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FitFactor: Swimming: A Safe and Efficient Workout

Swimming is often recommended as an ideal form of exercise for people with bleeding disorders for a few different reasons. To begin with, swimming allows one to strengthen their muscles in a way that doesn’t put weight on the joints, and therefore reduces the likelihood of bleed due to impact or pressure. It also enables […]

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Infusing Love: A Mom Intervention

Benny starts high school this week. How did that happen? When I started working at HFA he was in kindergarten. I remember being amazed at his astounding ability to put 100 piece puzzles together at 5 years old and spend hours building things with Legos. At the start of second grade, despite untold hours trying, […]

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VIDEO: Putting A Face to 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.  It is a sport that can be considered for its many benefits beyond building muscle tone, flexibility and general health.  Some of the biggest benefits that come from practicing any of the […]

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Bicycle Safety for Kids-Video

Riding a bicycle is  a great way to have fun, exercise and stay healthy.  Whether your child is just learning to ride or has been on a bicycle for years, it is always important to encourage him or her to ride safely.  Teaching children how to stay safe on a bike when they are young can create safety habits they […]

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Join the Gears for Good Ride!

On September 27-29, 2013, 28 riders from across the country rode 156-miles from West Virginia to Washington, DC to raise awareness and over $51,000 for the bleeding disorders community! This year HFA has added a second ride to increase ridership and raise even more awareness and funds for the hemophilia community. The additional and shorter […]

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Gears for Good 2013 (video)

In September, 28 riders biked 156 miles and raised over $51,000 for the bleeding disorders community during our  annual charity bike ride. Check out this NEW video to meet the riders, hear what motivated them to do this, learn where all the funds raised went, and information about how you can get involved next year!  […]

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Running/Walking – Finding Success (video)

  The mental aspect of running is half the battle. This final video in the series will inspire you to set realistic goals, and determine the best approach to incorporating running or walking into your weekly/daily wellness routine.  So get on board, set short and long-term goals, and feel good about getting fit!!  FitFactor is here to […]

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Running/Walking – Stretching (video)

Along with having proper form, stretching and building core strength are other ways to remain injury free while running and walking. The movements shared in this fourth video of our running and walking series, highlights a variety of movements to do before and after your run/walk. These postures will also help you build strength and […]

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Running/Walking – Form (video)

Having proper form is crucial for all who decide to run or walk as a method of exercise, however, it is extremely important for those with a bleeding disorder.  Learning the proper form will help protect your joints and reduce the number of bleeds. In this third video of our running/walking series, we introduce you […]

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Running/Walking – Safety (video)

Running and walking are often deemed safe activities for individuals with hemophilia. They are both great forms of exercise and just about anyone can do them, all you really need to get started is a good pair of sneakers. However, running and walking are not without risk. In this second video of our running/walking series, we […]

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