Archives for October 2011

Secluded Vermont Women’s Weight Loss Retreat Voted Best Small Spa Internationally

Ludlow, Vermont (PRWEB) September 20, 2005

The ‘Real Beauty’ Dove campaign has recently brought attention to a perspective that a women’s healthy weight loss retreat in Vermont has quietly been espousing for over 33 years. Real women don’t look like those on the pages of fashion magazines, and only by accepting yourself can you let your real beauty shine through.

That philosophy, along with a supportive, hands-on program that helps women successfully adopt healthy lifestyles and achieve healthy weights, is why readers voted Green Mountain at Fox Run, a women’s retreat for healthy living without dieting, Best Small Spa.

Spa Finder, the world’s leading spa travel and marketing company, recently announced their Reader’s Choice Crystal Awards in Singapore. According to Spa Finder Chairman and CEO, Pete Ellis, the winning spas reflect the tastes of discerning spa-goers who travel the world in search of the finest spa experiences for relaxation and wellness. “To be selected as one of the world’s best spas by these discerning spa-goers is an objective validation of a truly world-class spa experience.”

Executive Director of Green Mountain at Fox Run, Alan Wayler PhD, suggested why the award came his way, “We have always believed we provide something unique here. When women are finally serious about achieving healthy weights, feeling good and making long term changes, they find their way here,” says Dr. Wayler.

Each year Green Mountain at Fox Run attracts more than a thousand women of all ages, shapes and sizes who come to learn their groundbreaking, time tested, non-diet approach to weight loss and to start feeling good again. Past participant, Amy Robert says, “For me, the Green Mountain difference was about how they helped me see myself. Within a few days, my whole perspective changed. I lost weight eating real food and exercised in a way that I actually enjoyed. It wasn’t torture, because it was right for me. I wish all women could have the experience.”

Spa Finder adds, “This women-only spa specializes in weight loss without the use of fad diets. They came out on top for that and for their emotionally supportive staff and comprehensive take home program. This positive atmosphere, wrote several voters, helped them maintain their new healthy lifestyle habits at home.”

About Green Mountain at Fox Run

Green Mountain at Fox Run healthy lifestyle center, in Ludlow, VT, has helped thousands of women to get fit, healthy, and happy—and permanently achieve healthy weights without dieting by developing real, lasting solutions. The year 2005 marks its 33rd year helping women feel good again. For more information, call (800) 448-8106 (North America) (802) 228 88885 (International) or visit http://www.fitwoman.com

To learn more about Green Mountain, and it all-women’s specialty programs on weight loss, Type 2 Diabetes management and Young Women’s program, visit our website at http://www.fitwoman.com, our blog at http://www.aweightlifted.blogs.com, or call 1-800-448-8106. For interviews, please contact Cindy Bishop at (802) 228-8885 or info@fitwoman.com.

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Best Salon And Day Spas in Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona, also known as the “Valley of the Sun,” has an abundant amount of day spas and salons to choose from. Whether you need a total body make-over or something to help you relax you’ll find it in Phoenix.

Because of the hot climate, visiting a day spa will not only promote health and wellness, it will give you an excuse to come out of the sun and enjoy a day of pampering.

The following is a list of the top 3 rated day spas in the metropolitan area.

“Bella Tu Day Spa” is owned by Toni Prather and located at 11015 North Scottsdale Road, Suite 101 in Scottsdale. “Bella Tu Day Spa” is known to be “Where Luxury and Affordability Come Together.” A variety of spa services are available including packages to suit an individual’s needs. Body services include “Swedish,” “Sports,” and “Pregnancy Massage” and “Reflexology.” Beauty services; “Air Brush Tanning,” “Algae Wrap,” “Teeth Whitening,” and “Permanent Make-Up” and “Facial Massage.” Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 8:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. For more information including spa packages and gift certificates log on to www.bellatudayspa.bizor call 480-922-5757.

