Health & Fitness

02/17/2017 - 10:12am
It is recommended that we humans see the dentist at least once per year. The same can be said for your dog and cat. Dental health is an important aspect of your pet’s overall well-being. We brush several times per day, decreasing the amount of plaque that builds up on our teeth. Our dogs and cats do not have this capability. Ancestral dogs and cats used to have a rougher diet, leading to less build-up, but even they had dental disease. While your pet should be examined by a veterinarian... >>more
02/17/2017 - 9:07am
If you were violently attacked, how would you respond? This question was asked at a class I attended at District Combatives located in District Crossfit on Half Street SW. I thought to myself, “Well, I know I’m in good physical shape, but I also know that’s not enough.” My answer quickly became, “I don’t feel I would be able to get myself out of a sticky situation.” This got me thinking I need to do something about it. Maybe you have been in a violent... >>more
02/16/2017 - 10:15am
Yesterday you had a great workout. You pressed and pulled more weight with perfect form than you ever had on the circuit machines. In fact, you’ve been consistent in getting in your gym workouts all month. However, when you got home that evening you reached into the closet to get a box down. Now your neck hurts. How could that happen? You’re probably not doing enough of the type of exercises that prepare your body to perform your daily activities with ease and efficiency. You’... >>more
01/16/2017 - 10:25am
Winter may be harder on senior dogs than the balmy warmer months of summer. Sure, it is cooler and we do not have to worry about heatstroke, but arthritis is worsened by the cold, the level of exercise decreases, boredom sets in, and there are routine winter hazards. The importance of mental and physical exercise in the winter cannot be overstated for both senior and younger dogs.  Like humans, and as discussed a few months ago, dogs develop arthritis as they age. We give them medications... >>more
01/16/2017 - 9:15am
“If you want a friend in Washington, DC,” Harry Truman once famously said, “get a dog.” So exactly this has happened. DC has gone to the dogs! And the cats.  But it's one thing to get a dog or a cat. Then what to do? With a cat, it's easy. Nothing. The introverts of the pet world, supremely self-confident, self-satisfied, and self-absorbed, cats tolerate us. Give them Meow-Mix, a plump cushion, and a litterbox, and the deed is done. Not so with dogs. They... >>more
01/13/2017 - 10:41am
The good news is, there is a pill that can prevent the transmission of HIV. It is safe and effective when taken as prescribed. The bad news is, a key high-risk subgroup isn’t getting enough information about it. Truvada, the brand name for the first pre-exposure prophylaxis pill, is available to the general public. This is not a hoax or an urban myth. Black women carry the burden of having the second highest number of new HIV infections in the District. Yet the marketing surrounding this... >>more
01/13/2017 - 9:43am
As a nutrition educator and outdoor enthusiast of exercise, sports, and overall movement, I am passionate about helping individuals reach their health goals and limit chronic diseases. In order to educate others and help improve their health concerns, however, I first needed to understand my own health. After all, I’m a big believer in practicing what I preach. One aspect that needed fine-tuning was my microbiota. Fifteen-plus years ago the environment within my gut was not healthy. My... >>more
01/11/2017 - 10:12am
Happy New Year to the Hill Rag community of readers! I wish you a prosperous and successful 2017, a year filled with surprises and exceeded expectations. Tradition has it that we make a list of personal resolutions for the New Year and try to live them throughout the year. I want to take a slightly different course and practice some poetic license by playing a game I call “What If?” It is always of interest to consider the “art of the possible” for your life, your... >>more
01/09/2017 - 10:24am
Stuck in a workout rut? Been meaning to start exercising? Or are you trying to get stronger, run faster or farther, or jump higher? If you haven’t tried Pilates, what are you waiting for? Eleventh Street SE has become home to the Hill’s first fitness studio dedicated to teaching one of the most powerful exercise methods that strengthens, tones, and connects the body, breath, and mind. Just a few blocks north of Gingko Gardens, Rooted Pilates, owned by Randi Moore, opened two months... >>more