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Fit Factor: Inspiring Fitness Stories to Get You Going in 2018

January 9, 2018

Below, we’ll introduce you to three such people: Trevor Dunn, a young man with von Willebrand Disease, Dawn Evans, an adult woman who is asymptomatic carrier of Hemophilia A, and Barry Haarde, an adult male with severe Hemophilia A.  All of them have discovered a form of physical activity that is enjoyable and adaptable to […]

Fit Factor: Spice-Up Your Holiday Dessert Menu

December 19, 2017

Looking for a new healthy holiday dessert? This Applesauce Spice Cake has a delicious, spicy aroma and taste. It has less sugar and fat, and more fiber than most desserts. Treat it like a coffee cake to be served for brunch or for dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dab of […]

FitFactor: 10 Tips to Stay Healthy this Holiday Season

December 7, 2017

The holidays are upon us, and staying healthy during this season can be challenging.  While this is true for the general population, it is especially important for individuals with hemophilia or other bleeding disorders.  We understand the importance that activity and a healthy diet play in maintaining an ideal weight and decreasing the number of bleeding episodes […]

Young Adult Podcast: Grocery Shopping on a Shoestring Budget: How to Choose Healthy Foods without Breaking the Bank

November 3, 2017

By offering additional resources and education about the benefits of self-care and exercise for young adults, we hope to inspire a lifetime of healthy choices and habits! Our guests on this podcast are Kathryn Clark, a retired dietician, and Eric Burgeson, an active young adult with hemophilia. Kathryn and Eric iscuss ways to keep costs low at the grocery store […]

Young Adult Podcast: Maintaining Motivation: Creating Habits for a Lifetime of Fitness

November 3, 2017

By offering additional resources and education about the benefits of self-care and exercise for young adults, we hope to inspire a lifetime of healthy choices and habits! Our guest on this podcast is Karen Sullivan, retired professor of Health/Fitness at Marymount University. Tune into hear Karen discuss how to build sustainable fitness habits and how to get back on […]

Young Adult Podcast Series: Getting Tech-y with It: A Hemophiliacs Fitness Journey

October 19, 2017

By offering additional resources and education about the benefits of self-care and exercise for young adults, we hope to inspire a lifetime of healthy choices and habits! Our guest on this podcast is James DeFilippi, a triathlete who tells us everything that goes into his training, from his training regimen to the technology he uses to work […]

Young Adult Podcast Series: Weight Lifting

October 19, 2017

By offering additional resources and education about the benefits of self-care and exercise for young adults, we hope to inspire a lifetime of healthy choices and habits! Listen in to learn about the benefits of hitting the weight room from Michael Zolotnitsky, Doctor of Physical Therapy. As a teenager, Michael made a conscious lifestyle change to […]

FitFactor: Stay Motivated for Fitness

October 3, 2017

For many of us, the biggest challenge to getting physical activity is just putting our minds to it. We all know how easy it is to talk ourselves out of something – and exercise is no exception. There are tons of ways we can keep our bodies healthy and active, so it doesn’t need to […]

FitFactor: Pre-Exercise Snacks to Boost your Workout

September 6, 2017

It’s 5 o’clock on a weekday. You want to hit the gym, but you’re hungry and not sure if eating before you exercise will help or hinder your workout. What are the best foods to eat pre-workout? How much of them? How close to your workout time should you eat? Staying fit plays a big […]

FitFactor: Las ventajas de ir al cuarto de pesas

August 31, 2017

  El entrenamiento con pesas juega un papel importante en mantener su cuerpo en forma y saludable. Es una gran manera para las personas con trastornos de sangrado para fortalecer los músculos y las articulaciones y, al hacerlo, reducir la frecuencia y la gravedad de las hemorragias. Hablamos con Michael Zolotnitsky, Doctor en Terapia Física, […]

FitFactor: 7 maneras de mantenerse activo en invierno

August 31, 2017

Todos sabemos que trabajar en el invierno puede sentirse como una hazaña imposible a veces. Sin embargo, una vez que comience a hacerla parte de su rutina regular, se convertirá en una tarea sencilla y será más fácil de sostener a través de otras épocas del año cuando el clima no es tan duro. Mantener […]

FitFactor: ¡Consejos para tomar su rutina de ejercicios de vacaciones con usted!

August 31, 2017

  Si usted está escapando del clima de invierno para algunos R&R por la playa, o dirigirse a la casa de un familiar para ponerse al día, el viajar interrumpe su horario normal y puede hacer más difícil permanecer en la cima de su rutina de salud y ritmo de ejercicios. Hacer ejercicios es a […]

FitFactor: ¿Cómo se compara su lista de alimentos saludables con la de un nutricionista?

August 29, 2017

  ¿Cree usted que sus puntos de vista de lo que es saludable se alinean con las opiniones de los expertos? El New York Times publicó un interesante artículo hace unos meses sobre la percepción pública de lo que es “saludable” y cómo estos han cambiado con el tiempo. El estudio también destacó lo que […]

FitFactor: ¡Brindis para la buena salud … con té!

