Zika: Lessons from History

Written by Aimee Kopolow on . Posted in Health & Wellness

Dengue, West Nile virus, yellow fever, Zika, and malaria: what do they all have in common? All five are diseases spread to humans by a mosquito bite (in the microbiology world, the first four are known as arthropod-borne viruses, or arborviruses for short). All five have been present here in the United States, and all five have the capacity to cause several public health issues, with disease symptoms ranging from small fever, to rashes, to serious disease, and death.

Creating a Bodybuilding Routine

Written by Justin Walls on . Posted in Health & Wellness

For people who are regularly active, watching one’s weight isn’t as important as being aware of body composition. Heart disease and diabetes are still common issues in active people when they are retaining too much body fat. This isn’t meant to suggest that a certain body type is better than another, or that the goal is to become muscle-bound, buff, or “swole” as the kids are calling it these days.

Promoting Mental Health Through Bodybuilding and Exercise

Written by David Shrank for Empowerment Behavioral Therapeutic Services on . Posted in Health & Wellness

Men and women alike exercise to get stronger, faster, thinner, more muscular, and healthy overall. All of these are physical results, but the benefits of exercise can be mental, too. As a therapist, I use weight training as a tool for recovery from bullying. The act of lifting weights alone is an empowering experience. Exercise is also an effective way of reducing stress. Mental health professionals will often suggest engaging in physical activity as part of their clients’ regimens.

Take a Hike: Wellness Through Nature

Written by Rabbi Daniel Moses on . Posted in Health & Wellness

(Photo credit: Adina Moses)In a recent interview, Richard Louv, co-founder of the Children and Nature Network, was asked about his description of children as having “nature-deficit disorder.” Louv described how recent research is beginning to indicate that several physical and psychological challenges, including attentional difficulty, emotional illness, and obesity, are significantly reduced through the simple act of children experiencing nature personally. Louv pointed out that humans have functioned for the vast majority of history through honing all of their senses, working physically within natural environments, and taking calculated risks to their physical well-being. Abandoning this heritage to a technology-rich world leaves children restless and underdeveloped when faced with adversity later in life.

How to Build and Maintain a Fitness Routine

Written by Justin Walls on . Posted in Health & Wellness

For some people, it can be easy to find the right balance in their lives to get in enough activity and good food to keep them feeling active and healthy. For others, finding the right balance can be challenging. I’ve found that keeping an account of your workouts and meals each day gives you the clarity to see how well you have been keeping to your activity and meal commitments.

Motherhood on the Edge

Written by Erica Sager Pelman for In Shifra’s Arms on . Posted in Health & Wellness

Alana* doesn’t call us at first, but her friend does, “My friend’s pregnant. She’s incredibly stressed about it. I just read about you — I really think she needs your help.”

Why Talk to Your Adult Child About Intimacy?

Written by Rivka Sidorsky on . Posted in Health & Wellness

(Photo courtesy of The Jewish Week Media Group)Here’s a typical scenario I see a lot as a therapist: a young Orthodox couple has been married a year, and unfortunately they have not been successful with adjusting to intimacy. The problem could be with an unconsummated marriage, pelvic pain, or libido concerns. As a parent, what makes this story even more heartbreaking to me is that their parents have no idea that this is happening and that their children are really suffering. Furthermore, the situation the couple has been struggling with was potentially a preventable one.

The Care & Keeping of You: The Body Book for Girls

Written by Rachel Ravin on . Posted in Health & Wellness

Many parents ask me what book I’d recommend for teaching girls about their developing bodies. I often respond that American Girl has several books that are geared toward providing girls with information and ideas related to the areas of physical and emotional development. One of my favorite books from American Girl is “The Care & Keeping of You: The Body Book for Girls” by Valerie Schaefer.

Alternative Medicine: Is Arthritis Stopping Your Fun?

Written by Simeon Pollack on . Posted in Health & Wellness

Just the other day, my mother sent me an advertorial, written by a naturopath, extolling the virtues of a special herb found in the Chinese medical pharmacopeia. This herb was so effective at treating a certain condition, he wrote, that he was “surprised” that Chinese medicine wasn’t already using it for the condition he had identified.