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Determined to Become a “Runner”

January 5, 2015

It is important for individuals with bleeding disorders to participate in some form of physical activity.聽 Being physically active helps to strengthen one鈥檚 muscles, bones and joints. 聽Having a strong healthy body can be a reduction in the number of bleeding episodes an individual might experience.聽 Many in the bleeding disorders community are championing the […]

My Journey: Determined to Heal

December 9, 2014

For women carrying the hemophilia gene, getting a proper diagnosis is not easy. By definition, if a woman has clotting factor levels less than 50%, she has mild hemophilia. Many women report that medical professionals are still under the assumption that a bleeding disorder can only affect males. It is these challenges that can make […]

Deciding to Chase the Dream

November 19, 2014

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 聽keep them flexible and strong.聽 Physical activity also helps individuals to maintain a healthy weight which keeps less stress off the joints, and has even proven to […]

Mens Health Magazine: Vaughn Ripley

October 28, 2014

Earlier this year we encouraged the bleeding disorders community to vote for Vaughn Ripley, fitness guru living with hemophilia and HIV, during a聽Men’s Health聽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 […]

Walking is the Superfood of Fitness

October 10, 2014

Running and walking are generally considered safe activities for individuals with a bleeding disorder.聽聽They are聽frequently recommended because聽they don鈥檛 take a lot of time or cost a lot of money, but聽can make a big difference in how you feel and in聽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!

September 25, 2014

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.聽 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.聽 You don鈥檛 […]

Never Let What You Can’t Do Define You

August 8, 2014

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, 鈥渆xercise those muscles, in a less impactful way that […]

FitFactor Video: Bicycle Safety for Kids

July 25, 2014

Riding a bicycle is聽 a great way to have fun, exercise and聽stay聽healthy.聽 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.聽 Teaching children聽how to stay safe on a bike聽when they are young聽can create safety habits they […]

HFA’s FitFactor Swimming Pool Safety-Video

June 13, 2014

Summer is finally here!聽 As the kids head off to their summer activities it is important to keep safety measures in mind.聽 This FitFactor swimming video segment shows how pools can be a great place for kids (and adults), especially those with hemophilia聽or other bleeding disorders聽to play, how water can help protect vulnerable joints, and […]

Video: Taking Control of Your Health

June 6, 2014

Many individuals with bleeding disorders are finding better health by being physically active.聽 Matthew Stinger is one such individual.聽 Matthew, who has hemophilia, has benefited from swimming聽& biking and one way he gives back to others within the bleeding disorders community is by participating in HFA鈥檚 annual Gears for Good bike ride. Learn about Matthew […]

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 鈥渟pecial鈥 diet per say for people with bleeding disorders, it is especially important for those affected to pay attention to what they eat.聽 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 […]

How a Liver Transplant Changed My Life

April 25, 2014

One of the most important things you can do for your health is to have a proper diet. What you put into your body聽affects how you look and feel. Maintaining a healthy weight is especially important for individuals with a bleeding聽disorder. Being at a healthy weight can reduce the number of bleeding episodes you experience, […]

Positive Life: Barry Haarde Road Tripping Again

April 20, 2014

(Positive Life): Bob Leahy:聽Barry. You鈥檙e off on another trip. Tell us about this one. Barry Haarde: This year鈥檚 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鈥檚 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 […]

Nia: A Workout with Spirit

January 17, 2014

by Jule Aguirre, M.Ed., LPC, NCC, Nia Black Belt Somatic Educator & Trainer Over the last several months, we have explored Nia Technique as a movement and life practice that conditions the body, amplifying cardiovascular conditioning, building strength, flexibility, mobility, stability, and agility for optimal health and wellness at ALL ages and fitness levels!聽 We […]

A Therapeutic Revolution is Underway

January 10, 2014

By Ogden M. Forbes, Ed.D. and Jane Forbes, R.N. Swimming is fun! No doubt about it. 聽Did you know that because water provides relief from impact on our joints while still providing resistance to our muscles it is a great place for people who have hemophilia to build stronger bodies? 聽It鈥檚 true and for many […]

Get in Gear in the New Year!!

December 31, 2013

The time is now!聽 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.聽 […]

Gears for Good 2013 Video Recap

December 16, 2013

In September, 28 riders biked 156 miles and raised over $51,000 for the bleeding disorders community during our聽 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!聽 […]

Nia: Taking Your Fitness to the Next Level

December 12, 2013

You may be moving in your fitness program….but are you 鈥淏eing Moved鈥?聽 Taking your fitness to the next level requires you to bring more of YOU to the experience!聽 While most exercise programs have you pushing your body with more reps, more resistance, more speed, more duration…being a purely physical experience, you are left feeling […]

Four Exercises You Can Do Without Equipment

November 27, 2013

No gym, no equipment, NO excuses! There are many ways to stay physically active without making an investment in a gym or purchasing expensive equipment. Below are four (4) ways to help you get moving without spending a dollar. 1. Pushups Pushups are one of the best exercises to strengthen the arm muscles without using […]

Go from ‘Monkey Mind’ to ‘Super Brain’ with Nia!

November 8, 2013

by Jule Aguirre, M.Ed., LPC, NCC, Nia Black Belt Somatic Educator & Trainer Last month, I presented a 鈥榰ser鈥檚 manual鈥 for taking care of your body the Nia way!聽 But The Nia Technique conditions MORE than just your body!聽 This holistic, integrated movement practice also conditions and stimulates your MIND by engaging conscious awareness, directed […]

Healthier Bodies Bleed Less

October 25, 2013

It is important for individuals with bleeding disorders to participate in some form of physical activity.聽 Being physically active helps to strengthen one鈥檚 muscles, bones and joints.聽 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.聽 Many in the […]

Nia鈥檚 鈥楿sers 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!聽 To keep it running and in good repair, you are charged with taking care of it.聽 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鈥檚 not too late to make a difference! The Gears for Good bike ride is this Saturday, September 28th, 2013. 聽FitFactor encourages physical activity in individuals with bleeding disorders.聽 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.聽 You don鈥檛 […]

Nia Technique: Working IN by Working OUT

August 30, 2013

If you have been hanging out with HFA鈥檚 FitFactor 聽for very long, by now you know their motto, 鈥渉ealthy bodies bleed less鈥… and it鈥檚 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.聽 In fact, whether you have […]

Family Fun Weekend – Bleeding Disorders Association of NE New York

June 11, 2013

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 […]

Community Voices: Taking Control of Your Health

May 30, 2013

聽鈥淭he only thing standing between you and your goals are the excuses you keep telling yourself as to why you can鈥檛 achieve them.鈥 鈥 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. 聽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, […]


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