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Pick up the Wisconsin State Journal this Sunday!

Get your paper! Get your paper! Read all about it! Be sure to pick up the Wisconsin State Journal this Sunday (6/19). Writer Andrea Zani is featuring a story in the Sunday Best section about my designation as the “Healthiest Man in America.” What a privilege this is! It will also be on the Wisconsin State Journal website. So don’t miss it!

Pick up the Wisconsin State Journal this Sunday!2012-01-03T12:14:49+00:00

The Healthiest Man in America

I was recently interviewed by Men’s Health Magazine. They were on the hunt for the “healthiest man in the USA”, and well, um, they chose me. Here’s the article.

After the article was posted, I was interviewed by Landon Hall, health reporter and blogger for The Orange County Register in southern California. He wrote a great follow-up story titled “How a UCI grad became Healthiest Man in America.”

Last week I was interviewed by Rob Starbuck from Channel 3 News. This Thursday (May 5th) at 6:45AM, they will air the Healthiest Man in America story. It will also air in their 5AM hour – not sure what time. You can also catch it on their morning show Facebook page.

The Healthiest Man in America2012-01-03T12:35:25+00:00

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar Fasciitis is swelling and irritation of the thick tissue (plantar fascia) on the bottom of the foot. The plantar fascia is a band of tissue that starts at your heel and goes along the bottom of your foot. It works like a rubber band between the heel and the ball of your foot to form the arch of your foot. A pad of fat in your heel covers the plantar fascia to help absorb the shock of walking. Damage to the plantar fascia can be painful and make walking more difficult. Some people describe the pain like a nail was being driven into their heel. The pain is strongest first thing in the morning (just getting out of bed), and walking on tile or hard wood floors is painful.

What are some risk factors?
Obesity
Repetitive loading on the feet
Tight Achilles tendon
Sudden trauma to the foot
Shoes with poor arch support

What can you do to relieve the pain and swelling?
Rest (try to get off your feet)
Use Ice
Massage
Use heel cushions in your shoes
Stretch (see pics below)

What is Plantar Fasciitis?2012-01-03T12:18:19+00:00

Fun and Exercise in the Snow

The days are getting longer and the weather is getting warmer . . feels like spring is just around the corner! Before we say farewell to the snow, here are some parting thoughts about winter exercise. First of all, get outside. There’s nothing like clean, crisp winter air. It’s invigorating! Second, get moving. This year, in place of my snowblower, we used a snow scoop. It’s great exercise and there’s no gasoline smell. Lastly, make outdoor activities a family affair. I promised my boys that if they helped me clear the driveway, we’d go sledding and have a snow battle. We had a lot of fun!

Fun and Exercise in the Snow2012-01-03T12:20:52+00:00