“Bravo Salon and Day Spa” is home of the “Brazilian Blowout” and was awarded the “Best of Scottsdale 2009 and 2010” for Hair Color and Highlighting. “Bravo Salon and Day Spa” offer a variety of services including “Organic Acid Peels,” “Japanese and Brazilian Keratin Hair Treatments,”  “Reflexology,” and “Swedish Massage.” Hair care prices start at .00, Waxing .00, Massage .00, Facials .00, Make-Up services .00, and Nail Care .00. For additional information including special offers log on to www.bravosalon.netor visit them at 10614 North 71st Place in Scottsdale.

“Suddenly Slimmer” is the largest Wellness Center and Day Spa in Phoenix and was featured on “Fox News,” “Dr. Phil,” “Arizona’s Family,” “Good Morning America,” and “The Ellen Degeneres Show.”  “Suddenly Slimmer” is a proud member of the “Better Business Bureau” and has expertise in Oriental Medicine, Ayurveda Therapy, Homeopathy, European and Western Aesthetics, Nutrition, Psychology, and Biology. Services include Botox, Acupuncture, Hypnotherapy, Photofacial, Chemical Peels, and a variety of massage, body, and nail services. “Suddenly Slimmer’s” goal is to “bring harmony and beauty between the mind, the body, and the spirit” and prove that to be true according to magazines such as “In Style,” “Self,” “Woman’s World,” “Redbook,” and a “Modern Girl’s Guide to Life.” For additional information about the wellness center and its history log on to www.suddenlyslimmer.comor call 402-952-8446.

Whether you’re in the mood for a day of pampering or in need of rejuvenation select a day spa listed or visit www.local.yahoo.comto find one close to you.

Written by espiritu

New Study: Meditation Helps Women with Breast Cancer

Fear, anxiety and confusion often accompany the diagnosis of cancer or any life threatening disease. Being able to take control of one’s emotions and navigate through treatment options and life style changes is essential for a speedy recovery. For managing stress and finding the inner strength to deal with a serious illness, many women find that learning Transcendental Meditation is a key factor. Not only does effective meditation provide deep relaxation and calm, but also better intuition and clarity of mind to face the challenges of fighting for one’s life. A recent study gives encouragement for women with breast cancer for improving their ability to manage stress and find solace from within.

A study published in the  peer-reviewed Integrative Cancer Therapies (Vol. 8, No. 3: September 2009), “The Effects of Transcendental Meditation on Women with Breast Cancer” found reduced stress and improved mental health and emotional well being through their practice of the technique.  The study was a collaboration between the Center for Healthy Aging at Saint Joseph Hospital; the Institute for Health Services, Research and Policy Studies at Northwestern University; the Department of Psychology at Indiana State University; and the Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention at Maharishi University of Management.

“It is wonderful that physicians now have a range of interventions to use, including Transcendental Meditation, to benefit their patients with cancer,” said Rhoda Pomerantz, M.D., study co-author and chief of gerontology, Saint Joseph Hospital. “I believe this approach should be appreciated and utilized more widely.”

The one-hundred-and-thirty women with breast cancer, 55 years and older, who participated in the two-year study at Saint Joseph Hospital were randomly assigned either the Transcendental Meditation technique or to a usual care control group. Patients were administered quality of life measures, including the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Breast, every six months for two years. The average intervention period was 18 months.

Since emotional and psychosocial stress contribute to the onset and progression of breast cancer and cancer mortality, the Transcendental Meditation technique provides an effective technique to reduces stress and improves emotional well-being and mental health in breast cancer patients, the study found. Having a technique to experience inner silence and timelessness can alleviate the sense of helplessness women often feel in the face of a life threatening disease. Transcendental Meditation is an effortless technique and doesn’t require any belief system or ability to concentrate or focus.

“The women in the study found their meditation practice easy to do at home and reported significant benefits in their overall quality of life. Decades of research have shown that stress contributes to the cause and complications of cancer,” said Robert Schneider, M.D., F.A.C.C., co-author and director of Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention at Maharishi University of Management. “The data from this well-designed clinical trial and related studies suggest that effective stress reduction with the Transcendental Meditation program may be useful in the prevention and treatment of breast cancer and its deleterious consequences.”

