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November Staff Spotlight

 When did you start practicing yoga? I started practicing yoga 19 years ago when I was pregnant with my son.  Favorite yoga pose? Rag doll Most challenging yoga pose? I’d love to master a solid handstand What made you want to become a yoga teacher? I saw how beneficial yoga can be and wanted to share it not only with those who were already practicing but those who might be intimidated by yoga. I teach yoga to kids, seniors, and people who are all different shapes and sizes.   Why did you choose to teach yoga in this field? I have struggled with anxiety and depression my whole life and yoga helped me be calm and centered and manage it. I wanted others to experience the healing benefits of yoga just as I have. How do you feel...

Violence Against Women

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women  From the dawn of civilization to date, women have existed in patriarchal societies, often oppressed and ill-treated in institutions created by men, to favor men. In the United States of Today, it is an utterly tragic, appalling, and heartbreaking reality that women continue to suffer increased rates of violence and harassment in nearly every area of life.  Age-old gender roles, predatory use of power dynamics, and scant accountability threaten the well-being, dignity, and rights of women. Such targeted violence is a completely preventable cause of morbidity and mortality in women, and is a social, economic, legal, educational, human rights, and health (physical and mental) issue. Violence Against Women by the Numbers Reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that, at some point in their lifetime,...

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Pasta with Homemade Turkey Meatballs

Who doesn’t love a homemade pasta meal? THIRA Health’s team of dietitians has approved this healthy recipe, and elaborated on why substituting whole grain noodles or zucchini spiraled noodles and making your own homemade marina is such a great choice. Tomato sauce is not only delicious and versatile, it also contains lycopene which is the pigment in red fruits, including tomatoes, watermelon, and pink grapefruit.  Lycopene is plant-based antioxidant and studies have linked it to having decreased the risk of some cancers and contributing to heart health.  The mashed tomatoes in tomato sauce, as well as the presence of a fat (olive oil in this recipe), make it easier for the digestive system to absorb the lycopene. Whole grain noodles contain the entire grain kernel, meaning they contain a higher amount of dietary fiber versus white...

The NAMI National Convention

On June 21st, 2019 NAMI held their National Convention in Seattle. The convention provided the community an opportunity for education, connection, and access to resources. This annual event supports individuals living with mental illness and their loved ones. What is NAMI? NAMI stands for the National Alliance on Mental Illness and is our nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization. NAMI also has more than 500 affiliates that work in local communities to help provide support and education on mental illness. Their goal is to educate, advocate, listen, and lead in fighting stigma and encourage understanding of the importance of mental health. What does NAMI do for you? NAMI has a plethora of knowledge and tools to help anyone and everyone who is affected by mental illness. Their website features pages such as, “Know the Warning Signs”, which gives...

Women in Mental Healthcare through History

Most of these mental healthcare professionals couldn’t legally vote, or hold office, or openly reject the sexism of their age—but they still changed healthcare and humanity forever. Melanie Klein (1882-1960) Klein was a controversial figure in her day—and as the founder of Kleinian psychoanalysis—she was the first mental health professional to apply the tenets of traditional psychoanalysis to children. This methodology flew in the face of the academic and medical establishment, which at that time considered women to be unreliable, second-class scientists who were semi-invalid during their monthly menstrual cycles. Klein pioneered “play-therapy” as a way to better understand the communication, intention, and neurosis of children. This methodology is an important underpinning for the modern behavioral analysis of children, and is an unshakeable contribution to the psychoanalytical school...

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

By Emily Fitch, RD and Allison Thompson, RD   It’s National Eating Disorder Awareness week. We’ve been struggling with what to write – there are already blog posts with Eating Disorder (ED) facts, statistics, mottos for recovery, and much more out there. We know that children are 242 times more likely to develop an eating disorder than type 2 diabetes, for example – yet we hear so much more about the importance of a ‘healthy weight’, and not so much about how to promote balanced and nourishing messaging about health and weight. We know that recovery isn’t just about weight restoration, eating disorders often coexist with diagnoses like anxiety and OCD, eating disorders aren’t just about food, and recovery isn’t a straight line. Eating disorders are complicated medical and...

Understanding Hunger: Decoding Important Messages from your Body

By Emily Fitch, Resident Dietician    Food is among the greatest, simplest pleasures of being human. Every piece of food we digest offers our bodies something different, and personally understanding our relationship to food is the first step in building health and mental well-being. For example, upon tasting something naturally delicious—like an apple—the human tongue sends immediate sensory reward signals to the brain, and within 15 minutes the apple’s carbohydrates are converted to blood glucose that gives our body a burst of energy and endorphins. Apples are rich in a variety of phytonutrients (plant chemicals), and studies have linked the consumption of apples with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, asthma, diabetes, and some forms of cancers. Food is a fundamental fuel for our personal and collective mind,...

Healthy Brain Checklist: Different Ways to Feed Your Mind

Despite the fact that the hardest working part of the body is the brain, one is far more likely to hear commentary about nourishing only the visible parts of the body. Informed with new research, it’s clear that what we put into our guts—personally and collectively—has more influence on our brainpower and social wellness than previously thought possible. And while it’s admittedly harder to observe the gains of a well-fed brain than it is to appreciate the physical earmarks of time spent in the gym, nutrition is the key to getting the most from our work, our work-outs, and our brains in general. Here are four simple habits for building your brain up each day, and a friendly reminder that you’re a mental and physical by-product...

Maintaining A Balanced Fitness Program in 2018

By Dr. Mehri Moore, M.D. We’d like to take a brief moment to discuss the at-times aggressive, counter-productive resolutions that so often accompany the New Year (“new year, new me”) which can cause feelings of anxiety and depression. Instead of feeling pressure to hit the gym, we here at THIRA Health encourage you to focus on holistic self-care in your quest to get healthy ––and considering that 80 percent of Americans with a gym membership don’t use it––the importance of a balanced and sustainable approach to fitness becomes more clear. Here are some simple ideas for promoting a new year of personal wellness: Benefits of Outdoor Exercise Fresh air has been shown to improve blood pressure, heart rate, and strengthen the immune and digestive systems. A balanced exercise routine...

Challenging the “New Year, New You” Message

By Dr. Mehri Moore, M.D. Around this time of year, it’s nearly impossible to escape messaging relating to revitalization or renewal. Gyms are offering discounted memberships, talk show hosts are discussing how to craft the perfect set of New Year’s resolutions, and media outlets of every stripe are running “Best of 20__” or “Year in Review” segments — and telling you what to look forward to in the coming year — on a nightly basis. It’s hardly a mystery why people get swept up in this “new year, new you” thinking, but it’s worth pausing for a moment to consider whether this approach to a fresh calendrical cycle is the right one. Celebrations of Renewal across Cultures This way of thinking is neither new nor, in a broad...

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