August 29, 2017

Ahora que el invierno está en pleno apogeo y el clima frío está sobre nosotros, puede ser fácil olvidarse de mantenerse hidratado. Sin embargo, sólo porque no sienta sed, no significa que su cuerpo tiene tanta agua como lo necesita. Una manera fácil de hidratarse (y calentarse) es beber té. No tiene azúcar añadido como […]

FitFactor: Men’s Health — Simple Tips to Live By

August 8, 2017

Even though Men’s Health Month was in June, we can always take steps towards a healthier lifestyle no matter what time of year it is. In general, men experience poorer health and die younger than women in the U.S., according to the Department of Health and Human Services. The points below are important for all […]

FitFactor: Enjoying Summer

July 3, 2017

Summer is in full swing, and with so many fun things to do outside, it’s easy to act first – think later. But the hot summer months bring a certain level of risk, so here are a few precautions to take before heading outside. Heat and Sun: We’ve all been there – we spend the […]

Fit Factor: This Summer, Keep Fit With The Fam!

June 5, 2017

With Father’s Day around the corner, now is the time to start thinking up fun, active ways to spend time with your dad. This year, add a new activity to do to make Father’s Day special, like climbing a mountain or going bird watching. Being physically active with your dad (and your family in general), […]

Fit Factor: Step up your Grilling Game this Summer

May 2, 2017

With summer just around the corner, we’ll soon be able to pull out those grills for our favorite outdoor meals. Whether you’ve got a taste for meat, fish, seafood, tofu or vegetables, grilling is one of the healthier cooking methods. Cooking food on a grill allows excess fat to drip away from the food, without […]

Fit Factor: Tips to Take Your Exercise Routine on Vacation with You!

March 6, 2017

Whether you are escaping the winter weather for some R&R by the beach, or heading to a relative’s home to catch up, travel disrupts your normal schedule and can make it harder to stay on top of your health and fitness routine. Working out is often easily forgotten on vacation as other activities take priority. […]

7 Ways to Stay Active in Winter

February 6, 2017

We all know that working out in the winter can feel like an impossible feat at times. However, once you start making it part of your regular routine, it’ll turn into a simple task and become easier to sustain through other parts of year when the weather isn’t so harsh. Keeping your body healthy and […]

FitFactor: Toast for Good Health…with Tea!

January 1, 2017

Now that winter is in full swing and the cold weather is upon us, it can be easy to forget to stay hydrated. However, just because you don’t feel thirsty, doesn’t meant your body has as much water as it needs. An easy way to hydrate (and to warm up) is by drinking tea. It […]

FitFactor: How Does Your List of Healthy Foods Compare with a Nutritionist’s?

December 5, 2016

Do you feel that your views of what’s healthy align with the views of the experts? The New York Times published an interesting article a few months ago about public perception of what is “healthy” and how these have changed over time. The study also highlighted what foods nutritionists believe to be the healthiest (and […]

FitFactor: The Benefits of Hitting the Weight Room

October 31, 2016

Weight training plays an important role in keeping your body fit and healthy. It’s a great way for people with bleeding disorders to strengthen muscles and joints and by doing so, reduce the frequency and severity of bleeds. We spoke with Michael Zolotnitsky, Doctor of Physical Therapy, about the benefits of weight training and his […]

FitFactor: Six Steps to Sleeping Well

September 5, 2016

When it comes to health and lifestyles, many of us do not put sleep at the top of our priority list. We may not realize the numerous benefits that sleep has on our bodies and minds. Not only does it give us the rest we need to replace the energy expended from the day but […]

The Ins and Outs of BMI

June 1, 2016

By Michelle Morath “Healthy Bodies Bleed Less” continues to be the mantra of HFA’s FitFactor program. It is our goal to get every community member at least considering the positive effects that physical activity and a healthy diet can have not only on their joint health, but also their overall health and sense of well-being. […]

10 Healthy Holiday Hints to Hit the New Year Right

December 22, 2015

The holidays are upon us, and staying healthy during this season can be challenging.  While this is true for the general population, it is especially important for individuals with hemophilia or other bleeding disorders.  We understand the importance that activity and a healthy diet play in maintaining an ideal weight and decreasing the number of bleeding episodes […]

Tips to Stay Healthy this Cold and Flu Season

October 9, 2015

For most of us, fall and winter means less time outdoors in the fresh air, and more time spent in close quarters with those that we work, play, learn, and live with. It is a great opportunity for cold and flu viruses to work their way from one person to the next. While we all […]

How to Bust Stress

September 4, 2015

There are all kinds of reasons someone with a bleeding disorder or a caregiver to someone with a bleeding disorder might feel stress.  Aside from the daily stressors that we all feel, there can be added financial pressures, anxiety over treatment, running to appointments, dealing with a bleed, the list goes on and on. Stress […]

Spring Training: Time To Get Off The Couch

March 19, 2015

Spring is the time for new opportunities. Days are getting longer, trees are budding, and those cool breezes are finally turning warm. Spring is an opportunity to revitalize ourselves and get back into action after winter’s long hibernation. With more opportunities for exercise and outdoor activity, spring is a great time to get off the […]

Today is National Eating Healthy Day

November 5, 2014

Proper nutrition, combined with safe and effective exercise, is especially important to maintain good health in people with hemophilia. HFA’s FitFactor Program , offers services designed to improve health, fitness, and quality of life through regular physical activity and proper nutrition. It is so important to get the essential nutrients we need and even more important in an […]


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