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Get Fit! Feel Good! January Blog

Happy New Years! 2019 has finally arrived meaning this is your chance to hit the reset button and start fresh on your health and wellness goals or resolutions. I mean what better time to start than the beginning of a new year!  New Year, New Goals! Experts says it takes about 21 days to form a habit and I know that living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t happen overnight, it takes small changes over a period of time. Trying to start a fitness routine, eat healthier, and break a bad habit (such as smoking, eating fast food or drinking soda)…

Author: Vick DiNatale

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Get Fit! Feel Good! December Blog

Staying Healthy & Fit for the Holiday Season! Did you know that December 2 -8 is National Hand Washing Awareness Week? Although many of us were taught as kids to wash our hands before dinner, it’s important to remember germs don’t care what time of day it is. Having clean hands can prevent sickness which especially important during the winter!! Doing it Right- Experts recommend washing your hands with soap and clean water for at least 20 seconds making sure to get in-between your fingers and under your nails. Once finished be sure to use a clean towel to dry your…

Author: Vick DiNatale

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November Blog- Tips for Staying Healthy at Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a day where we gather with friends and family to give thanks. Thanksgiving is also a day that often revolves around food and begins a long food-filled holiday season.  For those that have a fitness goal or are working towards healthier habits, Thanksgiving might feel like more of a battle than anything else. According to the article Wellness Warriors of Wayne State University a recent study found that on average most people only gain about 1 pound over the entire holiday season (Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day).  So there is no reason to stress about weight gain…

Author: Vick DiNatale

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Get Fit! Feel Good!

October Means Halloween & More Fall Fun! With Halloween approaching, stores have already begun stocking up and displaying our favorite decorations and that includes lots of candy. With candy on every corner, resisting those sweet cravings becomes challenging and many times we lose sight of our fitness/ health goals. This Halloween, stay on track with these helpful tips: Sugar – What it Does to You & Ways to Avoid the Cravings From: NASM: Surviving the Terror of Halloween Candy Most people know that in order to have a healthy diet, avoiding candy or having it in small and occasional…

Author: Vick DiNatale

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Thrive and Special Olympics Empower Athletes with support from the community

Thrive Support & Advocacy empowers more than 500 children and adults in the Metrowest area with developmental disabilities to lead rich, active, and self-directed lives. With more than 75 Thrive athletes participating in sports throughout the year, Special Olympics is a vital aspect of that empowerment. Through Special Olympics Massachusetts events and competitions, Thrivers demonstrate to themselves and the community that when the focus is on ability, you can do great things. For Thriver and athlete Matthew McCarthy, participating in Special Olympics has given him opportunities he could never have imagined. “The sports that I participate in through Thrive…

Author: Charles Hirsch

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Get Fit! Feel Good!

September is Fruits & Veggies- More Matters Month!! Eating fruits and vegetables has many health benefits! Those who eat a diet rich in fruit and vegetables are at a lower risk for: heart disease, type 2 diabetes, some types of cancer, obesity, and high blood pressure.  However, did you know that 90% of adults and children don’t get the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables? Join the FIT 5 challenge now- eat at least 5 or more fruits and vegetables every day! Tip: Each meal fill half your plate with fruits & veggies, this includes snacks. For the Fit…

Author: Vick DiNatale

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Get Fit! Feel Good!

August is Kids Eat Right Month Kids Eat Right Month emphasizes the importance of good nutrition and active lifestyles of children and their families. Steps to eating healthy meals Shop smart: Avoid buying processed foods at the Supermarkets. Farmers markets are a great place to shop, not only are you supporting local farmers you are getting fresh fruits and vegetables! Get the kids involved: Kids are more likely to try new foods and will have a greater understanding of nutrition when they are involved in the planning and preparing of healthy meals. Plan: build an meal plan that is…

Author: Vick DiNatale

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Get Fit! Feel Good! July 2018

July is UV Safety Month Be safe in the sun, take these steps to protect yourself! Clothing can help protect your skin so cover up until the sun goes down Wear a hat and UV blocking sun glasses to help protect your face & eyes Apply sunscreen to any exposed skin, and continue to reapply throughout the day July Fitness Tip: How to Survive a Summer BBQ Use small plates- research shows that people who choose smaller plates eat less without noticing it. Eat slowly and mindfully- Pace yourself as you mingle with friends and family Eat healthy foods…

Author: Vick DiNatale

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Massachusetts athlete ranks third in National Fitness Challenge

How many steps do you take each day? 5,000? 10,0000? 15,000? Michael “Mikey” Chau of Framingham walks an average of 39,373 steps per day and is currently ranked third in the 2018 USA Games Fitness Challenge which includes thousands of athletes, Unified partners, coaches and Special Olympics staff who will be attending the USA Games in Seattle. Since the challenge began, Mikey has taken 5,748,588 steps! Mikey has been able to accumulate many steps while at work. He works at Stop & Shop where he collects carriages that he brings into the store. “I have to walk all over the big…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Wellness Wednesday with Beth

  Introducing Wellness Wednesday with Beth Donahue! As a freshly minted Special Olympics Health Messenger, Beth will be helping to share wellness tips to make sure we are all staying healthy during and in-between sports seasons. In addition to regular sport specific training, general wellness can play a part in an even more healthy lifestyle. By working out and eating well, you will be more healthy and a better athlete when it comes time to compete! In the inaugural episode, Beth along with her workout partners, Gina and Gregg, teach her audience the squat. With proper technique the squat…

Author: Charles Hirsch

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