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How a Liver Transplant Changed My Life

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, […]

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Crispy Granola for Trail Mix

At Symposium 2014 the 9-12 year olds enjoyed learning about healthy snacking options and why eating healthy is so important for their growing bodies.  They watched as the hotel chefs prepared homemade trail mix and then had the opportunity to create their very own individual trail mix for their afternoon snack.  Try setting up your […]

Positive Life: Barry Haarde Road Tripping Again

(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, […]

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Grilled Pineapple Pico de Gallo with Plantain Chips

If you had the opportunity to join us at HFA’s Symposium 2014 in Tampa Florida, we hope you stopped by the FitFactor Wellness Lounge to say hello and take advantage of the opportunities to learn more about a variety of wellness practices.  One of the features at the Wellness Lounge was a healthy cooking demonstration given […]

Bloomberg News: Merck Data a Potent Rival to Gilead’s Hepatitis C Pill

By: Drew Armstrong Merck & Co. (MRK)’s experimental hepatitis C pill produced clinical trial results positioning the drug as a strong competitor to a potential blockbuster therapy from Gilead Sciences Inc. (GILD) Merck’s two-drug combination once-a-day pill stopped the virus in 98 percent of newly treated patients with few major side effects, according to a […]

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The Benefits of Martial Arts

When considering a physical activity for themselves or their family members with a bleeding disorder, many people overlook the possibility of martial arts. Martial arts can be defined as any of the traditional forms of Oriental self-defense or combat that utilize physical skill and coordination without weapons, such as karate, aikido, judo, or Kung Fu, […]

HIV-Infected Men and Heart Disease

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  […]

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All In for Gears for Good!!

The purpose of HFA’s FitFactor program is to provide the bleeding disorders community with services that are designed to improve health, fitness, and quality of life through regular physical activity and proper nutrition. Each year, in an effort to promote physical activity in the community and raise money for individuals and families in the bleeding […]

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Organic vs Non Organic Produce

March is National Nutrition Month! As we start to focus on getting our bodies ready for spring weather and outdoor sports, it is just as important to focus on what we put in our bodies to fuel them and keep them healthy. Healthy eating isn’t something to consider here and there, it should be an […]

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Heart Healthy Cooking

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 […]

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