How to lose those last five pounds ... or so they tell us

bestnursing-blog-wellnessEver since I gave birth to Hailey, three years ago, I have been trying to lose the same five pounds.

I’ll go on a crash diet of pickles and Diet Coke, lose a pound, and then celebrate by eating lots and lots of bread.

I know I need to keep trying and, more importantly, lose the pounds the healthy way, but I’m just not motivated.

According to R. J. Shephard’s article “Aging and Exercise” in the Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine and Science, I am in good company -- it is difficult to motivate the vast majority of older adults to exercise regularly. But after doing some research, I’ve discovered some ways to get recommitted.


Child Safety Tips

bestnursing-blog-poolWhen the weather starts to cool, people tend to stop thinking about their backyard and their pool, and so they also stop thinking about pool safety. But the reality is that swimming pools are a place for summertime fun, and year-round danger.

Experts still recommend multiple "layers of protection", a phrase coined by Life Saver Pool Fence Systems over 25 years ago, to make pools safer for children, with some additional considerations for the winter season.

Here are 5.5 pool safety tips for the winter and fall:


Healthy living: Five Thanksgiving foods to avoid

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love the fall colors, the warm oven, the amazing smells coming from the kitchen, and the chance to give thanks for abundance.

Thanksgiving is a time for celebrating, and it’s also a time for overeating. The average American eats 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat during this one meal, according to the Calorie Control Council. But if you’re watching your waistline, you can enjoy a delicious, traditional meal on Thanksgiving while still managing to avoid the worst caloric offenders.


Missing Protein Shake Ingredients

3 Essential Ingredients for Your New Year’s Healthy Resolution

Physician Explains What’s Missing From Most Protein Shakes


Every New Year inspires a wave of self-improvement, which for many people includes improving their overall health.

Unfortunately, a recent study from the University of Scranton’s Journal of Clinical Phycology says only 8 percent of those who make a New Year’s resolution see their goals come to fruition.

Regardless of the specific goal, people establishing resolutions to improve their health need to start with a foundation. A nutritional foundation is required for anyone who is setting out to improve his or her ‘health’,” says Dr. John Young, M.D., a physician specializing in the treatment of chronic illnesses through biochemical, physiological and nutraceutical technologies, and the author of “Beyond Treatment: Discover how to build a cellular foundation to achieve optimal health,(

“Many of us want to lose weight, gain muscle and improve our cardiovascular endurance, but those goals cannot be accomplished without addressing the body’s fundamental needs. A healthy body begins with a healthy cellular foundation, and a healthy cellular foundation begins with what we’re putting in our bodies.”


A protein shake is a common way some people like to supplement their health plans, but Dr. Young says those health drinks are usually missing one or more essential components. He lists them and explains why they’re so important.


How to Find the Best Home Health Care

Best Nursing Home Health CareYou've spent your life knowing your parents and loved ones were there for you providing support, safety and love. Now, as the roles reverse and the health of your loved one declines, you may be facing the reality of finding proper home care.

Mindy Hill, marketing director for iCare Home & Hospice understands this process and respects the importance of finding proper care for those who need it.

The key is knowing what you need. There is a difference between Home Care and Home Health.