Working out during the holidays can be challenging, we know. Between gathering gifts, coordinating with family, and cooking up a storm, there's hardly time to work in a solid sweat sesh. But what if we told you there was a way to crank up some holiday spirit and sneak in a workout at the same time? Introducing: The 8 Days Of Hanukkah Workout, a festive eight-move routine that will get your entire body working, and metabolism revved before you enjoy all those latkes and gelt.The workout is pretty straightforward (check out the complete list below, or the video above for demos): Go through all eight moves, and do eight reps of each.RELATED: The 5-Minute Workout That Will Rev Your MetabolismStep UpHow to: Stand in front of a step or bench and place your left foot on the step. Push your body up until your left leg is straight, then return to start. That's one rep. Repeat with the right leg, and continue alternating.Box Squat JumpHow to: Stand with your back facing a knee-high box or … [Read more...] about The ‘8 Days Of Hanukkah’ Workout You Definitely Need In Your Life
We've long been extolling the benefits of relaxing with a cup of hot tea, and the warm flavors of spiced chai take those benefits to the next level—plus, they're perfect for a frosty winter day. (Here are some unique gifts for the tea lover in your life.) To find out more about the benefits of chai tea from a true expert, we chatted with Madura Chaudhari Sotolongo, owner of Philadelphia's The Chai Bar. Chaudhari Sotolongo comes from a small town called Chiplun on the west coast of India, slightly north of the popular beach state Goa. Since she moved to Philly she's been on a mission to bring the true, organic, Indian-style chai with homegrown ingredients that she grew up with to the general population in the U.S. Related: 11 Healing Teas To Relieve Headaches, Stress, Colds, Constipation, And MoreIn India, she says, Chai is much more than just a beverage: "Chai is probably the first thing that every parent teaches their kid to make in the kitchen in India. My … [Read more...] about A Tea Expert Shares Her Recipe For How To Make A Real Cup Of Chai At Home
When Anne,* 31, returned to Chicago from a vacation last fall, she was stunned to find harassing text messages, emails, and phone calls waiting for her—all from “B.,” a woman she’d met through mutual friends. Prior to Anne’s time away, B. had seemed eager to hang out with Anne and her established circle of girlfriends. Now, for a reason Anne couldn’t fathom, B. had turned on her. “She made fake Instagram accounts and created memes that used names close to mine,” recounts Anne. “When I made my social media pages private, she started a blog page to ‘expose the secrets’ of my group of friends and said she ‘knew the truth’ about us.”After trying to reason with B., Anne decided to ignore the woman completely. It took nearly a month before B. finally ceased all communications.(Transform your health with 365 days of slimming secrets, wellness tips, and motivation—get your 2018 Prevention calendar and … [Read more...] about One-Third Of Adults Say They’ve Been Bullied. What’s Going On?
Sometimes, it can be really hard being a woman. You’re expected to have no areas that jiggle. Thighs that are free of dimples, with a gap. Oh, and then there’s the abs crack. Veer off these bizarre standards of perfection and—if you’re a celeb or have an Instagram account—trolls may come after you for not looking “enough.” Thin enough. Toned enough. Young enough. Whatever.Obviously, these standards are ridiculous, impossible, and just wrong. That’s why we have all the praise hands for these body-positive celebrities and social media stars who have gained the respect and admiration from women everywhere for taking a stand against body bashing—and showing themselves unapologetically exactly as they are.We’re thrilled that each year delivers more and more of these narrative-changing moments, 2017 being no exception. Here are seven that served up a serious dose of inspo: … [Read more...] about 7 Inspiring Body-Positive Moments That Gave Us Life In 2017
Your vagina is an important part of your body—obviously. But, while you've probably been pretty intimately acquainted with that area since practically forever, there's one major thing that a lot of women get wrong about it: what it's called.We tend to use the word "vagina" to describe everything that's down there, but that's not really accurate, points out women's health expert Jennifer Wider, M.D. Your vagina is actually the muscular canal that connects your uterus to the outside of your body (like, where you put a tampon, where a baby comes out if you have a vaginal delivery, and where a penis or internal sex toy goes during sexy time).Related: 5 Types Of Vaginal Odors You Should Know About—And What They Mean For Your HealthEverything else "down there" has a specific name, and the things you most commonly refer to as your vagina technically are something else. For example, your inner and outer lips are your labia (specifically the labia minora and labia majora) and … [Read more...] about 6 Things You Might Not Understand About Your Vagina
For the most part, we tend to have our makeup routines down pat. We generally wear the same products every day, in the same way—down to the eye shadow and lip color. But that routine can get stale if you've been doing it the same way forever. In our new "Beauty: S.O.S." series, women share their top beauty frustrations with a makeup artist to get a real solution—really fast.Eye cream is something that dermatologists all agree we should use to help moisturize sensitive eye skin and ward off fine lines. But, there's not much out there by way of what to use or how to use them—and more importantly, when to use them. Marquita Hannibal-Francique, a teacher who lives in New York City, says that as part of her morning makeup routine, she always puts on eye cream, followed by her concealer. But, she admits to Glamsquad’s director of artistry, Kelli J. Bartlett, she feels like her concealer never lasts that long—something that doesn't come as a … [Read more...] about Should You Be Putting On Eye Cream Both Morning And Night?
