March is developmental disability awareness month, a time spent focusing on accessibility issues and fighting for greater inclusion for those with disabilities. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 17% of children in the United States between the ages of 3 and 17 have a developmental disability. That’s every one in six children. And yet, developmental disabilities are often misunderstood by … Continue reading Life’s Early Milestones: Diagnosing and Treating Developmental Disabilities
It’s no secret: what you choose to eat can have a profound effect on your body and your overall health. In recent years, many studies have linked obesity to chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease and cancer. And though we’ve always been told the key to weight loss is simply balancing the number of calories we consume from foods and beverages with the … Continue reading DF NUTRITION & WELLNESS: USING NUTRITION FOR DISEASE PREVENTION
We all know we need more of it. But frankly, we are having trouble getting it. Are we talking about exercise, leafy green vegetables, or sex? Nope — although those are worthwhile guesses. We are talking about sleep! It’s a vital process for the human brain and body, yet we willingly (or unwillingly) skimp on sleep on a regular basis. But how much of it … Continue reading The A to Zzzs of Getting Rest: Are Your Sleeping Habits Up to Par?
A life-long dancer, Christina Maher saw firsthand how strenuous dancing can be on the body. The Thomasville native began dancing in local studios at the age of three. She continued her dancing career at The University of Georgia, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in dance, and she later earned a Master of Arts degree in Dance Education from The University … Continue reading The Method: A Mindful Approach to Movement
It’s never too early—or too late—to begin thinking about age-related muscle loss. In fact, paying attention to what you eat and how you exercise plays an important role in preventing severe age-related muscle loss, also known as sarcopenia. Unless it’s being maintained, people naturally begin to lose muscle mass in their early 30s. According to Harvard Medical School, those in their 30s begin to lose … Continue reading How to Avoid Age-Related Muscle Mass Loss: Nutrition and Exercise to Combat Sarcopenia