Is Chronic Inflammation a Root Cause of Disease?

The Brinson Wellness Newsletter for November presents an article highlighting an issue that many are actually experiencing, that is, inflammatory processes or ‘chronic inflammation’.

Life-threatening illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other diseases may be directly related to […]

Influencing Your Gene Expression

We often hear how important our genes are in determining our health.  However, there is new evidence that nutrition and environment are major factors in determining health status through the activation or expression of the genes.  The term, nutrigenomics, […]

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Walnut: The Top Nut For Your Health

Recently, researchers have found walnuts to contain the highest concentrations of antioxidants when compared to peanuts, almonds, pistachios, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, cashews, macadamias, and pecans. Typically, one hand full of walnuts has twice the antioxidants as the other nuts.

Walnuts […]

One Major Reason Why You Should Leave Your Chair Vacant

This month’s Brinson Wellness Newsletter suggests that sitting for long periods at work or at home, may dramatically impact your health.

Recent findings show that sitting for several hours can cause a sharp drop in the activity level of the enzymes […]

What Are Antioxidants & How Vital Are They?

We often hear the term ‘free radicals’ or ‘oxygen radicals’… these are not ‘free radicals’ rioting in the 1960’s!!  Rather, these are unstable and reactive molecules that damage DNA, tissue or other metabolic functions in the body.  Unfortunately, even […]

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Organic Versus Conventional Produce

A lot of us buy produce at the store but ignore the small label on most fruits and vegetables called the Price Look Up (PLU) code.  If the code has 4 digits, it is conventionally grown in which pesticides, […]

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How to Burn More Calories while Walking

Walking with hand weights or ski poles has become increasingly popular.  Walking with light hand weights helps activate more muscles in the upper body. Specifically, walking with 3 lb hand weights increases the intensity and energy expenditure about 15% […]

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Be Aware of Hydrogenated Vegetable Oils

The “Tips for Healthy Aging” article in this month’s Brinson Wellness Newsletter suggests avoiding hydrogenated vegetable oils.  To help understand the reason why this suggestion is advisable for our health, we need to review the process of ‘hydrogenation’.

The ‘hydrogenation’ […]

Dark Chocolate: A Surprisingly Healthy Snack

Dark chocolate is a popular treat and surprisingly, has some significant health benefits that are either unknown or overlooked.  Research has shown dark chocolate to contain an excellent source of antioxidants and certain compounds that reduce our risk for […]

How Do I Begin Exercising? Coach Heffner Shares a Few Tips

Two of the most common questions that we hear from employees are:

 How do I begin exercising?
Where do I start?

Our Wellness Coach, Kyle Heffner, responds with a few tips for getting started.

The F.I.T.T. Principle

There are many factors to consider when considering an exercise program.  The first step is to decide what physical activity or exercise you like to do. Fortunately, you can benefit from a variety of activities whether aquatics, walking, cycling, […]

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Beanitos is a new chip brand that is nutritional and tasty.  The Beanito chips are primarily made from whole black beans and whole long grain rice. The combination of a whole bean (or legume) with a whole grain, helps the body form more […]

4 Ways to Avoid the West Nile Virus

Cases of West Nile virus are frequently reported in the news.  Since 1999, 27,000 cases of West Nile virus have been reported in the USA.  Mosquitoes pick up the virus by biting birds infected with the virus, and then […]

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The Effects of Dehydration

Dehydration, or the loss of body fluids or water, can be a serious issue for people–especially while exercising in the heat.  Even after eight hours of sleeping, we have likely lost a significant amount of water just from breathing. […]

How to Do A Reverse Ab Crunch In Your Office Chair


Sit on the edge of your chair with your back straight & arms crossed
Keep feet flat on the floor
Contract your abdominal muscles. While keeping your back straight, lean back close to the seat without touching it
Hold for 5-10 seconds […]

How Much Water Should We Be Drinking Daily?

Generally, we should consume five 16oz. bottles of water (or 2.5 liters) each day.
Oletta shows off her nifty 3-liter water bottle.  Greatness!
If you have a photo or video promoting wellness and you would like to share it with us, please email it to […]

Guacamole Starts with the Avocado

Many of us view guacamole as just a high-calorie temptation; however, the avocado happens to be one of the most nutritious fruits on the planet.  Pound for pound, avocado contains more beneficial nutrients than just about any other food.  Guacamole […]

Brain Health & Exercise

Regular exercise can make you smarter!

The July Wellness Newsletter highlights research that suggests walking or other cardio type exercise helps prevent a decline of brain function as we age.  Thirty minutes of exercise in adults or twenty minutes in children shows a […]

Kale, the “Queen of Greens”

Product: Kale Chips

Price Range: $4.00 – $7.00

Website: Kaia Foods

Stores: Whole Foods/Trader Joe’s

Review:   As a member of the cabbage and brussel sprout family, Kale is gaining popularity as a nutrient-rich vegetable. This tasty snack provides several health benefits and is […]

Wellness Newsletter Highlight – June

This month’s Spark16 Newsletter written by the Wellness Councils of America has an excellent suggestion for grocery shopping.
 The outside aisles offer nutritious, whole foods- think produce, lean meats and low-fat dairy. Limit purchases from the interior aisles. The inside aisles contain an endless […]