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FitFactor: Yoga May Be the Best Activity for People with Bleeding Disorders

May 9, 2018

Yoga’s Numerous Benefits Yoga is often touted as one of the best activities for people with bleeding disorders because it is low impact, builds flexibility and strengthens joints and muscles, resulting in fewer bleeds. However, there are numerous other benefits that we see upon practicing this sport consistently including building confidence, reducing stress and improving […]

FitFactor: Breaking the Vicious Cycle: Investing Prophylactic Factor Use in Functional Body Mass

April 3, 2018

The importance of physical activity for everyone’s health, particularly those of us with bleeding disorders, cannot be overstated. Exercise builds lean muscle mass, manages our body weight and improves our heart and lung efficiency. Participating in a variety of physical activities from weight bearing exercises to cardio training is important as each one offers different […]

FitFactor: Functional Training – Strengthen Joints and Muscles to Improve Everyday Movements

February 5, 2018

Functional training exercises train your muscles to work together and prepare you for daily tasks by simulating common movements you might do at home, at work or in sports. By using basic movement patterns like pushing, pulling, squatting and carrying, you build stability, strength and mobility that will in turn help with your daily movements. […]

Fit Factor: Inspiring Fitness Stories to Get You Going in 2018

January 9, 2018

Below, we’ll introduce you to three such people: Trevor Dunn, a young man with von Willebrand Disease, Dawn Evans, an adult woman who is asymptomatic carrier of Hemophilia A, and Barry Haarde, an adult male with severe Hemophilia A.  All of them have discovered a form of physical activity that is enjoyable and adaptable to […]

Fit Factor: Spice-Up Your Holiday Dessert Menu

December 19, 2017

Looking for a new healthy holiday dessert? This Applesauce Spice Cake has a delicious, spicy aroma and taste. It has less sugar and fat, and more fiber than most desserts. Treat it like a coffee cake to be served for brunch or for dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dab of […]

FitFactor: 10 Tips to Stay Healthy this Holiday Season

December 7, 2017

The holidays are upon us, and staying healthy during this season can be challenging.  While this is true for the general population, it is especially important for individuals with hemophilia or other bleeding disorders.  We understand the importance that activity and a healthy diet play in maintaining an ideal weight and decreasing the number of bleeding episodes […]

FitFactor Video: Swimming: A Safe and Efficient Workout

November 6, 2017

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 […]

Young Adult Podcast: Maintaining Motivation: Creating Habits for a Lifetime of Fitness

November 3, 2017

By offering additional resources and education about the benefits of self-care and exercise for young adults, we hope to inspire a lifetime of healthy choices and habits! Our guest on this podcast is Karen Sullivan, retired professor of Health/Fitness at Marymount University. Tune into hear Karen discuss how to build sustainable fitness habits and how to get back on […]

Young Adult Podcast Series: Getting Tech-y with It: A Hemophiliacs Fitness Journey

October 19, 2017

By offering additional resources and education about the benefits of self-care and exercise for young adults, we hope to inspire a lifetime of healthy choices and habits! Our guest on this podcast is James DeFilippi, a triathlete who tells us everything that goes into his training, from his training regimen to the technology he uses to work […]

FitFactor: Pre-Exercise Snacks to Boost your Workout

September 6, 2017

It’s 5 o’clock on a weekday. You want to hit the gym, but you’re hungry and not sure if eating before you exercise will help or hinder your workout. What are the best foods to eat pre-workout? How much of them? How close to your workout time should you eat? Staying fit plays a big […]

FitFactor: Las ventajas de ir al cuarto de pesas

August 31, 2017

  El entrenamiento con pesas juega un papel importante en mantener su cuerpo en forma y saludable. Es una gran manera para las personas con trastornos de sangrado para fortalecer los músculos y las articulaciones y, al hacerlo, reducir la frecuencia y la gravedad de las hemorragias. Hablamos con Michael Zolotnitsky, Doctor en Terapia Física, […]

FitFactor: 7 maneras de mantenerse activo en invierno

August 31, 2017

Todos sabemos que trabajar en el invierno puede sentirse como una hazaña imposible a veces. Sin embargo, una vez que comience a hacerla parte de su rutina regular, se convertirá en una tarea sencilla y será más fácil de sostener a través de otras épocas del año cuando el clima no es tan duro. Mantener […]

FitFactor: ¡Consejos para tomar su rutina de ejercicios de vacaciones con usted!

August 31, 2017

  Si usted está escapando del clima de invierno para algunos R&R por la playa, o dirigirse a la casa de un familiar para ponerse al día, el viajar interrumpe su horario normal y puede hacer más difícil permanecer en la cima de su rutina de salud y ritmo de ejercicios. Hacer ejercicios es a […]

FitFactor: ¿Cómo se compara su lista de alimentos saludables con la de un nutricionista?

August 29, 2017

  ¿Cree usted que sus puntos de vista de lo que es saludable se alinean con las opiniones de los expertos? El New York Times publicó un interesante artículo hace unos meses sobre la percepción pública de lo que es “saludable” y cómo estos han cambiado con el tiempo. El estudio también destacó lo que […]

FitFactor: ¡Brindis para la buena salud … con té!

