Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tech Tuesday-RunKeeperPro and WWScanCalc

Today's installment of Tech Tuesday features a really cool, FREE app called RunKeeperPro.  The cool thing about Run Keeper is that you do not have to have a smartphone to reap the benefits!  You can enter information onto their website which is www.runkeeper.com.

For those with smartphones, you can find the app for iPhones, Androids, and Windows Phone 7.

RunKeeper keeps track of the following activities-running, walking, hiking, cycling, mountain biking, downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snow boarding, elliptical, skating, swimming, rowing, wheelchair, and other.

You can set it up for where the exercise took place-for example, treadmill, elliptical, stationary bike, rowing machine.

If you use the app on your smartphone, you can use the GPS and map out the route that you took and for added incentive you can share on facebook to show others your progress or compete with others using the app too!

Also, for those who are Weight Watchers-you can download the WWScanCalc App on the Android Market.  With this app, it opens up to a camera, you simply put the food products barcode in the box, it analyzes and tells you how many PointsPlus the food item is!  Great for those who do not have a calculator or always forget theirs at home!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Tech Tuesday-American Heart Association Walking Paths

Welcome to Tech Tuesday.  The American Heart Association has put out an app that is currently available on the Android Market and will be available for iPhones on May 2, 2011 that shows Walking Paths in your area.  To learn more, check out their website!


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Tech Tuesday-LoseIt

Welcome back to Tech Tuesday!

Today we are featuring the LoseIt app for iPod and iPhone.  Don't have an iPod and iPhone?  You can use the Lose It website which is:  http://www.loseit.com/index.jsp

Lose It is all about calorie counting, plain and simple.  The app's extensive database figures out exactly how many calories you scarf down at every meal, how many you burn at the gym, and then track your progress throughout your program.  As with most calorie trackers, though, you'll only get something out of LoseIt if you're honest with yourself.

Cost:  FREE

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Shamrock Shake

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Love the McDonald's Shamrock Shake, but want to reduce the number of calories, fat, carbohydrates, sugar?

Check out Hungry Girl's healthy swap!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Tech Tuesday-Couch to 5K

Welcome back for our second installment of Tech Tuesday!

Today we are featuring the Couch to 5K app. The app can be found on the Android Market, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch. It costs around $3.00.

The app provides workouts that become more rigorous as you build strength and endurance.

A review on iTunes states, "Worth it!!! Allows you to listen to music and tells (voice prompt) you when it is time to jog or walk. The schedule motivates you to complete the training, doesn't burn you out and you feel a sense of accomplishment with every workout."

If you purchase this app, be sure to let us know what you think of it and how it has helped you to lead a healthier life.

**Note-Martinsville and Henry County host a variety of 5K events throughout the year. We have the Martinsville Half Marathon and 5K coming up March 26th and the Earth Day 5K in April**

A New Trail in the Area

Ribbon cutting this Thursday.....

Join us on March 17th at 1:00pm  for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the official opening of the new Patrick Henry Community College Loop Trail that winds along a wooded peninsula affording views of the reservoir for nearly its entire length. This new multi-use public trail can be accessed via the upper parking lot near the Frith Building on the PHCC campus.

The trail is made possible through a partnership with Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC), Martinsville City Parks and Recreation, Martinsville Water Resources and the Dan River Basin Association (DRBA) with funding provided from The Harvest Foundation and DRBA members. The new one-mile loop trail is the first phase of the continuing efforts to utilize the natural areas of Beaver Creek Reservoir and provide more public access to this beautiful resource.

A brief ceremony with comments from PHCC, Harvest and Martinsville City representatives will be followed by a ribbon cutting. Participants are encouraged to bring comfortable shoes and take a tour down the trail to see, first-hand, this marvelous addition to Martinsville and Henry County's growing resource of natural surface trails.

Meet at the kiosk in the corner of the upper parking lot adjacent to the Frith Building at the new trail-head. Inclement weather date will be one week later on March 24th at 1 pm.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Welcome to Tech Tuesday!

With all the technology that is available today, we are going to help find the best healthy technological devices, gizmos, websites, and apps to help you lead a healthier life.

Today we are showcasing an app for smartphones.  The app is called Fooducate.  It can be found in the Android Market and iTunes store.  Best part is, the app is FREE!!!!.

Have you ever been at the grocery store and wish you had a nutritionist on speed dial to help you make the decision of whether or not to buy something?  This app can help!  You simply use your smartphone to scan the bar codes on more than 200,000 groceries.  You will get a letter grade for each choice, plus product highlights like if your bread is made with whole grains or how much sugar is in that yogurt.  The app will make suggestions for healthier alternatives!

Monday, March 7, 2011

March is National Nutrition Month!

March is National Nutrition Month and today is National Cereal Day.

This year's National Nutrition Month Theme is "Eat right with color".

To celebrate National Cereal Day, be sure to visit our facebook page and tell us what your favorite healthy cereal is!  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Martinsville-Henry-County-Coalition-for-Health-and-Wellness/87786314801

Looking for some "healthier" cereal options?
If you like Cap'n Crunch, try Kashi Honey Sunshine!  Serving size is 3/4 cup.  1 serving has 100 calories, 1.5 grams fat, 135 milligrams sodium, 25 grams carbohydrates, 6 grams of fiber, 6 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein!

If you like Cinnamon Toast Crunch, try Fiber One Caramel Delight.  Serving size is 1 cup.  1 serving has 180 calories, 3 grams of fat, 260 milligrams of sodium, 41 grams of carbohydrates, 9 grams of fiber, 10 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of protein.

If you are a chocoholic, try Chocolate Cheerios.  1 serving is 3/4 cup.  1 serving has 100 calories, 1 gram of fat, 170 milligrams of sodium, 23 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram fiber, 9 grams sugar, and 1 gram protein.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Have Diabetes?


Want to learn more about diabetes? Don’t miss our live Diabetes Q&A tomorrow from 12-2pm ET. CVS pharmacist Flora Harp, PharmD will be taking over our Facebook page to answer any diabetes-related questions you have. Visit our event page for more information. http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=190487527651306&index=1

Thursday, February 17, 2011

American Heart Month Toolkit

In honor of February being American Heart Month, check out this website to order a toolkit and there are some printable resources for you to use as  well!http://www.achangeofheartkc.org/resources/tool-kits.aspx

HCI Aerobics Calendar