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Nia Technique: Working IN by Working OUT

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 […]

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College Check List

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 […]

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Family Fun Weekend – Bleeding Disorders Association of NE New York

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 […]

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Sun Safety

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

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)

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 […]

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Loving Kindness Meditation (Audio & Video)

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

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?

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

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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