Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Better-for-You New Year’s Resolutions

Make meaningful health commitments that you can actually keep!

Making a New Year's resolution this year? If its to lose those pesky 10 pounds-for the sixth year in a row- why not consider making a new, more doable resolution with equally big health payoffs? Take your pick of these attainable resolutions from Women's Day that you can actually tackle this year. To read the full article, and for more health tips click here

Get More Sleep.
Getting adequate sleep can help you feel more energized during the day, improve your mood and even help you lose weight. It's the best way to help your mind and body function at its best. 

Eat a Veggie or Fruit with Every Meal.
The more vegetables and fruit you consume, the higher your intake of fiber, which helps fill you up, making you less likely to eat foods that are less healthy. Fruits and vegetables are also packed with vitamins and antioxidants, which your body needs for a strong immune system.

Find a Form of Exercise That You Love.
Don't care for jogging or aerobics? That doesn't mean you should give up on exercise! It can take some trial and error to find a form of exercise that is enjoyable for you, but the key is to find something you are most likely to stick with. Start by making a list of activity's you haven't tried and give each a try for two weeks. Then, pick the one that gives you the most joy, or mix it up with your top two. 

Extract Yourself from a Toxic Relationship.
Weather it's from a romance gone bad or a friendship that leaves you feeling depleted and unhappy, 2015 is the year to set yourself free. To rid yourself of a toxic person, be assertive. Establish the limits that are best for you, communicate them to the other person and then stick to them. 

Stop Sweating the Small Stuff.
See if you can resolve to let the annoying but insignificant stuff go this year. Being emotionally overwhelmed, angry or frustrated, causes our bodies to release cortisol, also known as the stress hormone which can have damaging effects on your heath. When something begins to ruffle your feathers, take a deep breath, and ask yourself, "Am I really going to let this mess with my health?" The answer, of course, is no! 

Cut Back on Sugar.
Don't worry, you don't have to give up your favorite indulgences to make this resolution work. Simply take a look at the added sugar in foods, and try to eat as little of the sweet stuff as possible. Too much sugar is too many calories with no nutritional benefit for your body. Try preventing cravings before they even start by making sure you're eating regularly throughout the day. A midday snack of plain yogurt with berries can help give you the sweet taste you're longing for. 

Come Up With a Healthy Living Mantra.
Having a positive mantra can counter any negative thoughts you may have while helping you stay hopeful and motivated to help you live a happy and healthy life. To find your mantra, try designate a calming, motivating phrase that rings true to you, and think about it or whisper it to yourself when you need encouragement.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Easy Tips on Detoxing After Holiday Indulging

A seasonal detox is an effective way to clear your body of toxins, which will also speed up your metabolism and enhance your overall health. Follow these easy tips from shape.com to kick start healthy habits after indulging over the holidays.

Start by decreasing the amount of sugar you consume, including honey, molasses, and artificial sweeteners.

Drink a tall glass of water with juice from half of a lemon in the morning to help rehydrate and promote digestion.

Regular exercise encourages circulation in the blood and lymph system, and will so enhance digestion, reduce tension, lubricate joints, and strengthen your body.

Drinking tea is beneficial not only because it is full of antioxidants, it also hydrates you and fills you up!

You should eat whole plant foods because processed foods lack the nutrients your body needs. Dark green vegetables, for instance, are full of micronutrients and are very low in calories, so you can eat a lot of them.
Don't forget that pollution and allergens are all around you. They're in the air and can trigger allergy symptoms (such as yucky, puffy, red eyes). Flushing your nasal passages regularly with a saline solution can eliminate side effects of air pollutants and lead to better breather.

For more tips and to read the full article go to : http://www.shape.com/lifestyle/mind-and-body/8-simple-ways-detox-your-body  

Friday, December 12, 2014

Healthy Holiday Tips

The holidays have approached us and we are pressed for time, which makes it even harder to make healthy choices.  Because fast food & junk food is much more available than a healthy option, many people give in to the temptation and eat poorly during these busy times, simply because it’s easier.  While eating fast- food is never as healthy as a well-planned, balanced diet, you can easily take steps to improve the quality of your nutrition when on the run.

Here are some tips for healthy eating during the holidays:

  • Make sure that you eat your fruits & vegetables for the day.  The best part about them is that they are extremely portable, keep a couple pieces of fruit or sliced veggies when on the run.
  • Before starting a day full of shopping and nonstop running around make it habit to eat a piece of fruit with oatmeal or low fat yogurt, to stay full longer.
  • Seeking out deli-style fast-food chains where you can order a sandwich on whole wheat bread or a wrap. Also choosing mustard over mayo will save you on calories and fat. 
  • Stock your car with bottled water and healthy snacks such as fruit and a serving size of unsalted nuts, to stop those cravings before they hit. 
  • Consider a supermarket for your fast-food break. You can pick up precut and washed fresh fruit, vegetables, yogurt, or low fat cheeses.  They will also offer salads, sushi, wraps and dozens of other healthy prepared items.
  • If you do make your way to a fast food restaurant, opt for the newer and healthier options such as a side salad or fruit. Also remember that chicken isn’t always a healthy choice.  Order grilled chicken, and skipping the bun is always a better option.