Facts on Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women—and remains a leading cause of death. Breast cancer incidence in the United States is 1 in 8 (about 13%).

In 2008, an estimated 250,000 new cases of breast cancer were diagnosed in women in the U.S.  Women above the age of 50 have nearly four times the incidence compared to women under 50. Newly diagnosed and long-term survivors are affected by impairment in quality of life, including emotional, physical, functional, social, and spiritual domains. Psychosocial stress contributes to the onset, progression, and mortality from this disease.

Clinical diagnosis of breast cancer increases psychological distress, with sustained distress occurring during cancer treatment and continuing long-term.

There have been an increasing number of women using complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for female-specific cancers. In terms of breast cancer, recent studies indicate that CAM use among women may be as high as 90 percent.

As more and more women search for natural remedies for treatment of breast cancer, the Transcendental Meditation technique offers a foundation of inner peace and healing to aid faster recovery from disease. Since it is taught in a professional setting with one-on-one guidance and follow up, women suffering from a serious illness can be sure they are learning an authentic meditation whose benefits have been validated by scientific research. Families may also benefit from the practice as they feel the impact of stress and worry almost as much or more than the cancer patient. Dealing with a crisis requires a level head and patience that stress and tension can undermine. The introduction of Transcendental Meditation as an adjunct therapy in treating cancer is an encouraging sign, indicating the rise of integrative medicine—the medicine of the future.

Written by JeanneBall

Women’s Sexual Health Expert Lisa Martinez to Speak at 2007 Women’s Health Matters Forum & Expo

WomanToronto, ON (PRWEB) December 12, 2006

The 2007 Women’s Health Matters Forum & Expo has tapped leading women’s sexual health expert, Lisa Martinez, RN/JD, and executive director of The Women’s Sexual Health Foundation, to speak about the critical lack of knowledge among women regarding vital sexual health issues. The Expo will be held January 19-20th, at the Metro Toronto Convention Center in Canada.

 

The presentation, entitled “Women’s Sexual Health: What No One Tells Us,” will address the number of medical health conditions that impact women’s sexual health, and the critical lack of awareness of this issue among women, their families, partners, and caregivers.

 

In the lecture, Ms. Martinez will examine the effect of medications, cancer, chemotherapy, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, pelvic surgeries, high blood pressure and other medical conditions on women’s sexual health, “There is a tremendous knowledge gap regarding these well-known medical conditions, and the dramatic impact these illnesses can have on women’s sexual health,” said Ms. Martinez. “The Women’s Sexual Health Foundation is pleased to share this important information with the attendees of the 2007 Women’s Health Matters Forum & Expo.”

 

Not only will attendees learn how these medical conditions affect them, they will receive valuable insight on what they can do to improve sexual functioning, how to speak frankly with their medical care giver about the situation, and a reference list of additional resources.

 

The 2007 Women’s Health Matters Forum & Expo with an expected attendance of 22,000, and sponsored by the New Women’s College Hospital has been named ” the most important women’s health event of the year,” and will offer attendees a full agenda of valuable information, frank insight, and answers to questions regarding their health. For more information, visit http://www.womenshealthmatters.ca/forum/.

 

For more information about The Women’s Sexual Health Foundation, please visit http://www.TWSHF.org, or email info @ TWSHF.org .

 

About The Women’s Sexual Health Foundation

 

TWSHF is an international non-profit organization whose primary mission is to educate the public and healthcare professionals on women’s sexual health. The Foundation has numerous resources for the public and healthcare professionals at http://www.TWSHF.org, including educational brochures in English, German, and Spanish and The Women’s Sexual Health Journal for members. The Foundation just completed its second annual Female Sexual Dysfunction (FSD) and Health Symposium for healthcare professionals and students on April 22, 2006 in New York City in conjunction with the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. A Women’s Sexual Health Event: Reclaiming Healthy Intimacy, Passion and Pleasure for the public is being planned for September 18, 2007 in New York City with Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. For further information e-mail info @ TWSHF.org.

