It Happened This Week: Vitamin D, the Hormone, the Freshman 15 and Juggling for Fitness


Turns out Vitamin D — the sunshine vitamin —  isn’t actually a vitamin at all.   It’s a hormone, and a pretty powerful one, too (are any of them not?).  Check out the Vitamin D Council for info and a do-it-yourself test for vitamin D levels that you can do in your own home.  If you live above the 35th parallel, chances are you don’t get enough of this incredibly important substance.

Newsweek questions whether efforts to fight the Freshman 15 are creating disordered eaters.  The new trend among some colleges of emphasizing calorie counts in cafeteria foods can actually lead to disordered eating, even among students with no history of food issues.

And from our archives comes a post about whether or not you should care about the Freshman 15.  Since most students only gain a few pounds while trying to figure out how to eat with all the lifestyle changes they encounter, focusing on the issue may only add to the stress students are facing.  If there’s a college-aged woman in your life who’s struggling with this issue, check out our Freshman 15 program .

Is juggling a workout? MizFit thinks so! Juggling increases coordination, balance and reflexes, increases range of motion in arms and shoulders, and is a no-impact workout for all ages and body types.  Now several other bloggers are joining her in her pursuit of fitness through juggling.  The last link goes to our own Merry Mary!  I don’t know about you but I’m thinking a try at juggling is in my future!

Talking about futures, have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

6 responses to “It Happened This Week: Vitamin D, the Hormone, the Freshman 15 and Juggling for Fitness”

  1. Gina says:

    I agree, I think the huge focus on the freshman 15 is probably not doing good things for new college students. When you focus on something too much it can have the opposite effect. Not good.

  2. Patsy Catsos says:

    Thanks for the link to the Vitamin D council and the home test kit. I wonder how valid the kit is compared to a laboratory test?

  3. FLG says:

    The more the Mary-er (merrier 😉 for the juggling, I say!

  4. Marsha says:

    Good question, Patsy. I know the physicians at the functional medicine conference I was at last week were very supportive of the work the Vitamin D Council is doing, so hope that means the test is valid. But something to definitely check out.

  5. Patsy Catsos says:

    I’m going to hear Dr. Michael Hollick, a real vitamin D expert, speak on Wednesday. I’ll ask him!

  6. Marsha says:

    I recently watched a DVD of one of Dr Hollick’s presentations, Patsy. You’re in for a treat!

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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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