Health & Fitness

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
01/09/2017 - 9:32am
January is a great time to get out and walk along the Anacostia.   We need the exercise after the holiday indulgences.  The weather is often brisk but not always bitter.  The light is slanted and the colors are muted.  Perhaps most important, the sightlines are more open than when all the leaves are out, so the vistas are more dramatic than other times of the year.  And we have some magnificent vistas to take in.  There are three walks, in particular, that I... >>more
12/16/2016 - 10:12am
Stress is a very private affair. It’s a reaction between you and you. What you think in your mind and feel in your heart manifests in your body. Uncle Johnny’s blunt outbursts at Christmas dinner can send you into an internal tailspin. The more he talks the more your blood boils. However, your sister finds Uncle Johnny’s indiscreet comments endearing. Many years ago stress helped keep people alive. The same anatomical and physiological responses our ancestors needed to defend... >>more
12/16/2016 - 9:10am
Do you enjoy running and yoga? If so, Yoga on the Run might be for you! I arrived at Summit to Soul a few minutes before the 6:30 p.m. running start time, where I had the opportunity to tour the inviting new store (only four months old) and speak with owner Kim Wattrick about her athletic apparel shop ofecofriendly and responsibly sourced athletic apparel. While exploring the pleasantly displayed store I met several individuals who also live on the Hill and were there to participate in the free... >>more
11/19/2016 - 8:19am
November is a wonderful month to be thankful. This comes from someone who has reason to dislike the eleventh month of the year. The skies darken early, a chill descends upon the air, lost is the even green of the summer, looming is an increasing darkness. When light is at its ebb, a small flicker of an ever-glowing candle shines deep within. It is the remembrance of the human spirit. It casts a glow upon that which makes us happy, and from there the brightness spreads, jumping from moment to... >>more