Angela Jenkins

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Fitness

Celebrating Fat Tuesday? Here’s How to Burn Off Those Paczkis

Fat Tuesday is almost here and for many, it’s a day to enjoy a variety of decadent treats, including paczkis. How does that work if you’re counting calories?

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Prevention

Heart Health 101: What Your Numbers say About Your Health

February is American Heart Month and understanding your numbers is crucial in order to keep instances of heart disease to a minimum.

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Prevention

A Perfect Pair: Heart Health and Physical Activity

Are you getting the recommended amounts of exercise to prevent heart disease and other health conditions? Find out how much you need and how to get moving.

Fitness

How technology can keep you fit: New fitness gadgets for spring

Oh how I love technology, especially when it involves fitness gadgets and fitness equipment. Although in this day and age, there is a technology and fitness…

Food and Recipes

#WellnessWeds: Traveling on Vacation? Here’s How to Make Healthy Food Choices

Vacations and travelling can be exciting, but also a bit stressful if you don't prioritize and plan ahead. There's making sure everything is packed (especially…

Fitness

How to Get Fit Like Detroit Tigers Slugger Miguel Cabrera

Like many Detroit Tigers fans, I am excited to see what the team is going to do this season, with reigning American League MVP Justin Verlander rockin’ as usual…

Food and Recipes

Are Weight Loss Supplements Really Effective?

It seems like there is always a “new” way being touted to lose weight in the form of a diet pill. Dietary or weight loss supplements is a $2.4…

Home and Family

#WellnessWeds: 4 Kid-Approved Exercises Adults Will Love

Ahh, to be a kid again, with stress-free days of a lot of playing and learning. When I grew up, playing outside and being active was a normal part of my day…

Food and Recipes

#NoMeatFridays: These Meatless Versions of Classics Don’t Skimp on Flavor — or Nutrition

Even though Lent is almost over, that doesn’t mean that healthy and meatless recipes can’t be enjoyed throughout the entire year. My husband has made the…

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Fitness

A Workout Everyone Swears By: The Ballet Barre Workout

The ballet barre workout uses a ballet barre to perform small isometric movements set to upbeat music.

Food and Recipes

#NoMeatFridays: Where to Find Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants in Michigan

Whether you have a specific food allergy, are following Lent, prefer meatless dishes or are on a specific diet for health reasons, I find that a lot of…

Food and Recipes

Ask the Expert: What are the Best Websites to Track Calories and Exercise?

We're fielding questions from participants in the Win By Losing health and weight-loss program and turning them into posts. Here's another one: Q: What would…

Mind

The Stress Hormone: How Cortisol Affects the Waistline and How to Beat It

Have you ever heard that being stressed out can lead to weight gain? Unfortunately, it's true. Cortisol is commonly known as a stress hormone…

Food and Recipes

#NoMeatFridays: Try This Recipe For Fish Tacos During Lent

Fish tacos are a great way to make over traditional tacos. With all the health benefits fish have to offer, why not incorporate some into your next taco night…

Fitness

5 Crazy (and Harmless) Tricks that May Actually Help You Lose Weight

Do this, don’t do that. There are billions of different messages out there offering easy ways to lose weight, and it can be difficult to know which ones are…

Food and Recipes

#NoMeatFridays: When Going Meatless For Lent, Don’t Skip Out on Protein

It can be tricky to figure out what meatless recipes and other options are available when you choose not to eat meat for whatever reason. Meat provides a lot of…

Fitness

5 Exercises and Gym Machines To Skip — and How to Work the Same Major Muscles

Fitness is always changing, with certain workouts gaining in popularity while other moves or equipment fall out of favor. Figuring out what the best workouts…

Food and Recipes

#NoMeatFridays: What to Eat When You’re Dining Out Meatless for Lent

Growing up Catholic, I am all too familiar with no-meat Fridays as a fixture of Lent. Although I love what the season represents and the powerful message behind…

Food and Recipes

How to Eat Like the Stars on Oscar Night

The Academy Awards is a popular evening for more than just the famous people. Oscar parties are popping up all over the place; some even require formal attire…

Fitness

How to Work Out Like an Oscar-Nominated Superstar

Besides being nominated for Academy Awards for 2012, what do Brad Pitt, Michele Williams and Jonah Hill all have in common? They have a great workout routine…

Food and Recipes

Heart and Soul: Reasons to Feel Good About Eating Chocolate

February is a popular month for the heart, with both Valentine’s Day and American Heart Month. What better way to celebrate our heart than emotionally with lots…

Mind

#WellnessWeds: How to Lower Your Stress and Balance Work and Life

Although most Americans can relate to being somewhat out of balance between work and life, it is possible to achieve balance. I must warn you, it will take work…

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Home and Family

Shape Up with Your Sweetheart

When you love someone, you want them to be healthy, so why not shed some pounds and burn some calories with your partner?

Fitness

Tune Up Your Workout: The Benefits of Music and Exercise

Music — I love it and can’t get enough of it! Music is a language all of its own that speaks to the soul. It can be exciting, uplifting and even bring sorrow.

Home and Family

Are Working Moms Really Healthier and Happier than Stay-At Home Moms?

As a working mother myself, my first reaction to this question is no, working moms aren’t happier and healthier than mothers who are, in my opinion…

Home and Family

Did the Obesity Epidemic Start in the 1950s?

Who is to blame for the obesity epidemic? New research is pointing the finger towards reproductive-age women. That’s right, what women eat prior to becoming…

Mind

#WellnessWeds: Do the Side Effects of Painkillers Have You Hooked?

I had my first and only major surgery when my son was born via Cesarean section in September. Even though he weighed 8.5 pounds, I don’t think the pain…

Mind

7 Stress-Management Tips for the New Year

Traffic, loud noise, workload, too many commitments, not enough time in the day — these are examples of stressors or things that cause us stress.

Fitness

#WellnessWeds: 4 Workouts Likely to be Popular in 2012

I love hearing about new workouts and exercises that people are doing. Variety is the spice of life and your workout routine is no exception.

Fitness

Beat Cabin Fever: 5 Ways to Stay Active and Fit This Winter

Winter time is so tempting for me to hibernate along with the bears. It is also a time where weight gain can show up. Thinking about all the extra work I will…

Food and Recipes

Try This Flavorful, Low-Calorie Stuffed Asiago-Basil Mushrooms Recipe

Happy New Year! I am always looking for healthy and delicious recipes to make and share. Mushrooms haven’t been a favorite of mine over the years but this…

Food and Recipes

Your Favorites: A Healthier Michigan’s Top 5 Recipe Posts of 2011

With only two days left in 2011, I always like to take a little time to reflect on the year and what I accomplished. It is also a good time to get organized for…

Spinach
Food and Recipes

12 Days of Holiday Recipes Day 11: Vegetarian and Gluten Free: Spinach and Goat Cheese Tart in a Potato Crust

As a health coach, I am getting more and more requests for recipes with special accommodations, especially since the gluten allergy seems to be more common now.

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