“Give a Shot” in Tanzania: when I grow up – not if

The impact of the Get a Shot. Give a Shot.® campaign.  (Read part 1 and part 2. ) Day 3: Living Water orphanage, Arusha Anza Davies-Kimaro was walking the city streets of Arusha one night in 2003, when he came across a small boy he estimates was no more than 3 years old.  He asked the boy, who was alone, who he…

Rewire your brain to crave healthy food? Here’s how!

Great news – new research shows it may be possible to train your brain to crave good-for-you food. How? By eating healthy food. Researchers say that it may be possible to “rewire” your brain, so to speak, and teach it to think less of high-calorie, health-defeating foods, and also place a higher value on lower calorie, better-for-you ones.

What to eat for your best workout

Confession: I don’t always practice what I preach. My biggest fitness sin (other than skipping strength training more than I should)? Fuel. Not only do I head out for my AM run before eating anything more often than not, but I almost never stop for water mid-run, let alone suck down an energy gel.

In fairness, there are proponents of this approach who claim that running on empty (literally) has benefits, including helping to burn fat and build muscle. Personally, I’m more skeptical: As I see it, if you want your body to perform, you should give it the fuel it needs. And the experts agree.

Type 1 diabetes and celiac disease: what’s the connection?

With all the focus on going gluten-free for food allergy and food sensitivity reasons, it may surprise you to know that those with type 1 diabetes may give up gluten for a very different reason: an association between type 1 diabetes and celiac disease. About 10% of persons with type 1 diabetes also have celiac disease.

Americans’ waistlines – a growing problem

Maintaining a healthy weight is vital to wellness. Yet according to the CDC, over one-third of U.S. adults are obese. Obesity-related health problems include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer – some of the leading causes of preventable death.

“Give a Shot” in Tanzania: life-saving vaccines

Day 2: Selian Lutheran Hospital, Arusha. We arrived about two hours before the first mothers brought their children – ranging in age from just one day old to 18 months – to receive polio and measles vaccine. Two Walgreens pharmacists who joined the learning trip, Martha Morphonios, RPh, and Daniel Padron-Tarifa, RPh, were on hand to help with the vaccination effort.

5 tips to avoid weight gain while you quit smoking

Gaining weight after you quit smoking is common, and for good reason. A healthy weight is important for normal body function and to prevent serious diseases. How nicotine in cigarettes affects your weight (usually weight loss) is not completely understood but is believed to be due to a few reasons: The nicotine from a cigarette…