KPFA 94.1 – Remedying Functional Limitations with Functional Fitness

Screen Shot 2017-08-08 at 6.55.27 AMDo you know what it means to be functionally fit? One in 3 people – and 60% of those over 65 – suffer from a functional limitation limiting their ability to carry out daily activities – like climbing stairs, bending over to tie their shoes, picking something up off the floor, or carrying groceries.

If you’d like to hear my radio interview on Remedying Functional Limitations with Functional Fitness on About Health, here it is!

About Health is a live weekly call-in radio show and hosted this week by Dr. Will Courtenay on KPFA 94.1. For more information: http://HealthStyleRx.org.

Our Vegetable Garden :)

I am amazed by Mother Nature. We planted our vegetables on July 2 and this is how they looked…

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We planted crookneck squash, orange flesh honeydew melon (!), sweet bell peppers, habanero peppers, hot ‘n spicy oregano, cilantro, eggplant, and a variety of tomatoes. Basically, what was left having planted so late in the season.

And exactly two weeks later, this is how they looked…

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It’s so fun to watch our veggies grow. Sometimes seemingly overnight!!!

New Partnership with the Sports Basement!

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The Sports Basement and my medical fitness practice, HealthStyleRx, affirmed an exciting partnership on Friday which will further support my friends and followers’ fitness goals and cultivate fun in moving.

If you haven’t discovered the Sports Basement yet, it’s a sporting-goods retailer with seven locations in the San Francisco Bay Area. They’re known for selling the “best brands at basement prices”.

Guided Adventures

Sports Basement is more than just a retailer. What I’m most excited about is that it’s a community center for outdoor enthusiasts, athletes, families, and visitors. Yes, you can get gear to enjoy hiking, cycling, running, swimming, and birdwatching. And if you’re more adventurous, you can buy (or rent!) camping gear, skis and snowboards, and triathlon wetsuits.

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Mountain Biking I (Beginner Class)

But it’s not just about things to buy – it’s about things to do, together. Sports Basement hosts weekly events, such as:

  • Group rides
  • Backbacking trips
  • Rockclimbing classes
  • Snowshoe camping trips
  • Potlucks
  • Talks
  • Yoga classes
  • Bicycle maintenance clinics
  • Wilderness first aid courses

Rent a Bicycle

If you want to join the flock of cyclists making their way along the Iron Horse Regional Trail, you can rent a bike at the Sports Basement and hop right onto the trail. You can rent a tandem bike for double the fun and even rent a trailer for your little ones.

Shopping Party!

Coming up… we’ll be celebrating our partnership with a Kick-Off Shopping Party!  Date: Thursday, August 3 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm.Group people with balloon on party.

The Sports Basement San Ramon is located at 1041 Market Place, San Ramon, CA  94583. (925) 202-0230

HOURS
Mon-Fri: 9am-9pm
Sat & Sun: 9am-7pm

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ABC10 | Healthy Easter Basket Treats

I was on ABC10 TV out of Sacramento yesterday to show their viewers (a.k.a. Easter bunnies) how to pull together a ‘healthy Easter basket’. Hmmm…. that’s an oxymoron, you say. Believe it or not, options outside of solid chocolate bunnies, Peeps and sugar-coated sugar do actually exist.

Here are my five basic principles when it comes to “healthify-ing” this tradition.

  • Include plant-based foods and plant-based colorants.
  • Load up on whole grains.
  • Use healthy fats.
  • Cut back on sugar.
  • Swap out milk chocolate with dark chocolate.

All the recipes for the treats on the show will be featured in my upcoming book, “Athletes in Aprons“. 😀

Oat & Berry Bars: These whole-grain, gluten-free bars are made with oat flour and rolled oats layered with an organic berry purée sweetened with just apple juice.

Chocolate Chip Cookies: These cookies will surprise you! They’re made with garbanzo bean and fava bean flours, oat flour, zucchini, dairy-free dark chocolate, and organic unsweetened applesauce. Gluten-free.

Fudge Brownies: These fudge-y treats are made with whole wheat flour and… spinach. Really! Their moist richness comes from just a couple tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, unsweetened applesauce, and golden ground flaxseeds. You have to taste ’em to believe they’re not loaded with hydrogenated fat and white flour.

Banana-Date Granola: Most granolas are made with lots of oats, sugar and fat. Here’s a no-sugar/no-fat-added granola (no kidding!) made with a base of protein- and     Continue reading “ABC10 | Healthy Easter Basket Treats”

How to Dodge This Deadly Bullet (Sudden Cardiac Death)

Healthy Life Green Road Sign Did you know… that sudden cardiac death is usually the first symptom of coronary heart disease (CHD) — especially among women?

Compared to men, studies show that women are 66% less likely to be diagnosed with coronary heart disease before sudden cardiac death strikes. If you’re a woman and free of symptoms, you’re not identified as “high risk” which means you’re not eligible for cardiac interventions that could save your life. SCD accounts for more than 50% of cardiac deaths (approximately 250,000 to 310,000 cases annually in the United States).

Heart Attack vs. Sudden Cardiac Death

To clarify, the terms “heart attack” and “sudden cardiac death” are NOT the same thing.

  • A heart attack or myocardial infarction (MI) occurs when the flow of oxygen-rich blood suddenly gets blocked. Oxygen can’t get to a section of the heart and cardiac tissue dies. Most often the heart is blocked by a build-up of fatty plaque.
  • Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is an abrupt loss of heart function as a result of abnormal electrical impulses within the heart. The heart’s electrical system may fail from physical stress, inherited arrhythmias, drug/alcohol abuse, chronic kidney disease, structural changes in the heart, and/or scar tissue that damages the heart’s electrical system. (Cardiac deaths were considered “sudden” if the death or cardiac arrest occurred within 1 hour of the onset of symptoms.)

Simply put, SCD is considered an ‘electrical’ problem whereas a heart attack is more of a ‘plumbing’ problem. Over the years, I’ve had several patients that were revived and survived sudden cardiac arrest who said they didn’t need cardiac rehab because they didn’t have a heart attack, but had an “electrical issue”. They couldn’t be more wrong.

SCD Risk Can Be Prevented   

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published a 26-year study of nearly 82,000 women that showed you can reduce your risk for sudden cardiac death. In the majority of people, coronary heart disease is usually the underlying cause of SCD and this study showed that a low-risk, healthy lifestyle is associated with a low risk of sudden cardiac death.    Continue reading “How to Dodge This Deadly Bullet (Sudden Cardiac Death)”