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Six Ways to Be Safe and Healthy This Halloween

October 31, 2014

This guide was put together by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and is a great addition to our recent FitFactor post on watching how much sugar is in your food. We hope that you and your family stay safe this Halloween. Don’t let your health get tricked this Halloween! Here are a few ways to stay […]

How Sugar and Sweeteners Affect Your Health

October 17, 2014

Did you know that the average American adult eats approximately 22 teaspoons of added sugar in their diet each day? The food we put into our bodies has a direct impact on how we look, feel, and on our health. For individuals with hemophilia or other bleeding disorders, eating healthy and maintaining a proper weight is especially important because it […]

Important Information About Respiratory Illness EV-D68

September 12, 2014

Cooler weather and back to school triggers the start of virus season.  More time spent indoors in close proximity to those that we work, play, learn, and live with provides a great opportunity for viruses to work their way from one person to the next.  While we all try to stay healthy, it is especially important […]

Healthy Back To School Snacks

September 5, 2014

[glossary_exclude] When considering snacks for your kids, the end of summer doesn’t have to signal the end of healthy eating.  Although it is a natural tendency to grab whatever is convenient, prepackaged foods and snacks are usually not the best choice for healthy, growing bodies. It is especially important to eat healthy if you have […]

Peanut & Almond Butter Recalled for Salmonella Risk

August 21, 2014

*This article was original posted by the Associated Press on August 20, 2014. Click HERE to read it in its entirety. Our FitFactor Team works hard to make sure the bleeding disorders community is informed with the latest FDA recalls and shares relevant information to keep you and your family healthy.  __________________________________________________________________ A unit of Hain […]

Never Let What You Can’t Do Define You

August 8, 2014

Exercise has always been pretty important for hemophiliacs, especially severe hemophiliacs like my brother and I. My parents felt that living an active life would go a long way toward fulfilling that goal. However, exercise is a series of trade-offs. Growing up I was told to, “exercise those muscles, in a less impactful way that […]

USDA’s Healthy Eating On A Budget

May 29, 2014

It is hard to overstate the importance eating healthy.  The food we put into our bodies has a direct impact on how we look, feel, and our health.  For individuals with hemophilia or other bleeding disorders, eating healthy and maintaining a proper weight is especially important because it helps to protect their joints.  Eating healthy is easy for some […]

There’s An App for That!

May 16, 2014

In March we posted about the difference between organic and non- organic produce and the importance of knowing which ones are better to buy organic. http://www.hemophiliafed.org/news-stories/2014/03/organic-vs-non-organic-produce/ There is a lot of information shared about this topic and it seems the lists of what you should buy organic is often changing. In your quest to eat […]

Share Your Successes

May 2, 2014

While there is no “special” diet per say for people with bleeding disorders, it is especially important for those affected to pay attention to what they eat.  Not only is a diet rich in lean protein, fruits and vegetables helpful in maintaining a proper weight, it also provides natural sources of many vitamins, minerals and […]

How a Liver Transplant Changed My Life

April 25, 2014

One of the most important things you can do for your health is to have a proper diet. What you put into your body affects how you look and feel. Maintaining a healthy weight is especially important for individuals with a bleeding disorder. Being at a healthy weight can reduce the number of bleeding episodes you experience, […]

Positive Life: Barry Haarde Road Tripping Again

April 20, 2014

(Positive Life): Bob Leahy: Barry. You’re off on another trip. Tell us about this one. Barry Haarde: This year’s ride is the shortest but fastest ride of the three and departs from L.A. on Easter Sunday and rolls all the way to Savannah, GA, which amounts to about 2,900 miles over a period of 27 days, […]

HIV-Infected Men and Heart Disease

April 4, 2014

Many individuals with hemophilia are living longer, healthier lives due in large part to advances in treatment, access to treatment and knowledge of self care strategies.  Because they are living longer, it is so important for people with hemophilia and other bleeding disorders to make healthy lifestyle choices especially related to diet and exercise.  A nutritious diet and some form of  […]

Heart Healthy Cooking

February 14, 2014

February is National Heart Health Month. In addition to exercising, it is important to watch what you eat to keep your heart healthy. One of the most important things you can do is to limit the amount of salt (sodium) that is in your diet. Salt contributes to high blood pressure (hypertension) and limiting salt […]

Celebrate National Heart Month

February 6, 2014

January brought biting cold and heavy snowfalls to much of the country. February brings with it the start of longer days, a little more sunshine and the holiday of love-Valentine’s Day!  It is fitting then that February is also National Heart Month.  It is a great time to start taking steps to keep your heart in tip […]

Nia: A Workout with Spirit

January 17, 2014

by Jule Aguirre, M.Ed., LPC, NCC, Nia Black Belt Somatic Educator & Trainer Over the last several months, we have explored Nia Technique as a movement and life practice that conditions the body, amplifying cardiovascular conditioning, building strength, flexibility, mobility, stability, and agility for optimal health and wellness at ALL ages and fitness levels!  We […]

Get Healthy in the New Year!