August 29, 2017

Ahora que el invierno está en pleno apogeo y el clima frío está sobre nosotros, puede ser fácil olvidarse de mantenerse hidratado. Sin embargo, sólo porque no sienta sed, no significa que su cuerpo tiene tanta agua como lo necesita. Una manera fácil de hidratarse (y calentarse) es beber té. No tiene azúcar añadido como […]

FitFactor: Men’s Health — Simple Tips to Live By

August 8, 2017

Even though Men’s Health Month was in June, we can always take steps towards a healthier lifestyle no matter what time of year it is. In general, men experience poorer health and die younger than women in the U.S., according to the Department of Health and Human Services. The points below are important for all […]

FitFactor: Enjoying Summer

July 3, 2017

Summer is in full swing, and with so many fun things to do outside, it’s easy to act first – think later. But the hot summer months bring a certain level of risk, so here are a few precautions to take before heading outside. Heat and Sun: We’ve all been there – we spend the […]

Fit Factor: Step up your Grilling Game this Summer

May 2, 2017

With summer just around the corner, we’ll soon be able to pull out those grills for our favorite outdoor meals. Whether you’ve got a taste for meat, fish, seafood, tofu or vegetables, grilling is one of the healthier cooking methods. Cooking food on a grill allows excess fat to drip away from the food, without […]

7 Ways to Stay Active in Winter

February 6, 2017

We all know that working out in the winter can feel like an impossible feat at times. However, once you start making it part of your regular routine, it’ll turn into a simple task and become easier to sustain through other parts of year when the weather isn’t so harsh. Keeping your body healthy and […]

FitFactor: Toast for Good Health…with Tea!

January 1, 2017

Now that winter is in full swing and the cold weather is upon us, it can be easy to forget to stay hydrated. However, just because you don’t feel thirsty, doesn’t meant your body has as much water as it needs. An easy way to hydrate (and to warm up) is by drinking tea. It […]

FitFactor: The Benefits of Hitting the Weight Room

October 31, 2016

Weight training plays an important role in keeping your body fit and healthy. It’s a great way for people with bleeding disorders to strengthen muscles and joints and by doing so, reduce the frequency and severity of bleeds. We spoke with Michael Zolotnitsky, Doctor of Physical Therapy, about the benefits of weight training and his […]

FitFactor: Get Your Gears Going!

October 3, 2016

In late September, a group of community members, HFA staff, and sponsors rode, by bike, 156 miles from West Virginia to Washington, D.C. following the old mule tracks next to the C & O Canal. We started out on a Friday in West Virginia and finished at the canal’s beginning in Georgetown on Sunday, spending […]

FitFactor: Six Steps to Sleeping Well

September 5, 2016

When it comes to health and lifestyles, many of us do not put sleep at the top of our priority list. We may not realize the numerous benefits that sleep has on our bodies and minds. Not only does it give us the rest we need to replace the energy expended from the day but […]

Take a Hike! Safety Tips for the Trail

July 1, 2016

It is important for individuals with bleeding disorders to participate in some form of physical activity.  Being physically active helps to strengthen one’s muscles, bones and joints.  One of the many benefits of having a strong healthy body can be a reduction in the number of bleeding episodes an individual might experience. Of equal importance […]

The Ins and Outs of BMI

June 1, 2016

By Michelle Morath “Healthy Bodies Bleed Less” continues to be the mantra of HFA’s FitFactor program. It is our goal to get every community member at least considering the positive effects that physical activity and a healthy diet can have not only on their joint health, but also their overall health and sense of well-being. […]

FitFactor: Eat Healthier with MyPlate

February 26, 2016

In an effort to make healthier food choices easier to understand, the U.S. Department of Agriculture created  a simple and familiar visual, that would be easy to remember and use, a place setting.  MyPlate is a reminder to find your healthy eating style and build it throughout your lifetime. Everything you eat and drink matters. The […]

New Dietary Guidelines for Americans

January 15, 2016

Last week, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture released the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans is a trusted resource for evidence-based nutrition recommendations and serves to provide the general public, as well as policy makers and health professionals with the information they need to help the public make informed choices […]

10 Healthy Holiday Hints to Hit the New Year Right

December 22, 2015

The holidays are upon us, and staying healthy during this season can be challenging.  While this is true for the general population, it is especially important for individuals with hemophilia or other bleeding disorders.  We understand the importance that activity and a healthy diet play in maintaining an ideal weight and decreasing the number of bleeding episodes […]

Kids Healthy Eating Contest!!

December 11, 2015

                        Show Us Your #HFAStrong Kids! The holidays are upon us once again! Tis the season for recipe cards coming out of the cabinets, eating, regular trips to the grocery store, eating, healthy New Years resolutions and yes, eating!   Do you have a budding chef or nutrition expert in your home? Do they like to see themselves […]

Cooking Safely with Slow Cookers

November 14, 2015

The crisp fall air means its time to pull out the slow cooker and whip up those comfort foods that leave us feeling warm and toasty.  It is important to keep in mind healthy eating when reaching for the comfort food recipes which can often be high in fat and sodium. A healthy diet includes the […]


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