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    Lifestyle activities effect your DNA (The Telomere Effect). New findings suggest you have more ‘control’ over your aging than previously thought

Lifestyle activities effect your DNA (The Telomere Effect). New findings suggest you have more ‘control’ over your aging than previously thought

A recent article in StatNews.com ( http://tinyurl.com/hhs9lnk ) describes how molecular biologist Elizabeth Blackburn, who shared a Nobel Prize for her research on telomeres — structures at the tips of chromosomes that play a key role in cellular aging, has […]

Preventing High Blood Pressure


Define ‘blood pressure’ & how it is measured
What are the risks associated with hypertension?
Discover common reasons for elevated blood pressure
Techniques to reduce the risk of hypertension

 Blood Pressure: Systolic/ Diastolic

Systole- during the contraction of the heart. […]

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    Long-Term Multivitamin Use Linked to Lower Heart Disease Risk

Long-Term Multivitamin Use Linked to Lower Heart Disease Risk

The Physician’s Health Study I found no link between cardiovascular events and multivitamin use over 12 years in 18,530 men, but contradicted their conclusion by observing a 44% reduction in risk of major cardiovascular events, i.e., heart attack or […]

7 Strategies for Preventing Cognitive Decline

Over 2 billion people worldwide are dealing with brain-based health & productivity challenges. More than 16 million people in the United States are living with cognitive impairment: trouble remembering, learning new things, concentrating, or making decisions  (and they are […]

Best Fitness Tracker Bands – Review by Livescience.com

Best Fitness Tracker Bands By Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer   |   February 27, 2015


Live Science reporters have tested all of the fitness trackers listed here, and ranked each in four categories — Design/Comfort, User-Friendliness, Value of Information and Enjoyment/Inspiration. We’ve […]

Stretch and Balance in the Office

Try these moves to loosen up your tight muscles.  Balance and Stretch at the Office

By |October 8th, 2014|Other|0 Comments

Artificial Sweeteners – How Bad Are They?

Kyle Heffner, Brinson Wellness Coach
September 5, 2014

Artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame (Equal ®) and sucralose (Splenda®) are popular in the many foods and beverages and are thought to help reduce the number of calories consumed, thus, are thought to […]

By |September 5th, 2014|Other|0 Comments

The Road to Results

Mental Strategies to Reach Your Health and Fitness Goals
Many of us have health and fitness goals where forward progress seems to elude us.  For whatever reason, days pass with no change.  Figuring out your underlying motivation and then planning […]

Take the 30 Day Plank Challenge!

Decide to work toward either the 3 minute plank goal or the 5 minute plank goal and start your challenge today!
How to Do a Plank:
1.Lower both your forearms to the ground so that both your elbows and fists are flat […]

Saturated Fats- Are They Harmful or Helpful?

Kyle Heffner, Brinson Wellness Coach

For many years, U.S. Dietary Guidelines have urged people to limit the amount of saturated  such as the ‘harder’, visible fats on steaks or the fat in butter, but recent studies suggest that there is […]

By |April 13th, 2014|Other|0 Comments

Fitness Questions Answered

There are several questions that are frequently posed to fitness professionals.  I’ve selected a few of those to answer today. The more you understand about exercise and wellness, the greater the likelihood of adopting healthy habits for the long-term.

 Why […]

Are Multivitamin Supplements Worth Using?

People often ask about taking vitamins to help optimize their nutrition and to prevent illnesses or deficiencies.  Generally, adding vitamins is a good idea, since these are sources beyond their typical diet that may ‘fill in the gaps’, so […]

By |February 3rd, 2014|Other|0 Comments

Top Ways to Stay Healthy During the Holidays

The stress of the hustle and bustle of the Holidays takes its toll on all of us.  It’s not uncommon to succumb to a cold or flu virus during this time, in part, due to the lack of sleep, […]

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The Maintain, Don’t Gain Weight Concept for the Holidays

Dr. Debbie Balfanz, coordinator of Stanford Behavior Change/Weight Management Program, reports that the average American gains one pound during the holidays.  One pound represents 3500 extra calories beyond what you normally consume.

Dr. Balfanz has excellent suggestions on how to prevent adding […]

By |December 11th, 2013|Other|0 Comments

Exercising in the Cold

If you are accustomed to exercising outdoors during the spring and summer months, you may need to re-think how you approach outdoor exercise if it turns extremely cold.  One key suggestion includes wearing synthetic clothes instead of cotton.  Cotton […]

By |December 2nd, 2013|Other|0 Comments

Our Staff Stretches Before a Meeting

We practice what we preach at Brinson Benefits. If you are not participating in our wellness activities, then you stick out. Let’s stretch!

By |November 26th, 2013|Other|0 Comments

Does Eating Turkey Make You Sleepy?

I have often heard people mention that they get sleepy after eating a large turkey dinner.   Is this related to the amino acid, named tryptophan, which helps people sleep?

Dr. Lawrence Steinman, MD, a neuroimmunologist at Stanford Medicine, indicates that […]

By |November 22nd, 2013|Other|0 Comments

Improving Your Mood with Gratefulness

Psychological research suggests that positive emotions are associated with creativity, problem-solving abilities and overall success.

So how do you improve your mood in a sustainable way that can impact what you do? Psychologist Jeremy Dean, author of PsyBlog, posted an […]

By |November 19th, 2013|Other|0 Comments

Coach Heffner Wins the HeartRun Race

Coach Heffner and I were invited by United Renovations to participate in the Living for Zachary’s 5th Annual Incredible HeartRun on October 26.  This event raised over $23,000 to help raise awareness of sudden cardiac arrest in youth.

Coach Heffner was […]

By |November 14th, 2013|Other|0 Comments

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, […]

By |November 8th, 2013|Other|0 Comments