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Mens Health Magazine: Vaughn Ripley

[glossary_exclude]Earlier this year we encouraged the bleeding disorders community to vote for Vaughn Ripley, fitness guru living with hemophilia and HIV, during a Men’s Health cover contest. Due to your support, Vaughn received nearly 30,000 votes, earning him the below article in the November edition of the magazine! This article helps to bring awareness and education about […]


How Sugar and Sweeteners Affect Your Health

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 […]

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Walking is the Superfood of Fitness

Running and walking are generally considered safe activities for individuals with a bleeding disorder.  They are frequently recommended because they don’t take a lot of time or cost a lot of money, but can make a big difference in how you feel and in your overall health. The following article from Reuters discusses how walking is the natural movement of […]


Gears for Good: Your Chance to Make a Difference!

There is still time to make a difference! The Gears for Good bike ride is this weekend, September 26-28th, 2014. FitFactor encourages physical activity in individuals with bleeding disorders.  HFA provides an opportunity for those who are physically active to benefit the bleeding disorders community in our annual charity bike ride-Gears for Good.  You don’t […]


Important Information About Respiratory Illness EV-D68

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 […]

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Healthy Back To School Snacks

[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 […]

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Kids are Not Getting Their Veggies

Last week the CDC reported that 9 in 10 kids, 2 to 18 years old, don’t eat enough vegetables. And, many of the veggies they do eat are fried, white potatoes. It is so important for growing bodies to get the essential nutrients they need and even more important in an individual with a bleeding […]

FDA Recall

Peanut & Almond Butter Recalled for Salmonella Risk

*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 […]


Peppers Stuffed with Tomatoes & Mozzarella Recipe

Uncertain about what to do with all of the wonderful, fresh finds you gathered from your garden or the local summer produce market?  Here is a healthy and delicious recipe that will help utilize your cherry tomatoes and peppers. A healthy diet includes the essential nutrients that help to reduce your risk of developing chronic diseases, such […]

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Never Let What You Can’t Do Define You

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 […]

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