 

About The Women’s Sexual Health Journal

 

The Women’s Sexual Health Journal is an on-line quarterly journal available through The Women’s Sexual Health Foundation. It contains personal stories about women and their sexual health difficulties, and articles on sexual medicine, health, and research topics that receive little attention in medical schools and healthcare providers’ training. For more information about the journal go to http://www.TWSHF.org.

 

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Portion Control of Growing Interest to U.S. Consumers, Reports NPD

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) July 26, 2011

Portion control is a tenet of healthy eating, and it appears that consumers are increasingly aware of the importance of managing the portion size of the foods they eat, according to The NPD Group, a leading market research company.

For a recent report entitled Healthy Eating Strategies by Generation, NPD compiled a list of 30 healthy eating and lifestyle dimensions to determine which ones consumers of different generations associate with healthy eating. Out of the 30 attributes, eating smaller portions ranked 11th in importance among adult consumers across generations as a healthy eating characteristic. Adult consumers ranked the top five characteristics of healthy eating and healthy lifestyles consistently: exercise regularly, eat well balanced meals, eat all things in moderation, limit/avoid foods with saturated fat or cholesterol or trans fats, drink at least 8 glasses of water per day.

Eating smaller portions ranked seventh in importance amongst Generation X consumers, ages 35 to 45, as a healthy eating characteristic, which is the highest rank for the behavior among all generational groups. For Gen Y, ages 21 to 34, eating smaller portions ranked in the eighth position, and for younger boomers, ages 46-54, it ranked in the twelfth position as a healthy eating characteristic. The older age groups ? older boomers, silent generation, and G.I. generation, ages 55 and older, with lesser appetites overall, had the lowest overall ranks for eating smaller portions. More women, especially overweight and obese women, tend to place a higher importance on eating smaller portions than do men.

According to the NPD food and beverage market research report 43 percent of the over 5000 adults surveyed indicated that they ate smaller portions always or most of the time in the past year. An even greater percentage of adult consumers (57%) aspire to eat smaller portions in the coming year, suggesting that this healthy eating strategy will become more important in the future.

Smaller portions and portion control are also important to consumers who want to eat more healthfully when they eat at restaurants and other foodservice outlets. A recent NPD foodservice market research report entitled How Consumers Define Healthy Eating When They Dine Out, finds that portion control and smaller portions rank third in importance for consumers looking for healthier option at restaurants. Fast food consumers rank smaller portions and portion control second.

?Based on the interest in smaller portions among the younger age groups and the size of these age groups, portion control is an area of opportunity for food manufacturers,? said Dori Hickey, director, product management at NPD and author of the report. ?As they move through their life, these generations may continue the healthy eating behaviors they adopted in their younger years, making portion-control a long-term opportunity.?

Breast Cancer: Alternative Remedies that Work

Women concerned with the possibility of getting breast cancer do have some natural alternative treatments that they can easily implement in an effort to fend off the onset of breast cancer.  Meanwhile, women that have already developed breast cancer can use certain natural remedies to minimize the effects of traditional medical treatments for breast cancer, as well.  A number of herbal remedies and natural remedies can help to alleviate the dangerous side effects one might experience.  While an attempt at prevention is highly recommended, if you are a woman that has already been diagnosed with breast cancer it is never too late to turn to alternative remedies in an effort to make a complete recovery from breast cancer onset.

For women looking to fend off breast cancer, boosting the immune system is in order.  Of course, a good immune system boosting supplement is excellent for women that have already developed breast cancer as well.  One recommended supplement can be identified in the Maitake mushroom, which can be consumed in a tea.  The Maitake mushroom enhances immune system functioning, because the Maitake mushroom has beta-glucans.  Maitake mushrooms are also available in dried form, in capsule form, in powdered form, and as a liquid so the mushroom is relatively easy to consume.

