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Random Shmandom Links

I’m getting really good at saving links that I want to post on here and then…forgetting to post them. Below are some random, great articles and videos that I’ve accumulated over the last week or two. I think it’s always important to be reminded how there are so many facets of health. Education on brain fitness, body posture, happiness, and food intake, for example, are all part of health; all part of YOUR health.

My favorite link in this post is the “What Makes a Good Life” TED Talks video.   In college, I traveled abroad in third-world countries where people didn’t have much besides a cell phone (crazy, right?), but they still managed to be welcoming and grateful for the resources they had. During those times of awareness I also read Blue Zones by Dan Buettner and fell in love with the book’s message about living a long, happy life.  Happiness really isn’t about having “things,” it comes down to…well, I’ll just let you watch the video. Enjoy!

How to Remember Names:

What Makes a Good Life? -TED Talks:

Here’s What Happened When I Slept For an Extra Hour Each Night:

The Benefits of Good Posture-TED Talks:

Vegetables Likely To Take More of Your Plate in 2016-NPR:

Keep Things Simple for a Long, Healthy Life-NPR:

What type of topics would you like to be addressed in the blog? Let me know!

Thanks for reading,







How to Support Employee Health Instead of Sapping It

Harvard Business Review shares general ways you can support employee wellness. Did you think of any ideas for your employer? Any challenges?


July Goals


Anddd it’s July. How was everyone’s 4th? Mine was a blast- went out on the water and got some water sports in. Here’s a sample of my excitement from this weekend!


Time  flies way to fast. June was a great month, I went out on the water to wakesurf, taught my first BLS course (assisted), transitioned into my new, added position at my job, felt good about my training for the Half-Ironman and had a great birthday. So many funny voicemails.

OH and the best part, I got approved from my work for funding to do disaster-relief work the end of August. I will be flying in NOLA and then deployed wherever needed. I’m so excited for this opportunity. I will be sharing my experiences within my 10-day trip every day for those who are interested. Details coming soon.

Okay, so I didn’t dominate my goals like I did in May I  but let’s take a look at my June goals.

june goals


Track on myfitnesspal app daily- YES if June was only 14 days long…but no if we are counting the whole month. I am still tracking at least one meal/day but not my full daily like I had planned.

Two brickouts per week- Yes, plus some.

Swim 1.5 miles- YES. every time I swam this month I did at least 1.5 miles. I am really working on my form and those hip strengtheners have really helped with keeping my hips up while swimming.

Hip strengtheners 3x/week- Yup. Seriously, any pain I had before (like my knee pain) is gone now. I love it. Thanks to my physical therapy friends for the exercises.

Write MOH (maid of honor) speech- Yes, but I can see myself changing it a week before….day before…hour before.. The bride & I keep having great (and emotional) conversations- this is a huge transitioning period in her life- so I keep adding things to my speech.

Melodica 1x/week- I played it every week of June except for one. My brother cleaned up my old keyboard so I’ll start playing that again too.

Survive my birthday-check! I had an amazing birthday but the best part were all the hilarious voicemails. I love my voicemails.

Alright- July time. This is a crazy month with bachelorette parties, weddings, the Half-Ironman, working  a lot of weekends at my other job and many plans to get out on the water and attend a few more concerts. I can’t wait.  I’m keeping the number of goals a little bit shorter this month. The picmonkey website hasn’t been working for me so unfortunately I cannot make a fancy monthly goal image like I usually do. Next month!

July Goals:

keeping: Melodica 1x/week until the wedding

Bike the race course 2 more times so I know where the heck I’m going on race day

Complete the Half-Ironman injury free by continuing to train properly for the race

Do yoga 1x/week– I am really great about stretching after every workout but I really want to dedicate more time to doing more yoga per week.

Get monitored for BLS certification- I need to get monitored at my next BLS course to officially become certified as an instructor. I am able to teach but as an assistant right now. Hopefully there will be some opportunities that come up for me to teach this month. I definitely want to be certified by August before my disaster-relief trip.

How did your month of June go? Any goals set for the rest of your summer? Let me know!

Have a great rest of your weekend everyone & thanks for reading,


Twitter –>@InPower Coach


Here are some free perks for tax day

Free stuff!


Tax day can be the worst. On the bright side, there are a few companies giving out freebies to make the day a bit easier.

April 15-pegged deals, Bloomberg notes, range from free coffee at participating Whole Foods, free shredding at Staples and a free sandwich at Schlotzsky’s.

A few others from Bloomberg:

  • Free meal: Boston Market is offering a buy one, get one free deal on April 15 at its 450 restaurants nationwide. Buy one individual meal (a main, two classic sides, and cornbread) for $10.99 and get the next one free. No coupon needed.
  • Free burger: If you’re willing to sing karaoke-style at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square, you can get a free 8-ounce Angus beef burger. The “Sing for Your Supper” promotion starts at 5 p.m. on Tax Day.
  • Half-price booze: At ESquared Hospitality restaurants, which include BLT Prime and BLT Steak…

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Kind Bars don’t deserve a ‘healthy’ label, FDA says

Dangit I really enjoyed these, too!


Kind Bars may not be so kind after all.

The Food and Drug Administration has sent a letter to the maker of the snacks saying the company must remove the term “healthy” from its labels.

Bloomberg reported Tuesday that regulators found that the company’s products contain too much saturated fat. According to the Bloomberg article:

‘Your products do not meet the requirements for use of the nutrient content claim ‘healthy’ on a food label,’ William Correll, director of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, said in the letter, dated March 17 and released publicly on Tuesday. ‘You should take prompt action to correct the violations.’

The Fruit & Almond & Apricot, Fruit & Nut Almond & Coconut, Plus Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate + Protein, and Fruit & Nut Dark Chocolate Cherry Cashew products, all have over 3 grams of saturated fat. The FDA states that a product…

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5 hallmarks of successful corporate wellness programs

How is your company doing?


Most people can get behind the idea that health, happiness, and productivity at work are related concepts, and that companies have an opportunity to foster all three—to everybody’s benefit—with a corporate wellness program.

But while most companies do “something” to promote employee health and well-being, very few—just 7% of companies surveyed in a nationally representative 2008 study—offer what Laura Linnan, a professor of public health at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and head of the CDC-funded Workplace Health Research Network, calls a “comprehensive program.” And, she says, “what we know from the literature is that people who have comprehensive programs have better health outcomes and other outcomes we expect from a comprehensive approach.”

The health outcomes of corporate wellness programs are many, including smoking cessation, weight loss and obesity prevention, diabetes, blood pressure, and cholesterol management, and personal health and safety practices like seat belt use, sleep hygiene…

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Can you eat healthy on $4 a day?

Would you be able to eat on $4 a day?


How much did you spend on breakfast today? Even better, dinner last night? If you’re one of the 47 million Americans on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), your budget for any given meal is around $1.44. Yes. Just over one dollar.

While these federal benefits are designed to be supplemental – there are numerous families whose sole resource is the SNAP money they receive. What are they able to buy with that money? Can it be nutritious?

These questions are important as states, such as Missouri, bring up bills to restrict food assistance and as we move ever closer to the perils of summertime where families (without school lunch/snack assistance) are ever more reliant on the program. The irony is that the while the government spends $80 billion a year on SNAP, we spend more than 15 times that ($1.3 trillion) on health care. If SNAP can’t provide…

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