside your body? Are there signs to warn you if you are about to slip, or to indicate that you need to step with more care?

Can Exercise Prevent Breast Cancer?

Written by Amy Schwartz on . Posted in Health & Wellness

There is substantial evidence that higher levels of physical activity are linked to a lower risk of several cancers — including breast cancer. Physical activity includes working, exercising, performing household chores, and leisure-time activities such as walking, tennis, hiking, bicycling, and swimming.

Facts and Myths About Germs at School

Written by Kol HaBirah Staff/StatePoint Media on . Posted in Health & Wellness

Everybody seems to have an opinion about germs — what causes them, where they’re located, how to avoid them — especially when it comes to children.

Experts say that American children miss 22 million days of school annually due to colds, flu, and other infections.

Flu Season: What You Should Know

Written by Jared Hershenson on . Posted in Health & Wellness

Flu season is beginning. It usually starts in the fall (October) and extends through the spring (April/May). Each year, millions of people get the flu. Missed school and work can be quite significant, but also hundreds of thousands of people need to be hospitalized and tens of thousands die from flu-related complications.