Health & Fitness

By Erin Brady


Yogurt for a Cure:

Dannon™ and the National Breast Cancer Foundation are teaming up against breast cancer with every cup of yogurt. It is the long-standing mission of the National Breast Cancer Foundation to increase awareness through education and provide nurturing support services to save lives through early detection. Dannon is committed to helping people lead a healthy lifestyle through their lines of fresh, cultured dairy products and the support provided to organizations like the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Dannon is putting forth their efforts to rally a community around this cause and ultimately, give $1.5 million to the National Breast Cancer Foundation with a guaranteed minimum donation of 500,000. How can you get involved? Purchase any variety of delicious Dannon yogurt, my personal favorite being Light & Fit and Activia, and enter the code from your lid on to activate a 10-cent donation.

Yoplait is continuing its support of fighting breast cancer with the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the 12th year in a row. For every pink lid found on their yogurts that you send in by December 31, 2010 Yoplait will donate 10 cents to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, now up to $1.6 million, guaranteeing a donation of at least $500,000. Over the past 12 years, their deep commitment to this cause has resulted in a $25MM contribution, helping and inspiring so many different lives. Grab your friends, coworkers, or neighbors and start getting involved today. Every lid matters, so clean off your pink lid and mail up to 12 Yoplait yogurt cup lids with one First Class or regular-sized envelope to: Save Lids to Save Lives™, P.O. Box 420704, El Paso, TX 88542-0704
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H20 Plus:

Dr. Howard Murad, founder of Murad Skincare Inc, and acclaimed “Father of Internal Skincare,” “Beauty Genius,” and “Industry Visionary,” has released a new book called The Water Secret: The Cellular Breakthrough to Look and Feel 10 Years Younger. This new book will show you how to take charge of your health by addressing your cells’ most basic need, water.

The Water Secret is a new way of looking at health and wellness that embraces a multipronged approach to slowing aging down and, in some cases, totally reversing the process by honoring a cell’s most fundamental need. It won’t just make your heart stronger, your aches lessen, and your skin clearer, it also has the potential to radically enhance the condition of your overall health so you stand a greater chance of escaping common diseases that afflict millions.

Dr. Murad says that drinking lots of water (8 glasses a day) will only give you bags under your eyes and swollen ankles. He advises to eat foods that are rich with water that can hydrate your cells. The best source of hydration is the water built into the structure of the foods we eat (structured water) especially raw fruits and vegetables. This form of hydration lasts longer since water is released slowly as you digest and doesn’t merely flush through. That’s why Dr. Murad encourages patients to replace one glass of water a day with raw fruits or vegetables. Not only will you feel more hydrated, you will be getting more of the vital nutrients needed to build healthy, watertight cells, which are essential to keeping the body fully hydrated and operating at its peak.

The Water Secret offers tips on topics ranging from how to understand your true marker of health based on the strength of one’s cells, proper nutrition, advanced skincare techniques and combating cultural stress. Followers of The Water Secret have reported clearer skin, fewer wrinkles, more energy, better sleep, less fat, better overall health and an increased passion for life. For more information on The Water Secret: The Cellular Breakthrough to Look and Feel 10 Years Younger, please visit


For thousands of years, green tea has been a staple of the Asian diet and is thought to be responsible for long life and healthy living. On the North Shore of Oahu in the world famous surf town of Haleiwa, comes Green Tea Hawaii. Green Tea Hawaii is a highly concentrated form of green tea and noni that allows you to reap many of the health benefits that both green tea and the mystical noni fruit have to offer. One serving contains as much as 45 cups of regular green tea and a daily serving of noni juice. Two servings of Green Tea Hawaii can assist you in both weight loss and weigh control in conjunction with a healthy life style and diet. Green Tea Hawaii consists of only pure Hawaiian noni because the company believes in supporting local Hawaiian businesses.

The secret of green tea lies in the fact it is rich in catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG is a powerful anti-oxidant: besides inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, it kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue. It has also been effective in lowering LDL cholesterol levels, and inhibiting the abnormal formation of blood clots. Green tea can even help prevent tooth decay! Just as its bacteria-destroying abilities can help prevent food poisoning, it can also kill the bacteria that cause dental plaque. Meanwhile, skin preparations containing green tea – from deodorants to creams – are starting to appear on the market.

What’s in Green Tea Hawaii:
• Green Tea – Increase metabolism, fight arthritis, fights free radicals, aids in weight loss.
• Noni – Boost your immune system, detoxification, cleanse.
• L-Theamine – Increase energy, rich in antioxidants and polyphenolls.

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Extra padding:
I recently learned about meSheeky, yoga-inspired fitness wear combining sheeky-layers with feminine detailing that both flatters the figure and gives the added layer you may need during or after a workout. Sarah Tomson Beyer, Chief Executive Sheekynista and Anne Peters, Chief Operating Sheekynista are the women behind the line. Sarah is an internationally acclaimed yoga teacher and has been featured on the cover of Yoga Journal and in several other yoga-related publications. Anne brings more than 20 years of product design, development experience to meSheeky. She has worked with many well-known designers and brands on both coasts and finally in Utah.

meSheeky’s newest addition to its line of layer-wear, the Trixie pant and tank, are the perfect duo for a full-fledged fitness lover. The Trixie pant has ruching on the front and back to amp up your bottom half, while the Trixie tank’s side-tie halter adds the perfect flirty finish to show off those shoulders you’ve worked so hard to shape.

My other favorite is the Odette skirt that is perfect to slip on after a workout or along with your yoga pants for added cushion and comfort. It has a fold-over waistband, adjustable drawstring and is made of deliciously soft stretch jersey to ensure a perfect fit. For the rest of meSheeky’s fashionable line of fitness wear, please visit

Originally published October 2010



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