How to have the best 2014 ever

A new year's greeting from the "Little Victors" of C.S. Mott Children's Hospital

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It’s that time again.  Time to be thinking about a new year and new opportunities.  If you’re thinking about your New Year’s resolutions, there’s no better way to spend the next 90 seconds than by watching the Little Victors of C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital share their advice for how you can make 2014 the best year ever.

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The treadmill desk: Get your body moving in 2014

Replace time spent sitting with time spent moving

treadmill_004If the New Year has you vowing to become more active, you might want to consider a treadmill desk. They’re growing in popularity, especially for those who spend a lot of time at a desk job or tied to the phone.

As a regular user of a treadmill desk, I like the fact that I can exercise on the job — while on a conference call or doing computer-related work.

Racking up the benefits, one step at a time

The primary benefit of a treadmill desk is replacing time spent sitting with time spent moving. Research shows that being in a sedentary job — sitting for most of the day — slows the metabolic rate. This often results in a lack of energy and motivation. Getting your metabolism rate high, if only for a short time, is beneficial for improved heart health.

Research on treadmill desks is limited, but some people who use them have experienced moderate weight loss, improvements in blood pressure, triglycerides, cholesterol, focus and productivity, as well as prevention of thrombosis, lower back pain, and other aches and pains caused by the overuse of chairs. Continue reading

Maddie Clarfield: Maize & Blue Student Athlete of the Week

mott blog - satw - maddie clarfield mastheadOn most Thursday nights, the larger-than-life men and women of Michigan Athletics stop by to share jokes, smiles, friendship and a little cheer with children at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

We know our “Little Victors” look up to these students, and that’s why we’re pleased to present the Maize & Blue Student Athlete of the Week.  Each week, we’ll be shining a spotlight on one athlete to give our Little Victors and their families a closer look at some of the Conquering Heroes who dominate on the field, in the arena and in our hearts.

Congratulations to this week’s featured student athlete:

maddie clarfieldMaddie Clarfield
Sophomore, Goalkeeper, Women’s Soccer

Malibu, California

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Fitness apps for your smartphone

Check out these walking and yoga apps to help with your 2014 New Year's resolutions

There's an app for everything, including monitoring your blood pressure!

There’s an app for everything, including ones that help you get moving for the New Year!

“Getting fit” routinely tops the list of New Year’s resolutions. So, if 2014 has you vowing to exercise more  — and procrastinate less — check out these awesome fitness apps for your smartphone, all designed for heart health.

iTreadmill: Pedometer Ultra with PocketStep™

  • Features: The app’s pedometer senses motion as you walk and determines the length of your stride. Estimates calories burned. Once you establish your pace, it can select a tune with a matching beat. Also tracks time, speed and distance walked.
  • Operating system: iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
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Galens Tag Days may be over, but it’s not too late to help

Student organizers from U-M Medical School share stories from this year’s fundraiser, ways to still get involved

BlogTagDays2In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Galens Medical Society, more than 150 University of Michigan Medical students and faculty took part in the 87th annual Galens Tag Days, a local fundraising effort that supports Washtenaw County youth.

In the spirit of community and giving, students, faculty and former patients from C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital braved chilling winter weather from Dec. 5 to Dec. 7 to collect donations and distribute donor tags to pedestrians and shoppers throughout Ann Arbor. In hopes of raising more money than ever before, student organizers extended the event by one day and volunteered more than 36 hours for the cause.

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Dealing with holiday food cravings

5 tips to stop overeating

cookies-appleSplurging on your favorite holiday foods is all part of the celebrating, right? To an extent, says U-M Dietitian Susan Ryskamp, MS, RD. She recommends the following tips to help reduce holiday food cravings and the likelihood of overeating during this holiday season:

  1. Eat slowly at parties and select three healthy food items (vegetables, fruits, high-fiber dishes) before digging into a comfort food. Ryskamp calls this the “3 to 1” strategy. Continue reading