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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 […]

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: Stay Motivated for Fitness

October 3, 2017

For many of us, the biggest challenge to getting physical activity is just putting our minds to it. We all know how easy it is to talk ourselves out of something – and exercise is no exception. There are tons of ways we can keep our bodies healthy and active, so it doesn’t need to […]

Dear Addy: Joint Health

October 31, 2016

  Dear Addy, I’m 27 years old with severe hemophilia B. I’m caring for myself and my joints, including infusing to prevent bleeds as much as possible. As you know, with time, joints just can’t move as freely. Is there anything I can do? Do you recommend any exercises that can improve movement? Signed, Achy […]

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 […]

Hemophilia: Not an Excuse to Be a Couch Potato

April 25, 2016

By Michael Zolotnitsky, PT, DPT Growing up with hemophilia made waking up with bruises, joint pain, or the inability to bear weight on my ankles a normal occurrence. Time and time again, my mother had to drive me to the local hematology clinic to have factor infused. I did not feel like a normal child. I […]

Infusing Love: For the Love of Basketball

February 3, 2016

It is important for individuals with a bleeding disorder to find a form of physical activity that they enjoy. When muscles are used during exercise it helps to keep them flexible and strong.  Physical activity also helps individuals to maintain a healthy weight, which keeps less stress off the joints, and has even proven to […]

You’re Never Too Old

April 17, 2015

Let’s face it, we are all getting older.  People with hemophilia who have access to factor replacement therapy now have a normal life expectancy and are having to deal with the issues of aging.  One of the most important things we can do for ourselves is to stay physically active.  For individuals with hemophilia or […]

Escaping Winter Weather? Take Your Workout with You!

February 26, 2015

Ready to ditch the ice and snow for warmer temperatures, a sandy beach and some sun?   While it is easy to sit back and relax on vacation, it is also very important to keep up your fitness routine.  Schedules relax while traveling and we tend to over indulge in things that may cause us to […]

Living Fit With von Willebrand Disease

February 13, 2015

One of the most common bleeding disorders in women is von Willebrand Disease (vWD), which occurs in about 1% of the US population. Heavy bleeding is one of the most common problems women report to their doctors. It affects more than 10 million American women each year. This means that about one out of every […]

A Family Valentine’s Day

February 5, 2015

[glossary_exclude]This Valentine’s Day, why not make it a family affair?  Get the whole family involved in planning and preparing that special meal.  Then continue the fun with a family dance off, playing active video games, or taking a walk together. Cook a family favorite with a twist, homemade pizza with whole wheat crust.  This homemade […]

Staying Fit Together

January 26, 2015

The U.S Department of Health and Human Services shares some tips on how to stay active when the winter weather makes it unsafe to be outdoors. Take a look! HHS HealthBeat (January 29, 2013) Staying fit together When the weather outside is frightful, being active ain’t so delightful. It just takes motivation. Stay active with a […]

Dear Addy: New Year, New Goals

December 29, 2014

Dear Addy, My company is having a New Year’s Resolution exercise drive in 2015. I want to participate like everyone else, but with my hemophilia I have limitations and joining a gym is expensive. What can I do to get involved and exercise like everyone else?  Signed,  Ben, Adult Male with Hemophilia B   ________________________________________________ […]

Walking is the Superfood of Fitness

October 10, 2014

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 […]

Join the Gears for Good Ride!

May 23, 2014

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 […]

Share Your Successes

May 2, 2014

While there is no “special” diet per say for people with bleeding disorders, it is especially important for those affected to pay attention to what they eat.  Not only is a diet rich in lean protein, fruits and vegetables helpful in maintaining a proper weight, it also provides natural sources of many vitamins, minerals and […]

Positive Life: Barry Haarde Road Tripping Again

April 20, 2014

(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, […]

The Benefits of Martial Arts

April 11, 2014

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, […]

All In for Gears for Good!!

March 14, 2014

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 […]

Get in Gear in the New Year!!

December 31, 2013

The time is now!  The New Year is upon us and it is time to take charge of your health! It is so important for individuals with bleeding disorders to keep their joints and bodies healthy in order to reduce the number of bleeds and to reduce the risk of developing other diseases and illnesses.  […]

Healthier Bodies Bleed Less

October 25, 2013

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.  Many in the […]

Nia’s ‘Users Guide:’ Taking Care of Your Body!

October 11, 2013

by Jule Aguirre, M.Ed., LPC, NCC, Nia Black Belt Somatic Educator & Trainer You LIVE in a body and it is the only one you will be given!  To keep it running and in good repair, you are charged with taking care of it.  With 206 bones, 700-ish muscles, 75 trillion cells, and numerous body […]

It’s Not Too Late-Gears for Good 2013

September 25, 2013

It’s not too late to make a difference! The Gears for Good bike ride is this Saturday, September 28th, 2013.  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 […]

FitFactor Video: Running/Walking – Finding Success

August 23, 2013

  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 […]

Community Voices: Taking Control of Your Health

May 30, 2013

 “The only thing standing between you and your goals are the excuses you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve them.” – Unknown Maintaining a balanced diet, staying physically fit, and managing stress are important for everyone, especially those living with a bleeding disorder. A regular, safe exercise program protects the joints, and […]

Taking Care of Me

May 22, 2013

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, […]

A Stronger and Healthier Body Means Less Bleeding

January 31, 2013

  I have hemophilia. When I was a in school, my parents told me that I couldn’t play football, baseball, soccer, or other contact sports, because I was a “bleeder.” I always wondered growing up, what does being a bleeder even mean? All I knew was that I bruised easily and wasn’t going to die […]

Terry Lamb is a Lion of Exercise

December 3, 2011

Having hemophilia doesn’t mean you or your child must live a sedentary life or be cut off from good opportunities for becoming fit. Just ask Terry Lamb of Virginia. This 59-year-old supporter of the FitFactor program lifts weights 6 days a week and swims on his day off. Back when Terry was born, there was […]


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