The well-appreciated herb known as Ginseng is another recommended supplement for those seeking to fend off breast cancer onset.  Ginseng is an herb that is available in liquid or capsule form and it is known for its immunological boosting properties.  Ginseng is also appreciated for its anti-tumor properties too.  Studies reveal that women who actually consumed Ginseng before being officially diagnosed with the disease had a higher breast cancer survival rate than those women who did not consume Ginseng before being diagnosed.  Ginseng also delivers additional benefits too; the herb is fantastic for treating issues with depression and hormonal imbalances as well.

A superlative all natural remedy for fighting the onset of breast cancer can be identified in acupuncture.  Acupuncture is believed to restore the body’s natural energy flow in one’s body so that optimal health can be restored as well.  Some women opt for acupuncture treatments while enduring chemotherapy treatments too since acupuncture helps to minimize the harmful side effects associated with chemotherapy treatments.  If considering acupuncture, you might also benefit from other all natural remedies like Chromotherapy, which is a restoration of the body’s natural energies via exposure to specific colored lighting.

If seeking a truly invigorating form of improving one’s health and one might consider either investing in a sauna or using a sauna at the local gym or spa.  Sauna treatments aid in detoxifying the body, cleansing away impurities, boosting the immune system, and giving the user of the sauna a general, overall sense of well being.  Of course, the sauna user also gets the additional perk of treating bodily aches, pains, and muscle tensions too, and the act of de-stressing and completely unwinding in a sauna helps to improves one’s health in myriad ways.

Written by R. Reichert
Robin Reichert is an AFPA Certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition Consultant.

Mental Health: How To Beat Depression And Boost Your Moods

Depression is a bio-chemical thing and that it changes someone’s brain chemistry and making them depressed. You just don’t wake up one day and decide to become depressed. There is something in your mind that make you depressed.

Depression is a process in which your brain chemistry is changing into a depressive state. This happens to women who just gave birth. This also happens to women who is going through pregnancy or menstrual cycle. Women are often affected because we have hormones releasing that men don’t have sometimes like during our pregnancy or menstrual cycle. The hormones will make you depressed and you’ll be blue. It can be temporary and as soon as your menstrual cycle is over you’ll be able to feel better again.

You can do several things to relieve your problems. You can take medication that are prescribe by your doctor. Usually medication will do the trick. You have to take medication like prozac. Medication is the best thing that can help relieve your depression. You can also have electro convulsive therapy. This is where you can use electrodes to attach to your head and then that current can help your depression. You can take omega 3 and 6 fatty acids or fish oil as these will really help relieve some of your problems. Fish oil has been known to relieve depression.

Written by kay_pierre

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WakeMed Health Park Hosts Speaking Of Women?s Health Kick-Off Event

RALEIGH, NC (PRWEB) June 28, 2006 -?

Tobi Bowen, development and marketing director for Resources for Seniors, Inc., a service provider for seniors and the disabled, has announced that there will be a kick-off event on July 13 at WakeMed Health Park from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. to plan the December 9 Speaking of Women?s Health day-long conference. Sponsor representatives, steering committee members, prospective sponsors, key community leaders, and the media are all invited to attend the event where tasks and planning will be discussed and preparations made for the December 9 event.

 

?I am eager to start planning for the Women?s health conference,? said Bowen. ?A woman?s health is important, especially as more and more women are balancing their personal challenges with family and business matters.?

 

About Resources for Seniors, Inc.:

 

Resources for Seniors, Inc. (RFS) is a Wake County based non-profit organization founded in 1973. Serving as the Council on Aging for Wake County, RFS employs nearly 170 employees and serves over 28,000 clients annually. The mission of Resources for Seniors, Inc. is to provide home and community based services so that disabled and senior adults can maximize their independence for as long as possible while remaining in their homes. We are committed to excellence in service and care for individuals, families and their community. For more information on Resources for Seniors, Inc. call 919-872-7933 or visit: http://www.ResourcesForSeniors.com.

 

About Speaking of Women?s Health:

 

The National Speaking of Women?s Health Foundation is a 501 (c) (3), non-profit organization headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, whose mission is ?to educate women to make informed decisions about their health, well-being and personal safety.? Founded in 1996, Speaking of Women?s Health