The nopal cactus is more commonly known as the prickly pear cactus. It is native to Mexico and famous for its health benefits due to its high antioxidant, vitamin, mineral, and fiber content. In this article, learn more about the uses and benefits of the nopal cactus and its fruit. Nopales or nopalitos are the pads of the nopal or prickly pear cactus. They are eaten as a vegetable and commonly found in restaurants, grocery stores, and farmers' markets across the American Southwest and Mexico. They can be sautéed and used in many dishes, including tacos, scrambled eggs, or as a side dish with tomatoes and onions. Nopales can also be eaten raw. They resemble a green pepper when diced and are turned into juice, jams, or tea. Prickly pear fruit or the small, rounded, and often colorful part of the plant can also be consumed. Juice extracted from the fruit is a popular drink of choice for health-conscious consumers in Mexico. One cup of raw nopales contains approximately: 14 … [Read more...] about What are the benefits of nopal?
Dive Brief: Partners HealthCare closed out its fiscal year, ended Sept. 30, with a $53 million increase in operating income, The Boston Globe reports. The result marks a dramatic turnaround from last year when the health system recorded its worst operating loss in its history. When income from investments and a newly acquired New Hampshire hospital are factored in, Partners saw a net gain of $659 million. The Boston-based health system suffered an $108 million operating loss in fiscal year 2016, fueled largely by losses at Medicaid managed care subsidiary Neighborhood Health Plan. Dive Insight: NHP, which had an $89 million operating loss three years ago, has been a financial drag on Partners since its acquisition in 2012. However, conditions started to look up this year after NHP stopped enrolling new members of MassHealth, the state Medicaid program. It also focused on businesses that were already paying off — such as employer health plans — while holding down … [Read more...] about Partners HealthCare bounces back from 2016 slump
Dive Brief: Email-based care transition systems improve care coordination and follow-up scheduling, resulting in fewer hospital readmissions, a study in the December American Journal of Accountable Care suggests. The researchers compared inpatient and outpatient care teams that received secure team-based emails and those that did not and found markedly higher rates of 7-day postdischarge primary care visits — 53% versus 38%. An analysis of all-cause 30-day readmission rates also showed patients who followed up within a week of discharge had 58% fewer readmissions than those in the control group. Dive Insight: As health systems are incentivized to reduce readmissions and shift more care to outpatient settings, care coordination is more important than ever. Hospitals that are able to drive outpatient services and improve population health will be in the best position to survive in a value-based care environment. “Hospitals [of the future] will primarily be ICUs … [Read more...] about Research shows email-based care coordination improves outcomes, provider satisfaction
Dive Brief: St. Louis-based hospital operator Ascension reported a 93% drop in operating income in the first quarter of fiscal year 2018, ending Sept. 30. Operating income for the period was $11.5 million versus $172.6 million the previous year, according to consolidated financial statements. Revenue declined 1.9% to $5.55 billion, from $5.66 billion in the same period the prior year. The company attributed the decline to the divestitures of Saint Joseph Hospital in Marshfield, Wisconsin, in June and Door County Hospital in Wisconsin in October 2016. Dive Insight: Extreme weather conditions during Hurricane Irma also contributed to a drop in same-facility equivalent discharges, inpatient admissions, inpatient surgeries, outpatient surgeries, observation days and emergency room visits in Ascension’s Jacksonville, Florida, facilities. Total operating expenses rose 0.2%, due largely to higher purchased service and professional fee, labor and supply spend. Ascension tied a … [Read more...] about Ascension’s operating income plunges 93% in FY18 Q1