It Happened This Week: PCOS, Exercise for Healthy Bones, Magazine Advice & Making Changes


Monika Woolsey, registered dietitian and founder of the inCYST network for women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), has spent the week here at our women’s healthy weight loss program leading our first-ever intensive week-long program for managing PCOS.  Monika also blogged this week about why living an anti-inflammatory lifestyle is important for healthy skin.

Moving on to healthy bones, Tara Parker Pope wrote in the New York Times Health blog about new understanding of the type of physical activity that increases bone density.  As usual, it’s a complicated story.  A few snippets:  Brisk walking can increase bone density in older women; weight lifting may not.  Jumping up and down may be the best activity.  I can see a whole new exercise trend in our future.

On the great new blog Weightless, Margarita discussed the insidious and potentially dangerous messages found in healthy eating and fitness advice in magazines and other media.  Besides taking the joy out of eating and moving our bodies, this type of advice “fosters a shaky, at best — and destructive, at worst — way of thinking about food and fitness.”  A related read is this post I wrote a few months ago on the Eat This, Not That books.

Sagan of Living Healthy in the Real World talks about making the little changes that add up to a healthy lifestyle.  Love her focus on real.

The holidays will be here before we know it.  This time four years ago, we talked about getting real about our holiday health and weight goals. The post was based on our FitBriefing Making Healthy Lifestyle Changes That Last.”  Setting a goal of avoiding holiday foods to avoid weight gain, for example, not only isn’t realistic for most of us, it can set us up for gaining weight.   Read Green Mountain’s Top 10 Tips to Guarantee Holiday Weight Gain for more on that subject.

Go out there and make it a great weekend, everyone!

3 responses to “It Happened This Week: PCOS, Exercise for Healthy Bones, Magazine Advice & Making Changes”

  1. I love these weekend roundups. Thanks Marsha for keeping us up to date.

    Bone health is such a puzzle. It seems we know less as we learn more. But jumping is fun! It is a good refresher during a long stint at the computer.

    Good to know you are a resoruce for PCOS too.

  2. Marsha,

    Thanks so much for linking to my post! I love your post on the Eat This, Not That books. Particularly what struck me and why I enjoy this blog so much is this awesome advice:

    “If we listen to our cues and eat in moderation, occasionally enjoying higher-calorie foods when we want them, differences like that won’t affect body weight.”

    I think that’s such sane, reasonable, intuitive advice.

    Also, I wanted to say that I was stunned to learn that at least 1 in 10 women has PCOS. I always assumed it was a very rare condition. It’s great that you’re offering this program!
    .-= Margarita Tartakovsky’s last blog post..A Battered Body Image: Missing Out =-.

  3. Marsha says:

    Linda & Margarita,
    The PCOS week was a resounding success. It is so hard for women to find someone knowledgeable in the area so we were very pleased to bring Monika Woolsey on board. She taught our staff a lot, too, so we can help women year round, although we’re planning more special PCOS-focused weeks in 2010.

    Thanks for your comments!

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Marsha Hudnall, MS, RDN, CD

If you’re looking for an embodiment of dedication disguised as obsession, look no further. Marsha is a registered dietitian who has spent the last four decades working to help women give up dieting rules and understand how to truly take care of themselves. Her mission in life is to help women learn to enjoy eating and living well, without worries about their weight. She encourages women to embrace their love of food, which you might call being a foodie. If so, it’s appropriate because being a foodie means you pay attention when you eat. That’s a recipe made in heaven for eating well. Marsha is the President and Co-Owner of Green Mountain at Fox Run.

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