January 6, 2014

Vegetables and fruits are high in antioxidants and fiber, and low in calories.

Get in Gear in the New Year!!

December 31, 2013

The time is now!  The New Year is upon us and it is time to take charge of your health! It is so important for individuals with bleeding disorders to keep their joints and bodies healthy in order to reduce the number of bleeds and to reduce the risk of developing other diseases and illnesses.  […]

Nia: Taking Your Fitness to the Next Level

December 12, 2013

You may be moving in your fitness program….but are you “Being Moved”?  Taking your fitness to the next level requires you to bring more of YOU to the experience!  While most exercise programs have you pushing your body with more reps, more resistance, more speed, more duration…being a purely physical experience, you are left feeling […]

Go from ‘Monkey Mind’ to ‘Super Brain’ with Nia!

November 8, 2013

by Jule Aguirre, M.Ed., LPC, NCC, Nia Black Belt Somatic Educator & Trainer Last month, I presented a ‘user’s manual’ for taking care of your body the Nia way!  But The Nia Technique conditions MORE than just your body!  This holistic, integrated movement practice also conditions and stimulates your MIND by engaging conscious awareness, directed […]

Nia’s ‘Users Guide:’ Taking Care of Your Body!

October 11, 2013

by Jule Aguirre, M.Ed., LPC, NCC, Nia Black Belt Somatic Educator & Trainer You LIVE in a body and it is the only one you will be given!  To keep it running and in good repair, you are charged with taking care of it.  With 206 bones, 700-ish muscles, 75 trillion cells, and numerous body […]

Nia Technique: Working IN by Working OUT

August 30, 2013

If you have been hanging out with HFA’s FitFactor  for very long, by now you know their motto, “healthy bodies bleed less”… and it’s TRUE! Doctors specializing in bleeding disorders stress that consistent exercise can prevent or reduce bleeding by strengthening muscles and vulnerable joints for hemophiliacs of all ages.  In fact, whether you have […]

College Check List

August 14, 2013

A student going away to college is an exciting time, but can also be scary and unsettling if he/she has a bleeding disorder. Whether living in a college dorm room or on an off campus apartment, a student will need some basic items to stay healthy. We have provided a short list of essentials to […]

Family Fun Weekend – Bleeding Disorders Association of NE New York

June 11, 2013

On Saturday, May 25th, the Bleeding Disorders Association of Northeastern New York hosted their annual Family Fun Weekend. The weekend was filled with fun, fitness, entertainment, exhibits and education for the whole family. The FitFactor Program of HFA sponsored the physical activities and a yummy interactive nutrition session. The video below captures some of the […]

Sun Safety

May 23, 2013

Mentally, most of us are ready for the summer months and ready to wear shorts and flip flops.  As we start to take our physical activities back outdoors, an important safety measure to keep us healthy is often overlooked—sun safety.  More than 1.2 million new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year in the […]

Taking Care of Me

May 22, 2013

Denial is a funny thing. There were several signs that indicated I needed to take some action about changing my habits and improving my overall health.  I chose to ignore most of those signs, giving myself excuse after excuse: I just don’t have time to exercise; there was a vegetable on my plate at dinner, […]

Playing it Safe with Hemophilia (video)

March 12, 2013

It is important that children with hemophilia make thoughtful decisions when choosing a sport that is right for them.  The CDC and the National Center on Birth Defects and Development Disabilities (NCBDDD) produced a short video that speaks to this message. In “Playing it Safe With Hemophilia,”friends with hemophilia talk about playing sports growing up and […]

Loving Kindness Meditation (Audio & Video)

February 18, 2013

There are many benefits of meditation. If you practice this guided meditation regularly it can help you stay positive towards yourself and others. It can also help to keep you calm in difficult situations and reduce irritation and anger. Kindness is an antidote for anger and irritation.

How to Win the Battle of the Bugs

February 4, 2013

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 […]

Acupuncture: Needles & Hemophilia? Does This Make Sense?

December 6, 2012

Hemophilia pain It is well known that persons with hemophilia have episodes of painful experiences. Pain results after an acute joint bleed, where the synovial capsule fills with blood and expands with nowhere to go. Once the bleeding is treated with factor,with time the blood in the joint is reabsorbed and the swelling and pain […]

Blood Pressure Basics

November 13, 2012

It is not uncommon for individuals with hemophilia to also develop high blood pressure, also called hypertension, later in life. Unhealthy eating habits coupled with inactivity can be cause for individuals to develop high blood pressure. Often times, there are no symptoms of high blood pressure, so one may not even know they have it.  High blood […]


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