Monthly archive for December 2009

New Beginnings

I absolutely love new beginnings – new years, new months, new weeks and new days to begin again, start over and do better.  This year begins a new decade and as I ponder this, it seems like yesterday that we were all preparing for the year 2000, and worrying about Y2K and what calamities might happen as a new century began.  Our family sat glued to the television on New Year’s Eve 1999, watching the celebrations happening in other parts of the world, and by the time midnight came in the United States, we were all quite sure that all was well and that all our concerns were unfounded. The phenomenon that happened with the arrival of a new century is pretty typical of the way most of us live our lives.  We worry about things that never happen and never think to worry about the things that actually do

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The Natural Sweetener You’ve Been Waiting For

There’s a brand new all-natural sugar substitute now available in your supermarket. And it’s getting here just in the nick of time. Even with all the artificial sweeteners that have been around for decades, Americans still eat an average of 22 teaspoons of added sugar every day. That’s 352 extra calories just from sugar.  Every day. The American Heart Association recommends that women should limit their sugar intake to six teaspoons and men just nine. That’s a lot less than 22 teaspoons. By the way, that’s not just teaspoons of sugar you get out of the sugar bowl; it’s the sugar that you get in soda, candy, cakes, cookies, fruit drinks, ice cream, yogurt with fruit on the bottom, and everything else we eat that tickles our sweet tooth. Keep in mind that each 20 oz plastic bottle of Pepsi or Coke has about 17 teaspoons of sugar in it.

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Get Fit For Winter Sports

Whether your personal winter sports include snowboarding, skiing or just shoveling snow, you need to think ahead and be sure you are strong and fit to do them! It’s time to think seriously about being ready to both enjoy and endure winter. Being fit can help you with activities of daily living like shoveling snow, family fun like having snowball fights and building snowmen, and winter sports like skiing and ice skating. It all starts with cardio fitness so you can have the stamina to stay outside in the weather, being active for a period of time.   Start now to build up that cardiovascular stamina by walking, jogging, attending cardio fitness classes or riding your indoor bike. If you are a beginner, start with just 15 minutes each day of consistent activity using major muscle groups that raises your heart rate. Build up gradually to a longer time frame and

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How To Have More (Healthy) Birthdays

How To Have More (Healthy) Birthdays

A woman walked up to a little old man rocking in a chair on his porch. “I couldn’t help noticing how happy you look,” she said. “What’s your secret for a long happy life?” “Well, honey, I smoke three packs of cigarettes a day,” he said. “I also drink a case of whiskey a week, eat fatty foods, and never exercise.” “That’s amazing,” the woman said “how old are you?” “26,” he said. At this time of year, many of us reflect back and look forward. We’ve all had an extra birthday since last year at this time. Here’re some suggestions on how to make sure that your future birthdays are healthy ones: MARRY AN EDUCATED WOMAN. Researchers have recently discovered that a woman’s education level is a stronger factor in her husband’s longevity than is the man’s own level of education. We’ve known for some time that being part

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FP4H Runs the Jingle Bell Run in Houston!

FP4H Runs the Jingle Bell Run in Houston!

Staff members from the FP4H offices participated in the Houston Jingle Bell Run on December 13, 2009.  Our team was joined by members of FP4H groups around the city.  We had 28 signed up.  We all wore the new “got power?” FP4H t-shirts and jingle bells on our shoes.  What fun! To see pictures from the run, click here.

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Give God a Year, Change Your Life Forever

Last week I received the first copy of my new book, Give God A Year, Change Your Life Forever.  As I was looking through the testimonies we used in the book, I was reminded once again of what God could do through all of us…if He could have all of us. A year sounds like such a long time, but 2010 be just a memory before we know it.  I am praying that each of you will take the challenge to Give God all of 2010, and see what He can do in and through you. Here are a few excerpts from the wonderful testimonies in the book. Jan Norris from Topeka, KS, lost 100 pounds in a year and is on her way to the next 100 pound loss.  With God’s help, the encouragement of her First Place 4 Health family, and her own hard work, she will make

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Fitness Tips for The Holidays

We all know that we should keep exercising through the holidays, but life gets busy and it can get put on the back burner. We know that it’s not enough to ‘bicep curl’ cookie sheets or to consider walking to an upstairs apartment for a holiday party to be our workout for the day, but we all can be creative in being more active throughout a busy, fun-filled holiday season. Here are some tips to consider, then add some of your own! Wear a pedometer when you go to the mall Christmas shopping and make it a point to walk, walk, walk as you shop, shop, shop! Wear your fitness shoes and walk briskly from store to store, take the stairs and not the escalator, and ‘power shop’ through your day.  You will be pleasantly surprised when you see how many steps you’ve taken—and I bet you will have made

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