Monday, December 8, 2014

How to Stay Active During Winter Holidays

We typically eat more and exercise less during the holidays. If we get too much out of balance with our food intake and our activity output, it can be easy to add on the "holiday weight" or make it more difficult to get back into your workout routine.  To help keep this winter holiday season active follow these simple tips from sparkpeople.com.

Go out and play! If you can't seem to muster the energy to work out this time of year, try "playing" instead. The best part about playing is that it doesn't feel like working out—though you can still get your heart rate up. Snow activities, such as a snowball fight or building a snowman can burn 300 calories an hour! Ice skating, an activity you can do indoors or outdoors, can burn more than 450 calories per hour—and it's a blast!

Take up a winter sport. If you're a competitive type, why not try a winter sport?  From skiing to snowshoeing, there are many great options that burn mega calories and put a whole new twist on your cold-weather workout plans.

Get creative at home. Sure, getting to the gym can be more of a hassle when it is cold outside, but never use snowy weather as an excuse to miss your daily exercise. Instead, try a new workout DVD, or invest in a few pieces of gym equipment. Exercising at home can be a convenient solution to staying on track.

Try something new. By trying something new, you reignite your motivation for fitness, even in the cold weather! Try indoor volleyball or boot camp classes. Participating in a regular activity that you've paid for, or have teammates counting on you to play in, is a fantastic way to stay active in the winter time. You might even make some new friends or learn some new skills.

Set a big goal—and some little goals. It can be anything from losing those last 10 pounds, to running a 5K, but choose a goal that you really want and that will stretch you beyond your comfort zone to reach it. Setting a realistic goal that you then break down into smaller, achievable action steps is a great way to start.

Get excited. If you've never been a winter fan, start focusing on what you do love about it and how this time of year provides new opportunities for your fitness and health. From eating delicious in-season produces, such as oranges and kale, to curling up with a big mug of sugar-free hot cocoa  after a long workout, there is much to love about winter when you embrace and appreciate it.

While there are many great workout options this winter, be sure you always stay safe no matter what you do—especially if you decide to enjoy the winter weather outdoors.

Continue to check back for more healthy winter posts! 

Friday, December 5, 2014

Annual Holiday Toy Drive

Toys for Tots Holiday Toy Drive

You can help AMI, help children have a better holiday by donating new unwrapped toys at any AMI location until Monday, December, 15th.

With the help and support of our patients, friends, associates, staff and community, the AMI Foundation is proud to continue another year of collecting and distributing new un wrapped toys to children in our region.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Mobile Mammography Van Receives $22,000

Greate Bay Women’s Golf Association Donates $22,000 to Dr. Jan Astin Mobile Digital Mammography Van
Proceeds from Swing For A Cure event will support Van’s mission of making life-saving screening mammograms more accessible to women in southern and central NJ.\

The Atlantic Medical Imaging Foundation’s Dr. Jan Astin Mobile Digital Mammography Van has received a $22,000 donation from the Greate Bay Women’s Golf Association. The donation represents proceeds from the group’s Swing For A Cure golf tournament held in September of this year.

The Mobile Digital Mammography Van has provided thousands of screening examinations and educated women on the importance of early detection and breast self awareness since its inception in 1993.  It has also provided financial support to patients who may have otherwise not had access to a screening mammography.

The Van is one of only a handful of mobile mammography vans in the country, and only one of two in New Jersey. Originally launched in 1993, the van was replaced in 2007 with a brand new, state-of-the-art vehicle offering enhanced digital technology through a generous grant from RNS.

The American Cancer Society recommends that women have yearly mammograms starting at age 40. The Dr. Jan Astin Mobile Digital Mammography Van offers women a screening mammogram in less than 30 minutes. Most forms of insurance are accepted, including Medicare and Medicaid.

The van is accredited by the American College of Radiology and the Food and Drug Administration and is supported by a grant from the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Additional financial support is provided by the RNS Cancer & Heart Fund and the AMI Foundation.

To schedule an appointment, or for more information, call (609) 677-XRAY (9729), or visit www.amifoundation.net.

AMI Foundation President Dr. Robert Glassberg accepts a check from Sue Webb, President of the Greate Bay Women’s Golf Association in support of the Dr. Jan Astin Mobile Digital Mammography Van.